Tag Groups


Organize your tags in groups. Use a highly customizable tag cloud (tabs or accordion).

Most websites mix up tags that should actually be separated by topics: places, people, brands, features, activities and more.

Your tags, however, will become much more useful if you organize them in groups. Imagine a tag cloud where all town names appear under a “Towns” heading or where you keep the names of actors under “Actors” and directors under “Directors”. The Tag Groups plugin lets you do exactly that.

With Tag Groups you can add a parent level to tags and make them hierarchical.

Tag Groups works also great with most other (flat) taxonomies, like WooCommerce product tags. Filters and bulk actions make your work with tags much easier, and you can even filter the list of posts in your backend by the groups that their tags belong to.

The plugin comes with two tag clouds where tags are sorted by groups and one tag cloud where tags are sorted by first letter. These tag clouds can be customized with numerous parameters, and you can insert them as shortcodes or Gutenberg blocks.

Possible applications are:

  • Display only specific tags in your tag cloud.
  • Change the sorting order in your tag cloud.
  • Customize the links, the text or the separator of your tag cloud items.
  • Organize your tags under a parent level.
  • Easily manage huge amounts of tags or posts in the backend by dividing them into groups.
  • Display your tags grouped by language or by topic.
  • Display with each post a selection of tags that are related to the tags of this post.
  • Choose which tags to display in different sections of your blog.

Please find more information here.

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Extra Features

If you want to get more out of your tag groups, check out Tag Groups Premium. The premium plugin comes with

  • a meta box for the post edit screen so that you can enter and edit post tags segmented by groups;
  • the option to bulk-add all tags of a group to a post with one click;
  • add the same tag to multiple groups;
  • the option to prevent authors from creating new tags;
  • a Dynamic Post Filter for the frontend: Your visitors can pick tags from groups and see all matching posts in a list;
  • custom permissions who can edit tag groups;
  • a new tag cloud where you can combine the tags of specific groups into one cloud;
  • and more.

See the difference between the free and the premium plugin in this table.

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Other Notes

Styling created by jQuery UI who also provided the JavaScript that is used for the tabs to do their magic. Find their license in the package.

We are also using the SumoSelect JavaScript plugin.


This plugin does not collect or process any personal user data unless you expressively opt-in.


  • Group administration
  • Assigning tags to groups
  • Configuring a tag cloud in Gutenberg
  • Settings
  • Tag cloud ("Blitzer" theme)
  • Accordion ("Blitzer" theme)
  • Group administration
  • Tag cloud with first letters of tags as tabs


This plugin provides 4 blocks.

Tabbed Tag Cloud
Accordion Tag Cloud
Alphabetical Tag Cloud


  1. Find the plugin in the list at the backend and click to install it. Or, upload the ZIP file through the admin backend. Or, upload the unzipped tag-groups folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.

  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

The plugin will create a new menu “Tag Groups” and a submenu “Tag Group Admin” in the Post section (depending on the chosen taxonomy) where you find the tag groups. After you have created some groups, you can edit your tags (or other terms) and assign them to one of these groups. A filter and a bulk action menu are available on the Tags page and you also find a filter on the Posts pages.

The tabbed tag cloud (or an accordion containing the tags) can be inserted with a shortcode or a Gutenberg block. Options are listed under the “Tag Groups” main menu.

Extensive information, examples and help for troubleshooting are listed here.


When I use the shortcode I can see the content but the tags are not displayed in tabs.

Make sure you have “Use jQuery” checked on the settings page. If you use a plugin for caching pages, purge the cache and see if that helps. If you use plugins for minifying scripts or style sheets, turn them off and purge their caches.

After an update the styling of the custom tag cloud is lost

This problem might appear when updating from a version before 0.33 to this or a later version. You can solve it by adding a new parameter to the shortcode:

How can I use one of these tag clouds in a widget?

Please use a text widget and insert the shortcode.

Does this plugin support tags for pages?

No. Although it might work (with additional 3rd-party pluings), it is not an officially supported feature.

I need the plugin for a very special purpose – can you help?

Please check first if the premium plugin can help. If not, you can ask for support here.

I am desperately missing my language. But, wait.. is this actually a “frequently asked question”?

No, unfortunately it isn’t. But, nevertheless, I’m glad you asked! You are warmly invited to help us translate.



The only plugin that enables tags to be displayed in alphabetical tabs. Easy to use. Excellent support too.

very handy very cool

For grouping tags it is great, it did what I was expecting for. I wished also that it has an easier way to add tag groups in widgets

one of the best plugins

This plugin is the best group TAG plugin. It has so many features that it takes days to try them all. The handling is super simple and very clearly documented. The support for this free plugin is gigantic and very friendly. And this over Christmas. Therefore many thanks for this very useful plugin. David
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Contributors & Developers

“Tag Groups” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Import/Export: Fixed bug retrieving options.



  • New parameter “include” in alphabetical tag cloud: Use only tags that are in selected groups.


  • Migrated to more flexible licensing options. Simply skip opt-in if you don’t need premium features.



  • Sort tag groups alphabetically on back end


  • Fixed filter on posts admin page when Polylang plugin is active


  • Smoother user experience on tag groups admin page
  • Improved caching (premium)



  • Added warning if language selector is set to “all languages” (WPML, Polylang)
  • More system information
  • Improved caching (premium)



  • Fixed issue in Alphabetical Tag Cloud with rare server configurations. (Collator not available)


  • Make sure Firefox doesn’t restore previous checkbox values in the settings



  • Added Gutenberg block for alphabetical tag cloud


  • Fixed wrong default taxonomies in tabbed tag clouds.


  • Added shortcode [tag_groups_alphabet_tabs] to help screen in the settings.

Older Versions

The complete changelog is available here.