Ultimate tag cloud widget

Since I couldn’t find a tag cloud widget that could show multiple tag clouds, one for each author on my blog, I decided to make my own plugin to solve my problem. Happy with the results I decided to release the plugin and try to fit in as many options as possible. If you’re missing any option or setting, just use the suggestion form below and I’ll do try to add it to the plugin – I really want the plugin to be able to suit all your needs.

Here are some screenshots of the plugin with different settings, if you want it, you can download it at the wordpress plugin repository, http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget/. If you use and like it, please consider leaving a donation.

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Default settings with the twentyten theme

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This is a more colorful example with random colors and all tags in uppercase.

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Maybe a more realistic usage of the widget with spanning colors and capitalized tags.

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Widget settings pane

  • dadc

    i’m using your nice plugin and widget but found a problem. the tag misplaced the count. at first, i thought it was because the max tags at 95. but still no change after i changed it to 55.

    its quite important because when people click one of the biggest tag, they would come to a zero count tag page. so i turn it off temporarily.

    any idea how to fix it?

    thank you
    (duniaastronomi.com)

    • I’m not really sure what kind of problem you’re experiencing. Please send a detailed description to rickard at 0x539.se and I’ll try to help you.

      • dadc

        thanks, it works fine now with the latest upgrade, great! 🙂
        [duniaastronomi.com]

  • dadc

    i’m using your nice plugin and widget but found a problem. the tag misplaced the count. at first, i thought it was because the max tags at 95. but still no change after i changed it to 55.

    its quite important because when people click one of the biggest tag, they would come to a zero count tag page. so i turn it off temporarily.

    any idea how to fix it?

    thank you
    (duniaastronomi.com)

    • I’m not really sure what kind of problem you’re experiencing. Please send a detailed description to rickard at 0x539.se and I’ll try to help you.

      • dadc

        thanks, it works fine now with the latest upgrade, great! 🙂
        [duniaastronomi.com]

  • Homer

    hi, I’d like to know which values are to be introduced in: Spanning between values from/to

    thx!
    regards

    • The expected values are colors in hex-form. like #000000 for black and #ffffff for white. If you give two values it will give the tags colors from the from-color to the to-color and assign colors based upon how much that tag is used.

  • Homer

    hi, I’d like to know which values are to be introduced in: Spanning between values from/to

    thx!
    regards

    • The expected values are colors in hex-form. like #000000 for black and #ffffff for white. If you give two values it will give the tags colors from the from-color to the to-color and assign colors based upon how much that tag is used.

  • Norm.Sash

    Nice work on this widget plugin. I can tell you put a lot of thought and care into the design and coding. Here’s a couple of suggestions for the product:

    1. Add a field for minimum number of tag entries. I had a blog that for some reason had a number of “0” posts assigned to the tag, but of course, the tag still appeared in the cloud. When clicking on it the user would then be taken to an error “nothing found” page. It would be nice to set a minimum number of posts to a tag (e.g. 3) so that no tags below that count would appear.

    2. Allow a content sensitive tag cloud. It would be neat to have a tag cloud linked to categories, and only display tags that are associated with the current category assignment(s) of the post. Thus, if I’m on a post that is assigned to the category “Resturants”, the tag cloud would only display tags from posts that are assigned to the same “Resturants” category.

    • Hi, and thank you for your comment.

      The first idea would be easy to implement and I could look into it the next time I’ve got some time for plugin development.

      The second idea is really a interesting one but I’m not really sure how to implement it. Are you thinking about maybe an option for the plugin enabling this functionality, or maybe a completely new widget.. Like “content aware cloud” or something?

    • I had some time today and received a patch from another user so I sat down and implemented the function you requested as well.. For the second idea I need to think about how to implement it, and maybe the function will come later..

      • Norm.Sash

        Hi Rickard… sorry for the late reply as the notifications were going in my junk mail folder. But this is awesome that you implemented one of the functions already. I’ll go update the plugin now and see how the minumum posts fields works.

        As for the content sensitive tag cloud I was thinking about an option box in your current widget called something like “Category sesitive tags”. I’m not sure how you would do this, but if it was selected then >

        1. Determine the visible posts.
        2. Determine the current categories of the visible posts.
        3. Determine the list of tags that are assigned to posts within the universe of current categories.
        4. Build the tag cloud.

        There was another plugin that did something like this, building a tag cloud from posts within a category, but I don’t think that it is supported anymore. If I can find it I’ll let you know what it is.

        Thanks for thinking about this.

  • Norm.Sash

    Nice work on this widget plugin. I can tell you put a lot of thought and care into the design and coding. Here’s a couple of suggestions for the product:

    1. Add a field for minimum number of tag entries. I had a blog that for some reason had a number of “0” posts assigned to the tag, but of course, the tag still appeared in the cloud. When clicking on it the user would then be taken to an error “nothing found” page. It would be nice to set a minimum number of posts to a tag (e.g. 3) so that no tags below that count would appear.

    2. Allow a content sensitive tag cloud. It would be neat to have a tag cloud linked to categories, and only display tags that are associated with the current category assignment(s) of the post. Thus, if I’m on a post that is assigned to the category “Resturants”, the tag cloud would only display tags from posts that are assigned to the same “Resturants” category.

    • Hi, and thank you for your comment.

      The first idea would be easy to implement and I could look into it the next time I’ve got some time for plugin development.

      The second idea is really a interesting one but I’m not really sure how to implement it. Are you thinking about maybe an option for the plugin enabling this functionality, or maybe a completely new widget.. Like “content aware cloud” or something?

    • I had some time today and received a patch from another user so I sat down and implemented the function you requested as well.. For the second idea I need to think about how to implement it, and maybe the function will come later..

      • Norm.Sash

        Hi Rickard… sorry for the late reply as the notifications were going in my junk mail folder. But this is awesome that you implemented one of the functions already. I’ll go update the plugin now and see how the minumum posts fields works.

        As for the content sensitive tag cloud I was thinking about an option box in your current widget called something like “Category sesitive tags”. I’m not sure how you would do this, but if it was selected then >

        1. Determine the visible posts.
        2. Determine the current categories of the visible posts.
        3. Determine the list of tags that are assigned to posts within the universe of current categories.
        4. Build the tag cloud.

        There was another plugin that did something like this, building a tag cloud from posts within a category, but I don’t think that it is supported anymore. If I can find it I’ll let you know what it is.

        Thanks for thinking about this.

  • Adrian Yeo

    Great plugin thank you. I have a suggestion that would make things easier for me. You have a “Exclude these tags” option. Please may we have a “Only include these tags”.

    I have 50 tags but I want a tag cloud for only 7 of them. It is easier to include 7 tags rather than exclude 43.

    • Hi Adrian and thank you for your suggestion

      This will require some work in the settings of this plugin and I’d have to think about how to implement it and still make it easy for the user to understand and use. But I’ll certainly look into it.

  • Adrian Yeo

    Great plugin thank you. I have a suggestion that would make things easier for me. You have a “Exclude these tags” option. Please may we have a “Only include these tags”.

    I have 50 tags but I want a tag cloud for only 7 of them. It is easier to include 7 tags rather than exclude 43.

    • Hi Adrian and thank you for your suggestion

      This will require some work in the settings of this plugin and I’d have to think about how to implement it and still make it easy for the user to understand and use. But I’ll certainly look into it.

  • Maybe a more realistic usage of the widget with spanning colors and capitalized tags.

    spanning ? how do I set the colours ?

  • Maybe a more realistic usage of the widget with spanning colors and capitalized tags.

    spanning ? how do I set the colours ?

  • Jonathan

    Hi there, very promising ! One wish, could you add custom taxonomies ? Like the once created by “More taxonomies”, that’s would be awesome ! Keep on the good work.

    • I’ve been playing around with custom taxonomies now in the current version of the plugin. Would you like to try it out? I’m not really using custom taxonomies but it seems to be working according to the tests that I’ve been doing. 

      • Jonathan

         I would love to give it a try, I managed to do something with the “Better Tag Cloud” plugin, but maybe yours would actually look better. It’s definitely worth a try 😉

        • I just committed the code to the WordPress repository, you should be able to download the latest development version from this link in a couple of hours or so: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget.zip

          If you get the file and the list of taxonomies hasn’t been populated with your custom ones, you’re not having the latest version =P

  • Jonathan

    Hi there, very promising ! One wish, could you add custom taxonomies ? Like the once created by “More taxonomies”, that’s would be awesome ! Keep on the good work.

