[wp-hackers] Custom taxonomies for authors

Thomas Scholz info at toscho.de
Sat Mar 13 13:43:28 UTC 2010

Dion Hulse:

> Personally i don't think creating it as a post taxonomy is what is  
> needed here.

Yeah, most of the users don’t have any posts. Some of them don’t even have  
an email address. Or a computer … :)

> You can visit /wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=color directly and you'll  
> be able to manage the Colours there.

Oh, thanks! Nice to know.

> You'll need to manually add a dropdown selection to the user edit page  
> however based off that taxonomy data, you'd probably have to hook into  
> 'show_user_profile' & 'edit_user_profile' to add a new Table and table  
> row, as well as saving that data manually through the action which fires  
> when user data is updated...

I was hoping to find a way without new tables (and 200 lines of extra  

Another idea was to misuse the roles and capabilities. The number of  
colors is restricted,¹ so I could preset the list. This would be  
semantically wrong – but probably faster. I’ll have to contemplate about  


¹ <http://fifeweb.org/wp/breeds/breeds_ems.php>


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