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Version 1.19.0 of Tag Groups Premium is out. I am glad that this release comes again with many exciting new features, some of which are requests from users.

New: Dynamic Post Filter With Toggles

You probably know the Dynamic Post Filter: Visitors enter tags into a search field and a list shows live all matching posts.

The new post filter comes with a slight variation: Now your tags appear in a list with toggle buttons. If you turn on a tag, it becomes active for the filter.

The Dynamic Post Filter With Toggles is a good choice if you want to offer a list of tags that easily fits on a screen. It helps your visitors keep an overview of all available filter options.

Screenshot - Dynamic Post Filter With Toggles - Chatty Mango - WordPress
If you need a live example, you can see it here.

Some more details:

  • For this tool you need to insert three shortcodes: One for the filter, one for the posts and one for the messages about how many posts were found (if you need them). That makes it possible to freely arrange the components in your page layout.
  • You can select which groups appear and the tags can be sorted by name, slug, ID, description or count. You can also use include_terms and exclude_terms to fine-tune the available amount of tags.
  • The filter part can optionally be displayed as accordion: Initially you see only the group names. When you click on them, the panels with the tags slide down. Please note, however, that also hidden toggle switches are effective.
  • Since I added it to the classical Dynamic Post Filter, I also added it here: The persistent filter (parameter persistent_filter) option lets your visitors who clicked on a post and then pressed the back button return to the same post in the same selection of filters. You can define a time how long the filter should remain in memory. Try it here.
  • Of course, also the list of posts for a particular selection of filters is kept in the cache for a time that you choose so that your database won’t have to do the entire search again.
  • The Dynamic Post Filter With Toggles comes with two themes – simply use dpf_toggle_menu_light (default) or dpf_toggle_menu_dark as div_class. Or create your own. The toggle switches are HTML checkboxes – your designer will love to make them shine.

Test the Dynamic Post Filter With Toggles on this page.

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the dark theme

Customizable Meta Box

The plugin can add a meta box to the post edit screen where you select tags from tag groups. This is one of the most popular features of the premium plugin.

Since this version you can

  1. define in the settings a set of groups that will be available to your post authors;
  2. replace the pull-down menu by a simple list of input fields of all available groups, while preventing to remove any field.

You find both settings under the Meta Box tab in the Back End submenu of the Tag Groups settings.

Improvements to the Dynamic Post Filter

Also the Dynamic Post Filter can now be split into a filter part and a posts part. Supply the parameter separate=1 to the shortcode and then use the second shortcode [tag_groups_dpf_body].
This lets you arrange them side-by-side, or place the menu in a widget and the posts in the page body, or anything else you need. Just keep both components on the same page.

The Dynamic Post Filter also comes now with the persistent_filter parameter. Use it with a number of minutes that a visitor’s filter settings will be restored when they return to the list. The first time they return, the persistent filter will also try to scroll back to the previously viewed post.

Lastly, the placeholder {image_src|widthxheight} in the post template accepts now percentages and the keyword “auto” for width and height.1 If you want to use pixels, you enter the number without any “px”.2 Edit the template in the Tag Groups Settings, Front End.

More Changes

Please find the whole list in the changelog.


How to get the new version? Simply update it from your admin back end, or, if you don’t use the premium version yet, buy it or test it in a free trial.

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It’s now been almost 1.5 years since I launched the WordPress plugin Tag Groups Premium. From the very beginning I was overwhelmed by the positive reception that every new feature has seen.

During the past months, while the plugin and its outreach were growing, I increasingly realized that I had to make several adjustments so that I could cope with the very specific conditions of the WordPress ecosystem.

My commitment to deliver a high-quality product and a service that exceeds expectations convinced me to move the plugin sales to Freemius. This opens up the possibility to integrate sales and customer support tightly into the plugin and to fine-tune licenses. I believe that this decision will bring a huge benefit for all customers.

More plans and free trials

Freemius combines an impressive set of tools with an extremely customer-centered approach and vast experience in selling WordPress plugins. It is now possible, for example, to sell a selection of particular features to people who don’t need the entire package. Many users need only some additional tag clouds. And voilà!

With the new platform I am also able to offer free trials of all premium features. The possibility to test the plugin before buying has been a frequent request.

How to buy Tag Groups Premium in future?

The easiest way is to install the free plugin and then upgrade the license in the Tag Groups settings.

You will then receive a download link from where you receive a ZIP-file that you can directly upload to your website.

Will the free Tag Groups plugin change?

There are only some minor changes in the code of the free plugin, most of which you won’t even notice. The license model will remain the same, as required by the rules of the WordPress.org repository.

