In www.example.com/admin/structure/taxonomy choose Add Vocabulary.
Name - avoid any problematic characters like ampersands or apostrophes as they may not display properly in all instances, (though in the authors experience this is a cosmetic issue only).
Description - Optional, the description is for administrators and editors, not a help guide for users. Your new vocabulary is at www.example.com/admin/structure/taxonomy Default display of vocabularies is alphabetical. You can drag them into a different order.
Add terms to a vocabulary Name - the term itself as will appear in the site. E.g. in Sports vocabulary, Football. Avoid any problematic characters like ampersands or apostrophes as they may not display properly in all instances, (though in the authors experience this is a cosmetic issue only).
Description - optional, only seen by those with Taxonomy Edit permissions, not normal users. Example “Same game as Soccer, NOT Rugby Football”.
URL Alias - optional, use to define paths other than the standard taxonomy/term/id. E.g. www.example.com/sport/football
Relations - Parent Term - use to define hierarchy once more than one term exists.
Relations - Weight - determines the order of display. However the drag and drop on the Vocabulary List Terms page is more user friendly.
Establish synonym or “see also” relationships between terms. Needs writing.
Add a Vocabulary to a Content Type At www.example.com/admin/structure/types For your chosen Content Type chose “manage fields” Add new field
Label - usually the name of your Vocabulary.
Field_name - ditto
Type of data - Term reference
Widget - select list and check boxes make it a controlled vocabulary. Autocomplete means that users can add their own terms, while being guided towards existing ones.
TIP - if you don’t know what your terms will be, set the vocabulary to Autocomplete while you add your initial content as a “quick dirty” way of establishing your initial terms. Then edit to SelectList of Checkboxes to freeze it.
Choose Vocabulary from the drop down list. SAVE
Required Field checkbox - if ticked, users MUST enter a term from this vocabulary. Generally a bad idea UNLESS you really need it, AND people will tell the truth. Example - on a dating site you would require their gender, but probably not their eye color.
Help Text - the text that appears to guide users on that Content Type only.
Default Value - usually NONE.
Forcing a default is dangerous as it can lead to mistagging. That said, making one term “undefined” or the name of the vocabulary itself can be useful. E.g. in a sports vocabulary on a sports site an “undefined sport” term used as a default term can be used to identify content in need of editorial attention. Field Settings
Number of values - Limits the number of terms that can be selected.
Vocabulary - Selects vocabulary. This does seem to be a repeat of a setting already done previously. [The author wonders why too].