    • I’ve been playing around with custom taxonomies now in the current version of the plugin. Would you like to try it out? I’m not really using custom taxonomies but it seems to be working according to the tests that I’ve been doing. 

      • Jonathan

         I would love to give it a try, I managed to do something with the “Better Tag Cloud” plugin, but maybe yours would actually look better. It’s definitely worth a try 😉

        • I just committed the code to the WordPress repository, you should be able to download the latest development version from this link in a couple of hours or so: http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget.zip

          If you get the file and the list of taxonomies hasn’t been populated with your custom ones, you’re not having the latest version =P

  • Sascha

    Great plugin, thanks a lot!

    One question:
    How can I change the spacing between the line?
    I’d like the tags not only to have more space between them inside a line, but also from line to line…

    Hope you have an idea…

    • Hi Sascha, glad you find the plugin useful.

      Right now there isn’t any setting for the line height, I’ll put it on the todo list 🙂

    • Hi Sascha, just added row spacing setting to version 1.3.6. I know now why I left it out before, and that’s because the best way to do this is with the line-height setting which might not be the most intuitive way to set row spacing for the regular user. However now the feature is there, and I hope you like it. 

  • Sascha

    Great plugin, thanks a lot!

    One question:
    How can I change the spacing between the line?
    I’d like the tags not only to have more space between them inside a line, but also from line to line…

    Hope you have an idea…

    • Hi Sascha, glad you find the plugin useful.

      Right now there isn’t any setting for the line height, I’ll put it on the todo list 🙂

    • Hi Sascha, just added row spacing setting to version 1.3.6. I know now why I left it out before, and that’s because the best way to do this is with the line-height setting which might not be the most intuitive way to set row spacing for the regular user. However now the feature is there, and I hope you like it. 

  • Rickard, impressive piece of work. Thank you for it. Would a setting to only include tags from the most recent X number of posts be possible?

    • Hi Kevin, thank you for your kind words. It sounds like a reasonable feature request, I’ll put it on my todo list and look into it the next time I work on the plugin. 

    • heh, just added a new feature which I thought was what you were asking for, but instead I made it so that you can specify the number of days back to search for posts. hope this will help you even if it weren’t what you were asking for =P

  • Rickard, impressive piece of work. Thank you for it. Would a setting to only include tags from the most recent X number of posts be possible?

    • Hi Kevin, thank you for your kind words. It sounds like a reasonable feature request, I’ll put it on my todo list and look into it the next time I work on the plugin. 

    • heh, just added a new feature which I thought was what you were asking for, but instead I made it so that you can specify the number of days back to search for posts. hope this will help you even if it weren’t what you were asking for =P

  • Troda

    Rickard,

    I like the plugin!!! One question for you:

    I’ve created several custom taxonomies and post-types in “Custom Post Types UI”. I have assigned custom taxonomies to certain custom post-types.  These taxonomies are not appearing in the drop-down when configuring.

    I have downloaded the most recent version – as of today.

    Is this something I should be able to do with your plugin?

    Thanks,

  • Troda

    Rickard,

    I like the plugin!!! One question for you:

    I’ve created several custom taxonomies and post-types in “Custom Post Types UI”. I have assigned custom taxonomies to certain custom post-types.  These taxonomies are not appearing in the drop-down when configuring.

    I have downloaded the most recent version – as of today.

    Is this something I should be able to do with your plugin?

    Thanks,

  • mert

    how i can change its font style ?

    • Hi Mert

      You can change some values under the advanced options at the bottom of the widget settings, is there something particular that you’re missing from there?

      • mert

        hi rickard. thanks for answer. but i didn’t understand anything what you said.
        i only see  ” include debug option ” at the bottom of the settings, i don’t know how i can change the font style using this option.  can you explain it in more detail ?  thanks..

        • In the box right above the advanced settings containing debug options, you have the “Link CSS styles” section which include options to make your font underline, bold, italic, background color, border style and hover effects. 

  • mert

    how i can change its font style ?

    • Hi Mert

      You can change some values under the advanced options at the bottom of the widget settings, is there something particular that you’re missing from there?

      • mert

        hi rickard. thanks for answer. but i didn’t understand anything what you said.
        i only see  ” include debug option ” at the bottom of the settings, i don’t know how i can change the font style using this option.  can you explain it in more detail ?  thanks..

        • In the box right above the advanced settings containing debug options, you have the “Link CSS styles” section which include options to make your font underline, bold, italic, background color, border style and hover effects. 

  • Natsuko

    Thanks for this nice plugin!

  • Natsuko

    Thanks for this nice plugin!

  • Frank

    Hi,

    very nice work! I like this widget plugin.

    I have one question:

    My Settings on Coloring is “Totally random”. Can I exclude certain colors?

    Sorry for my bad english. Thanks for your help!!

    Greetings from Germany

    • Hi Frank

      No, the totally random coloring feature will choose completely randomly from all the colors in the span. 

  • Louise

    I’ve just been trying your widget with the page tagger plugin, but it doesnt show any tags.
    I don’t have any posts or categories on my site (I thought this might be relevant).

    I’ve set minimum posts to 0, and ticked the include page tagger pages, but no joy.
    Is there something else I need to set ?

    • Hi

      Sorry for the late reply. The tags will only show up when you have posts which have tags associated with them. 

      Hope this helps

      • Eran

        Same goes here. I’ll be happy if you could assist.
        Nevertheless, great job with plugin 🙂

  • Frank

    Hi,

    can you help me?

    This widget works with WordPress 3.2.1??

    Greetings

    • yes it should work, are you experiencing some kind of problem with it?

  • Joy Livingwell

    Great plugin, Rickard! I can see you put a lot of thought into this. The interface is generally excellent, and it works with the current version of WordPress (3.2.1).

    Suggestions:
    1.  The tag exclusion feature would be a lot easier to use with the addition of either:

    (a) a feature that shows related tags when the user begins to type, similar to the existing functionality of typing a tag in the Quick Edit window of a post… or

    (b) a drop-down list of tags with checkboxes, and an easy option to check or uncheck all or none. I think the latter would also solve the issues of some of your other commenters who have large numbers of tags.

    2. An option to add a separator between tags would be nice. (Some sites use a lot of multi-word tags that are difficult to differentiate in the standard cloud.)

    3.  It’s not clear how to use the section “spacing (in px)”, since some (all?) of the choices are words rather than numbers. When I enter a number of pixels to space between tags, the plugin ignores that number. And once a user changes a setting, how can they retrieve the option that was there?

    If the setting choices are all words, then a pull-down menu for each might work better. If there are typeable options, a “help” or “settings” checkbox that reveals setting choices would be useful. For instance, how can users double or triple the space between tags?

    Thanks again for a great plugin! I gave it 5 stars in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

    • Hi Joy. 
      Thank you for your kind words, your suggestions seem reasonable and I’ve been adding some descriptions to all the settings which hopefully will clarify them. 

      I have to admit that I’m not satisfied with the setting for include/exclude tags and I’ll look into changing the interface to something more usable. 

      Separator between tags also seems like a reasonable feature, I’ll add it with the next update. 

      Good night!

      • Wow, Rickard, those help popups already improved it a whole bunch! Thank you!

        And I like your new multi-pane approach. Time for some new screen shots. 🙂

        I can hardly wait for the next upgrade!

        • Hi, just added the separator setting to 1.3.8 and updated it earlier today. Hope you like it..

          I’m still not sure on how to implement the exclude/include tags setting, which implementation would you prefer? A list of all tags and a choice to include/exclude, or just suggestions like when writing a new post?

          • Fantastic! I tested the widget with the HTML code for a bullet, which the plugin intelligently converted to a bullet… and by pasting a bullet into the field (I’m on a Mac), and both worked fine. So cool — thank you!

            As for the include/exclude settings, I think for the people who use 50+ tags, a list with checkboxes plus an option to check/uncheck all would probably be easiest to deal with. (That interface would be worth testing, at least.)

            If you want to be a REAL fanatic, you can supply both options, of course. With a way to switch between them. 🙂

            Thank you SO much for responding so quickly and enthusiastically to user feedback. I just got back from a trip today. It was a delightful surprise to find your widget update!

          • Suggestion: tell users their options vis-a-vis typing in HTML codes for separators vs. just typing the character.

            BTW, how does the separator feature work with the option to auto-space between tags or use a pixel value?

            Typing a pixel value doesn’t seem to work for me, with the Weaver theme or with WP-Andreas01.

            All the other functionality that I’ve tested works just fine under the latest version of WP.

