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Helping the Ultimate Tag Warrior Work with Jerome’s Keywords WordPress Plugins

If you have been following this blog, you will know that I’m a huge fan of Christine Davis’ Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin. I’m also pushing both publicly and privately to get it put into WordPress.com. It makes adding tags incredibly powerful.

Unfortunately, the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin doesn’t play nicely with another of my favorite WordPress Plugins, Jerome’s Keywords. With the help of Christine Davis, I have the solution to helping these two WordPress Plugins cooperate.

The Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin (UTW) helps you add tags to the full version of WordPress. You can add them without interaction with your WordPress Theme template files, or dig into them and customize things as you wish.

I’ve been using Jerome’s Keywords almost since day one. It allows you to add keywords to your posts on a per-post basis, and sets the keywords in the meta tags in your blog’s code head. While most search engines don’t use keyword meta tags any more, some still do, and I have almost a decade of keywords I’d like preserved, so this was important to me.

The latest version of Jerome’s Keywords allows the WordPress user to use keywords as tags, turning all those keywords into tags for listing, similar to the Ultimate Tag Warrior, though not quite as powerful. It’s very simple to use, though, which is great for people intimidated by the power and versatility of the Ultimate Tag Warrior. As for me, I still wanted just the meta tags to be there, and I was really happy with using both Plugins.

What I didn’t realize when I added UTW was that it used the same variables as Jerome’s Keywords. Yikes!

I spotted the problem when clicking on the site search tags on did not present a lovely search result list for those tag keywords. Yes, it did sometimes, but not consistently. Some tags even brought up a blank page. I first thought it came from Davis’ recent switch from listing multi-word tags with an underline representing a space (wordpress_plugins) to a hyphen (wordpress-plugins). This proved not to be the case.

Fixing the Ultimate Tag Warrior and Jerome’s Keywords WordPress Plugins

The conflict came from Jerome’s Keywords using the same variable references as the Ultimate Tag Warrior. Instead of changing the variable in UTW, it was easier to change it in Jerome’s Keywords.

To fix this problem, first upgrade to the latest version of the Ultimate Tag Warrior.

Then using a text editor, open the jeromes-keywords.php plugin file and search for the following under the section where Jerome has set the variables which may be modified by the user:

define('KEYWORDS_QUERYVAR', 'tag'); // get/post variable name for querying tag/keyword from WP
define('KEYWORDS_TAGURL', 'tag'); // URL to use when querying tags

You can change the variable to anything you want. I chose the following:

define('KEYWORDS_QUERYVAR', 'keyword'); // get/post variable name for querying tag/keyword from WP
define('KEYWORDS_TAGURL', 'keyword'); // URL to use when querying tags

Save the file and upload it to your blog’s Plugins directory and the problem should be fixed.

For those looking at using one or the other of these two WordPress Plugins, its a difficult choice. I recommend Jerome’s Keywords Plugin if you are looking for a simple, easy to use tag and keyword feature. If you want total customization and power controls, then I’d choose the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin. If you want both, you can use both, just make sure you change the variables.

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5 Comments

  1. andrabr
    Posted November 28, 2006 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    It appears that the latest version of Jerome’s Keywords V2.0 Beta 3 does not have the same variables.

    I found
    ‘query_varname’ => ‘tag’, // HTTP var name used for tag searches

    I assume it took place of KEYWORDS_QUERYVAR.

    But there is no sign of KEYWORDS_TAGURL (unless it is set somewhere in the options screen and I somehow missed it).

  2. Posted November 28, 2006 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Then one of the two Plugin authors may have made a change in the new version to remove this bug. Check with the authors to make sure, and look for something resembling the above code in the Plugin code to find out what they may have used. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll look into this soon.

  3. Posted January 20, 2007 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    I have had the same experience as andrabr. The variables aren’t there. And Christine just put a new version up on Jan 17th. Before the new version, my WP full version could not see UTG no matter what I did. Now it does.

  4. Posted May 17, 2007 at 4:16 am | Permalink

    WordPress has many nice features as well as many useful plugins – mostly free – that I use regularly on my blogs. Thank you to a wonderful sharing community of users that makes life easier for all of us :)

  5. Posted April 24, 2008 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    It is true that the ultimate warrior tag is a very versatile tool. However, I am not very good at the technical side.


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