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WP Tags to Technorati

I’ve written my first useful WordPress plugin!

In WordPress 2.3, they introduced a new tagging feature … which I think is pretty nice … but I haven’t found a plug-in that lets you turn those tags into Technorati tags.

I’ve played around with a few dinky little plug-in’s in the past … but they were all for my own personal use. This time, however, I decided to try my hand at making a plug-in that could be used by more people.

So, I’m pleased to announce “WP Tags to Technorati”.

You can see the plug-in in action below.

You can download the plug-in from the WordPress plug-in repository.

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  1. Franca Richard

    Really useful plugin, thanks!

  2. Gilgemesh

    Bah, I got it figured.

    I might have tried looking first huh.

  3. Gilgemesh

    Love the plugin. It has made adding the Tags much more efficient than what I was researching. The only issue I have is I am getting the Technorati tags info twice in my posts. I want it to show up in only 1 place, after our internal site tags. Any ideas? I’m not real PHP proficient, but I can find my way around a bit. Here’s a sample post:

    http://blog.heathensonline.com/2008/03/13/full-on-zombie-fun/

    Thanks for any help in advance.

  4. david

    I’ve installed the plugin and it’s working, but now I seem to have two sets of tags displaying.

    You’ll need to update your theme to not display the tags.

    The tag prefixed with “Technorati tags:” is the one supplied by the plug-in, the other set of tags is provided by the theme.

  5. lsl

    I’ve installed the plugin and it’s working, but now I seem to have two sets of tags displaying. What do I need to do?

    http://www.maxinesniderinc.com/blog/

  6. homikus

    Thanks, man! Works great and and does a great work! :)

  7. WebGeek

    Great plugin! I was looking for something like this and found your plugin. Works like a charm!

  8. David Jacques-Louis

    What tags have you in the sidebar yourself? What is it called?

  9. doppjuice

    Perfect. Thank you!

  10. Monkeyskull

    Thanks for a great tool, David. You might want to edit your ReadMe doc to be very explicit about how to put the function call in a page template — I didn’t know you had to use ‘echo’ and kept trying all sorts of other things, and some people might not know to wrap the echo function call in php tags.

    Thanks again!!!

  11. david

    Is their a php function i can use to customize the placement in my template?

    Yes, use this:
    echo tags2tech_get_tags_links();

  12. Jason

    Is their a php function i can use to customize the placement in my template?

  13. david

    Chris: I really don’t know what to tell you here … my plug-in doesn’t replace, convert, or cancel anything out. My plug-in simply appends the technorati tags to the end of the post.

  14. Chris

    I knew when i wrote that it would be a little confusing.. originally that line of techno tags you just saw used to be just tags.. so now that your plugin has converted them to technocrati tags, does that cancel out what the original tags did for me?

  15. david

    it has replaced the tagline with technorati tags

    Not sure I follow … my plug-in replaces nothing … it appends the technorati tags to the post. If I look on your blog, I saw just the technorati tags generated by my plug-in.

  16. Chris

    David,

    So i have installed the pluggin and noticed that it has replaced the tagline with technorati tags. I quite the newby so this question might sound amature, What ui am wondering is will this now disable the previous tsgs and only refernce to technorati.? i have noticed that google has already indexed some of my tags.

  17. Ken Savage

    David, I got your code up and running. Thanks man. Great plugin and much needed too.

  18. david

    Any chance you could make the colon before the tags optional?

    I think that’s doable … although the code isn’t trivial at this point (existing values need to be updated, but only if they haven’t been updated before).

    Check back in a few days and I might have something.

  19. Jonathan Beeston

    Hi David,

    Any chance you could make the colon before the tags optional? I’ve encoded the label in header tags, so the colon appears on it’s own before the tags and looks out of place. Have a look at my blog and you’ll see what I mean.

    I realise I could easily edit the code to remove it, but other users might benefit too.

    Thanks,

    Jon.

  20. david

    so where or how do i make the tags appear?im sure there has to be some code or script i have to put somewhere

    As long as your post has tags, and the plug-in is enabled, the technorati links will show up automatically.

  21. Benjamin

    so where or how do i make the tags appear?im sure there has to be some code or script i have to put somewhere,no?

  22. david

    The tag cloud doesn’t create links to Technorati.

  23. Benjamin

    so is there a widget that has a label technorati tag or something?cos at the moment there is already a tag cloud widget , and i dont really see a diff activating your plugin.am i missing something?

  24. david

    must i fill up my tag

  25. Benjamin

    i somehow dont get how does this work.must i fill up my tag’s wat the bottom when im making/writing a post?or does this plugin autosearch my post for words to be put under tags.

    im not very sure how to use technorati as well, must i fill up the tags on the site or does it actually scans my site for tag words?

  26. Thorleif Wiik

    very nice plugin !

  27. david

    How to solve this if I want to use both of these plugins?

    First off, try disabling PHP magic_quotes on your server.

    Since the plug-in you mention is commercial … I can’t look at it to see what it’s doing.

    Sorry, but that’s all I can suggest.