  • Great plugin. I want to separate the categories with color backgrounds and a solid border. After doing that I saw the border is very tight to the text. Is there a way to get more space around the category name?

    On http://www.stefansegers.nl (sidebar down) there’s the category list I made (but without the space around text)

    Maybe its very simple to do but I haven’t found it yet

    Hope to hear from you

    • Hi Stefan, and thank you for your question. I’ve been on vacation for the last couple of weeks but finally I’ve got some time too look closer at this. At the moment there isn’t any simple way of doing this and I’m not sure exactly how to add this functionality. 

      I will however put it up on my todo list and maybe I’ll find a solution to it next time I update the plugin. 

      • Kev

        Hey just checked out Stefans site, but I reckon he could just adjust the CSS by adding these rules:
        .utcw-tag-link {padding:3px; line-height:30px;}

  • Russ

    Very nice plugin; lots of options, particularly in the latest version. 

    Question about the search results page:  Can you suggest any slick way to specify which Template within a theme gets selected to display the search results?

    My theme allows for a couple of page templates, and the default has several sidebars etc. compared to others that have a wider display.  Thus the utcw results get “squeezed” into the default template on the next page that is rendered (not so pretty).

    (Sorry if this is a basic question – fairly new to this.)

    Thanks,
    Russ 

    • Hi Russ. If I understand your question correctly I think this is something that’s decided by the author of the theme that you’re using. Unless you’re comfortable digging in to the code of the theme I don’t think there’s any simple way of acheiving what you’re asking for. 

      Maybe if you try it with another theme the search results will be implemented differently. 

  • Hej Rickard!
    Mitt tema har “display:box” som standard, och det vill jag gärna behålla. Problemet är att det ju sabbar UTC-widgeten totalt. Finns det något enkelt sätt som gör att “display:inline” ska gälla bara för UTC?

    Tack!
    /Emil

    • Kanske ska förtydliga, och säga att det här häller min sidebar. Min sidebar har alltså “display:box” som standard.

      • Jag fixade det här själv, genom att ändra line 595 av ultimate-tag-cloud-widget.php

        • Hej Emil!

          Ursäkta sent svar, men det verkar ju som om du löste det. Ville du ha display: inline på hela UTC widgeten? Jag tror nästan detta är enklast att göra från ditt tema för att slippa ändra i UTCW varje gång den uppdateras.

  • MItkoito

    Hi!!!, nice plugin, beautiful. Sadly, it doesn’t support multilingual sites, like mine: http://simplexcity.net/. Do you have any idea how this might work out?
    This is some of the code i am using with the qtranslate plugin:

    Добре дошли…

    Welcome….

    • Mitkoito

      ?php if (qtrans_getLanguage()==”bg”): ?

      Добре дошли….

      ?php endif; ?>

      ?php if (qtrans_getLanguage()==”en”): ?

      Welcome…

      ?php endif; ?

    • Hi MItkoito

      How does qtransalte handle tags and categories? Can you specify different languages for them as well? If so I could certainly look into adding a feature that detects qtranslate and change the output of the widget accordingly.

  • Ken Cooper

    I’m redesigning my website to use WordPress 321. I have your Ultimate tag cloud widget v138 running – and it works great. Currently have 106 entries showing up on the Dashboard Posts/Post Tags page.The problem is when I select Posts/Add New, then proceed to add the image and text and finally clicking on ‘Choose from the most used tags’ link, that list only shows 45 entries… :(I’ve found a few locations in various php files that have the ’45’ as a limit – and have either changed that value to zero or 100 – all without the desired effect.It’s getting harder as my master list slowly grows – to remember those 60~ visually missing tag names, when I’m creating a new post.So – the question is: how can I get ALL of my master tags (106) to appear on the Posts/Add New page?

    • Hi Ken

      If I understand your question correctly I think this is a matter for the WordPress core or maybe some other plugin. This plugin will only take care of actually displaying the most used tags on your page and not in the WordPress editor. 

      Have you posted your question to the WordPress forums or searched for a plugin that might solve that for you?

  • hello,

    help me with a information. if i have add on post 50 tags but i want to show random all of this in set of 10 how is possible to do this?

    thank you

    • This is not possible with my plugin, it will only display the most used tags. 

  • Question Asker

    I am having an issue where any link clicked in the cloud brings up the same articles. Is there an option that allows only link relevant articles to be displayed?

    • The links should only display the articles which are tagged with that particular tag, do you have a couple of posts all with different set/combination of tags on them?

  • For some reason your widget is only displaying my tags as either the smallest or largest font sizes. Anyone else have this problem?

    • I’ve not heard of this problem earlier, are you still experiencing the same problem? 

  • Jrlyon

    Works very well, thank you for a very powerful plugin.
    I don’t quite understand how following options work:
    color_span_from (hex color, like #fff or #ffffff) ?
    color_span_to (hex color, dito) ?
    color_set() ?
    I would like colors to sart white for the large font and dark grey for smallest fonts
    Can you provide a little explanation to sue these parameters
    Cannot make it work ! I am sure I am doing something wrong
    Thanks for help
    Regards from France

    • Hi Jrlyon

      The color span function will do just what you’re describing. Try to set “color_span_from” to #fff (hex color for white) and “color_span_to” to something like #555 which is a dark grey color. Play around with different values for “color_span_to” until you get the effect that you’re looking for.

      The color set function allows you to specify a list of colors to chose from, like red,green,yellow,blue, or colors in hex format like above.

      • Valeria

        Hi Richard, if i choose only two colors for the tag cloud but not with different values but only, for example blue and pink, or the same two captured from my site, it’s possible? Thanks!!!!

        • I don’t quite understand your question, but if you want to have just two different colors randomly used within your tag cloud use the “Color set” function and specify the two colors you’d like. 

          • Valeria

            Tanks!

      • Valeria

        wow, i have write a question…but disappeared!!!!!

  • New Blogger!

    I really like the plugin.  I have a problem with it sometimes. I configure it in a similar fashion as you have above and I will include the tags I want to use, but when I go to my blog, no tags show up. 

    • Hi New Blogger

      Have you tried it with a different theme? Do you use other widgets which are working? 

  • Bermudacloud

    Hi I would like to use this plugin horizontally. Is it possible? Thanks

    • What do you meen by horizontally? If you give it enough horizontal space it should display the way you’re describing. 

      • Bermudacloud

        This is what I am talking about. Can this be done by the method you have described’ thanks

        • Bermudacloud

          Yes. Very simply I have moved it to a page wide horizontal widget area and it has done just that. Over and out!

  • Weshnak71

    good job !!! exxxelent!!!

  • Claudia

    Hi like your tag cloud, it seems to be just the solution I was looking for. HOWEVER, I am having 2 issues with the shortcode, perhaps you can advise.

    1. When I place the short code within the text, the cloud leaps to the top of the page, above all the other text. I’d like it to be in the middle of the page

    2. I cannot seem to exclude the 4 categories . here is my full shortcode:
    [utcw size_from="10" size_to="14" order="name" tag_list_type="exclude" tag_list="7,8,9,10"]

    and the page is: http://piagalloprintsanddrawings.com/artists-inventory/

    thank you!
    Claudia (Italy)

    • Hi Claudia, glad you found my plugin useful.

      The problem you found has been fixed now in version 1.3.10, thank you for finding and reporting this issue.

    • Oh sorry, missed the issue with excluding categories. I’ll look into that as well.

    • Regarding excluding categories, unfortunately there’s a misspelling in the documentation. The arguments should be “tags_list_type” and “tags_list”. However there was also some problems with the code when using the widget as a shortcode, and those have also been fixed in 1.3.10 and excluding should be working with the shortcode now.

      Thanks again for taking the time of reporting these issues.

  • Claude

    Alright maybe I am not an expert but once all is set up under appearance how do you insert it into the post page?
    Thank you

    • If you are using the widgets functionality ( “Appearance” => “Widgets” ) you should see the tag cloud maybe in a sidebar or similar, depending on which widget area the plugin was inserted into.

      If you’re not using the widgets functionality you can enter the shortcode into a page or post to get the same result. You can read more about how the Ultimate Tag Cloud shortcode works at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget/other_notes/

  • Nathaniel Katz

    thank you for the plugin.
    i’d like to know whether i can insert a tag cloud in one of my blogs that will display the tags from another one of my blogs.  is this possible?
    thanks!

    • Hi Nathaniel 

      No, this is not possible at the moment and I’m not quite sure how this would be implemented. Maybe if both blogs run the same plugin it would work. 

