Simple Tags


Extended Tagging for WordPress : Terms suggestion, Mass Edit Terms, Auto link Terms, Ajax Autocompletion, Click Terms, Advanced manage terms, etc.

Github project homepage:

This is THE perfect tool to manage perfectly your WP terms for any taxonomy

It was written with this philosophy : best performances, more secured and brings a lot of new functions

This plugin is developped on latest WordPress version, with the constant WP_DEBUG to TRUE.

  • Administration

    • Tags suggestion from Yahoo! Content Analysis, OpenCalais, Alchemy, Zemanta, Tag The Net, Tag4Site, dataTXT and local terms with AJAX request
      • Compatible with TinyMCE, FCKeditor, WYMeditor and QuickTags
    • tags management (rename, delete, merge, search and add tags, edit tags ID)
    • Edit mass tags (more than 50 posts once)
    • Auto link tags in post content
    • Auto tags !
    • Type-ahead input tags / Autocompletion Ajax
    • Click tags
    • Possibility to tag pages (not only posts) and include them inside the tags results
    • Easy configuration ! (in WP admin)
  • Public

    • Technorati, Flickr and Delicious tags
    • Dynamic Tag Clouds with colors with Widgets (random order, etc)

And more…


  • A example tag cloud (with dynamic color and size)
  • Do you have a not yet tagged blog ? Edit mass tags options is perfect for you : tag 20, 30 or 50 articles with autocompletion in one step !
  • Autotagging your content !
  • Add tags easily with click tags !
  • To help you to add easily tags, Simple Tags has an autocompletion script. When you begin to tape a letter or more, a list a tags appears : you have only to choose ! You can choose the down direction to see all the tags.
  • You also can suggest tags from lot's of service (Yahoo! Content Analysis, OpenCalais, Alchemy, Zemanta, Tag The Net, Tag4Site, dataTXT and local terms)


Required PHP5 or upper.

The Simple Tags can be installed in 3 easy steps:

  1. Unzip “Simple tags” archive and put all files into a folder like “/wp-content/plugins/simple-tags/”
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Inside the WordPress admin, go to Options > Simple Tags, adjust the parameters according to your needs, and save them.


Installation Instructions

Required PHP5 or upper.

The Simple Tags can be installed in 3 easy steps:

  1. Unzip “Simple tags” archive and put all files into a folder like “/wp-content/plugins/simple-tags/”
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Inside the WordPress admin, go to Options > Simple Tags, adjust the parameters according to your needs, and save them.
Simple Tags is compatible with which WordPress versions ?
  • 2.4 and upper are compatible only with WordPress 4.x !
  • 2.3 and upper are compatible only with WordPress 3.5 !
  • 2.0 and upper are compatible only with WordPress 3.0 & 3.1 & 3.2 & 3.3 !
  • 1.7 and upper are compatible only with WordPress 2.8, 2.9 !
  • 1.6.7 and before are compatible with WordPress 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
  • Before WP 2.3, you must use the plugin Simple Tagging.


Useful plugin – could be maintained better

The plugin is unique and useful in the sense of offering term extraction services, click tags for rapid addition of tags and so on. However, there are services that no longer work, and it is not compatible with the Gutenberg editor which will be the default in the next major version of WordPress. Some timely updates would really reassure users. Without the term extraction working, it loses a lot of its utility, since while click tags is a useful feature, the autocomplete in WordPress default tagging does a reasonably good job of suggesting tags. The main value from this plugin is the term extraction.

Also, earlier we were able to use the WordPress tags in the default way as well as the plugin adding tags. Now the WordPress tags don’t appear and there is just a comma separated lists of tags in the text field, which can result in accidental creation of unintended tags through unintended typing (say touchpad accidentally moves cursor). Right now, I appreciate the plugin very much, but my adoption is more like “use it while it works” and can’t rely on it working in the future with each WordPress update possibly resulting in something new not working.

This is a magnificent plugin in terms of utility. In terms of usability and overall developer engagement (regular updates, removal of obsolete features, suppport), it could do better.

Helpful and time saving

Simple Tags works well and I appreciate the increased usability I can provide my website visitors, and the personal time savings use of the plugin provides.

Thank you.


