NOTE: Since WordPress 2.1, the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin has had some major problems and the author has decided to stop support, especially now that WordPress 2.3 has tagging built-in. Much thanks, appreciation, and honors goes to author Christine Davis, who gave so much time and energy to supporting one of the most powerful and flexible WordPress Plugins ever produced. The WordPress Community is feeling the loss of this great Plugin, and we thank you, Christine, for proving to the world how versatile and flexible a WordPress Plugin can be. (September 2007)
One of the most consistently popular posts on this blog is about using the The Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin. In that post I give you some basic methods on how to set up a tag cloud and list of tags in your post meta data section. This is one of the most amazing and versatile WordPress Plugins around with so many options and configurations, it takes some digging into the code and documentation to uncover them.
During this month long series of WordPress Plugins, some people have asked me to do a “Ultimate Tag Warrior for Dummies” article so they could make UTW work for them without much thought to to get the customized look they want for tags in their WordPress Themes. I’ll do my best.
For those unfamiliar with the Ultimate Tag Warrior (UTW), it is a WordPress Plugin created by Christine Davis for the full version of WordPress that adds tagging capabilities to your WordPress blog. You can add tags automatically to your posts, with no interaction with your WordPress Theme template files. It also allows you to add tags to your WordPress Theme template files, expanding your options for displaying and using tags throughout your blog.
The latest version features AJAX technology to allow you to add tags to your post directly on your blog post and many other bells and whistles. I’ll stick to the basics to help you understand how to use UTW to display tags on your blog.
The Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin as one the first and most extensive ways to add tags to your WordPress blog. It became so popular, Christine added the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin Support Forum for others users to help her answer questions on how to use the Plugin in their WordPress blogs. To get the answers you need about this Plugin, head there first.
Once you have installed the Ultimate Tag Warrior Plugin, go to the Administration Panels > Manage > Tags panel to set up the configuration on what tags you want where in your WordPress blog. You will also find links for more information and help.
How to Install, Configure, and Use WordPress Plugins.
In the first part, I’ve put together a how to display UTW tags from the WordPress Administration Panels. In the next section, I’ll showcase some copy and paste code to create the tag lists and clouds you may want for your tags in your WordPress blog. If you are unfamiliar with UTW, I recommend you start with my article on The Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin and then come back to choose the format to feature tags on your WordPress blog.
Display Tags Without Interaction with Your WordPress Theme
The Ultimate Tag Warrior features two configuration panels, accessible from your WordPress Administration Panels > Manage > Tags. One is to manage your tags and the other is to configure how you would like the tags to appear on your blog.
Under Manage Tags, you can manage some of the programming elements of UTW such as editing tags to fix spelling and errors or change the wording, assign synonyms which add to the related tag words when a site search is initiated, convert categories to tags, and maintenance and troubleshooting utilities like Force Reinstall, Tidy Tags and Custom Fields.
Custom Fields should probably more accurately be called “Tag Import and Export” as it allows you to move tags around from one custom field into UTW and to export tags to Custom Fields as well.
For example, if you have been using a meta tag keyword WordPress Plugin like Jerome’s Keywords WordPress Plugin, you can import the keywords from the
keywords custom field created with the Keywords Plugin into the list of tags for UTW. The keywords in the
keywords custom field table will remain there, so you can use them in both places. This also works if you have been using another tagging WordPress Plugin and want to move to UTW. Import the custom field words and then you can deactivate the other tagging Plugin.
You will find other options there to help you manage your tags, including changing words and merging them together.
In the Tag Configuration panel you will find the meat and potatoes of the Ultimate Tag Warrior.
For specific instructions on how to configure your tags, see Tag Configuration in the Ultimate Tag Warrior help files.
In general, here is a summary of what each element does.
- URL Settings: If you are using Permalinks, this section allows you to control the end results of the link address/URL shown when accessing site search tag results. Instead of the links reading
index.php?tag=tagname, they would read
/tags/tagname. Nothing is done to change the structure of your website directory. No directory or folder is created called “tags”. This is a virtual directory only found in the link address. For this to work, your
.htaccessmust be writable and you must be already using Permalinks.
- Embedded Tags: If you are not using the WordPress Administration Panels to write your post, using instead one of the many other blog posting services, you can instruct Ultimate Tag Warrior to search for embedded tags within your post after you hit save or publish and convert them into tags.