      I’d have to think about it. But without any more requests for it I don’t think I’ll be adding the functionality to the plugin. 

      • Nathaniel

        Thanks for the answer Rickard.  Does it help if both blogs are running on the same server and domain?  I’d like to display a cloud tag of nkatz.org/animaliam on nkatz.org/curandikatz.
        anyway, i understand that without many requests it isn’t such an essential functionality.

  • Quietesvous Qui

    hi there i just installed your plugin but the settings doesnt show up though i use the wordpress widget functionality. any suggestions? thx

    • Quietesvous Qui

      sooorry my fault. didn’t see the “ultimate tag cloud” widget. great work!

  • Great plugin! Thanks 🙂 I had to modify it a little because my blog does not pass W3C validation. Unfortunately I lost the ability to set links background, but the rest works great.

  • Jonathan

    I’d really like to see an option where you’d get the links as a cloud. I cant fathom that there’s no way to do this easily. to clarify. I’d like a widget where the widget gets the links added in “links” and displays them in the same way as a tag cloud, clickable to the links url.

    • You mean the links in the “blogroll” section of the sidebar? How would you go about ranking these to make their size differ?

  • Mouad Khateb

    Hi. I noticed that if I exclude a tag  from appearing in the widget, the tag’s page (which is supposed to show all posts with that tag) gives a 404 !! 
    I removed the tag from the exclusion list, and the tag’s page appeared immediately !
    Is this a bug or what?

    • Hi Mouad

      I really don’t see my plugin interfering with the regular listing of the tag archive, and I’ve not been able to reproduce this problem on my own blog. Check the main page https://0x539.se/ that the yubikey tag is missing from the cloud – it’s currently been excluded.

      Now check the tag archive for that page, https://0x539.se/tag/yubikey/ — still works for me. 

      Are you sure that the issue is with my widget and not with some other plugin?

      • Hi Rickard and thanx for responding. I wanna thank you for the nice plugin, btw :).
        I am very sorry. Yes it seems it is an issue with the theme. when I used to click on the “HD” tag, I did not click it from within the widget but from a special button that was added to all posts with HD tags.. (you can see it in the site, below). I now removed it from exclusion list and clicked HD in the widget, and discovered that while the widget loads this url for the tag, the theme loads it without the (?) mark ..
         http://alkotab.net/?tag=hd
        http://alkotab.net/tag/hd/

        The website is: you can see the colorful tags list in the right sidebar
        http://alkotab.net/

        Now I am wondering how can I change that in the theme. 

        BTW, please consider adding the ability to change the font-color of the hovered tag link (now one can change its background, decoration, border, but not the color itself), which will of course override the color of the link before the hover.

        Also, I spent like 2 hours configuring the look of the widget, then accidentally moved it to the widgets list (not the “inactive widgets” section) and when I re-added the widget all the previous settings were gone.. is there a way to make it remember those configs? 

        Thanx 

        • Hi Al-Rasid

          Great suggestions for the plugin, I’ve just pushed 1.3.12 to the plugin repository which includes the features that you requested. Check the “advanced” tab for load/save configuration options. Really neat feature!

          • Cool. again thank you very much . your time and efforts are much appreciated and admired. I wish I can share that great feeling that you have when see comments complimenting your generosity and responsiveness 🙂 

  • Hi. Your plugin is great. Just one small question. How can I display tags not as cloud, but as a list. Please help me. Thanks.

    • Hi Nuphero

      While there isn’t any built in functionality for this, you might get somewhat of the same result by setting the max and min size to the same value and then changing the CSS a bit. 

      Something like .widget_tag_gloud span { display: list-item; } might do the trick?
       

  • Martia

    Hi. Great plugin.One suggestion.Add a search box for tags.see example at retailmenot.com

    • Hi

      I tried the search funciton at retailmenot.com but couldn’t really figure out the logic behind it. If i search for the keyword ‘test’, should it display the posts which has any tag mathing the keyword ‘test’ ?

  • jm

    Hi, this plugin looks very good.  I have not found a way to have one tag per line (or a return after each tag).  Is this possible?  Thanks.

    • You should be able to do it with some css since this is not supported by the plugin atm. I think something like this added to your style.css file in your theme directory, or inserted by some other means, would do the trick:

      .utcw-tag-link { display: block;}

      Hope this helps! 

  • Thanks Rickard for a great plugin. I’ll be installing it on all my blogs ASAP.

  • Ronda

    Rickard:  I am new at this blogging thing, but ran across your plugin and love how simple it was to set to my needs.  I do have a question, however, my blog is about food and all my tags are for recipes, is there a way to change the word “topic” to “recipe” when you hover over the individual tag name or did I miss one of the options that solves this?  Please keep your answer simple as I am not very “techie.”  Thanks.  Ronda

    • Hi Ronda

      There is currently no non-technical way to change that text, what you at least need to do is find the right file, the right line and then change the word yourself. However as soon as a new version is released, the same old “topic” would be back since updating the plugin also means throwing away any changes that you’ve made to it. 

      If you have access to the files for your blog you could try to change this yourself. However if you make any changes that breaks the plugin, you might need to remove it and then install it again to get it working. 

      The change you need to make is in the file ultimate-tag-cloud-widget.php, usually located in the folder wp-content/plugins/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget/. If you open the file with a simple text editor like notepad in Windows, you should find the word “topic” on line 690, which looks something like this:

      $link_title = $show_title === true ? sprintf(‘ title=”‘ . _n(“%s topic”, “%s topics”, $count) . ‘”‘, $count) : “”;

      If you just change the words “topic” and “topics” and leave all the other strange characters as they are, you should be fine. 

      • Ronda

        Thank you for the quick response.  I was knowledgeable enough to make the change you suggested and it worked.  Now the hard part will be to remember to make the same changes everytime there is an update on your great plugin.  Thanks again.

    • Sorry! I couldn’t fullfil your request on keeping the answer non technical, but I thought I might as well tell you how to do if you would like to try (or ask someone you trust to help you). 

  • Testa

    Hi,
    this plugin not work good with WP RTL admin panel
    it just switch the admin panel menu from the right side to the left side.
    Please fix it.

    • Hi.

      I’m not familiar with what needs to be done for proper RTL support, but I’ll definitely look into it as soon as I’ve got time.  

  • aj

    I have a posts page that only shows posts of a specific category (Resources).  At the top of the page, I have the default tag cloud, vis a vis an index for the resources listed on the page.  The problem is that the tag cloud pulls in tags that are of categories other than Resources.  Will your plugin give me the flexibility to only draw from a subset of posts?

    • There have been a couple of requests for a “content aware” tag cloud, but I’ve never been able to wrap my head around how to implement such a feature. 

      But what you’re asking for sounds more like a feature for providing a term within a taxonomy (in your example, the category ‘Resources’) and only list tags from posts with that term?

  • Anonymous

    This is a great widget but I can’t figure out how to get a bullet point between my tags–and when I go to the advanced, I only see  field for me to fill in–and I don’t know what to put it in–I clicked on the ? but no help comes up. Please advise…

    • Hi

      Go to the advanced appearance tab and enter • or try the HTML code • into the field “Tag separator”. Remember to include a whitespace character before and after the bullet. 

      • Admin

        i think something is hiding anything I enter into the separator other than whats on the keyboard when I use it regularly or on shift. If I try to paste in the bullet above or use Option+8 the character disappears and its just blank. thanks

  •  I find the plugin very great, many options, easy to use …. but one question still exists. I use yout plugin together with the page tagger plugin so i can relate tags to pages. It works and the tags in the cloud grows with every related page. The problem is if i click on the tag in the cloud only the articles which are connected with the tag are shown. Have you any idea to solve the problem? Sorry for the bad english :-/

    • I understand your problem, and this is indeed an unfortunate consequence from using the page tagger plugin. I don’t think there is a simple solution since my plugin just uses the standard tag archive links when generating the tag cloud, and that just shows the posts associated with the tag – not the pages. 

      You could contact the developer of the page tagger plugin and see if they’re able to help, otherwise I would have to look into better integration with the page tagger plugin and that requires a bit of work I’m afraid. 

  • Using UTC 1.3.12, Suffusion 4.04 and WP 3.3.1, UTC will only work with categories.  

    It throws an error: PHP Catchable fatal error:  Object of class WP_Error could not be converted to string in blah/blah/wp-content/plugins/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget.php on line 693

    I haven’t noticed this problem on other sites.

