[wp-hackers] Clarification on Tagging Plugins

Mark Jaquith mark.wordpress at txfx.net
Thu Sep 20 17:24:23 GMT 2007

On Sep 20, 2007, at 11:40 AM, Aaron Brazell wrote:

> There is a question I'm getting a lot as I've been doing some  
> promotion of the next release of WordPress. The topic of built in  
> tags and whether UTW and the other tagging plugins will still work  
> with WP 2.3. The recommended approach, at least from my  
> perspective, is to disable tag plugins and use the WP tags but  
> there are legitimate reasons why some users might want to use one  
> of the existing tag plugins. Can anyone clarify for me what can be  
> expected to happen with these other tagging plugins. Will they  
> still work, should a blogger choose, along side WP tags since they  
> use different tables?

If they don't, it won't be because of the existence of "proper" tag  
support in WP... it'll just be because of typical interbranch  
differences.  For instance, if UTW is looking for the old categories  
tables (maybe for cat-to-tag conversion -- just a hypothetical), then  
that part wouldn't work.

But if people want to keep using third party tagging solutions until  
plugins are developed to flesh out the functionality of WP's own  
tagging system, that should probably work just fine.  The conversion  
from other tagging systems doesn't happen automatically -- it is  
triggered manually through the Import screen.

Mark Jaquith

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