Me has salvado la vida, tenía 5 mil páginas sin enlace y con esto está resuelto, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

NO SUPPORT at all !!

We have ask the developer MONTHS AGO, why wasn´t working the autopublish prefedined tags at new posts, why the plugin wasn´t doing well what it should do. We just got no answer at all.


Very handy to visualize all the tags instead of having to guess them. Click tag is also more secure than typing tags because it avoids creating unwanted tags !

Feature request: to set the Click tags panel to be permanently open, as post editor opens.

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Contributors & Developers

“Simple Tags” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Simple Tags” has been translated into 2 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Simple Tags” into your language.

Interested in development?

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  • Version 2.4.7
    • Compatibility WP 4.8
    • Fix bug for self-closing tags (
    • Updated spanish translation (
    • Fix WPalchemy suggestion for latest API version
    • Code refactoring for JS tags suggest
    • Fix JS bug with tabs and firefox (
    • Fix autolinks for “number tags” / only numeric characters term (
    • Add “access token” field settings for Dandelion suggestion API
    • Improve “proxem” error message
  • Version 2.4.6
    • Compatibility WP 4.5
  • Version 2.4.5
    • Add shortcode [st-the-tags] and [st_the_tags]
    • Fix array_flip wp_get_object_terms
  • Version 2.4.4
    • Fix error upload
  • Version 2.4.3
    • Fix metabox title WP 4.4
  • Version 2.4.2
    • Make tags all same count mid-sized (pull request #29) (from Github contribution Sophist-UK)
    • Fix options Advanced Usage on widgets (pull request #28) (from Github contribution Sophist-UK)
  • Version 2.4.1
    • Fix possible warning with preg_match function
    • Specify user-agent for some provider
  • Version 2.4
    • Test OK vs WP 4.0.x
    • Fix Yahoo terms suggestion (use new API)
    • Fix conflict with ShareThis plugin
    • Add option for autolink title attribute
    • Add current state for “click tags” feature (opacity changed if tags is already selected)
    • Fix order by tag cloud
    • Implement dataTXT provider for suggest terms feature (from Github contribution SpazioDati/master)
    • Implement Tag4Site provider for suggest terms feature (from Sergey Zobin)
    • Fix shortcode usage with &
    • Add support of category name into tag cloud function
  • Version 2.3.2
    • Move all get_option request into plugin class, use static
    • Add option for limit autolinks to singular view (default setting, you need change this setting in DB for enable autolinks into all views)
    • Replace old library autocomplete by new jQuery UI autocomplete
    • Add an alternative ENGINE text replacement for autolinks feature, use DOMdocument php extension
    • Fix tags autosuggestion from alchemy API
  • Version 2.3.1
    • Rename jQuery autocomplete library, add prefix for fix JS conflict (event manager)
    • Fix OpenCalais suggest tags
    • Replace clean_page_cache by clean_post_tag
  • Version 2.3
    • Convert all class to STATIC methods
    • Use error message API (self::displayMessage();)
    • Refresh admin UI (settings)
    • Upgrade JS librairies
    • Try to improve performance, use more WP functions instead custom SQL queries
    • Add UNINSTALL method for delete options created by plugins
  • Version 2.2 :
    • Add compatibility with WP3.3
    • Move JavaScript register/enqueue to dedicated hook
  • Version 2.1.2 :
    • Add some nonces for improve security for settings panel
  • Version 2.1.1 :
    • Add a feature that allow deleting rarely used terms. (based on counter term)
    • Fix bug for allow Suggested Tags for page CPT.
  • Version 2.1 :
    • Add compatibility with WP 3.2
    • Fix bug with autocompletion. (jQuery want now a strict content type text/plain)
    • Upgrade JS Libary (jQuery Autocomplete, jQuery Cookie, jQuery bgIframe)
  • Version 2.0-beta9 :
    • Fix conflict with plugin using Google Library Javascript for jQuery. Example : “Use Google Libraries”
    • Add an option for choose input text or textarea for old tags field