    Any clues? 

    • Just to clarify this is where I wanted a tag cloud rather than a category cloud.  AFAIK there is nothing that is upsetting the taxonomy but the widget output stops with UTC and all widget outputs below are also not produced in the sidebar.

    • Hi

      Just that line of code uses a couple of variables so I’m having trouble tracking down what the issue might be. But it seems like the database call fails for some reason. Are you running any other plugins that might change the database layout in some way?

  • Jason

    I’m using your widget…. Love it.
    http://jasonbarnard.com/
    Using some groovy colors.
    What I wanted was to have options to
    1) make  the tag selection completely random (I edited the code to do that, but it could perhaps be an option)
    2) use only tags from the current category (if in a category)
    3) to make  the size spread over the range but random (ie not based on popularity)
    2 and 3 are beyond me. Any takers ?

    • Hi Jason, thanks for your comment. 

      Cool feature request, I’ll look into adding them this week. 

      • Jason

        Hi Rickard

        Thanks. Would be super.

        After using the random system a while, it isn’t ideal when it is completely random

        Perhaps exclude tags that are associated to less than x posts. This avoids pushing people towards the less interesting tags which the random option tends to throw up in large proportions.
        Or perhaps instead have a system whereby random is actually a mix of 25% popular, 50% mid-popular and 25% low-popular (if that makes sense)

        • Hi Jason

          I haven’t had the time to add these features since I’ve had other features which have had higher priority. Maybe next release or next major release.

          • Jason

            Hi Rickard,

            Did I just perhaps, over-complicate things?
            Terrible habit – taking a simple idea and making it complicated.

            Thanks for the plugin. 

      • I know it’s been a while, but I’d vote for that too.  there’s nothing currently that works well for #2 above as an example

  • Max

    Hi, I’dd  like to use your plugin, but I don’t want to use a title. How can I change that?

    • Hi Max and thanks for your comment.

      There isn’t any such feature right now, but I’ll be working with the plugin this week and I could add a setting to hide the title completely. 

    • Hi Max.

      Just wanted to let you know that version 1.3.13 now includes a setting for hiding the title.

  • Guest

    ‘ultimate-tag-cloud-widget’ is the exact tag solution that I want to use on my website. I configured it correctly and it was working perfectly till I installed ‘WP-Super-Cache’. WPSC crashed my site and after I un-installed WPSC, your widget is not working for me. Primarily the homepage transition on large images (slide show) is not working.

    I am really eager to use your widget, any advice?

    • There is a debugging setting in UTCW. Check the “adv” (advanced) tab and enable debug output. Just hover the question mark and there’s an explanation on how to get the output. If you could send the output to me via email to rickard (a) 0x539.se or use pastebin and post a link here in the comment and I’ll have a look. 

  • devon

    This plugin is exactly what I have been searching for –  except it does not seem to recognize custom post types?

    • Hi devon and thanks for your comment.
      I will be looking into adding support for custom post types this week. 

      • Dubya

         Yes please. As themes become more complex and custom post types become more and more common, this would make your plugin a “must have”.

        • Hi Dubya.
          Just wanted to let you know that version 1.3.13 now includes custom post type support.

      • devon

        Thanks Rickard.  And thanks for the quick reply!

        • Hi devon.

          Just wanted to let you know that version 1.3.13 now includes custom post type support.

  • Great i like it

  • Sorry guys for the delay, I’ll try to put some more work into the plugin this weekend and early next week.

  • Monique Semp

    Love this plug-in; it’s exactly what I wanted so I could exclude certain tags!

    And now I’d like to know if it’s possible to change the font style of the displayed tags? If yes, how?

    Thanks very much!
    -Monique

    • Hi

      No, this is not a native feature of the plugin as of now. My opinion is that the font of the widget should be the responsibility of the theme and not the plugin itself. 

      If you want to alter the font of the plugin, you should alter your themes style.css file or install a plugin which can enable you to add custom CSS rules.

      The CSS rule that you need to add should look something like this:

      .widget_tag_cloud { font-family: Arial }

  • Joao

    This is a great plugin, but the latest version (1.3.13) completely broke my site (not just the tag cloud widget).
    I don’t know PHP so I can’t fiddle and see what’s wrong, but I’ll need to revert back to 1.3.12, which was working fine.   This also teaches me a lesson about having a test site…
    Please take some time to see what’s going on with the broken funcionality (saw posts from other users with the same problem).

    Thanks!!
    – Joao

    • Just updated to 1.3.14 which should fix one of the problems, did it fix the problem for you or are you still having problems?

  • Pierre

    Hi

    (1.3.13) & (1.3.14) seem to break (JS ?) on the Widgets page. The widgets panels & sidebars don’t open.

    Pierre

    • Just uploaded 1.3.15, please update and check if that works. If not, could you post any error messages that you see in the javascript/developer console?

  • CGS

    Terrific plugin!

    1) I would like to use 3 tag sections on my blog with 3 different headings.  Is this possible?  When I create the post, is there a way to identify which tags will go to Tag Cloud 1 or Tag Cloud 3?

    2) I would also like to justify the text within the Tag Cloud.  Currently the tag rows are jagged and uneven.  Is it possible to justify the text?

    Thank you.

    • 1) Yes, the plugin supports multiple instances. There’s a couple of different ways to separate tags into different tag clouds, although all of them has to be set from the widget settings panel. You could split them by author, by taxonomy or by post type. 

      2) Right now this isn’t a feature of the plugin and thus has to be done from the theme. 

  • Redazione

     1.3.14 shut down my site

    • Can you be more specific? The page is just blank?

      I just uploaded 1.3.15 which fixes a javascript issue. Try updating to that and see if that helps.

  • dmkc

    1.3.14 also causes JS conflicts and breaks anything reliant on it on my site

    • Just uploaded 1.3.15, please update and check if that works. If not, could you post any error messages that you see in the javascript/developer console?

  • Cgsblog

    Hi,

    This is CGS again, my original question was sent to you yesterday.  Thank you for your timely response.

    Regarding question 1, I’m sorry, but I don’t understand how to create 3 multiple tag clouds.  I went to the Ultimate Tag Cloud Widget Panel and I didn’t see where to specifically split them by photographer, model etc.

    Please provide further instruction.  

    Thank you.

    • Hi

      The way you do it is by dragging multiple widget instances into the widget area. When you have all three of them in you widget area you can configure them independently and set different data settings for the three instances.

      Hope this helps

  • Pierre

    Hi

    1.3.15 fixed the JS on my Thesis site, Tks

    Pierre

  • Hi Rickard
    The random number of colours from a list feature doesn’t work for me. I can’t save the colours in the widget – they just disappear without being saved.  I tried the following three ways to specify the colours in case it made a difference :

    F09DD2, 7CD0EB, F0CA37
    #F09DD2, #7CD0EB, #F0CA37
    F09DD2  7CD0EB  F0CA37 

    All failed to save. In the log file the error message :

    [Tue Jun 19 13:13:50 2012] [error] [client 78.151.58.51] PHP Warning:  max() [function.max]: Array must contain at least one element in /home/wpbutton/public_html/wp-content/plugins/nktagcloud/inc/page.php on line 340, referer: http://www.example.com

    Thank you for creating the plugin – do you know what is wrong?
    Liz

    • Hi Elizabeth

      The error that you’re showing me is not from my plugin, you see in the file path it says “nktagcloud” and that is not the name of my plugin.

      However the random color feature should work as expected. I will look into it and get back to you. 

    • Hi Elizabeth
      I just found the problem with setting the random colors from predefined values setting. Please update to 1.3.16 and see if that makes it work for you.

  • D

    Hello Rickard,

    I’m having the same problem as Elizabeth Jamieson. I’ve input the colors as hex codes (tried with and without the # sign), and with and without commas. Ever time I hit “Save,” the colors dissappear.

    Please advise.

    Thanks
    D

    • D

       I figured it out! Thank you!

  • D

    Rickard,

    Is there any way to center the alignment of the tags showing in the cloud?

    Thanks in advance.

    D

    • Hi D

      No not at this time, but I will consider it as a new feature in future releases. 

  • Mauro

    Hi,
    It seems to me there is a bug in the spanning colors function.
    I set from #00ffff, to #ff0000.
    The from_color is ok but the to_color is near WHITE = #ffffff, a sort of logic & of from and to colors.
    I experiment the same problem with other combinations.
    Can you check it?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Mauro

    Rickard,
    referring to my previous message (problem in spanning colors), the bug is in calc_step function.
    I made a calc_step2 without the two “if” and all is working.
    With the ifs you prevent $step to go negative.