Simply type the information in your post and where you want a
[tag]tagname[/tag]you can highlight it with the
[tag]brackets[/tag]and UTW will recognize them and [tag]import[/tag] them into your tag list. The tags will not display on the post but in the tags, so you can wrap any word in an embedded tag or make a list at the bottom of your post.
- Debugging: If you are having problems and are instructed to turn on the debugging feature, this is where you will do so.
- Automatic Tag Link Inclusion: There is much UTW can do automatically. Two options are to automatically include tags in your blog feeds, and to include tags within your post content area.
- Automatic Feed Tags: If selected, tags will automatically be included in the feed for your blog. They will link to your site and permit a site search based upon the tag keywords. This is also known as a local search.
- Automatic Content Tags: If you wish tags to appear in your post content area automatically, activate this feature. The options allow you to specify which format and where the tags will appear. They can appear before or after the post content, and you control the format through the many options for displaying your tags,. Another option allows you to include HTML tags before or after the list of tags. If you would like the tags to appear in a DIV with specific stylesheet instructions, you can set the before to be
<div class="taglist">and the after to be
</div>, giving you a little more control over the look of the tags. If you will be manually adding UTW template tags to your template files of your WordPress Theme, do not set these options.
- Global Formatting Settings: The Global Formatting Settings are the controls of how your tag lists will look, whether the tags are added automatically or manually to your WordPress blog. Here you control the font colors and sizes for displaying your tags. If you have selected a UTW tag format that includes icons of the various tag services, you can select which of the tag services you would like to include in your list.
- Editing Options: This section allows you to set whether or not you want to add the names of any categories to the list of tags. In WordPress, categories are automatically set as tags, but UTW gives you the option of including your categories, or not, in your tag list.
This section also gives you three choices for displaying the list of tags in the Manage > Write Post panel. You can have none, leaving only a blank field for you to enter your tags manually, relying upon categories or embedded tags to be added automatically; Tag List creates a list of existing tags, which can get really long if you use a lot of different tags; and the dropdown list offers tag choices in a dropdown menu, which can also be very long and drop below your screen if you use a lot of different tags.
Personally, I have so many tags I set this to none as it overwhelmed my Write Post panel with the lists. It was faster to type them in than hunt through a huge list.
When you’ve made your changes, click SAVE and the changes will be applied to your blog.
Integrating the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin Within Your WordPress Theme
In the Tag Configuration panel, you can set the format of the UTW tags. You can also bypass most of the configuration elements to manually add the tags to your WordPress Theme template files so they appear where and how you want them to appear. You can also create a custom template file to display the generated list of tag search results on your blog.
Before we start formating your blog’s tags, you need to decide where you want the tag links to send the reader. If you are using site search tags, clicking the tag link will showcase posts with that tag from your blog.
If you are using tag service links, like Technorati or del.icio.us, or you want the links to display search engine results from Google or elsewhere, clicking on that tag link will take the visitor away from your site to that tag service, generating a list of related tags search results – other blogs using the same or similar tag.
You can use one or the other, or both. Knowing which you want to use when needs to be part of your plan and set within the Tag Configuration Panels or through the choice of tag functions. Choose carefully to ensure you get the right destination when your visitors click the tag links.
For specific and detailed instructions on how to embed UTW Plugin template tags into your WordPress Theme, see the documentation on Ultimate Tag Warrior Help with Integrating Tags into your WordPress Theme. There is also a list of predefined tag formats that you should study carefully to determine which how you want your tags displayed.
The basic format of the Plugin template tag for the Ultimate Tag Warrior is:
UTW_FunctionTitle ("formattype", "format", "limit")
UTW_Function_Title tells the Plugin which function you want to use. We’ll explore the various functions the Ultimate Tag Warrior uses below.
The three parameters used by UTW are:
formattype: the format you wish to use to display the tags
format: allows customization of the tag list format and display
limit: which sets the number of tags or posts to display
UTW tags are broken down into two categories: (1) tags on your post page and (2) tags within your WordPress Theme outside of the WordPress Loop.
From within the post and the WordPress Loop, tags show are either for or related to the current post. They are not a list of all the tags within your entire blog. Tag lists outside of the WordPress Loop shows tags listed on your whole blog.
I will show you various ways to display tags with UTW inside and outside the WordPress Loop.
