Building TaxoPress

This is a series of posts about building the TaxoPress WordPress plugin.

TaxoPress is Our New WordPress Plugin

Simple Tags has been a popular WordPress plugin for 10 years, and now has over 80,000 users.

I’m delighted to say that our team has taken over running the plugin. This is the same team that runs the plugins at PublishPress.

We’ve given it a new name (“TaxoPress”) and a new website at

Over the last few years, we’ve repeatedly answered custom questions about Tags and Categories. We often found that we didn’t have good answers because the plugins in this space weren’t great.

So our goal with TaxoPress is to build the perfect tool to create, edit and manage all your WordPress taxonomy terms.

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TaxoPress: What it’s Like to Overhaul a Legacy Plugin

Earlier this year, we took over running Simple Tags, an old WordPress plugin that had 80,000 users, but hadn’t been updated in a long time.

We saw a need in WordPress for one plugin that can manage all the taxonomies on your site. A plugin like that would be incredibly useful in organizing large sites.

On the surface, these deals always look attractive for developers. We get a large existing userbase at an affordable price. And hopefully those users can become customers and we can build a business.

The reality is more rocky.

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TaxoPress Gets a Big New Feature: Auto Terms

I posted at the end of last year about a side-project: overhauling the TaxoPress plugin.

We continue to make steady progress on this plugin. The most recent new feature is “Auto Terms” which can scan your WordPress content and automatically assign terms.

There are lots of ways to get big websites with tons of content. Some sites have forums with 10,000’s of posts. Some sites have large stores with massive amounts of products.

Personally, my sites have always leaned towards content. I’ve written a lot of blog posts and documentation articles. At a certain point, all that content becomes hard to manage. However, if you’re publishing 10, 100 or even 1,000’s of posts every day, it can be difficult to organize it all.

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