A Deep Dive Into WordPress Taxonomies and How to Use Them Effectively

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WordPress Taxonomies: An Introduction

WordPress is a powerful content management system (CMS) used to develop websites and blogs. It enables users to easily create and manage content, such as posts, pages, and media library items. With its flexibility, WordPress also allows users to create custom taxonomies. Taxonomies are a way to categorize and organize content. WordPress taxonomies are a way to group posts and custom post types (such as products and services) together into a hierarchical structure.

Taxonomies are very useful in website development as they allow users to easily sort content into different categories. The WordPress core includes two basic taxonomies: ‘Categories’ and ‘Tags’. Categories can help users organize content by topic while tags can further specify any post or page. But these two taxonomies may not be enough to meet your needs. That’s why you can create custom taxonomies in WordPress to add more structure and organization to your content.

How to Create Custom Taxonomies in WordPress?

Creating custom taxonomies in WordPress is quite straightforward. All you need to do is create a custom taxonomy in code. This can be done by registering a new taxonomy with WordPress.

When creating a custom taxonomy, you should specify the labels and parameters. This will make it easier for others to understand what this taxonomy is used for. You should also specify the public parameter which makes the taxonomy visible in front-end forms.

Once the taxonomy is registered, you can start using it. You can assign posts to the custom taxonomy using the ‘Categories’ or ‘Tags’ metabox in the post editor. You can also create custom taxonomy terms (e.g. categories, tags) in the admin area.

How to Use WordPress Taxonomies Effectively?

The key to using WordPress taxonomies effectively is to structure them in a meaningful way. It’s important to create taxonomy terms that are easy to understand and navigate. When you create custom taxonomies in WordPress, you can also specify the ‘hierarchical’ parameter. This will make the taxonomy behave like categories – users can assign posts to parent and child terms.

If you want to display taxonomy terms in your theme, you can use the ‘get_terms’ function or the ‘wp_list_categories’ function. This will display a list of taxonomy terms on the front-end of your website.

How to Use Custom Taxonomies to Filter Posts in the WordPress Admin Area?

The WordPress admin area is a great way to manage and organize your website content. One of its features is the ability to use custom taxonomies to filter posts in the WordPress admin area. Taxonomies are categories and tags used to organize content and make it easier to find and manage. By using custom taxonomies, you can classify content by topic, location, author, date, or any other criteria that is important to you.

When creating custom taxonomies, it is important to ensure that the labels and terms you choose are accurate and distinct. This will help with overall organization and make it easier to identify the right content when needed.

Once you have created the custom taxonomies, you can begin using them to filter posts in the WordPress admin area. To do this, navigate to the post editor and select the “Taxonomy” label in the sidebar. This will display a list of all of your custom taxonomies. You can then choose the taxonomies you would like to use to filter posts.

In the “Taxonomy” view, you will be able to view all posts assigned to each taxonomy. You can further refine the list by using the search field to find posts based on specific terms, or you can use the sort feature to organize posts by most recent or alphabetical order.

Once you have organized your posts according to the custom taxonomies, you can use the “Bulk Edit” feature to quickly apply changes to multiple posts at once. You can also use the “Quick Edit” feature to make adjustments to individual posts.

Using custom taxonomies to filter posts in the WordPress admin area is a great way to quickly and easily organize content. It allows you to easily identify and make adjustments to posts based on their categories and tags, which saves time and simplifies the content management process.

In addition to organizing content, custom taxonomies can also be used to improve the relevancy of your content. For example, if you are writing an article about a specific topic, you can assign that post to the corresponding taxonomy to ensure that it shows up when people are searching for related content.


WordPress taxonomies are a great way to add structure and organization to your content. They allow you to easily categorize posts and custom post types. You can create custom taxonomies in WordPress to further customize the way you organize content. When using WordPress taxonomies, it’s important to properly structure them and display them in an easy to understand way. This will make it easier for users to find content. You can also use custom taxonomies to filter content in the WordPress admin area.

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