Ultimate Tag Warrior Tags in the Post Content Area Inside the WordPress Loop
Each of the following tag examples must be within the WordPress Loop. Typical locations are under title and author byline or in the post meta data section, the information about the post featured at the bottom of the post content area.
For examples on how to put these Plugin template tags into your WordPress Theme, see How to Install, Configure, and Use WordPress Plugins for an explanation of the WordPress Loop code and placement of tags within it. See also my post on The Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin for a basic introduction on using UTW.
Post Tags for Intrasite Links
The following UTW tag links will generate the tags for the current post with links to tag search results within your blog, known as instrasite links. Most bloggers label these: “Site Search Tags”.
These Plugin template tags are typically used under the post title and author byline or at the bottom of the post in the post meta data section, where the date and time, categories, and other post information is displayed. You can put them anywhere, as long as they are within the WordPress Loop area.
UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost function displays the tags for this current post. There are a variety of formats to choose from. This first example shows a list of tags for this post in a single line of tags with a comma separating each tag name, with each link generating a list of your blog posts.
WordPress, blogging, blog writing, writing tips
And the Plugin template tag is:
<div class="utwtags"> <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("commalist"); ?> </div>
Don’t want the commas? Then use a
simplelist as the
formattype to create a list of tags with nothing but a space between them:
WordPress blogging blog writing writing tips
The Plugin template tag is:
<div class="utwtags"> <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("simplelist"); ?> </div>
A single line of tags with just commas is nice, but maybe you want them to appear in a sentence, with the last two tags separated with an “and”, such as:
This post is included in the following tag categories: WordPress, blogging, blog writing, and writing tips.
You would use this code, changing the text to a title or anything else you would like to say:
<div class="utwtags" This post is included in the following tag categories: ><?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("tagsetcommalist"); ?> </div>
If you would like to add the title “Tags” to your list of tags, with the built in “Tags” title format type to look like:
Tags: WordPress, blogging, blog writing, writing tips
You would use:
<div class="utwtags"> <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("commalistwithtaglabel"); ?> </div>
To show a list of tags for the current post in a bulleted list format, such as:
The Plugin template tag would be:
<div class="utwtags"> <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("htmllist"); ?> </div>
Post Tags For External Links
The Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin allows for intrasite links to tag pages or search results, and it also features a variety of Plugin template tags for external search and tag service results including Technorati, Flickr, Wikipedia, del.icio.us, and a tag feed link, or combinations thereof.
Warning: In my humble opinion, it is a mistake to limit your tags to only off-site links and services. You want to encourage your visitors to stay on your blog and find related content within it, not without. If you add external site links to your tags, I highly recommend you also include a list of on-site tag links.
To list your tags to these external, off-site locations, you use a different template tag
formattype, specifying which service and style you would like for the tags on the current post.
To show a line of comma delimited tags that link to Technorati when clicked, you would use:
<?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("technoraticommalist"); ?>
To show a line of comma delimited tags to Technorati, featuring the Technorati logo, which looks like this:
WordPress, blogging, blog writing, writing tips
You would use:
<?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("technoraticommalistwithiconlabel"); ?>
Want to showcase a variety of off-site tag and social bookmarking services? You can use the
iconlist format type to include a link to Technorati, Flickr, Wikipedia, del.icio.us, and a tag feed link after each tag word or phrase:
WordPress blogging blog writing writing tips
Using the following Plugin template tag:
<?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("iconlist"); ?>
Want to put that same idea into an HTML bullet list:
- blog writing
- writing tips
You would use:
<?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("htmllisticons"); ?>
To create a two line combination of blog intrasite tag links with external tag links to Technorati, which would look like:
Site Search Tags: WordPress, blogging, blog writing, writing tips
Technorati Tags: WordPress, blogging, blog writing, writing tips
You can use both tags in your post meta data section:
<div class="utwtags"> Site Search Tags: <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("commalist"); ?><br /> Technorati Tags: <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("technoraticommalist"); ?> </div>
Show Related Tags
The Ultimate Tag Warrior also gives you an option of showing related tags for the current post. This is a nice feature to use in combination with the tags for the current post, expanding the visitor’s tag options. The function name is
UTW_ShowRelatedTagsForCurrentPost and it uses the same format types as the show tags for current post function.
