This plugin links two (or more) taxonomies and synchronizes their terms.

v1.2.0 2015-11-12 18:06 UTC

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Have you ever had to work with two or more taxonomies that basically share the same terms? And then you got tired of propagating all the changes you made on one taxonomy's terms to the other taxonomies?

This is exactly when Linked Taxonomies kicks in.

There are several good reasons for having individual taxonomies that consist of the same set of terms. One is if these taxonomies are registered for different sets of post types. Or object types, to be more precise, as you can also use taxonomies and terms on comments or users. Another good reason is using one source taxonomy that is visible to certain user roles, and link one or more completely hidden target taxonomies that you only use automatically in the background.


  1. Download ZIP.
  2. Upload contents to the /wp-content/plugins directory on your web server.
  3. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.
  4. Find the new Taxonomies menu item in the Settings menu in your WordPress backend.


What this plugin is all about is providing a means to link specific taxonomies, either unidirectionally or bidirectionally, and synchronize their terms. And doing this is quite simple. On the Taxonomies admin page, you can set up links for your taxonomies. Hit the Save Changes button, and you're done already. Any change on a linked taxonomy's terms will automatically be propagated to all linked taxonomies.


In order to customize certain aspects of the plugin, it provides you with several filters. For each of these, a short description as well as a code example on how to alter the default behavior is given below. Just put the according code snippet in your theme's functions.php file or your customization plugin, or to some other appropriate place.


Editing linked taxonomies is restricted to a certain capability, which is by default manage_options.

 * Filters the capability required to edit linked taxonomies.
 * @param string $capability Capability required to edit linked taxonomies.
add_filter( 'edit_linked_taxonomies_capability', function() {
	return 'manage_categories';
} );


Depending on how exactly you want to work with the plugin, you may want to define which taxonomies are linkable. This filter provides the array of taxonomies queried according to the args. Feel free to remove whichever taxonomy you don't want to be available for linking. If all you would like to do is to set query args that will be passed to the get_taxonomies function, please have a look at the linked_taxonomies_get_taxonomies_args filter.

 * Filters the taxonomies that are available for linking.
 * @param object[] $taxonomies Taxonomy objects.
add_filter( 'linkable_taxonomies', function( $taxonomies ) {

	// Remove taxonomies that are not built in but public
	foreach ( $taxonomies as $key => $taxonomy ) {
		if ( ! $taxonomy->_builtin && $taxonomy->public ) {
			unset( $taxonomies[ $key ] );
	return $taxonomies;
} );


If you want to alter the (by default empty) set of query args that are used for querying all linkable taxonomies, this filter is a good starting point. For more complex conditions/checks, please have a look at the more powerful linkable_taxonomies filter that provides the array of taxonomies available for linking.

 * Filters the args for getting all taxonomies.
 * @param array $args Taxonomies args.
add_filter( 'linked_taxonomies_get_taxonomies_args', function() {

	// Only list taxonomies that are hierarchical and show their individual tag cloud
	return array(
		'hierarchical'  => 1,
		'show_tagcloud' => 1,
} );


Accessing the plugin's settings page is restricted, too. In order to distinguish between users who are only allowed to list linked taxonomies, and users, who are able to edit linked taxonomies, there are two individual capabilities. The default for accessing the settings page is manage_categories.

 * Filters the capability required to list linked taxonomies.
 * @param string $capability Capability required to list linked taxonomies.
add_filter( 'list_linked_taxonomies_capability', function() {
	return 'manage_options';
} );


If you have a feature request, or if you have developed the feature already, please feel free to use the Issues and/or Pull Requests section.

Of course, you can also provide me with translations if you would like to use the plugin in another not yet included language.