News – Chatty Mango https://chattymango.com WordPress Plugins Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:33:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 135434061 Going Global: Translate and Get Free Premium Plugin https://chattymango.com/going-global-translate-and-get-free-premium-plugin/?pk_campaign=rss&pk_kwd=going-global-translate-and-get-free-premium-plugin https://chattymango.com/going-global-translate-and-get-free-premium-plugin/?pk_campaign=rss&pk_kwd=going-global-translate-and-get-free-premium-plugin#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:36:28 +0000 https://chattymango.com/?p=4683 We want to boost the availability of the Tag Groups plugins in more languages. Fortunately, the WordPress ecosystem makes it fairly easy to translate into foreign languages. Most of it can be done online. As incentive, we are offering a free licence of the premium version …

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We want to boost the availability of the Tag Groups plugins in more languages. Fortunately, the WordPress ecosystem makes it fairly easy to translate into foreign languages. Most of it can be done online. As incentive, we are offering a free licence of the premium version to people who help us with their language skills.

English and More

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Translating on WordPress: The left column shows the original text, the right one the translation. Green means: approved.

Do you speak another language than English? Have you experience with translations for WordPress? Or are you ready to learn something new? Help us translate and get the Tag Groups Premium plugin for free!

Before you dive in, read the step-by-step instructions and don’t forget to contact us to make sure that we still need your language.

 

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Currently, our software is able to run on PHP versions 5.4 and higher. PHP versions 5.4 and 5.5, however, have both already passed their respective “End Of Life”. That means they stopped receiving security fixes, and any vulnerability might remain unpatched.

For site owners there is actually no plausible reason why not to upgrade to a higher version. Even WordPress officially warns against using these outdated versions.

For that reason, and to be able to focus our efforts on officially supported versions of PHP, we plan to drop our support for versions 5.4 und 5.5 in the near future.

What does this mean for you?

If you are still using PHP 5.4 or 5.5, please upgrade your servers now or notify your hosting to assist you. We recommend updating to PHP 7, also for performance reasons.

After we dropped support for older versions, our software might still run well on your server. We will, however, stop considering them during development and testing, and we won’t be able to solve issues that are caused by unsupported PHP versions.

How can you find out the PHP version of your WordPress site?

If you cannot check your server settings, you can try this plugin.

 

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Tag Groups, Version 0.36: Display the Label of a Group https://chattymango.com/tag-groups-version-0-36-display-the-label-of-a-group/?pk_campaign=rss&pk_kwd=tag-groups-version-0-36-display-the-label-of-a-group https://chattymango.com/tag-groups-version-0-36-display-the-label-of-a-group/?pk_campaign=rss&pk_kwd=tag-groups-version-0-36-display-the-label-of-a-group#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 06:43:09 +0000 https://chattymango.com/?p=4606 The new version of the free Tag Groups WordPress plugin comes with an improved shortcode and some bug fixes. The shortcode tag_groups_info can now display the label (name) of a tag group.

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The new version of the free Tag Groups WordPress plugin comes with an improved shortcode and some bug fixes and improvements. The shortcode tag_groups_info can now display the label (name) of a tag group. The output is not formatted.

[tag_groups_info group_id=1 info=label]

Furthermore, there are some performance improvements.

We also fixed a bug that prevented users of the premium plugin from assigning tags to groups if the permission setting should actually only restrict the editing of groups.

Check out also this example or read the entire changelog.

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This version of the WordPress plugin Tag Groups Premium comes with bug fixes and a new shortcode: tag_groups_combined_cloud

This shortcode combines all tags of selected groups into one simple tag cloud. Since it does not separate the tags by groups, no group names are displayed here. The main purpose of this tag cloud is to show or hide a specific set of tags.

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Adding tags to groups on the Post Edit screen.

You could achieve something similar with the tabbed tag cloud by hiding the tabs with the group names, but then the tags below are still displayed in groups. If, for example, a tag appears in two groups, it would appear twice – once for each group. In the Combined Tag Cloud, however, this tag would appear only once, and its size is calculated by the combined counts of all included groups.

The tag cloud can be customized with shortcode parameters.

Update to the new version from your WordPress admin backend or download it from Codester.

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The latest version of the Tag Groups Premium plugin comes with a small usability enhancement, another troubleshooting tool and a bug fix.

Groups per Page

Did you ever find that the list of groups on the Tag Groups screen was too short, or even too long? Now you can set the number of groups displayed per page. You find this setting in a slider on the top right of that screen, labeled “Screen Options”.

