Using WordPress tags? Don’t forget to re-apply the tags patch!

Thanks to Joseph and my blogroll, I saw the WordPress security update. I forgot to re-apply the tags patch from Felix Wong’s tags plugin the first time through. Doh! Thanks for posting this, Joseph.

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I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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5 Responses to Using WordPress tags? Don’t forget to re-apply the tags patch!

  1. jim wilde says:


    Sorry to bother you, but the comments on the developers site were not helpful. I just started with wp. I’m trying to install the tags plugin. Do I need to change the theme (connections) to use tags?



  2. jim says:

    Hi Jim,

    Yes, you need to tweak your theme. It can be a bit of a pain, depending on what theme you’re running. Basically what I did was rip out the category code from J-blue and bolted in the code to list the 12 most-posted tags.

    What theme are you thinking of using?


  3. jim wilde says:


    Thanks for getting back to me. I’m using connections.


  4. jim says:

    I wasn’t familiar with this theme off the top of my head. I checked out the Connections page, and it doesn’t look as if the front page would be too hard to convert to tags. Here’s what I did to use tags in place of categories with Mike Little’s Journalized-Blue theme:

    1. Figure out which PHP file does the category listing. Go to wp-content/themes/{your_theme_directory} and search all the PHP files for “Categories”.
    2. Edit that file and find the code that does the category listing. Most likely this is done by a call to list_cats(). Figure out where the category listing starts and ends, semantically. For example, there may be “div” tags bracketing the category listing.
    3. I copy-and-pasted the entire category code into an IF-THEN-ELSE block, like so: IF (test) THEN list-categories ELSE list-categories. (I realize that this is pointless to have identical code in both the THEN and ELSE blocks. Bear with me.)
    4. Now for the conditional of the IF, use: if (function_exists(‘list_tags’))
    5. Finally, edit the THEN block and change the category listing code to list tags instead. I think all I had to do was change the “Categories” header to “Tags”, and substitute “list_tags()” for “list_cats()”.

    Hope this helps. If not, leave me another comment and I’ll see what I can do.

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