How to add tags to your WordPress 2.3 theme?

Firstly, the very, very basic explanation what tag is – It is like a single word used to describe your whole article. For example, if you are sharing a recipe for apple pie, you tag your post with apple, pie, recipe. Then, in the long run, you will conveniently arrange all the apples into one basket. Very much like our blog categories but with tags, you can break it into smaller parts.

I usually use the Simple Tag plugin to tag my posts so that it shows up on Technorati. Example, if I am writing about wordpress, then, I tag wordpress and the bloggers from the whole world who blogs about wordpress will go into this big pool. It makes it easy for those searching to find our post.

I tried using the Ultimate Tag Warrior previously but it screwed up. Now, with WP 2.3, I just need to type in a few words as the tags. There is a column for you to do that.

Now, in every single post, I have a little list at the bottom with the tags. But…before you can get the tags to appear, you need to add in some codes.

Rich, the guy who writes Aiming For Independence has given a very clear tutorial on how to add the single php code into our themes to make sure the tags appeared. You can read his tutorial in two parts here:

How To Add WordPress 2.3 Tags To Your Current Theme


How To Add WordPress 2.3 Tags To Your Current Theme, Part 2

However, I am not sure why the tags on my sidebar widget doesn’t work. :( I used the exec php plugin already.

Post Author: lilian

8 thoughts on “How to add tags to your WordPress 2.3 theme?


    (September 25, 2007 - 5:56 pm)

    I added both tags list and tags cloud to my blog

    I also installed plugin, “Advanced Tag Entry” for better tag management


    (September 25, 2007 - 6:01 pm)

    In short, to add tags list on your “single post” page, put this code:

    To add tags cloud on your sidebar:

    I hope this help :D


    (September 25, 2007 - 6:08 pm)

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    (September 25, 2007 - 6:14 pm)

    Kenny – Tks! But the tag still doesn’t show on the side bar. I can see the code but it doesn’t show.

    Wayne Liew

    (September 25, 2007 - 7:01 pm)

    Doesn’t it is enough when we have categories? Is there a need for tags?

    Will try to implement it…


    (September 25, 2007 - 8:01 pm)

    Lilian, where do you put the php code? You should paste it using theme editor, if you are pasting it in text widgets, it will not work.

    Barry Cox

    (September 26, 2007 - 1:22 am)

    I’ve been searching for a blog platform for the past couple of days. It seems like wordpress is the only way to go these days. Thanks for the info on the tags. I’m making a folder for everything related to wordpress so I’m ready to go. Thanks.


    (September 26, 2007 - 12:47 pm)

    Thanks, this is good to know for my WordPress blog.

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