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  • I am also facing the same problem with tags on my website
    When I use a tag in my post with spaces like “proximity effect”, it is converted in to “proximity-effect”.
    And so when I search something with the tag proximity effect, 404 error is produced, since the tag is converted into “proximity-effect”…
    What should I do? You can check it for the same here…

    Please help…

    Am using the latest version of WP

    Christine Rondeau


    Volunteer Forum Moderator


    I assume it’s the latest version of WP – my blog is hosted at wordpress.

    If by that you mean that your site is at, then you are in the wrong forum and need to go to

    @v Sagar I just looked at your site and I see in the drop down a list of tags. I picked one, clead code and search for both clead code and clead-code and found nothing. The search only searches the content of your articles, not the tags. The fact that the tags display properly in the dropdowns, tells me that there are no issues with the tags.

    Additionally, please do not hijack someone else’s post. Please start your own thread.

    @v Sagar:
    Your problem is different than mine was. Mine was a problem with the blogging application “Ecto” mistreating tags containing spaces. It was interpreting multiple-word tags as multiple individual tags, one for each word. I speculated that using a hyphen would be a workaround to the problem. On Ecto’s support forum, I isolated this as a predictable and repeatable bug in the communication between the Ecto software and the WP software. I have since moved to different software, which does not treat tags this way.

    I have no problem with someone chiming in on my thread; it is, after all, 8 months old, and perhaps bumping it would allow a further discussion to open up. And although I was probably not clear in my intentions for posting this here, (I was attempting to call to attention a deficiency in the WP APIs) I understood this was a forum for WP troubleshooting. I fail to understand the difference between the support forums at and, which possibly speaks volumes as to what I perceive of the WP framework itself – that it’s unnecessarily complex.

    HOWEVER, since I believe that this is a WP developer forum, (perhaps I’m wrong, and if so, my apologies) it’s appropriate to point out that Ecto was not the only software which struggled with categories and tags; every desktop blogging software I tried exhibited some sort of weird or glitchy behavior when interfacing with WP’s category and tagging system.

    Which indicates to me that perhaps it’s time for WP devs to take a look at further developing the APIs which deal with categories and tagging.

    Thank you very much, Christine Moderator, for your elaborate answer.
    I, too, tested as said by you and found no problem. To my surprise, how this happened, I don’t know. But as per my previous comment, I had thoroughly tested the persisting problem first and then posted the comment here.
    My apologies for hijacking someone else’s post.
    Will you please be kind enough to tell me as to how can I start my own thread, here on this forum?
    And also I hope that I am on the correct forum.
    Thank you very much again…

    Christine Rondeau


    Volunteer Forum Moderator

    @kevrohr you still haven’t clarified what you mean by hosting. If your site is a, then this is NOT the right forum.
    Here’s an explanation on the difference.

    @vsagar, go to any forum category (here for example – and click add new.

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