You have probably noticed that you don’t see your WordPress “tags” on your posts. WordPress tags are a great way to help your site visitors discover topically related content within your site. It turns out that adding tags to your posts is one of the easier things to do with the Thesis 2 Theme. While I’m a little surprised they aren’t shown by default, it is so easy to add them that I can overlook this. After all, it is a matter of taste. Again, we’ll start from the Thesis 2 HTML “Home” page.
From the Thesis 2 HTML Home page, scroll down to the “WP Loop” area. The WP Loop contains the controls for the WordPress Loop. The WordPress Loop is where all the WordPress magic happens. It is called the “loop” because it contains the programming code to loop through and display all your posts. It is here where we can set the loop items we do or do not want to be displayed for each post. Remember in Step 22 when we changed how the WordPress byline was displayed? This was also in the loop.
Note the gray bar labeled “show tray” in the picture above. Click on this gray bar. It will expand to show you a bunch of green bars. These green bars are the loop items that are not currently being displayed by the WordPress Loop.
Look for the bar labeled “Home Post Box -> Tags” (see image above). Click on this bar. It will automatically be added to the WordPress loop. That was easy!
However, I personally don’t like the placement. In this case, Tags were added below the Num Comments Wrapper. The order these bars appear in the loop is the order they are displayed on your site. I would like to display my tags above the comments counter. Click and hold on the Tags green bar and drag the box to just above the comments wrapper and release.
Thesis 2 will add the following title to the tags, “Tagged as:”. I prefer to title them as “Topics:”. Just like we did in our tag cloud step. Hover your cursor over the Tags box and click on the gear icon when it appears. Inside the “Intro Text” change the text to “Topics”. Click the “X” at the top right of the pop-up to save your changes.
Now we’ll click the Save Template button at the top right of the Thesis 2 HTML page. This will make our changes live on our site.
Refresh your site’s homepage and scroll down to the bottom of your first post. You will now see the tags you used when writing your post. See how easy it is to add WordPress tags to your posts using the Thesis 2 Theme?