Consider using the
limit parameters with your list of related tags. If you have 50 tags related to the current post, but only 5 tags for the current post, the related tag list can overwhelm the current tag list. Consider restraining the list of related tags to 10 or less, depending upon your needs.
To show the list of ten related tags for the current post in a comma deliniated list, you would use:
<strong>Related Tags:</strong> <?php UTW_ShowRelatedTagsForCurrentPost("commalist", "", "10"); ?>
To show the list of related tags from Technorati, featuring the Technorati icon, you would use:
<?php UTW_ShowRelatedTagsForCurrentPost("technoraticommalistwithiconlabel", "", "10"); ?>
The format types for the show related tags for current post are the same as shown above. You can include links to Wikipedia, del.icio.us, and a feed link, put the list in an HTML list or in a line with only spaces. I recommend you choose a format type that matches such as:
Site Search Tags: WordPress, blogging, blog writing, writing tips
Related Tags: WordPress, blogging, blog writing, writing tips
Technorati Tags: WordPress, blogging, blog writing, writing tips
The code for using these three tag lists in your post meta data section is:
<div class="utwtags"> Site Search Tags: <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("commalist"); ?><br /> Related Site Tags: <?php UTW_ShowRelatedTagsForCurrentPost("commalist", "", "4"); ?></br> Technorati Tags: <?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("technoraticommalist"); ?> </div>
If there are no related tags for the post, the related tags list will show “no tags”.
Show Related Posts for Current Post
A rarely noticed feature inside of the Ultimate Tag Warrior gives you the ability to find related posts for the tags on the current post. The function name is
There are three format types for the related posts feature:
posthtmllist. To limit the number of related posts shown in the list, use the
limit parameter. If there are less than the limit’s settings, only those posts will be shown.
To feature a list of four related posts to the current post in an HTML bullet list:
- WordPress Tips and Tricks
- Blogging Tips and Tricks
- Tips for Writing a Blog
- How to Blog with WordPress
The Plugin tag structure would be:
<div class="utwrelatedposts"> <h4>Related Posts</h4> <?php UTW_ShowRelatedPostsForCurrentPost("posthtmllist", "", "4"); ?> </div>
To show the list of related posts in a line, with a space between each post title:
Related Posts: WordPress Tips and Tricks Blogging Tips and Tricks Tips for Writing a Blog How to Blog with WordPress
postsimplelist type format, you would use:
<div class="utwrelatedposts"> Related Posts: <?php UTW_ShowRelatedPostsForCurrentPost("postsimplelist", "", "4"); ?> </div>
The last format type creates a comma list, which is fun if you want to put the list of related posts in a sentence structure:
To read posts related to this subject, check out WordPress Tips and Tricks, Blogging Tips and Tricks, Tips for Writing a Blog, How to Blog with WordPress, and others among our many…
Using text around the Plugin template tag, it would be:
<div class="utwrelatedposts"> To read posts related to this subject, check out <?php UTW_ShowRelatedPostsForCurrentPost("postcommalist", "", "4"); ?> , and others among our many...</div>
Ultimate Tag Warrior Tags in the Post Content Area Outside the WordPress Loop
The Ultimate Tag Warrior tags used above must be used within the post content area and the WordPress Loop. The following UTW template tags are to be used outside of the WordPress Loop. Common areas are in the sidebar, footer, and even the header.
The tags shown by UTW outside of the WordPress Loop represent the tags on the entire blog, not just a single post. Like the previous examples, the tag links can stay on-site or go off-site.
In these examples, you need to consider how many tags you want shown, as well as how you want to display the tag lists. If you have more than 75 tags on your blog, you might want to only showcase the top 25 or 50 tags as not to overwhelm your visitors. Setting a limit on the number of tags shown within the Plugin template tag takes advantage of the
For examples of how to include these Plugin template tag examples into your WordPress Theme outside of the WordPress Loop, see How to Install, Configure, and Use WordPress Plugins.
The Ultimate Tag Warrior also includes instructions on how to create a showcase tags page for a list of tags for the entire blog using the
tags.php template file you create and add to your WordPress Theme. For more information on creating a custom tags page, see Ultimate Tag Warrior Help: Formatting the tags.php. For these examples, I’ll be sticking to featuring the tags within the Theme itself, though the Plugin template tag examples will work on a template file.