New will be the possibility to opt-in to the services of Freemius. It goes without saying that you can safely skip them and won’t be bothered any further. Here, too, we follow the strict rules of the WordPress.org repository and no data will be transmitted without your explicit consent.

You will also notice that the version numbering will jump up to the number of the premium plugin.

Will this change affect past buyers?

Short answer: It won’t.

Past licenses will continue to be valid. The delivery of updates works independently of the marketplace and you won’t notice any change. Even the contact persons for inquiries remain unchanged: Questions related to a previous purchase at Codester should still be directed to their support, while I am here to assist you in technical issues.


I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Codester for the great cooperation during the past time and also for upcoming years when I will use their services for other code!

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The latest update of the free Tag Groups WordPress plugin comes with bug fixes, minor improvements in the Tag Group administration and a new feature: Sort all groups alphabetically with the click of a button!

Install the update through your WordPress dashboard or download it from the WordPress repository.

This change will also be included in the next update of the premium version.

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I have just released the latest version of Tag Groups Premium. This new release comes with many bug fixes and improvements under the hood.

There are also two new features:

  • Insert a list of posts that match selected tag groups. Use the shortcode [tag_groups_post_list] or the Gutenberg block. See it in action.
    This feature is similar to the Dynamic Post Filter (configured to show no tags), the difference being that the groups of the Post Filter cannot be changed by visitors.
  • Set the permissions who is allowed to assign tags to groups on the page where you manage the tags.

The routines for migrating the database and maintenance have been reworked and are now more resistant against timeouts on huge sites.

Apart from that, the database performance for several actions has seen considerable improvements.

Update to this version on your admin back end, get the plugin from Codester or test the free version.

Photo by PublicDomainPictures

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This version of Tag Groups Premium is actually just a point release, since it doesn’t bring a new feature in its own code. Nevertheless, it deserves its own blog post because the bundled free plugin contains a new feature that it therefore shares with the premium plugin.

This new feature is the Alphabetical Tag Cloud. This is a tag cloud under tabs, similar to what you already know. Rather than populating the tabs with group names, however, they now show all first letters of the tags. Think of an alphabetical cardbox.

tag cloud alphabet first letters

You can insert it into a post, page or text widget using a shortcode, or into a post or page into the Gutenberg editor.

The complete list of changes is available in the changelog.

If you don’t have the premium plugin yet, head over to Codester.

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The latest release of Tag Groups Premium comes with new shortcode parameters and the corresponding settings in the Gutenberg blocks.

Dynamic Post Filter: Total Number of Posts

The dynamic post filter is now able to show a line above the posts, provided that any post was found. This feature can be turned on with

display_amount=1

The message is different depending on whether one or more posts were found. There are therefore two shortcodes that allow you to customize the message for singular and for plural. In the plural message you can use the placeholder {count}:

message_amount_singular="1 post found"
message_amount_plural="{count} posts found"

Now you can also hide the close buttons of the groups. Use it with the parameters “include” and “open” to set a fixed selection of groups that cannot be changed by users:

hide_close_button=1

Shuffle Box: More Filter Options

A new parameter allows now to hide the “all groups” filter, in case you always want to filter tags by groups, for example if the total amount of tags is too big to fit on the page.

 show_filter_all_groups=0

Furthermore, you can set a group filter that is active after loading. Use it with -1 for all groups (default) or a group ID. Naturally only IDs work here that you have included with “include”.1

initial_group=3

Bug Fixes

This release comes also with several bug fixes, some of which were inherited from the free plugin. Please find more details in the changelog.


As usual, you can update your older version in the backend or buy the plugin at Codester.

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We are happy to announce that Tag Groups Premium is now officially compatible with the WordPress Multilingual Plugin (WPML).

Tag Groups Premium - WPML Compatibility

With the assistance of the WPML team we were able to add a handy new feature: Now you can translate group names. Simply select a language and edit the names. 

Please find more information about how to use this feature in the documentation.

If you wonder how to translate tag names: This is all handled by WordPress and WPML. Our plugin just adds the groups as a second layer.

As usual, you can update Tag Groups Premium on your dashboard or download it from Codester.


PS: This is a follow-up to the announcement of the free Tag Group plugin’s WPML-compatibility. Yes, also the free Tag Groups plugin is compatible and you can test the WPML features with Tag Groups before buying.

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If you use the popular eCommerce plugin WooCommerce, you are probably familiar with the standard template where each product can reveal some further details under the “Additional Information” tab. This additional information can be “Weight” or “Dimensions”, or any custom attribute that you created on the back end.

