Probably the most popular feature in TaxoPress is “Auto Terms”.
Auto Terms allows you to automatically add existing terms (with the Free version) and new terms (with the Pro version) to your WordPress content.
You can use the Auto Terms feature in three ways:
- New content: TaxoPress can automatically add terms when you create new content.
- Existing content: TaxoPress can add terms to older content.
- Schedule: TaxoPress can add terms hourly or daily. This is useful if you’re importing content.
We’ve had a lot of feedback on this Auto Terms feature, so we’re working on improvements. Several of those upgrades are included in the latest TaxoPress release which is version 3.5.0.
Here’s what’s new in TaxoPress 3.5.0.
Logs for Auto Terms
Several customers requested a log for Auto Terms. This is because you can set this feature to run on a schedule. So it can be very useful to know what happened on your site when you’ve set up an automatic process.
On all of the Auto Terms screens, you’ll now see a “Logs” button, as shown in the image below:
This “Logs” area has one entry for every time a post is processed. In the image below, you can see that Auto Terms ran for five posts. In this example, Auto Terms added terms to four of the posts. Here’s what each column means in the Logs table.
- Post: This is the post that was analyzed.
- Post type: This the post type that Auto Terms is analyzing.
- Taxonomy: This is the taxonomy that Auto Terms is using to search for matches.
- Source: This can be “Manual post update,” “Existing content”, or “Schedule”.
- Terms added: These are the terms that were successfully added to the post.
- Status message: This explains the outcome of the process in more detail.
- Date: This shows the date and time that the post was analyzed.
- Settings: This link goes to the settings that are controlling this process.
Safeguards for large sites
Some of the feedback on Auto Terms came from users with large sites. We heard from customers with 50,000 or 100,000 posts that they wanted to process. To analyze so much content successfully, we built in some safeguards for large sites. These will prevent timeouts if you’re trying to process a lot of content or using an under-powered server.
Both the “Existing Content” and “Schedule” options now have three safeguards.
- Limit per batches: This enables you to add Auto Terms to existing content in batches. If you have a lot of existing content, set this to a lower number to avoid timeouts.
- Batches wait time: This is the wait time (in seconds) between processing batches of Auto Terms. If you have a lot of existing content, set this to a higher number to avoid timeouts.
- Limit Auto Terms, based on published date: This setting allows you to add Auto Terms only to recent content.
Finishing the design update
We took over the original “Simple Tags” plugin around one year ago. During that time, we’ve been updating the user interface of the plugin. That process is nearly finished. Both the “Related Posts” and the “Terms for Current Posts” features now use the new tabbed design.
Here is the new layout for “Related Posts”:
And here is the new layout for “Terms for Current Post”:
Thanks for using TaxoPress
We’re going to keep working hard on Auto Terms and other features. Our goal is to make TaxoPress the best way to organize, optimize, and showcase your WordPress content.