Easily Add A Configurable
Tag Cloud To WordPress
I’ve been using CTC (Configurable Tag Cloud) Plugin to give me a tag cloud in a widget for more than a year now.
While it has a hiccup that I’ll mention in a moment… it’s configuration settings have made it flexible enough to keep me happy all this time.
Many tag clouds plugins/widgets have very limited settings and it’s sort of an “all or nothing” deal but CTC offers a decent amount of customization without being too overwhelming.
The reason that these settings are important is that an incorrectly set up tag cloud can affect SEO.
WordPress Plugin (Widget): Configurable Tag Cloud (CTC)
Here you can see a screenshot of the resulting tag-cloud here on my blog.
The background belongs to my theme as the widget has no background color of it’s own which is good. The plugin picks up the link-styling that is already part of the blog (but you can override that easily).
Here’s the Configurable Tag Cloud Widget Options
You may notice that I am using the the “minimum & maximum number of posts” to throttle the tags that are returned.
I do not want tags with few entries and I do not want tags that have been applied to nearly every post on the blog. Your settings may be different.
The smallest and largest font is also a number you will probably want to adjust depending on the current font size in use on your blog.
Presently, the plugin is (very) up to date, regularly downloaded, and showing minimal support issues. All very good signs.
About That Hiccup…
When I occasionally need to deactivate my plugins to either upgrade or do a basic WordPress troubleshoot, this plugin tends to forget it’s settings and need put back into the widget box and set up again.
Not damaging or life threatening but certainly annoying for me because of how often I deactivate plugins due to doing a lot of plugin testing. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).
Also, it’s worth noting that the widget is/will only left-align. You can not center this widget which may pose a layout issue if your widgets are particularly wide.
A minor upgrade to add alignment as well as sorting out why it loses it’s settings and this is a 5/5 plugin although not needed by everyone.
Think carefully about whether a tag cloud is right for your site. Because it does impact SEO it’s worth considering how, where and why you want to use it.
~ Kim ~
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PS: I aggressively work to minimize the number of plugins I run. Because of that, I’m now using the link-list this plugin was creating as output, recreating it as stylized html and using that directly in a widget. It will not be dynamic but it will serve the same purpose with less resources used.