In this first section, we’ll look at how to create tag lists with words, then tag clouds. In the last section, we’ll explore how to graphically represent your tag lists.
Tag Word Lists
A tag word list is just a list of tags on your blog. You can feature them as a list of the most popular tags, or a weighted list, featuring tags of various sizes larger or smaller depending upon their popularity.
To create a simple comma delimited list of your most popular 10 tags on your blog, such as:
WordPress, blogging, blog writing, writing tips, how to write, how to blog, blogging tips, WordPress tips, WordPress blogging tips, and How to use WordPress
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet("tagsetcommalist", "", "10"); ?>
To increase the number in the list to 25, change the 10 to 25. By default, UTW tag clouds are limited to the top 150 tags on your blog. To display all of the tags on your blog in your tag cloud, change the
limit parameter to 0. This is great for use on a single page view of all your tags, but if you have a lot of tags, it will make a huge list and slow down the loading of your blog’s pages.
To show a list of tags in a cloud effect, where the words are all on one line that wraps to the width of the container they are in, such as the width of your sidebar, you could use one of the “cloud” format types.
To show a tag cloud listing the 10 most popular tags used on your blog, represented by being the largest font size, and then the tags getting smaller to the least popular of the 10 tags listed in the
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet("sizedtagcloud", "", "10"); ?>
The most common format for a tag cloud is an alphabetical list of tags of various font sizes.
For a list of tags sorted in alphabetical order, with font sizes increasing and decreasing as an indicator of the tag’s popularity on your blog, you could use the following Plugin template tag format:
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSetAlphabetical("sizedtagcloud","","10"); ?>
To create the same effect, but with colorized tags, ranging from the brightest or darkest color for emphasis, to the lightest color for less emphasis, or any colors you would like set in the Tag Configuration panel options:
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSetAlphabetical("coloredsizedtagcloud","","10"); ?>
To create the same effect, but the tags include a count of how many posts feature each tag, you would use the
coloredsizedtagcloudwithcount format type which would look like:
WordPress (76), blogging (74), blog writing (66), writing tips (59), how to write (45), how to blog (32), blogging tips (26), WordPress tips (19), WordPress blogging tips (12), and How to use WordPress (6)
And the Plugin template tag would be:
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet("coloredsizedtagcloudwithcount", "", "10"); ?>
There are a lot of combinations of tag words and tag clouds you can use with the Ultimate Tag Warrior. Your options are:
UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet displays a list of the most popular tags on your blog in various format types including:
tagsetsimplelistcreates a simple list of tags with an “and” between each tag.
tagsetcommalistcreates a simple list of tags with a comma between each tag.
tagsettextonlycreates a simple list of tags without links which can be added for keyword impact in your header or footer.
coloredtagcloudcreates a colorized tag cloud of tag words, with the color highest intensity on the most popular tags. Color options set in the Tag Configuration panel.
tagcloudlistdisplays a tag cloud in the form of an ordered list (1, 2, 3), with popular tags emphasized by font size and color.
sizedtagcloudfeatures a tag cloud of tag words, with the popular tags emphasized by font size.
coloredsizedtagcloudis a tag cloud of tag words, with popular tags emphasized by font size and color.
coloredsizedtagcloudwithcountcreates a tag cloud of tag words and a count of how many posts have each tag, with popular tags emphasized by font size and color.
Display UTW Tags in a Graphic Format
The Ultimate Tag Warrior also offers functions to display your UTW tags in graphical formats rather than just with words. These format types are used mostly with the
UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet function, though some have used them with the
UTW_ShowWeightedTagSetAlphabetical function for some interesting visual results.
To use these functions, you have three format types to choose from:
weightedlinearbarcreates a bar across your page with the largest and darkest sections representing the most popular tags. No words are shown in the graphic representation.
weightedlongtailcreates a long-tail curve graph, with the most popular tags showing the longest lines. No words are shown in the graphic representation.
weightedlongtailverticalcreates a long-tail graph of your blog’s tags in a vertical format. The tag words are shown in the list and CSS styles can be used to format the list.
While the first two graphic representatives of your blog’s tags feature no visible words, hovering the mouse of the different sections pops up a title tip with the tag words.
An example of the code for a weighted long-tail tag list would be:
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet("weightedlongtail","",10); ?>
You can see examples of what these options would look like on Christine Davis’ help file for Ultimate Tag Warrior Predefined Formats.
