I see that Wordpress always sorts tags in the Block Editor in the alphabetical order. How can I prevent this behaviour?

I have found a good article with an approach which uses term_order field from the wp_term_relationships DB table

How can I hook into this behaviour in the block editor and change it to correspond to the right order? Any ideas?

wp.state? hooks?

P.S. - there is also a ticket opened on GitHub years ago But it looks like Wordpress devs don't care

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To reorder post tags taxonomy in a non-alphabetical custom order and save it in the Block Editor

To achieve results use a combination of custom code.

// Custom function to fetch tags in custom order
function custom_get_tags($post_id) {
    $tags = get_the_tags($post_id);
    // Modify $tags array to reorder based on custom order
    // Your custom ordering logic here
    return $tags;

// Hook into the block editor to modify how tags are displayed
function custom_modify_tag_block($attributes, $content) {
    $post_id = $attributes['postId'];
    $tags = custom_get_tags($post_id);
    // Customize how tags are displayed
    $tag_html = '<div class="custom-tag-container">';
    foreach ($tags as $tag) {
        $tag_html .= '<span class="custom-tag">' . $tag->name . '</span>';
    $tag_html .= '</div>';
    return $tag_html;
add_filter('render_block_core/tag-cloud', 'custom_modify_tag_block', 10, 2);

// Hook into saving process to save custom tag order
function custom_save_tag_order($post_id) {
    // Fetch tags associated with the post
    $tags = get_the_tags($post_id);
    // Save custom order metadata for each tag
    foreach ($tags as $tag) {
        // Update metadata for custom order
        update_term_meta($tag->term_id, 'custom_order', $custom_order);
add_action('save_post', 'custom_save_tag_order');

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