Maintenance

In the Tag Groups Premium Settings we also added a new button under the “Support” tab: The “Maintenance” function parses the posts and tags for potential inconsistencies caused from outside the plugin. If, for example, another plugin deleted a tag that was associated to a tag group (or if you did so while the plugin was deactivated), you can fix incorrect filtering results with this button.1

Bug Fix

The update also fixes a wrong post count of tags that sometimes occurred in tag clouds when a tag was used with multiple groups.

Reduced Clutter

You may notice that the shortcode documentation was removed from the settings and can now be found on the website only. That makes it easier to translate the plugin and to maintain this information. Don’t worry, you’ll find links in the original places to these pages.

A Note on Performance

The latest bug fix made it unavoidable to add some functions with database requests. If you experience slow loading of pages, please go to the Settings and make sure that the cache is activated.

 

As usual, the update is available through the admin backend or from Codester.

 

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Tags belong to the most fascinating things in WordPress. They organize content by semantics. Tags don’t care if a post is an essay, a quote, a gallery or a table. They tell you what the post is about.

Tags are all about meaning. And meaning depends on context. So shouldn’t tags as well?

The Same Thing, But Differently

book store in ParisLet me give you an example: Imagine I have an e-commerce website where I sell books. Technically, each book is a post, and as tags I use topics and author names. That way my customers can list all works of an author, and I can even use multiple authors per book. As categories I use types of publications such as “fiction”, “science”, “biography” and “reference”.

But then I discover that searching for authors can be ambiguous: I use the same tag “Edgar Allan Poe” both for Poe’s works and for books about Poe. Even though it is in both cases the same Poe, we are using his name in different meanings: Poe, the author, and Poe, the subject.

Is there a way how I could specify what I mean when I tag a book with “Poe”? Or: Is it possible to apply a tag only to a particular context? Clicking on “Edgar Allan Poe” usually takes me to a list of all books that are somehow related to him, but there should also be a way how to show only his works, or, alternatively, only books about him.

I quickly abandoned the idea to add the context in brackets, such as “Edgar Allan Poe (author)” and “Edgar Allan Poe (subject)”. I also experimented with a half-hearted workaround: I created two tags with the identical display name “Edgar Allan Poe” and different slugs,1 “edgar-allan-poe-author” and “edgar-allan-poe-subject”. But then it was impossible to know which oft them to use when editing a post because there you don’t see the slugs.

Adding Context on a Second Level

The solution that eventually proved to be the most practical and sustainable involves a second level to distinguish tags by their contexts. The tag “Edgar Allan Poe” appears now as a child under the parents “authors” and “subjects”. It is always the same tag, but each time in a different context.

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The additional functionality was possible by developing the Tag Groups Premium plugin so that each tag can be a member of multiple groups. In each post I have now the option to select the tag in one of the available groups, or even all of them. “Edgar Allen Poe” can therefore appear both as an author and as the subject of book. Theoretically, a name can even appear as both – think of autobiographies.

How to Switch Between Global And Context-Aware Tags?

Let’s assume that the tags appear in a tag cloud that is organized in groups. That means that each group like “authors” or “subjects” has its own cloud of tags that appear in the respective context.

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There are now two options how to handle these tags and which posts to show when clicking on a tag:

  1. With a global scope, each tag links to a list of all posts that use this tag. That is the default WordPress behavior.
  2. With a context-dependent scope, each tag links to a list of only those posts, that use this tag in that context where you clicked on it. So if you click on “Edgar Allan Poe” in the group “authors”, you will see all posts that are tagged with “Edgar Allan Poe” as an author, without any books about him.

You can imagine it as an additional filter: In the tag archives, posts are filtered by a particular tag. If you need to consider the context as well, you simply add one more filter.

This additional filter is applied through the query parameter term_group= … that is appended to the link in the tag cloud. If you omit this additional parameter, the tags are effective globally. If you add it, the tag group works as additional filter and you see only the corresponding subset of posts.2

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Instead of reading through instructions, it is often easier and faster to watch a video that shows you all the steps with explanations.

I therefore started a new How-To Video series that explains users the installation and usage of the Tag Groups Premium plugin.

The first part walks you through the installation and basic settings, and how to create groups and assign tags to them.

 

The second part looks at the Meta Box and how to use tags and groups with posts.

 

Further topics will cover the use of shortcodes, filtering posts on the frontend and maybe also how to customize the theme of tabs and the accordion. Let me know in the comments below if you have any particular wish, or need more details somewhere.

