Tainacan is a powerful and flexible repository platform for WordPress. Manage and publish you digital collections as easily as publishing a post to your blog, while having all the tools of a professional repository platform.

Please note: This is an early release of this plugin, and we are working hard to release 1.0 soon, please refer to the project’s website for more information and road map.


  • “Metadata and Filters”: Use a metadata standard or choose whatever set of metadata you want to describe the items in your collections. Also, choose which metadata will be used as a filter when browsing the collection
    Faceted Search. Browse your collection (and let the public browse it) using a faceted search interface with the filters you have chosen.

  • “Manage Taxonomies”: Manage vocabularies that can be used accross all your collections.

  • “Themes”: Tainacan has its own default theme, that helps you present your collections in a beautiful and effective way, but will also work with any WordPress theme. For developers, it will be easy to add tainacan specific features to an existing theme.

  • “API and Interoperability”: Tainacan implements a RESTful API (read and write) to allow other applications to interact with your repository. Expose you collection in different formats, such as Json, JsonLD, OAI-PMH and others. If your collection have a specific set of metadata, you can map your metadata to match the standards you want to use.

Getting Started

After installation, you will see a new menu item in your admin panel called “Tainacan”. Click on it to open the Tainacan admin interface.

To get an overview of the main concepts of Tainacan, please visit this page.

Create a collection

Click “New Collection” to create a new collection, use a mapping standard or import using one of our importers.

Configure your collection

Navigate the top menu to set your collection up. Create the metadata that items in this collection will have, and choose, from these metadata, which ones are going to be used as a filter.

Add items

Back to the “Items” screen, click “Add new” to create a new item.

Manage and browse your collection

Through this admin interface you can manage your collection and browse its item using the faceted search interface or advanced search interface.

If you want to visit your collections in the public side of your site, using your current theme, visit http://your-site/tainacan-collection and you will get the list of your collections.

Set up Taxonomies

You can also have metada as taxonomies, which you can configure with a set of hierarchical terms of your own vocabulary.

Add links to your menu

Edit your menu and links directly to your collections. Click “Screen options” at the top of the Menu edition page and enable “Collections”.

If you want to add a link to the list of collections, click “View all” tab on the Collections box on the left, and then add the first item named “Collections” to the menu.

Faceted search in your theme

We are still working in a way to enable faceted search in any theme. You can try it but it might not work very well depending on your theme.

In order to do this, use the shortcode “tainacan-search” in any page of your site (we recommend a full width template page), informing the ID of the collection you want to display.

Example: [tainacan-search collection-id=4]


  • Manage collections
  • Set up your collection
  • Choose the metadata and filters for your collection
  • Add items described by your metadata
  • Set up your item as a file, link or text and attach many type of documents
  • Browse your collections with a faceted search interface
  • Navigate through rich filtering interface
  • Explore more with Advanced Search
  • Set up Taxonomies to be used across your repository
  • Bulk edit as many items as you need quickly


Upload the files to the plugins directory and activate it. You can also install and activate directly from the your admin panel.

If you have Imagick installed in your server, Tainacan will be able to automatically generate a thumbnail from your PDF files. This is desired but not required.

Contributors & Developers

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


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