    The calc_step2 is simply
    function calc_step2($min, $max, $from, $to) {

        $spread = $max – $min;
        $font_spread = $to – $from;
        $step = $font_spread / $spread;

        return $step;
    }

    bye

    • Thanks, this change has now been implemented in version 2 of the plugin. It’s still in alpha / early beta but should fix your problem as soon as it’s been released

  • TritonB7

    Any chance to display the tags as a list?

    • Hi TritonB7

      While this isn’t currently a feature of the plugin you can get the same effect by just some slight changes to your themes style.css file, see this comment below for more information: https://0x539.se/wordpress/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget/#comment-386865012

  • Peakey66

    Is there anyway to make this plugin work with nextgen tags instead of wordpress tags?

    • Hi Peakey66

      If the nexten tags are a custom wordpress taxonomy it should work, I’d have to look more into it for a better answer.

  • I’ve just begun a complete rewrite of the plugin for version 2.0, it will make the plugin easier to use and easier for me to develop with new features. 
    I hope to get the new version out sometime this summer or beginning of fall. If you’d like to help me test out beta versions just make a comment here and I’ll send you a beta version as soon as there is one available. 

  • Jürgen

    Idea: multiple tag clouds, one for each category on my blog? E.G. Categories: Cars, Bykes, Motorbikes, tags: wheels, gas, suspenders, …

  • Richard Gresswell

    Hi Rickard – Really great plug-in. One thing I’d love to be able to do is to justify the tag cloud, is this possible? Best wishes. Richard

  • Larry Wilcox

    I am working on a site that has many authors. It would be great to have a way to indicate you want all authors included or at least “select all”

    • By selecting none of the authors you effectively select all authors since you haven’t made any selection. Maybe could be more clear from the UI

  • Nooki3

    hello…  i want to know how i can remove old configuration setting…  cause there is lot of setting in my ultimate tag cloud, and i want to clear it….  thanks

    • If you remove the tag cloud from the widget area and add it back again, you should be given a clear configuration. 

      • Nooki3

        sorry i dont give you more specific information, the one i mean is i want to remove saved setting configuration.  thank

        • I see. I will add it as a feature request and look into how it can be solved. Thanks!

  • Is it possible to select multiple custom post tags within one instance of the widget? I am trying to use the same tags for my events and places custom posts as well as the standard posts and then allowing the user to select one set of tags that will point to all the posts regardless of type.

    • At this time that is unfortunately not possible, however I’m working on a completely new version of the plugin and I will try to add that feature there. 

  • Craig

    Hi. I emailed a week ago but not sure if you got it. I sent it to rickard@0x539.se. Is that the right address?
    Thanks, Craig.

    • I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to reply to you sooner, but now I have replied and I hope that you found the answer that you were looking for. 

  • ventoh

    I have a question, it is possibile to disable tags in the admin panel, only for subscribers?

    • This plugin is only for displaying tags in the front end part of WordPress, I’m not sure this plugin will help you with that.

  • Sd

    sd

  • how to display all categories

  • how to display all categories in a sorted by name ascending order with  some categories having 0 posts.

    • Hi Loren

      Everything you ask for is possible to achieve except for displaying categories with zero posts. Right now the concept revolves around tags/categories which have posts since this is how the original WordPress widget works. 

      I’m working on a new version of this plugin and I’ll look into adding support for displaying all terms even if they haven’t got any posts. 

  • Don’t want to give up on this but my posts http://www.jojocoke.com/venues are heavily tagged but with standard configuration – they don’t appear to be showing on my homepage – any tips as to what could be going wrong (it is me i’m sure :)!).

    Thanks…J

    • Is it enabled on your site right now? I can’t see any trace of it. Could you please enable debug output (the last tab in the configuration dialog) so that I can see what it’s doing?

  • Penny

    For some reason the plugin widget displays on the left side of the sidebar, even though all the other widgets on my site display in the middle of the sidebar.  Is there any way of changing that?

    • Hi Penny
      To better help you resolve your issue, do you have the site online where the problem can be seen? That would make it easier for me to help you. 

      Also, have you just installed my plugin or just updated to 2.0?

  • 2D6 Org

    I did your update today and now all the tags are surrounded by a think line. I tried to correct it in settings and i can’t.

    • Hi

      The update makes some changes which may affect how it’s displayed. Is the site live somewhere so that I can see the problem myself?

  • Roger

    Love the widget.

    Might it be possible in a future release to present the widget configuration fields such as the Data tab Authors field as multi-select dropdown menus rather than vertical lists of checkboxes. I have a membership site, and every member is listed as a possible author, which makes the list very long… which makes the Widget setting page very long for that tab.

    It’s not a stopper in any sense. Just would be a convenience.

    • Hi Roger

      I’ve added this as a feature request and will look into adding it in a future release.

  • Mdlhove-wordpress

    I like this widget, but have just installed this on WP 3.5 and everytime I save a range of colours or random from a list, it blanks out, so i cant specify custom colours.  Any idea how to fix?  

    • Hi

      Range of colors seems to be working for me, but the setting for random from a list doesn’t. Thanks for noticing and reporting. 

      What values are you trying to use in the “range of colors” option?

    • Hi again

      I just updated UTCW to version 2.0.1 which should fix the issue with the values of the “random from list” setting disappearing. If you’re still having issues please make another comment and I’ll look into it. 

  • videyeo

    I recently updated the utcw plugin to version 2.0.1 on my site and now I have lost the styling of the tag cloud links.

    How or where do I restore the cloud to look like your first example in the WP plugin download?

    I would like “NO” dashed borders as it showing now.

    • Is this the image you’re referring to? http://s.wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget/screenshot-1.png

      How does the cloud look now? Do you have it on your site somewhere?

  • videyeo

    Yes, that is the image I wish to emulate. You can see the current state of the tag cloud here: http://theclarkreport.com

    • It seems like you’ve enabled a border style for links. Go to the widget settings and to the tab called “Links”, there’s a setting there called “border style” (two of them), make sure both of them are set to none and the dashed border should go away.

  • . .

    Upgrading to 2.xx breaks using the plugin TheStyle from ElegantThemes so I’m back to the latest 1.xx version. I have 4 widgets in the footer and using the latest version, the formatting is all screwed up and UTCW always moves itself as the last widget no matter where I set it. I just renamed it so WP wouldn’t keep bugging me to update.

  • Roger

    Hi Rickard,

    I am experiencing a strange problem with the WP plugin in that the tag cloud is displaying different sets of tags depending on which page or post is being displayed. For example, on the page from which my site visitor can access all blog posts, all of the tags display… but when the user selects and views a blog post on the same page, some tags disappear from the cloud in the sidebar. And if the user clicks to the second page of a blog post (which I divide into pages using ) the tag cloud changes again… with some other tags disappearing and others REappearing.

    Any idea what could be the problem?

    • No unfortunately not, I’ve never heard of such a problem. Is your site live somewhere so I can take a look?

  • Berteh

    Thanks for this very useful plugin, one I really like for its ability to merge tags of multiple taxonomies in a single cloud.

    Could you please make the cloud available as a shortcode as well?… that would allow me to put it as a page content, and not only widget. 

    Since you handle many configuration options one easy way could be to allow only 1 option in the shortcode: the name of a saved configuration that gives it all 😉 something like
    [ultimate-tag-cloud loadconfig=”my config – 20130218″]

    thanks for considering the shortcode.
    B.

    • Hi Bereth

      A shortcode is already available in UTCW, see this URL for more information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget/other_notes/

      I don’t think loading configurations is possible using the shortcode but it’s a great idea. I’ll put it on my list.

  • Andrew

    Great plugin!

    Is there a way to set the margins of the widget?  I need to have an indent of 25px to fit with the rest of my sidebar widgets…

    Many thanks in advance!

    • This is not possible at the moment, I feel that it is the responsibility of the theme to keep all your widgets align in the sidebar.

  • Amanda B

    I just installed this plugin and added more items to my category list. None of them are showing in the widget. Is there a limit as to how many categories can be used?

    • No there should not be such a limit. Have you selected to display categories in the widget configuration?

  • Indev

    After today’s update: Fatal error: Cannot redeclare class Config in /home5/yuliyapa/public_html/wp-content/plugins/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget/src/Config.php on line 24

  • b cr8tive

    Hi Rick

    Todays update – (on one of my sites – I dont dare update it on client sites!)