Customizing Your Ultimate Tag Warrior Tags
The above examples are the “built-in” easy-to-use Plugin template tags and functions for the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin. Let’s dig a little deeper and customize it even more.
Using percentage substitution tags, formatting instructions wrapped with percentage sign symbols, inside of the
format parameter, you can control where your links go and have a finer control over how they look on your blog’s tag lists. I’ve included a list of percentage substitution tags for the Ultimate Tag Warrior below and you can find more specific information from the Ultimate Tag Warrior Custom Formats List. Let’s look at how these work to customize how your UTW tags can be displayed on your WordPress blog.
The percentage substitution tags open up a whole new world of ways to format your blog’s UTW tag lists. By leaving the
formattype blank, and inserting exactly what you want into the
format parameters, there are many ways to format your tags.
To create an HTML bullet list of the tags for the current post using the percentage substitution tags manually, you would use:
<?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("", array("default"=>'<li><a href="%tagurl%" title="%tagdisplay%">%tagdisplay%</a></li>'), 10); ?>
This isn’t much different from using the HTML list format above, so let’s take it further and add a feed link and icon (stored in your WordPress Theme folder) to each tag in the bullet list.
<?php UTW_ShowTagsForCurrentPost("", array("default"=>'<li><a href="%tagurl%" title="%tagdisplay%">%tagdisplay%</a> <a href="%tagurl%feed/" title="feed"><img src="'.get_bloginfo('template_url').'/rss.png" alt="feed" title="feed" /></a></li>'), 10); ?></ul>
What about adding a list of tags for the your entire blog’s tag list which showcases tags from Flickr? The following use of the percentage tags will create a list of tags to Flickr with a space between each tag link (using the
entity for a non-breaking space):
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet("", "%flickrtag% ", "10"); ?>
This is a very limiting format. To give you more control over how you want the tags to appear, let’s put the same list of Flickr tags into an HTML list you can control with CSS, adding the Flickr icon after the tag link, just like we did with the feed icon and link:
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet("", array("default"=>'<li><a href="%flickrurl%" title="%tagdisplay%">%tagdisplay%</a> <a href="%flickrurl%" title="Flickr Tags for %tagdisplay%">%flickricon%</a></li>'), 10); ?>
You can also create custom tag lists for del.icio.us, Wikipedia, Gada.be, and Zniff.
You can add a tag count and feed link to each tag in the HTML list tag set:
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet("", array("default"=>'<a href="%tagurl%" title="%tagdisplay% (%tagcount%)">%tagdisplay%</a> (%tagcount%) <a href="%tagurl%feed/" title="feed"><img src="'.get_bloginfo('template_url').'/rss.png" alt="feed" title="feed" /></a>'), 10); ?>
What if you don’t like the idea of an HTML list but want to design a list of your blog’s tags with an icon, such as a star, between each tag link?
<?php UTW_ShowWeightedTagSet("", array("default"=>'<a href="%tagurl%" title="%tagdisplay%">%tagdisplay%</a> <img src="'.get_bloginfo('template_url').'/star.gif" alt="" /> '), 50); ?>
It would look like this graphic, a list of tags with a yellow star between each one:
Use your imagination to see what types of UTW tag clouds and lists you can create.
If you would like to showcase your UTW Plugin template tag formats here, we’d love it. Just remember to use the
<code> format and convert all your
< and quote marks into
" and apostrophes into
' to let your code be seen. For more information on how to include code in posts and comments, see WordPress.com Blog Bling: Signatures and Writing Code.
Optional Percentage Substitution Tags for Tag Link Formats
The list of optional percentage substitution tags for UTW includes:
%flickrtag%: Links to Flickr
%delicioustag%: Links to del.icio.us
%wikipediatag%: Links to Wikipedia
%gadabetag%: Links to Gada.be
%znifftag%: Zniff Icelandic Search Engine
%rssurl%: Tag feed link
%technoratiicon%: Technorati icon
%flickricon%: Flickr icon
%deliciousicon%: Del.icio.us icon
%wikipediaicon%: Wikipedia icon
%gadabeicon%: Gadabe icon
%znifficon%: Zniff icon
%rssicon%: Feed icon
%technoratiurl%: Technorati URL
%flickrurl%: Flickr URL
%deliciousurl%: del.icio.us URL
%wikipediaurl%: Wikipedia URL
%gadabeurl%: gada.be URL
%zniffurl%: Zniff URL
%rssurl%: RSS URL (site feed link)
%tagcount%: Tag count (how many times tag used)
%tag%: tag name
%tagid%: tag ID number
%tagdisplay%: Display tag name
%tagurl%: Link of tag
Ultimate Tag Warrior Enabled Themes and Plugins
The Ultimate Tag Warrior Plugin has proven so consistently popular, there are now quite a few WordPress Themes that come enabled for UTW right out of the box. There are also other WordPress Plugins that work in combination with UTW to expand the options.
