How to Enable Tags in WordPress Pages

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Tags have been supported in WordPress since version 2.3 was released in 2007. When used well, they can be a more effective form of navigation than categories or menus. But why has it never been possible to tag WordPress pages? Fortunately, WordPress provides the tools to help us enable tags in pages and any other type of post. Beneath the surface, WordPress treats pages, posts and other content in much the same way; a page is just a custom post type. Therefore, enabling tags is simply a matter of saying “hey WordPress, I’d like to use tags on my pages and don’t forget to include them in the tag cloud!” Let’s convert that to code you can insert into your theme’s functions.php file (wp-content/themes/<themename>/functions.php):

// add tag support to pages
function tags_support_all() {
	register_taxonomy_for_object_type('post_tag', 'page');

// ensure all tags are included in queries
function tags_support_query($wp_query) {
	if ($wp_query->get('tag')) $wp_query->set('post_type', 'any');

// tag hooks
add_action('init', 'tags_support_all');
add_action('pre_get_posts', 'tags_support_query');
Simple. If you have further custom post types which require tags, you’ll need to add register_taxonomy_for_object_type calls for each — the second argument is the type name. Those running several WordPress sites or a network may find it easier to convert the code to a plugin so it can be enabled and disabled accordingly. In essence, that’s a matter of adding the code above to a suitably-named plugin file, i.e. wp-content/plugins/enable-tags.php, and placing comments at the top:
Plugin Name: Enable Tags in WordPress Pages
Plugin URI:
Description: Enables tags in all content
Version: 1.0
Author: Craig Buckler
Author URI:
License: Free to use and adapt

// add tag support to pages
// ... rest of code ...
I hope you find it useful. Please use and adapt the code as you like in your own projects — a link back to this article is appreciated.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Using Tags in WordPress Pages

What is the significance of using tags in WordPress pages?

Tags in WordPress are essentially keywords that help in organizing your content. They play a crucial role in enhancing the user experience on your website. By using tags, you can group related posts together and users can easily find more content on the same topic. They also help in improving the SEO of your website as search engines use tags to decipher the content of your page.

How do I add tags to my WordPress pages?

To add tags to your WordPress pages, you need to install and activate the ‘Post Tags and Categories for Pages’ plugin. Once activated, you can easily add tags to your pages just like you would do for your posts. Simply go to Pages > Add New and you will see the tags box on the right side of the screen.

Can I use the same tags for multiple pages?

Yes, you can use the same tags for multiple pages. This can be particularly useful when you have several pages on similar topics. By using the same tags, you can link these pages together and make it easier for users to find related content.

How many tags should I use per page?

There is no hard and fast rule about the number of tags you should use per page. However, it’s important to keep them relevant and not to overdo it. Using too many tags can make your content look spammy and may negatively impact your SEO.

How do I manage my tags in WordPress?

You can manage your tags in WordPress by going to Posts > Tags. Here, you can add, edit, and delete tags. You can also view the number of posts associated with each tag.

What’s the difference between tags and categories in WordPress?

While both tags and categories are used to organize content, they serve different purposes. Categories are used for broad grouping of your posts, while tags are used to describe specific details of your posts. Think of categories as the table of contents of a book, and tags as the index.

Can I convert my tags into categories (or vice versa)?

Yes, WordPress allows you to convert your tags into categories and vice versa. You can do this by going to Tools > Import and clicking on ‘Categories and Tags Converter’.

How do tags affect SEO?

Tags can significantly improve your SEO by making it easier for search engines to understand the content of your page. They can also increase the visibility of your page by linking related content together, which can lead to higher user engagement and lower bounce rates.

Can I add tags to custom post types in WordPress?

Yes, you can add tags to custom post types in WordPress. You can do this by adding the ‘taxonomies’ argument to your custom post type code.

What should I do if I have too many tags in WordPress?

If you have too many tags in WordPress, it can make your website look cluttered and confusing. You can solve this problem by merging similar tags together or deleting unnecessary ones. You can also use a tag cloud widget to display your most popular tags in a compact and visually appealing way.

Craig BucklerCraig Buckler
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Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.

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