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The latest update of the free Tag Groups plugin brings you a new shortcode [tag_groups_info]. You can use it to display information about tag groups on public posts and pages.

For example, display all groups with their respective numbers of assigned tags:

[tag_groups_info group_id="all"]

This code creates the following output for this website:

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Software 21
Other 14

Please find all available parameters in the documentation. The shortcode can be extended in future with more functions.

Additionally, the updates fixes several minor bugs.

 

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There is still some confusion among WordPress users when it comes to the difference between categories and tags. Particularly when you set up your own website, finding the right structure often tends to become some kind of guesswork.

In this post I will try to summarize some basic points that might be helpful for others who are getting started with their blog.

 

Taxonomies and Terms

In WordPress lingo, categories and tags are both types of taxonomies, and their individual items are often called terms. Out of the box, categories and tags are available only for posts. Depending on the installed themes and plugins, however, you can also use them for other entities, like products, testimonials or images.

The names of categories and tags are usually displayed as clickable links that take you to a special page with all matching posts. In other words, they work like filters.

Let’s first look at them one-by-one to understand the difference.

 

Categories

The main purpose of categories is to create a general classification system for your posts. Imagine them as labelled boxes where you store your posts so that you can easily grab a bunch.

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WooCommerce Product Categories

Unlike tags, categories can be hierarchical with multiple levels of parents and children. You can therefore create a tree structure, like a file system, but you cannot have one child category under more than one parent category.

Categories are usually different answers to the same question. Therefore always try to find a consistent principle that connects them. For example:

overarching principle: products
→ categories: shoes, shirts, hats, …

overarching principle: genre
→ categories: novel, poetry, essay, …

If you need to mix them, you may want to consider using subcategories. You could for example use one category for news about your business, while a second category is reserved for product presentations. In that second category you find all product types as subcategories. That way you avoid having your news category among the product types – which would look like you are also selling news.

Categories usually don’t appear in word clouds, and their names are displayed all with the same font size, no matter how many posts belong to them.

 

Tags

Product tags - WordPressThe main purpose of tags is to allow searching for particular content in otherwise unrelated posts and to establish a connection between these posts. Imagine them as labels attached to threads that reach into the category boxes so that with one thread you can pull out all posts that have one aspect in common or that mention the same thing.

Tags are not hierarchical, but you can find ways how to group and organize them, if needed.

Unlike categories, your collection of tags can be entirely inconsistent: red, blue, black (colors), Venice, Cairo, Bangkok (places), English, French, German (languages) and so forth. They can be displayed in alphabetical or any other order. Usually the more frequently used tags are visually more prominent. The number of tags displayed in one tag cloud is mostly limited.

 

Some Hints To Make The Best Out Of Your Categories And Tags

  • If there are different possible ways how to express the same thing, stick to one. Don’t use “clothes” in some posts and “apparel” in others.
  • As a rule of thumb: Create a new tag only if there is a chance that you use the same tag again for other posts.
  • Be only as precise with your tags as it makes sense. If you list names of actors, using their full name certainly makes sense. But if you tag photos from your travels, don’t use a tag like “sunset over two pine trees”.
  • Don’t overstuff your posts with similar tags, like “doctor”, “medical doctor”, “physician”, … There is no hard limit, but in most cases you don’t need more than 5 to 10 tags per post. Unless your website is something like an encyclopedia and you need a comprehensive list of every single aspect. Also remember that a high number of tags will make your tag cloud more difficult to use.
  • Capitalization doesn’t matter. Stick to one choice – probably the official orthography of your language.
  • Avoid special characters. If you want to display for example a hashtag in front of each term, you should modify your theme or use a special tag cloud to achieve that.
  • Avoid using the same name twice – even across different taxonomies or with different forms of capitalization. WordPress can be tricked into duplicate names but you would likely run into problems later on.
  • Categories (and sometimes tags) can be used as menu items that link to matching lists of posts. In most cases, however, menus link to pages.
  • Categories and tags work only with their native post types. You can use, for example, product tags and product categories only with products, and when you click on a post tag, you will see only posts in the resulting list, but no products.

 

So Are They Categories or Tags?

Photo by Francis StorrIn many cases it is not entirely clear how to best decide what will become your categories and what your tags. Imagine you have a website where you present holiday destinations. Now what would you choose as categories? Countries? The type of customer (single, couple, family)? The type of accommodation?

There is no one-size-fits-all rule how to go about it. I recommend, however, to spend some time planing your taxonomies before you start using them with posts since it might be difficult to change them later.

