I would like to add tags via a front-end entry form - not like here, but as follows:

  • Text field in a front-end entry form where user add tags (separated by commas).
  • After pressing the save button, the plugin should:
  • check for every tag, whether it exists already (and create the tag if not)
  • save the tags together with the rest of the entry form [see also here](including the text field with the user defined tags)

Now, I am looking for a developer (I am willing to pay for it).


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While the full answer to this probably requires some planning, and a plugin that handles various aspects of the tag management, here are a few components to consider:

You can submit tags from the front-end and, on the server side, they will behave like Craft handles them in the Control Panel. The syntax for your front-end form field is as follows:

<select multiple name="fields[fieldHandle][]">
  <option value="13">Tag Name One</option>
  <option value="42">Tag Name Two</option>
  <option value="144">Tag Name Three</option>

For a more friendly UI, there are a handful of javascript libraries that could help on the front-end. I believe the one that Craft uses in the Control Panel is selectize.js and it could be setup to be used on the front-end as well.

To handle the pre-processing of tag behavior before an Entry is saved, your plugin may need to use the entries.onBeforeSaveEntry Event.

  • Thank you for your answer. One of the challenges is that you can submit tags from the front-end only when you know the ID. selectize.js is really interesting - I will have a look at that.
    – MISC
    Jan 7, 2016 at 16:59

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