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Tag Cloud Generator for WordPress.com

Posted in IDT Labs Software Development, Technology, WordPress.com Tips by engtech on February 22, 2007

Ask nicely and you shall receive. I’ve created a program that let’s you create tag clouds on WordPress.com blogs. I said I was going to do this a long time ago, but there was approximately another 30 hours of work to bring the program from the level where I could use to the level where someone else could install and use it.

What is a Tag Cloud?

A tag cloud is a list of all the tags/categories on your blog where the tags appear bigger if there are more posts in that group. See the tag cloud for all of WordPress.com as an example.

tag_cloud_example.png

What is Tag Cloud Generator for WordPress.com?

It is a program I wrote for generating tag clouds from blogs hosted on WordPress.com. WordPress.com does not allow users to install the plug-ins that are available to people who are running their own copy of WordPress. Tag Cloud Generator is a way to create a tag cloud without using a plug-in or Javascript.

Tag Cloud Generator connects to your WordPress.com account, downloads information about your tags/categories and generates HTML code you can cut-and-paste into a blog post or a blog page. It’s not as simple as running a plug-in, but it is the only solution available for WordPress.com bloggers who want a tag cloud.

tag cloud generator for wordpress.com - example flowchart

How Do I Get It?

Go to the documentation page and download it.

You can see the rest of the things I’ve created for WordPress.com here.

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  1. Joy said, on February 22, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    That’s pretty awesome. I bow to the master.

  2. azahar said, on February 22, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Ooooh – thank you! :)

  3. engtech said, on February 22, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    I was pretty happy I found out how to make it into a standalone program. Part of the reason I dilly-dallied for so long was because when I started it would have taken around 5 pages of documentation on how to install the damned thing.

  4. Evan said, on February 22, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    This is great, now how about a little tutorial on getting to customize mybloglog? I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do it. Thanks for this though, going to try it for sure.

  5. Dustin said, on February 23, 2007 at 12:07 am

    Good idea.

  6. Evan said, on February 23, 2007 at 2:14 am

    I know of that post, but it doesn’t show you how to edit the thing though. For example, other sites have rows and columns of people, while your blog and mine are just going down in one. I have no idea how to change this, or if I can for free.

  7. brahnamin said, on February 23, 2007 at 2:31 am

    dude, this is awesome! thanks!

  8. apotheon said, on February 23, 2007 at 3:28 am

    I guess you must not be familiar with the tag cloud widget I’ve been using for forever and a day, Sterling’s Tag Cloud widget for WordPress with the Jerome’s Keywords plugin.

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  11. engtech said, on February 23, 2007 at 7:56 am

    @Evan: Ah, those other blogs aren’t using the image-only version of MyBlogLog. We can’t edit it.

    @Apotheon: WordPress.com bloggers can’t use plug-ins. :)

  12. azahar said, on February 23, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Hmmm…my trackback didn’t work on this post either.

  13. engtech said, on February 23, 2007 at 10:15 am

    @azahar: Yeah, once your trackbacks break they stay broken. :(

  14. apotheon said, on February 23, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Whoops. Don’t I feel silly for having missed the comment, right in the middle of the post, about not being able to use plugins. Sorry about that. Ignore my previous comment.

  15. engtech said, on February 23, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    @apotheon: No problem. The difference between WordPress and WordPress.com confuses everyone who isn’t hosted on WordPress.com

    Plus tech guys reinvent the wheel at least twice a day, so it’s a pretty good assumption to go with :)

  16. Sterling Camden said, on February 23, 2007 at 10:02 pm

    Nice job, engtech. And thanks for pimping for me, apotheon!

  17. engtech said, on February 23, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Closing the comments on this post.

    Please leave comments here. (so that I only have to look in one place)

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