Our WordPress Data Importer (WPDIMP) plugin gives you the option of importing ready made tags or generating them. All methods are shown below. Generating high-quality tags is trial and error at first with the current system. However, if you do not have pre-made tags it is a good tool to have.
Generate Tags in WPDIMP
Follow this part of the tutorial if you do not have pre-made tags and you have a column of good sentences or paragraphs with keywords in them.
Step 1: Design Section
Go to the Design Section for your current project.
Step 2: Post Settings Tab
Ensure you are on the Post Settings tab.
Step 3: Tag Rules Box
Locate the “Tag Rules” box. The box contains a form that offers basic options for configuring generating tags.
Step 4: Text Data
The Text Data field is a menu populated with your column titles. You need to select a column that holds high-quality text data containing the keywords that you would like to become post tags. WordPress Data Importer will use words from the text data to create tags. It is not an exact science and requires good configuration.
Step 5: Numeric Tags
Most blogs will not require Numeric Tags as a number means very little out of context. The plugin will avoid using numbers within your selected text unless you want them to be included.
Step 6: Tag Strength Length
All themes designate different amounts of page space for tags. So you’ll want to establish how many characters looks too much and enter a limit in the Tag Length field.
Step 7: Maximum Tags
You might be keen on a specific number of tags per post. I know I have a habit of adding three on average. It looks good on most themes I’ve worked with. Set your own Maximum Tags value by entering a numeric value.
Step 8: Excluded
Your body of text may contain many words that aren’t suitable as tags. You can use the Excluded field to build a filter and avoid using many words. As I type this there is also a waiting task to add a minimum and maximum tag length i.e. the minimum length of a tag could be 5 characters and that will filter out small words. Until those options are added we need to enter words manually. Do this by separating each word or phrase with a comma and do not press enter. Just type continuously to create one long string.
Step 9: Submit
Submit the form and save your input. Saving this form does not generate tags. Tags will be generated at the point of post creation. However, it would be easy to create a tool that pre-generates tags and allows us to perfect them before creating posts. This has the advantage of reducing how much work WordPress needs to do during post creation. An important aspect to consider when trying to create thousands of posts quickly.
Using Pre-Made Tags
If your data already contains a keyword or tags column then you can use that to generate WordPress post tags. You can also use a third-party tool/server to generate tags, store the tag data into your project database table and use that generated data.
Options Requiring Data Form
The menu for selecting your pre-made tags is on the Post Settings tab view beside the form displayed above. See the start of this post for screen capture on what page and tab you should be on. Then locate a box titled Options Requiring Data and select your keywords/tags column there. You do not need to use the other menus and should leave them alone until needed.