    • Add an option for min chars autocompletion
  • Version 2.0-beta8 :
    • Update POT.
    • Update french translation.
  • Version 2.0-beta7 :
    • Add a metabox on write page that allow to deactive autolinks or autotags for a specific post
    • Add an option for restore old feature “Manage terms”
    • Add an option for restore old feature “Related posts”
    • Remove “Clean DB” and “Rename slugs” in manage terms
    • Remove “include cat” on “Related Posts” settings
    • Optimize function “Related posts”
    • Reorganize admin for have a tab features with all features available
    • Use a input text for Simple Tags autocompletion field
    • Remove ID of term from autocompletion
    • Fix autocompletion on mange terms page
    • Add a field for advanced usage on tagcloud widget
  • Version 2.0-beta6 :
    • Add Japanese translation (thanks – kazuhisa)
    • Fix a bug with search and taxonomy param for mass edit terms. (ticket #233)
    • Fix a bug with auto tags and whole word option. (ticket #232)
    • Fix a bug with tag/pages for include pages in WP_Query for a tag
    • Improve performance of auto link
    • Fix a bug with max links by posts for auto links
    • Add an option for choose priority hook of auto links
  • Version 2.0-beta5 :
    • Fix a bug and a notice with st_the_tags() that not display any tags…
  • Version 2.0-beta4 :
    • Fix a fatal with error with autoterms.
    • Fix a bug with autoterms when saving post, somes times called twice…
    • Improve performance when saving posts.
    • Allow old tags field for each custom post type that use post tags.
  • Version 2.0-beta3 :
    • Fix a bug when the st_the_tags() function is called.
  • Version 2.0-beta2 :
    • Restore empty templates functions for skip errors
    • Fix a bug with autolinks
    • Restore custom post tags feature : st_the_tags()
    • Fix a bug with widget taxo option saving
  • Version 2.0-beta1 :
    • This version is a back to fondamentals. Somes features are removed !
    • This version need testing !
    • Remove old marker
    • Remove related posts
    • Remove related tags
    • Remove tags as HTML keywords
    • Remove nofollow options
    • Remove custom function for display current post tags
    • Remove auto-add post tags
    • Remove embedded tags
    • Change method for tags for page.
    • Improve memory consommation : all feature can be deactived.
    • Improve memory consommation : Stop use class variables for options
    • Support mass edit with CPT/CT
    • Improve AJAX call by using WordPress hook
  • Version 1.8.1 :
    • Improve uninstaller
    • Improve code widgets
    • Improve support of custom taxonomies for simple tags features
  • Version 1.8.0 :
    • Compatibility 3.0
    • Add an option for auto-tags
    • Remove somes notices
    • Fix a bug with tag cloud and empty terms
    • Fix a bug with comma on font-size CSS depending locales
  • Version 1.7.5 :
    • Fix a bug with auto links terms. (type input)
    • Fix cache conflict key
    • Fix a opencalais bug on firt pass integration
    • Fix a bug with limit days/category filter for tag cloud.
    • Fix javascript autocomplete for allow enter new tag.
    • Re-add list of tags on manage page.
  • Version :
    • Fix a stupid during the first activation. (PHP4/PHP5)
  • Version :
    • Fix a bug with PHP 4.4 and plugin activation. (PHP4 suck…)
    • Remove base class for compatibility PHP4.
    • Fix sanitized HTML on admin.
    • Fix random order for tag cloud.
    • Try a fix for support WP-O-Matic cron.
  • Version :
    • Updated Traditional Chinese translation (thank to Neil Lin)
    • Fix a bug with selector taxonomy and user taxonomy. (thank to Nicolas Furno)
  • Version :
    • Updated italian translation
    • Fix a bug with old random value for widget/tag cloud call (thank to
  • Version 1.7.4 :
    • Release of version 1.7.4, to avoid confusion with the borked version 1.7.2 published in error.
    • Externalize options array on external file for diminue memory consommation. (call only on options page)
    • Fix importers embedded tags
  • Version 1.7.2 :
    • Add taxonomy support
    • Rewrite manage page
    • New JS for autocomplete, use AJAX for better performance
    • Fix PHP4.
    • Fix bug with Yahoo API/Tag the net for long post
