WordPress 2.8 Custom Taxonomies

Okay. The custom taxonomy feature has existed for over a year now, where it has pretty much lingered like a stinky sweatsock in my high school gym locker. I haven’t touched it, and I’ll be damned if it isn’t moldy. BUT in comes WordPress 2.8 like a giant locker-cleaning-machine to freshen this taxonomy thing up again!

As of Wednesday, we now have a sweet little hook that will let us make real use of custom taxonomies in our posts. What does this mean? No longer do we need to use pesky custom fields to add meta data to our posts. Basically, the new custom taxonomy stuff in WordPress 2.8 allows us to add easily-sortable (read: clickable) meta data to our posts – a.k.a. tags on steroids.

Oh! And to make things simpler, use this plugin and NEVER edit the functions.php file!

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  1. ByREV on June 13, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    more technical complexity than ever in wordpress core and every new version have a new security issue 😉

  2. Toby on June 13, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    That’s true. With each new feature comes more complexity. It’s a tough balance – how do you grow a piece of software while maintaining elegant simplicity? I think WordPress maintains this balance much better than Drupal or Joomla, but maybe it’s getting too complicated for the average user. What do you think?

    In any case, I’m loving the new features!