Imagine a typical visitor arriving at your website. Assume that your visitor doesn’t know the content and what exactly to search for. What would be the most useful way how to subdivide your posts? It should take your visitor only one click to reduce all posts to a relevant subsample that contains all she needs. Once you managed to figure that out, you have found your categories.

 


 

I hope I managed to provide some helpful advice that is easily applicable to real cases. If you have a question or remark, please leave a comment below.

If you need more control over your tags, check out the free Tag Groups plugin or its premium companion.

 

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Tag Groups

Organize your tags, categories or custom taxonomies in groups. Find posts by tag groups or display tag clouds separated by groups.

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Tag Groups Premium

Supercharge your tags with a new tag input tool on the post screen that makes use of tag groups and a Dynamic Post Filter that shows matching posts for selected tags.

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Version 1.8 of Tag Groups Premium is a major update that brings you a new feature that has been requested many times: The possibility to assign the same tag to several groups.

You probably came across cases when choosing the right group for a tag was not an easy task. And often you want to have different variants of the same tag that lead to different posts.

Starting from this version, you can assign tags (or other non-hierarchical terms) to multiple groups. First, when you edit a tag, you define a set of groups for that particular tag. Then, when you tag a post, you choose which of these groups the tag belongs to in this context.

Let’s explain it with an example: You can have a tag “Mel Gibson” that you assign to a group “Actors” and to a second group “Directors”. When you write a post about a film with Mel Gibson, you can then decide if you use that tag as “Mel Gibson the actor” (add it in the post to the “Actors” group) or as “Mel Gibson the director” (add it in the post to the “Directors” group).

If you later change the groups of a tag, it won’t automatically change all posts where it’s been used. For example, imagine you have a tag “car” in a group “Traffic”, and you use that tag in a post about traffic. When you now add the same tag to a second group, say “Technology”, then your post about traffic will still use “car” only under the group “Traffic”.

The tag clouds that come with the Tag Groups (Premium) plugins are aware of the difference (to turn this off, add the parameter add_premium_filter=0 to the shortcode). “Mel Gibson” may show up under “Actors” and “Directors”, but when you click on the tag under “Directors”, only the posts will be listed where “Mel Gibson” was used in the “Directors” group.

 

Filtering By URL Parameters

On most1 WordPress pages that show lists of posts, you can filter that list by tag (term) group. Simply append the query parameter “term_group” with the group’s ID to the URL of that page. For example, if you list the posts on the front page and want to show only those with tags in the group with the ID 3:

https://www.example.com/?term_group=3

You can also filter additionally by a term and show only posts that use this term in a particular group. In that case, use both “term_group” and “term_id”. Example:

https://www.example.com/?term_group=3&term_id=195

Please note that if you want to filter by tag and group, you alway have to use both “term_group” and “term_id”. It is not sufficient to use only “term_group” on a tag archive page.2

 

Migrating the Data

With this release the group data has naturally become more complex; in fact, too complex to be saved as a number with the tags. That means that before using them, all tags and posts need to be processed. Nothing will be deleted, but only some information added to the term and post meta – which is a part of the WordPress engine anyway so that editing and searching is very fast.3

When ever you save a post or tag, this information is automatically being updated and you don’t need to worry about it. Only if you create or change tags or posts while the plugin is deactivated, or if you import content, it might be necessary afterwards to re-process the new items. That can be done with a button (“migrate”) in the settings, under “Support”. Only items will be processed that lack the new term or post meta. If this processing remains unfinished, you simply push the button again.

 

Limited Downwards-Compatibility

When you save your tag (term) data, Tag Groups Premium will also update the fields that are necessary for the free base plugin to operate. This makes sure that you can always downgrade from the premium to the free version. Naturally, the premium functionality won’t be available after downgrading and each tag will return to its previous limitation to have one group only (i.e. keeping only the first of the groups).

Please note that edits of the group membership of terms that you make while the premium plugin is deactivated won’t be available when you re-enable the premium plugin. Instead, the premium plugin will mostly pick up from the state where you disabled it since it needs to store its data in different places than the free plugin.

 

New Minimum Requirements

The minimum WordPress version is now 4.4 (previously 4.0). If you are one of the few people who still stick to an outdated version, please do update now. The reason for this change is the use of “term meta”, which was introduced only with WP 4.4.

 

You can get the new release at Codester or through the automatic update from your admin back end. As usual, former buyers receive the update for free.

Please make sure that you also update the free Tag Groups plugin to its latest version so that all features will be available.

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