    • Add OpenCalais, Alchemy and Zemanta (first pass, API offers much more possibilities!)
  • Version 1.7.1-rc1.2 : RC 1.2 (this version must be test !)
    • Fix compatibility PHP4
  • Version 1.7.1-rc1.1 : RC 1.1 (this version must be test !)
    • Fix a bug with activation hook.
  • Version 1.7.1-rc1 : RC 1 (this version must be test !)
    • Somes ajust for WordPress 2.9
    • Remove 99,99% notices PHP from ST
    • Clean some part of the plugin.
  • Version 1.7.1-a1 : Alpha 1
    • Check compatibility WP 2.9 ( fix somes UI bugs )
    • Fix a bug with save Widget options
  • Version 1.7b1.1
    • Add exclude option in auto tags link.
  • Version 1.7b1
    • Add compatibily WP 2.8
    • Remove support old WP versions
    • Change some things on architecture for optimize performance on admin. (stop copy class variables)
    • Use new API for Widgets
    • Use new API for Taxonomy
    • Remove somes “notices” PHP
    • Fix old cache method.
  • Version 1.6.6
    • Add Belorussian translation
  • Version 1.6.5
    • Fix redeclare class “Services_JSON_Error” bug
  • Version 1.6.4
    • Fix a stupid bug with JavaScript add tags.
  • Version 1.6.3
    • Fix a small bug with JSON class.
  • Version 1.6.2
    • Click tags and suggested tags can work with default WordPress Tags.
    • The Simple Tags auto completion replace default WordPress Tags input.
    • Restore administration options.
    • Better management of Simple Tags with WP_Scripts and WP_Styles
    • Add an option for auto link tags.
    • Fix a potential error with compatibility old markers.
    • Update french and chineese translation.
  • Version 1.6.1
    • Fix a JavaScript error for Suggested Tags.
  • Version 1.6.0
    • Add compatibility with WordPress 2.7, use new API for HTTP and Admin. No new features !
  • Version 1.5.7
    • Move autolink after ShortCodes
    • Add Italian and German translation
    • Fix a potential bug during the plugin activation.
  • Version 1.5.6
    • Improve performance of MetaKeywords and Autolink
    • Conform HTML W3C
  • Version 1.5.5
    • Restore full manage page
    • Fix duplicate tags for click tags and autocompletion
    • Lot’s of optimization…
    • Update translations
    • Add spanish translation
  • Version 1.5.3
    • Fix counter for tags. (you must re-save your posts)
    • Update translations (ja, ru)
  • Version
    • Fix internationalization with Gengo
    • Update zh_CN translation
  • Version 1.5.2
    • Fix widgets
    • Edit priority
    • Fix internationalization
  • Version 1.5.1
    • Wait plugin_init for start ST 🙂
  • Version 1.5
    • Add compatibility with WordPress 2.5
  • Version 1.3.9
    • Fix nofollow rel feature
    • Remove warning with keywords feature
  • Version 1.3.8
    • Fix internationalization when reset plugin options (and installation)
    • Fix auto link feature (word replaced keep original case)
  • Version 1.3.7
    • Improved performance of Simple Tags (specially Related Posts)
  • Version 1.3.6
    • Fix auto tags with all DB and this feature work also for auto tags save feature
    • Clean lot’s url
    • Update japan language
  • Version 1.3.5
    • Add an option for auto link case
    • Fix rel HTML for auto link
    • Restict tag cloud for published tag (exclude programmed)
  • Version 1.3.4
    • Fix autolink (new algo)
  • Version 1.3.3
    • Fix link to new page
    • Update languages
  • Version 1.3.2
    • Update japan translation
  • Version 1.3.1
    • Plugin compatible with mu-plugins without modifications (NOT TAGS SITE WIDE) (for truth !)
    • Include categories into Tag Cloud and Tag list
    • Improve performance with a better WP Object Cache management
    • Add a global option for rel=”nofollow” attribute
    • Add an option to limit keywords in HTML header
    • Desactivate keywords generation if All In One SEO Pack is actived.
    • st_the_tags work outside loop now…
    • Add an option to uninstall all ST options
    • Add 2 options for auto tags features
    • Fix javascript autotag features
    • Fix lot’s bugs in admin 😉
  • Version 1.3
    • Plugin compatible with mu-plugins without modifications (NOT TAGS SITE WIDE)
    • Fix auto link tags now working without meta-keywords
    • New parameter for auto link tags (min usage)