Now you can also display ordinary product tags in the “Additional Information” section. These tags will serve as attribute values (in the right column), while tag groups serve as attributes (in the left column). All you need is the latest version of Tag Groups Premium.

Using Tags and Groups as clickable WooCommerce Attributes

“Producer” is a WooCommerce Attribute, while “Technology”, “Size” and “Power Supply” are Tag Groups. Note that tags are always clickable.

When you create a product attribute, you can choose to “enable archives”, that means to link each attribute value to a list of products that all use that particular value. Product tags, on the other hand, are always clickable.

New Settings Screen

If you have WooCommerce installed and activated, you find a new tab in the Front End settings. There you have two checkboxes:

  • One lets you add tag groups and their tags to the attributes section (“Additional Information”) of the product. Of course, we display only groups and tags that you use with that particular product.
  • The second one removes the “Tags: …” part from the single product view so that the tags don’t appear twice. Your product categories will still be in place, but tags are used only as additional attribute values.

Since we are already replacing the template, we also added an option to set the separator between attribute values and tags.

Screenshot WooCommerce tags as attributes

Please note that these two option will only work if your theme doesn’t replace the default WooCommerce templates.

Get the Latest Version

As usual, you can update the plugin from the admin back end. If you don’t have it yet, you can buy the plugin from Codester.

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The latest release of Tag Groups Premium offers some usability enhancements and bug fixes.

Filter Menu

Filtering posts by a tag group is actually nothing new. You can use the Dynamic Post Filter or add a parameter to the URL of the page that displays the posts (or products).

To make things much easier there is now a new shortcode that adds a menu with tag groups. Visitors of your site can therefore select a group and will be taken to a list of posts (or products) that match these groups.

The default shortcode is:

[tag_groups_menu]

Just like the other shortcodes also this one works perfectly in text widgets. That way you can make sure that the menu is available again on the page where you find the filtered list of posts.

All shortcode parameters are detailed in the documentation.

Responsive Table

The table tag cloud switches now automatically to a mobile device mode on small screens. In that mode columns are displayed as rows – with groups on the left and tags on the right. That makes sure that even a huge number of groups neatly fits into the available space.

You can set this break point with the parameter “responsive_breakpoint”. The value is the width of the viewport (browser window) in pixel. With this parameter you can enforce the mobile device mode even for big screens if you think that your table should always be tall, rather than wide.

Separator for Post Tags

A small but handy enhancement is a new option to set a separator between the tags that appear under the posts. You can find that option in the Settings under “Post Tags”.

Object Cache

Another visible enhancement is a notice that appears on the admin back end when ever it is recommended to clear the object cache.

If you use the object cache and don’t purge it after particular changes, your tag clouds might not reflect these changes. On the other hand, some administrators might prefer not to rebuild the cache for every little change because an empty cache causes all affected pages to slow down for the next time the cache is re-filled.

Just a reminder: You can purge the cache also in the settings.

Get the Latest Version

As usual, you can update the plugin from the admin back end. If you don’t have it yet, you can buy the plugin from Codester.

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The latest version of the Tag Groups Premium WordPress plugin comes with some bug fixes and a filterable tag cloud that helps you cope with large amounts of tags.

The Problem

The number of tags on WordPress sites can reach intimidating dimensions. You probably organize them already in groups so that only related tags appear together in your tag clouds. But still, a list of countries that you visited or a group of product features can grow to formidable lists.

Dealing with large tag clouds has always been challenging. Should we display only the 50 most important tags and cut off the rest? Or should we split groups into smaller sub-groups? None of these solutions was really satisfying.

The Solution: Filtering Tags

Then, another idea turned out to be technically feasible and slowly emerged as my favorite solution: Integrate a filter into the tag cloud so that you simply hide all tags that don’t match your search.

The result is the Shuffle Box. It is basically a tag cloud on top of which you find a text input field and a button for each group. Press a button and you see only tags of that group:

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Or start typing into the search field and see how only those tags remain that contain that text in their names:

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Of course, you can also combine both filters: First you filter by a group and then you search for a name among that group.

There are also other options: Include only particular groups, customize the sort order, append or prepend text, and much more.

Try Yourself

This is a live Shuffle Box for the groups and tags of this site:

How to Use the Shuffle Box

You can insert the Shuffle Box into your posts or pages1 with a shortcode or as a Gutenberg block.

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Themes for Tags

Theming your tags and also the Shuffle Box is now easier with prepared themes – like the ones you see in the examples above. These themes are applied by using one of the available class names. You can also use them as template to create your own theme.

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The update is available via the admin dashboard or buy the plugin from Codester.

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