    Very fatal error – caused me to have to bypass and delete the entire plugin from the server.

    “Fatal error: Class ‘RickardUTCWWidget’ not found in /home/content/71/5642971/html/bcr8tive/wp-includes/widgets.php on line 324”

    the strangest part to me – there wasn’t and shouldn’t be anything installed in the includes – the plugin files go into the plug in directory –

    the error shut my site down until i removed the plugin.

    • The plugin has been updated to version 2.2.3 to resolve this issue, sorry about the trouble.

  • Florian

    Hi Rick,

    I am sorry to say I seem to have the same problem. My site is no longer available after the update (500 Internal Server Error). Had to take the plug-in offline for now.

    • Try version 2.2.3 which should resolve this issue, sorry about the trouble.

  • Stina Blomgren

    Same here… got an all white side!!!
    Fatal error: as well…

    • Sorry about that, try updating to version 2.2.3 which should resolve that issue.

      • Stina Blomgren

        Tack Rickard…
        var visserligen tvungen att radera plugin för att få det att fungera och sedan installera om den igen…(samma meddelande kom upp)..
        nu verkar allt funka igen…:o)

  • Charlie

    This update broke my site! (you just need to remove the plugin to get your site back)

    • I’ve issued an updated version of the plugin, version 2.2.3 which should resolve this issue. Sorry about the trouble

  • b cr8tive

    Thanks Rickard, but I think I had better wait until you’re 110% sure this is fixed – the error I typed to you – regarding the folder that the plugn was trying to access, is a big concern, especially since I’ve used this plugin on client sites as well as my own – I can’t afford to have multiple sites down – there have been just too many hack attempts etc going on lately to have a plugin that leaves us vulnerable. 🙁 I really liked it too but I’m worried now.

    • I understand you concern, but in this case it’s nothing to worry about. The core WordPress code and plugins has to work together to make everything work. And the message you’ve posted is from a function that’s called from within WordPress when the plugin is being registered into the list of installed widgets.

      When there’s an error in the initialization function (which it was in the version when this error occurred) the error message will be from the file where it was initialized, which in this case is in WordPress core.

      Hope this explains it for you

  • Ace

    Just installed 2.2.3 but no more tags in the cloud! Just blank square!

    • Could you please enable debugging in the “Adv” tab and give me an URL where I can see the problem?

  • Ken

    The cloud is rendering fine for me, but none of the text is an active link. The HTML includes the HREF attribute, but the tag itself is a SPAN tag and not an A tag – thus the text isn’t a link – just plain text. Here’s a sample of the tag from our site… winter travel Please advise.

    • There is a configuration option for this, go to the widget configuration, go to advanced appearance tab and check “show links”. This should be checked by default but I have to double check that..

  • Xhalax

    I would like to see a feature to create a tag cloud only for posts in a specific category. My content is highly filtered (by an assigned category), which makes the tag cloud somewhat useless, because it displays tags from all categories…

  • dennisd

    The update 2.3 screwed up the style of the cloud widget. I only see white blocks with tags after the update and can’t figure out to get the old style back… even when I put back the old setting it doesn’t change the old style.

  • bcr8tive

    Hi Rickard,

    I just updated on a client site and the tag cloud looks completely different? It doesn’t allow me to have the colored tags as it did, instead it has tabs? Is there a way to change this back? Revert to the older plugin? Something?

    I have this on several client sites – I can’t afford for these things to keep happening.
    I need it to look the same as it did and I pulled my hair out trying to find where the setting to control this is and can’t find it.

    PLEASE HELP ASAP.

    • There shouldn’t be any features missing from the latest version, if something isn’t working it must be a bug. Which setting are you talking about and is there as site live where I can see the problem? If you could enable debugging in the advanced tab that would help me as well.

      Regarding the change in styling, that is because before 2.3 my tag cloud and the regular WordPress tag cloud had different markup and css classes which resulted in themes implementing regular tag cloud styles not working properly. This might affect your site if you have done any customisations to the look of the tag cloud. customizations.

      This github issue shows the new markup and classes for the cloud: https://github.com/rickard2/utcw/issues/29

      If you want to go back to 2.2 you can get previous versions from the developers tab at the plugin page on wordpress.org: http://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-tag-cloud-widget/developers/

      • bcr8tive

        Hi Rickard,

        Just checking in – back when I had this issue, I reverted back to Version 2.2.3 on my site and client sites so the colored tags in the cloud displayed again. Just wondering if there is going to be an upgrade on this plugin that is going to preserve that feature again – or if the new revision WITHOUT the ability to have colored tags (and with those 3d raised tags) is the way this plug in is going to stay?

        I love it as is – (2.2.3) but knowing it isn’t being upgraded is a concern.

        Please let me know when you can.

        Thanks!

        • Hi again

          There shouldn’t be any features removed as of version 2.3. The only major change is that the CSS classes are different, and if you’re applying some kind of styling on your own you just need to change which CSS class you apply it to.

          Colored tags are still working as before, I’ve set up a playground where these features are shown along with their corresponding shortcodes: https://0x539.se/tag-cloud-playground/

          I’m not sure where 3d raised tags is coming from, if that’s something your theme is applying you need to look into changing the CSS class in your themes style.css file.

          This gihub issue explains the change with the new markup; https://github.com/rickard2/utcw/issues/29 – you can also inspect the diff in the actual commit to see what was changed.

          • bcr8tive

            Thank you Rickard – the problem is as much as I am familiar with code – the explanation about the classes on github is still greek to me – in other words I don’t understand it –

            The 3d raised tags were what the plugin looked like AFTER that last upgrade instead of with the colored tags – as on my site here » http://bcr8tive.com

            When I upgraded I lost the colored tags and in place of them were the 3d raised tags – (awful)

            WHen you say change the css styling – I dont know which styling you mean – the template styling? the plugin styling? I thought that the plugin had its OWN styling which is why I was able to add the colored tags etc – THAT is not in my template, I’d have had to code separate css color classes in order to do that myself –

            And the tag cloud playrgound is very cool but the type face is different on that and it has dropped shadows – I wouldn’t want those – not sure if the update has options to style or remove those? I can’t afford to play around with it – though as I have it on client sites and I’m not going to get paid to go FIX, FIX know what I mean?

            Ultimately I liked it just as it was and because I have it on several client sites ( is why it is such a huge concern) –

          • After looking at your site I can see that your main theme (pinboard) is applying styles to the tag cloud. This is intended by the author and should be regarded as how the tag cloud should look. In other themes the styles provided by the theme has been less aggressive and thus has been regarded as a bug when they were missing. The bug has now been fixed and as you were relying on the bug for the styling to work with your theme – that stopped working when you upgraded.

            However fixing this is very easy, if you look at your main themes style.css file (http://bcr8tive.com/wp-content/themes/pinboard/style.css) you can see that there are a lot of styles for .tagcloud and .tagcloud a. If you remove them from the style.css file you should get back to the same appearance as with version 2.2 after you upgrade.

            The plugin does have it’s own styling, but I don’t feel that it shouldn’t remove styling which the theme is trying to apply – only add more styling (sizes, text color, etc).

          • bcr8tive

            Thanks again for taking the time Rickard ….

            I understand much better now but do have another question –

            I see that css styling in the main css of the template – but #A I am using my child theme and #B if I remove that from the main template’s css – Will I have to do that with every theme update?

  • Brian

    Hi There, I see a way below to change “Topic” to another text, but that function is no longer on the ‘ultimate-tag-cloud-widget.php’ file… can you let me know where its gone? Would be nice to put it as a widget variable no?

    • Hi Brian

      The code has changed a lot since version 2.0, the text is now in Render.php

      I will add a feature request for a setting to change that text.

  • englishwinelover

    Hi Rickard,

    I have exactly the same issue as dennisd below. See http://www.englishwinelovers.co.uk. I’m going to go back to the old version as this looks just awful!

    White background to each tag looks terrible when it’s on a black background. Tags are no longer sized according to popularity. Choosing colours from a list gave much more flexibility.

    • Yes, it seems that your theme is enforcing some styling onto the tag cloud which wasn’t visible before the class names were fixed.

  • Luis

    I like a lot your plugin. I only want to suggest you a new item when you do a next upgrade: I’d like to see each tag with a counter of how many posts have that tag. For example:

    Tag ABC (21)
    Tag DEF (3)
    Tag GHI (11)

    That’s all. Thanks…

    • That is a great feature request, I will add it to the list of features to be added in future versions.