    • Fix auto link PREG_REPLACE error.
    • New parameter for related posts (min tags shared)
    • Add marker %post_title_attribute% for related posts, to use into title attribute
    • Add Related Tags
    • Add Remove Related Tags
    • Fix alphabetical order in tag cloud with accent
    • New interface for Tags options, more options for easily configuration
    • AJAX admin
      • AJAX Pagination for Manage Tags pages
    • Fix excessive memory consomation
    • Tags suggestion from Yahoo Term Extractions API, Tag The Net and Local Tags with AJAX request
      • Compatible with TinyMCE, FCKeditor, WYMeditor and quicktags
    • Click tags with AJAX request
    • Preview color in Tag Cloud Admin Options
  • Version 1.2.4
    • Fix a bug with inline tags post
  • Version 1.2.3
    • Fix Widgets Order/Selection
    • Improve auto link feature
    • Add a param to desactive font-size during tags cloud generation
    • Add a param “min_usage” to display a tag in tags cloud
    • Smallest size and largest size can be the same…
    • Update translation
  • Version 1.2.2
    • Add more options for inline related posts / tags
    • Fix empty title bug
    • Add maximum param for the function st_the_tags()
    • Update translation
  • Version 1.2.1
    • Fix limit for tag cloud
  • Version 1.2
    • New features
      • Auto link tags in post content
      • Auto tags (new and old content)
      • Importer for embedded tags
    • Tag Cloud
      • Fix Tag Cloud Widgets
      • New way for order tags cloud ( 2 steps )
      • Allow embedded tag cloud
      • Add tag cloud for a specific category
    • Related Posts
      • New options for automatic insertion
      • Add a marker for post_excerpt
      • Fixed display nothing when no related posts
    • Current tags posts
      • New options for automatic insertion
    • Administration
      • Check WP version
      • Mass edit tags improved (search terms, filter untagged)
      • Removed untagged page
      • Improve special characters management (& …)
      • Uniformize alert message
      • Autocompletion improved !
    • Others
      • Improved plugin cache
  • Version 1.1.1
    • Fix compatibily with MySQL < 4.1 (Marker “related_tags” of Related Posts is desactived.)
  • Version 1.1
    • Fix XML-RPC and Embedded Tags
    • Improve compatibility JS with others plugins (calendar)
    • Minor improve in administration (order keeping on update)
    • Cleaner for empty terms
    • Add limit days for Tag Clouds and Related Posts
    • Add the marker: %relatedtags% for Related Posts => Display tag shared between 2 posts.
    • True random for tag cloud
    • Tag cloud can generate class level for CSS size/color
    • Add Order to Tag Cloud Widgets
    • Add 2 functions
      • st_meta_keywords() : Display keywords for manual insert in header
      • st_the_tags() : Improved the official the_tags() functions.
    • Add marker for Technorati, Flickr and Delicious
  • Version 1.0.4a (1.0.4a fix a small bug introduced in 1.0.4)
    • Update 3 translations for 1.0.4
    • Add Japanese translation
    • Fix “exclude tags” in related posts
  • Version 1.0.3
    • Add 3 translations (german and chineses (zh_TW and zh_CN))
    • Fix a potential bug with posts relateds and WP Object Cache
    • Fix a bug with autocompletion JavaScript (tag not escape)
    • Possibility to customize date format in related posts
    • Optimization in meta keywords
    • New markers to related posts (see advanced usage), old markers are still available
  • Version 1.0.2
    • Keywords
      • Fix a rare bug with problem encoding
      • Delete duplicate keywords
    • Related posts
      • Possibility to randomize post
      • New class for tag UL: “st-related-posts”
    • Tag cloud
      • Possibility to randomize tags
      • New class for tag UL: “st-tag-cloud”
    • Administration
      • Use WP roles instead old levels
      • Possibility to order “Mass edit Tags” by Date or ID
      • Counter now works on “Untagged” page”
      • Fix one bug on Mass Edit Tags, he was impossible to delete all tags for a post.
      • You can desactivate Widgets without have a fatal error
  • Version 1.0.1
    • Fixes 2-3 minors bugs
  • Version 1.0
    • Initial version