  28. keith

    hi david,

    thanks for the solution. I had found the other plugin which is interfere the wp-to-technorati plug-in. The plugin which intefere that is WPCashLinksLite, which is a Plugin to search for keywords and make them linkables (http://www.wp-pluginsdx.com/index.php/category/wp-cashlinksdx-wordpress-plugin)

    How to solve this if I want to use both of these plugins?

    Thanks in advance!

  29. david

    It looks like PHP ‘magic quotes’ is enabled for your server. If you can turn off magic quotes, the problem should be be fixed. I’ll see if I can find a way to programatically handle it. Checkout http://us2.php.net/manual/en/security.magicquotes.disabling.php for more information.

  30. keith

    hi,

    I just install this plugin. But, when I post, the tags generated with this kind of link :

    http://www.giveawaywebsite.com/'http://technorati.com/tag/business+client/

    Its seem doesn’t work with that link.
    you can see this post at http://www.giveawaywebsite.com/free-website-blog/internet-business-leverage/keep-your-e-business-engaged-via-e-mail

    How to fix this?

    Thanks!

  31. david

    The debug code has been removed from the latest version. Grab it here.

  32. Joe Horn

    let the code for displaying debugging information to be like these line:
    if ( DEBUG ) {
    echo "<!-- ";
    var_dump($tags);
    echo " -->";
    }


  33. Joe Horn

    Hello,

    I found that this plugin will display extra info before post body.
    I guess, those information is displayed for debugging, right?

    Maybe we should add this line of code just before $tag_url be defined:
    define('DEBUG', false);
    and let the code for displaying debugging information to be like these line:
    if ( DEBUG ) {
    echo "";
    }

    Does it will be better?

    Anyway, this is a WONDERFUL plugin.
    Thanks for your development and sharing.

  34. Jonathan Beeston

    Thanks David, that’s fixed it.

  35. david

    Grab the latest version. It doesn’t have the debug code.

  36. Jonathan Beeston

    This is a great plugin, but it’s wrecked my RSS feed unfortunately. When it’s activated, the array included as comments in the HTML is picked up in the feed e.g.

    object(stdClass)#162 (11) { ["term_id"]=> string(2) "32" ["name"]=> string(7) "adsense" ["slug"]=> string(7) "adsense" ["term_group"]=> string(1) "0" ["term_order"]=> string(1) "0" ["term_taxonomy_id"]=> ...

    Why do you think this is? I’ve had to switch the plugin off for the moment. Perhaps it’s my template? Thanks.

  37. david

    Okay, so the tags i added originally to the post SHOULD be on Technorati anyway

    Maybe … depends on how they were referenced. I don’t know if Technorati will pick up on the link if they were not links to Techorati initially.

  38. Blayde

    Okay, so the tags i added originally to the post SHOULD be on Technorati anyway…

    Thanks

  39. david

    do the tags get added to Technorati ie, does technorati pick them up and link back to your site if they are clicked, or are they just tags

    I think the default ping that WordPress does should include Technorati automatically. I’m pretty sure that Ping-o-matic does.

    My plug-in doesn’t do the ping, because it’s invoked every time the post is displayed. You only want a ping to occur when the post is initially made.

  40. Blayde

    Forgive the complete noobness of this question, but do the tags get added to Technorati ie, does technorati pick them up and link back to your site if they are clicked, or are they just tags…

  41. david

    is there a way to put the tags anywhere within the loop right now?

    Not currently … but let me see if I can put something together.

  42. Ken Savage

    Nice David but is there a way to put the tags anywhere within the loop right now?

  43. wwstewart

    Seems to be working on my site. I only wish I could use it on my regular blog (it’s hosted on wordpress.com, so I can’t upload to it). I also linked to it, just so you know.

    Nice plugin! Keep ‘em coming.

  44. Ren

    Great plugin. Thank you very much

  45. Bev

    Jayne sent me here and I’m glad she did. I’ve got your plug-in up and running. Love it.

  46. jayne d'Arcy

    I’ve deactivated SimpleTags by Broobles, Simple Tag Amaury Baumer. I’ll keep those deactivated. I thought it might be that I’m using a Sandbox-based theme and so I switched it to the default and still didn’t get technorati tags. Sorry to be such trouble, but I’d really love to use this plugin.

  47. david

    Jayne:

    Download the current version … I’ve added some code to put comment markings in the generated html. Give that a try. FWIW: The page you indicated has the simple tags plug-in was still active, but that shouldn’t have any impact.

  48. jayne d'Arcy

    Hi David, I have your plugin activated and just to double check I have deactivated Simple Tags. It still isn’t showing. Do I need to put something in my template? Here’s a post with a tag of memes:
    http://www.jaynedarcy.us/2007/11/13/if-i-were-president/

  49. david

    Once activated, you should see “Technorati Tags: ” at the bottom of your post with the list of tags.

    It shouldn’t conflict with SimpleTags (I used that too), but the appearance will be very similar. If you look at http://www.geekyramblings.org/2007/11/10/wordpress-tags-to-technorati/ you’ll see the plugin in action.

  50. jayne d'Arcy

    I’ve activated the plugin but I see no changes to my tags. They’re still just working internally. How will this change my tags? Does it conflict with the Simple_Tags plugin which manages tags?

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