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Taxonomies provide a way of categorizing your content. They are hierarchical tags that you can create in the Taxonomy Manager and then apply to your topics and publications. These tags are just labels, but they can be used in many ways, from making it easy to find topics by subject matter to adding classes and meta tags to HTML outputs.

Taxonomy Manager. It shows a hierarchy of taxonomy tags. At the top level there is Taxonomy. At the second level there is Acme Products and Acme Space. At level 3 inside Acme products is Acme 100, Acme 200, and Acme 300. At level 3 inside Acme Space is Cosmology, Propulsion, Space Exploration, and Space Telescope. At level 4, inside Space Telescope is Control, Data Reporting, Lens, and Maintenance.


The taxonomies feature requires the Business plan or Enterprise plan. To upgrade to either of these plans, contact your account manager.

By using taxonomies, you can:

If components, such as topics and publications, have taxonomy tags applied to them, a tag icon appears in the Content Manager. Depending on how many taxonomy tags are applied, you will see either:

  • Single taxonomy tag icon - The taxonomy tag has the color that was set for it when it was created in the Taxonomy Manager. If you hover the cursor over the tag icon, Paligo shows the name of the taxonomy tag.

    A topic in the Content Manager has a yellow tag icon to show it has a taxonomy. The hover effect shows a ToolTip that shows the same tag but also names the tag too, in this case, Cosmology.
  • Double taxonomy tag icon - This shows that the component has more than one taxonomy tags applied. The double tags are white. If you hover the cursor over the double tags icon, Paligo shows the names of the taxonomy tags.

    A topic in the Content Manager has a white double tag icon to show it has more than one taxonomy tag. The hover effect shows a ToolTip that shows a yellow tag next to Cosmology and a blue tag next to Space Telescope.

There are many ways to use taxonomies, but the general workflow for setting them up is the same:

  1. Make sure you are familiar with Working in Taxonomy Manager.

  2. Create Taxonomy Tags.

    This is where you define the structure of the taxonomy tags and how they relate to each other.

    Taxonomy hierarchy shown in the Taxonomy Manager


    You may want to Set Colors for Taxonomy Tags as a visual aid for recognizing the different taxonomy hierarchies.

  3. Associate your taxonomy tags with the appropriate publications, topics, and images.

    This is where you make connections between your taxonomy tags and your content. For example, you could have an "Acme 100" tag for a product name and you would then associate that tag with all of the topics that are about the "Acme 100" product.

    Taxonomy tag dragged from Floating Content Panel onto a topic in the Content Manager.
  4. Define the appropriate settings in the Layout that you use for publishing.

    HTML5 layout. The Classes and attributes section is selected, revealing some of the taxonomy settings, including Output taxonomies.

    This step only applies if you are using taxonomies for features in the output that you publish, such as taxonomy filters and top-navigation.

    For information on setting up taxonomies for these features, see:

  5. Publish your content.

    When you have created your taxonomy hierarchy, associated the taxonomy tags with your content, and set up the layout, it is time to publish, see Publish Content.


If you are using taxonomies to categorize your content, Paligo authors can use them to Search with Taxonomy Tags.