Many of these are listed in Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin Themes, Extensions, and Other Hackery.
Here is a list of WordPress Plugins that work with the Ultimate Tag Warrior:
- Extended Live Archive: Creates an AJAX archive list of your blog posts, including tags. If you are having trouble with these two Plugins, see Squible’s Livesearch with UTW.
- Google Sitemaps Integration: Integration of UTW tags with Google Sitemap Generator for WordPress Plugin.
- SEO Title Tag WordPress Plugin: Incorporates UTW tags into the title tag of your WordPress blog.
- Tags in the Head: Adds Meta Tags to your blog’s “head” section, including the optional inclusion of UTW tags.
- Add Related Posts to Your Feed WordPress Plugin: Using the add related posts to feed function, this Plugin does the work automatically for you, and UTW tags are added to your outgoing feeds.
- UTW-RPC Plugin: While hard to understand the Plugin description, it appears this WordPress Plugin adds UTW tags to blog editors as well as to outgoing feeds, with a lot of customization and configuration options.
- Ultimate Tag Warrior on WordPress and Windows Live Writer: Integreates using Windows Live Writer to publish WordPress blog posts along with UTW tags.
- How to make ecto work with Ultimate Tag Warrior: Offers the manual hack to add tags to integrate UTW tags into Ecto for publishing WordPress blog posts. UTW-RPC Plugin is based upon this hack.
- Flying Sparks – ReTag Post Extension Plugin for UTW: Adds a ReTag menu to your Manage Panel to view the last 15 posts with along with your current post tags and site cloud map, allowing changing of the tags on the posts and fast saving. It also features next and previous navigation.
- Dropdown Archives Widget for WordPress: Displays your posts in an archive within a dropdown menu and offers optional UTW support for inclusion on the list.
Other helpful articles on using and integrating the Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin into your blog include:
- The Ultimate Tag Warrior WordPress Plugin Tips from Lorelle on WordPress
- Andy Beard – Ultimate Tag Warrior SEO Tricks (pt 1)
- Andy Beard – UTW – Tagging SEO Tricks (pt 2)
- Jarrod Trainque – Turning WordPress Into A Tag-Based Blogging Application
- MaxPower – Using UTW to populate meta Keywords
- A Guide to Using the Ultimate Tag Warrior Plugin (Japanese – English Translation)
- AOINA.COM: Inserting the Ultimate Tag Warrior Into a WordPress Theme With Plugin Template Tags (Japanese – English Translation)
- Waviaei – Some useful Ultimate Tag Warrior tips
- TechTites – Targeting Chitika Ads with UTW
- Donncha O’Caoimh – Simple UTW Performance Boost
- Illudium – Plugin Props for Ultimate Tag Warrior Plugin
Rumors are floating around about the Ultimate Tag Warrior, so expect some changes in how it works and what it does soon. In one recent discussion, Christine David wonders if it’s time for a revolutionary change in how UTW works, debating about breaking it up into tag style specific Plugins or leaving it as a whole. WordPress is also debating over the issue of categories and tags and considering bringing in tag technology into the core of WordPress, and UTW would be a prime candidate. Who knows?
- Tags and Tagging in WordPress
- Categories versus Tags – What’s the Difference and Which One?
- The Problems With Tags and Tagging
- Categories versus Tags: Defining the Limitations
- A Tagging Bookmarklet for WordPress and wordpress.com Users
- Social Bookmarking Submit Links on WordPress Blogs
- Adding Del.icio.us, Digg, Technorati and Slashdot Links to Your WordPress Blog
- Putting Some Thought Into Blog Categories and Tags
- Tags Are Not Categories – Got It?
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