Current WordPress 2.7 Version: 2.00 (Download – 4KB)
Release Date: November 2, 2008
Compatibility: Only works with WordPress 2.7.x

Current WordPress 2.5/2.6 Version: 1.70 (Download – 4KB)
Release Date: March 30, 2008
Compatibility: Only works with WordPress 2.5.x and 2.6.x

Current WordPress 2.3 Version: 1.48 (Download – 10KB)
Release Date: December 17, 2007
Compatibility: Only works with WordPress 2.3.x

This is a plugin for WordPress 2.3+ that utilizes the built-in tag system for recommending and displaying a list of your current tags. It avoids the troubling issue of creating duplicate tag names that are nearly identical, such as “download” and “downloads.”

–Features–

Here is a list of all the features included in Recommended Tags:

  • WORDPRESS 2.3 ONLY: Type-ahead tag completion will show a list of matching tags as you type them in the box. This is included as a feature in WordPress 2.5, and we have therefore removed it as a feature of this plug-in in the latest version.
    • The total number of times a tag has been used is also shown in parenthesis immediately after the tag name.
  • Intelligently recommended tags based on the content of the article:
    • Tags can be “exploded” so that the tag name is broken up into individual words. This will let a tag called “Windows Vista” be recommended even if you only mention “Vista” (note that it is without the “Windows”) in your article.
      • You can specify words to ignore that may appear in your tags, such as “the”.
    • Common plural/past endings can be trimmed off of the end of tag names. That way a tag called “downloads” will still be recommended even if you only mention “download” in the article.
      • On the Admin screen you can customize which endings are trimmed off.
    • HTML tags are stripped from the post so that things such as URL’s are not matched in your tags. That way linking to a Wikipedia article won’t necessarily recommend the “Wikipedia” tag, unless you’ve specified the tag name somewhere in the content of your article.
  • Complete list of all existing tags is shown below the upload box incase a desired tag is not recommended.
  • Completely customizable via the WordPress Admin screen
    • Display a list of existing tags
    • Display the recommended tags
    • Enable type-ahead auto-completion of tag names
    • And more…see the screenshot below

–WordPress 2.5+ Installation–

  • Download the current version of the plugin to your computer, and extract the contents.
  • Upload the recommendedtags.php file to your WordPress plugins directory.
  • Optional: There are several options which can be configured from the WordPress Admin screen. Just go to Options -> Recommended Tags.

–WordPress 2.3 Installation–

  • Download the current version of the plugin to your computer, and extract the contents.
  • Upload the recommended-tags folder to your WordPress plugins directory.
  • Optional: There are several options which can be configured from the WordPress Admin screen. Just go to Options -> Recommended Tags.

–Screenshots–

Here are two screenshots of the Recommended Tags plugin in action on WordPress 2.3. The one on the left is of the configuration screen, and the one on the right is what it looks like when using the plugin (Note: there have been some changes to the layout, but it is generally the same as what you see in the screenshot). You may click on either screenshot for a larger image.

Recommended Tags Options Recommended Tags Used

–Changelog–

  • November 2, 2008 – Created a version that is compatible with WordPress 2.7.
  • March 30, 2008 – Added a version of Recommended Tags specifically for WordPress 2.5. This version does not include the type-ahead auto completion because this is now a feature of WordPress.
  • December 17, 2007 – Fixed a bug where tags on future scheduled posts wouldn’t appear in the list until after the post was displayed on the site.
  • October 17, 2007 – Definitely fixed the “Empty Delimiter” error that some people were having. Thanks to Chris over at FootNoted.org for lending me his site to try it out on.
  • October 13, 2007 – Hopefully fixed the “Empty Delimiter” error that some people were having. You must be running a certain version of PHP to see this error message.
  • September 29, 2007 – There were some issues with cross-browser compatibility. Hopefully most of the issues should be solved now. To counter the issue that I was having I had to have the tag editor get placed below the Save/Publish buttons, which may not be ideal but there are not many other ways around it.
  • September 27, 2007 – Added type-ahead auto completion of tags, and made all options configurable via the WordPress Admin screen.
  • September 24, 2007 – First Public Release

–Contact/Support–

Feel free to contact me with any issues you may be having. I’ll do my best to help, and please tell me what browser you’re using when you contact me.

–Credits–

This plugin was originally based off of Andy Staines’ work, who created the Click Tags plugin.