Basic usage

The Taxonomy class, as the name suggests, helps you build custom taxonomies.

In order to register a custom taxonomy, you will call the make and set methods of the Taxonomy class.

For example, let's register a custom taxonomy in order to handle a list of authors for our books custom post type from previous examples. The custom taxonomy will have a slug of authors:

Taxonomy::make('authors', 'books', 'Authors', 'Author')->set([
    'public' => true

This will build a basic custom taxonomy accessible from the books custom post type. You can customize your taxonomy by passing arguments to the set() method. In the above code we specified that the custom taxonomy should be public. You can pass all the arguments defined in the WordPress core function register_taxonomy like so:

Taxonomy::make('authors', 'books', 'Authors', 'Author')->set([
    'public'       => true,
    'rewrite'      => false,
    'query_var'    => false,
    'hierarchical' => true

Note: the custom taxonomy is only registered if you call the set() method.

Plural and single display names

The make() method needs a plural and singular display names as third and fourth parameters. Those parameters will pre-fill the labels property of your custom taxonomy.

Taxonomy::make('authors', 'books', 'Authors', 'Author')->set();

In the above code sample, the custom taxonomy will have a plural display name of Authors and a singular display name of Author.

Note: you can override the custom taxonomy labels property by adding it to the set method array.

Customize your taxonomy

In order to define the behavior of your custom taxonomy, use the set() method and pass it an array of parameters like so:

Taxonomy::make('authors', 'books', 'Authors', 'Author')->set([
    'public'             => true,
    'show_in_nav_menus'  => false,
    'hierarchical'       => true,
    'show_tagcloud'      => false,
    'show_in_quick_edit' => false

Shared taxonomies

You can define a taxonomy that can be shared between multiple post types by passing an array of post type names like so:

Taxonomy::make('authors', ['post', 'books'], 'Authors', 'Author')->set();

The above code register an authors taxonomy for both post and books post types.

Bind your taxonomy

Attach the post type to the taxonomy inside filter callback that run during parse_request or pre_get_posts.

You can use the bind() method which is a shortcut to the register_taxonomy_for_object_type function.

Call the method on your taxonomy instance like so:

$tax = Taxonomy::make('authors', ['post', 'books'], 'Authors', 'Author')->set();

// Bind the taxonomy to the 'post' and 'books' post types.

You can also bind your taxonomy when registering your custom post type by adding the taxonomies argument. Check the register_post_type function.

Term custom fields

You can define custom fields to taxonomy terms by using the addFields() method of the Taxonomy class.

You can call it from a taxonomy instance, which will automatically retrieve the correct taxonomy slug in order to associate the custom fields. Or you can call the method directly in order to add custom fields to core taxonomy terms for example.

Add fields to a custom taxonomy

Call the addFields() method to a custom taxonomy instance and pass it an array of fields to add:

$authors = Taxonomy::make('authors', $books->get('name'), 'Authors', 'Author')->set();


Add fields to a core taxonomy

Call the addFields() method directly in order to add custom fields to core taxonomy terms:

], 'category');

In order to add custom fields to core taxonomy terms, please provide the taxonomy slug as a second parameter.

The addFields() method returns a Taxonomy instance, so it is possible to chain methods.

Sanitize custom fields

You can sanitize term custom fields values using the sanitize() method. Here is an example using our custom taxonomy of authors:

$authors = Taxonomy::make('authors', $books->get('name'), 'Authors', 'Author')->set();


    'website' => ['url']

Pass an array of sanitize rules to the sanitize() method. Check the validation guide for a list available rules.


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