Creating a Custom Taxonomy

Explains how to create and manage your Custom Taxonomy within Pods Admin.

Custom Taxonomies are ways to organize and classify your content. When you have Pods installed they’re simple to create through the WordPress Admin Screens. If you’re not sure what a Custom Taxonomy is, or how to make best use of it, check out our guide to WordPress Custom Taxonomies.

Quick Start

  1. Pods Admin > Add New, and click Create New
  2. From Content Type drop-down, Select ‘Custom Taxonomy (like Categories or Tags)’
  3. Enter Single & Plural Label, use Advanced Options if you want to override the Archive Slug and hit Next Step.
  4. Configure Admin UI settings (most common are … )
  5. Configure Advanced Options, Hierarchal for Taxonomies like Categories, leave this alone for Tag style taxonomies.
  6. Configure Advanced Options, Associated Post Types to connect your Taxonomies to the Post Types they will organize.
  7. Add any Fields to the Taxonomy under Manage Fields.

Create Your Custom Taxonomy

Navigate to Pods Admin > Add New and click on the Create New button.

a screenshot of the Create New button. The mouse pointer hovers over it

From the Content Type drop-down menu, ensure that Custom Taxonomy (like Categories or Tags) is selected.

The Enable Extra Fields drop-down lets you choose whether you wish to add Custom Fields to your taxonomy. This isn’t functionality that is native to WordPress, so if you do wish to add Custom Fields they will be created in a different table in your database.

Give your Custom Taxonomy a Plural Label. Let’s use the example of a book review website in which the books are organized by genre. The plural is genres.

Enter a Singular Label. In this example, the singular is genre.

a screenshot of the custom taxonomy creation box. the fields are filled in with genre and genres

Clicking on the Advanced link provides you with an advanced option. In most situations the defaults will suffice. The option is:

  • Identifier – this is the name that you will use when referring to your Custom Post Type in your code and shortcodes

When you’re happy click Next Step.


Tax tabs: Labels

The “Labels” tab lets you adjust the Taxonomy labels across your admin. These are pre-populated with the name of your Taxonomy. However, you can adjust them if you want to. Adding a new label to the first two fields will update all of your labels, or you can adjust each label individually.

Admin UI

Tax tabs: Admin UI

The “Admin UI” tab allows you to customize the admin menu appearance, including:

  • Whether to show the taxonomy in the admin menus and the default taxonomy UI
  • Menu name and location (associated Post Type(s) menus (default), Settings menu, Appearances menu, a new menu item, a sub-menu to another menu)

Advanced Options

Tax tabs: Advanced Options
You may wish to adjust your advanced options. These provide you with fine-tuning capabilities to alter how your Taxonomy behaves. 

  • Hierarchical – this determines whether your taxonomy is hierarchical, like categories, or flat, like tags.
  • Associated Post Types – this is where you associate a taxonomy with a Post Type. The genre taxonomy, for example, would be associated with the Books post type.

a screenshot of the associated post types options. Books is selected.

See the WordPress codex for the register_taxonomy() function for more information about the options available in the “Advanced Options” and “Admin UI” tabs.

Manage Fields


If you’d like to add fields to your Custom Taxonomy (Term Meta), you would add them under the Manage Fields, just like you would within a regular Custom Post Type. Check out that section in our documentation on Creating a Custom Post Type.

Tax tabs: Manage Fields


When you’re happy with adjusting your options, click Save Pod.

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