  • Seth

    Hi there Rickard. Love your plugin, have been using it for some time. However, we just updated UTC to the latest version, and suddenly all our styling is gone. Where previously we had a green text with a black block background, now all the text and background are white and shrunken down. Anyway to reverse/address this? The code block for the plugin on our loop page is show below:

    false, ‘max’=>’28’, ‘days_old’ =>’14’, ‘color’ => ‘span’, ‘color_span_from’ => ‘#FFFFFF’, ‘color_span_to’ => ‘#00B2B5’ )) ?>

    Currently we’re using the plugin with WordPress 3.5.2 and MayaShop. Our URL is http://www.hothouseblog.org. Any thoughts or insights you have on this would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Seth

    Web Editor – Hothouse Magazine

    • Do you get a different result when downgrading to an earlier version of UTCW? To me it seems like the days_old configuration value is making the number of posts very few

  • Norm Sash

    Is there a shortcode way to invoke UTC for displaying within a page, not just in the sidebar? I couldn’t find a reference to that in the documentation.

  • barby

    is there a way to remove tags from the posts?

    • Yes, but that is not part of the plugin. You just go to the post and remove tags using the standard WordPress UI.

  • xydancer

    Hi. I’ve just installed the plugin. The cloud displays fine on the blog – exactly as it should – but nothing happens if I put the pointer over a term. There is no link. Have I done (or rather not done) something stupid?

    • xydancer

      Ignore me! Problem solved!

      • MobileChat

        @xydancer:disqus What was your solution? Im having same problem. Cant Find a option to link a term anywhere.

        • xydancer

          Open the widget on the Dashboard and go to the Advanced Appearance tab. Check the Show Links box (it’s near the top). It solved the problem for me.

    • Was this the default behavior when installing the plugin? I’m starting to suspect that there might be some configuration issue with the plugin. You’re not the first user to contact me about that issue..

      • xydancer

        Hi. What I did was open the widget on the Dashboard and go to the Advanced Appearance tab. The checked the Show Links box (it’s near the top). It solved the problem for me.
        And yes, this box was unchecked as default when the plug-in was installed. Great plug-in, by the way!

        • Ok, thank you for reporting it. I think that must be a bug, I will issue an update to fix it.

    • Guest

      Open the widget on the Dashboard and go to the Advanced Appearance tab. Check the Show Links box (it’s near the top). It solved the problem for me.
      Rickard, yes, this box was unchecked as default when the plug-in was installed. Great plug-in, by the way!

  • Kendra Kantor

    How do I get new categories to show up in the list “terms”? I tried deleting the widget from my sidebar and dragging a new verision over. I even deactivated the plugin and then activated it again but the new categories on my blog aren’t showing up. Do I need to completely uninstall the whole thing and re-install every time I add a new category??

    • Where in the plugin is new categories not showing up? They should appear as soon as you create them.

  • The tags in my blog are not linking.. not clickable? Please help. Thank you

    • Go to the tab “Advanced appearance” and make sure that “Show links” is checked

      • Khass

        When you turn on the links, it changes the format to a boring tag cloud.. is there a way to turn on the link yet still keep the formatting – including size progression, etc.

      • Cindy Rinna

        had the same problem, but easy fix. LOVE it! thanks!

  • dianiters

    Hello! I’m trying to use your clod widget but I have some funny format with different fonts and letters – it may be that my template is blocking your widget? I’m using Pinboard – you can check my http://www.doshojasverdes.com – thanks!

    • Yes, that is your theme that’s enforcing that style on the tag cloud. You need to remove that styling from the theme or try to reset the styles somehow.

  • Mark

    Hi, I’m getting a validator error from this plugin…

    Element style is missing required attribute scoped.
    .utcw-5koh6m{word-wrap:break-word;text-align:justify}.…

    Are you please able to assist?

    • Hi Mark

      I haven’t really researched how the scoped attribute behaves in HTML5, but I could look at adding that attribute in a future update.

      • Mark

        Much appreciated:)

        • Hi again Mark. Version 2.5 will have the scope attribute added to style tags.

  • Belle-Isle

    Hi,
    I ticked a checkbox for a term I wanted to exclude from the tag cloud. Worked fine when I saved the settings. Now I unticked the checkbox, saved settings, but the checkbox reappears and the tag won’t show up again.
    Anything wrong in what I did ? Or would this be a bug ?
    Thanks for the help !

    • Sounds like it could be a bug, I will look into it. Thanks for reporting it.

    • I’m not able to reproduce this bug. I’m doing this:

      Going to the “terms” tab
      Checking one term to be excluded
      Saving
      Unchecking that term again
      Saving

      The term will still be unchecked after saving, and even if I reload the page the term is still unchecked.

      Am I missing something here?

  • Belle-Isle

    Hi again,

    Here’s a suggestion for the plugin. In addition of providing a linear progression for tag sizes, it would be great to also have something like a logarithmic or square-root progression.

    Example : I currently have a topic with 4 times as many posts as another topic, so it appears 4 times bigger. But instead, it could appear only twice as big.

    It would make my tag cloud look better since I have few big topics and many smaller ones, which look tiny compared to a few large tags.

    Cheers !

    • Hi again,

      that sounds like a really cool feature. I will add it to my list and try to get it in to an upcoming release.

      • Belle-Isle

        Cool ! I really would appreciate such a feature.
        Thanks !

        • Belle-Isle

          Hi,
          Would you have any news regarding this feature ?

  • LindseyAnnison

    I have put my WordPress site within a folder on my tld. What I want to do is show the tag cloud at the TLD eg as the homepage with each tag pointing within the /wp folder to the appropriate link. Is it possible at all? Somehow! Help??! Thanx (If not, and I have to move WP up a level to the root, can I use the shortcode as a static front page in some way? Thx x2) 🙂

    • I’m not sure I fully understand your question but you can not create a tag cloud that links to another site.

  • Seth Marlin

    Mr. Andersson,

    Hi there! Currently using UTC with MayaShop 2.3.0 and Mayashop 3.6.1 — after updating, I find that the tag cloud isn’t appearing. Thoughts?

    Seth

    • That’s odd. The only thing that’s changed that could affect your result is the selection strategy, at the top of the first tab of the configuration. Double check that that’s set to popularity or whatever you used to have.

      If that doesn’t help, can you post a link to your site and enable the debug feature?

      • Seth Marlin

        Hmm. I’m looking around trying to find where to edit your plugin, based on the screenshot above, and still not getting anywhere. The good news is that tags are now beginning to appear – as if the list had been reset – but now the background color is still white instead of the black that was there before. Any way to configure this, or should I try and default back to an older version? The URL is http://www.hothouseblog.org. Debugging should be enabled. Thanks once again!

        Seth

        • Hi Seth

          Sorry, I haven’t been able to look at this sooner. It seems your domain has expired. Please post another comment if there’s anything else I could help you with.

  • Khass

    I’m not sure where my comment went?
    The other day I asked a question about the “link” setting. Whenever I turn it on under the advanced settings, my formatting goes away.. So for instance, I have it set up so that the tags progress in size based on how often they appear (like you have above) but as soon as I change them to be links, they all change to the same size and formatted to the left instead of center, etc.? See here: http://www.healthyalamode.com
    Thanks!

    • Sorry for the late reply. You seem to have links with different sizes now, has the issue been resolved or am I misunderstanding something?

      • Khass

        No unfortunately I had to switch to a different plug in to make it work..

  • Denise Urycki

    hello-I have the cloud on the site, but can’t seem to duplicate the tag clouds, above. Mine are showing in rectangular black boxes. i have tags on multiple posts…so size of font should vary. I can change the color of the font as well. How do i get rid of the black box? www(dot)anxietymappingforkids(dot)com

    • It seems like your theme is applying styles to the tag cloud as well. Try the option to avoid theme styling and see if that helps.

  • Ian Gray

    Hi,
    I originally installed v2.2.3 of UTCW which was brill. However, At the next update it seemed to lose most of my tags – the cloud went from 40 tags (max set) down to 11. Every time a new version comes out I try it again, but still the same result. I think it’s all the tags from non-standard taxonomies that are being lost in the new versions. Any ideas?
    Cheers,
    Ian

    (samples of result from old and new versions shown below)

  • Leonhardt

    Dear Rickard,
    Many thanks for your great WordPress plugin Ultimate Tag Cloud Widget. It is great
    to see that a few mouse clicks so easily lead to a visitor-friendly tag cloud!
    To further improve the plugin’s functionality, I would suggest to include the
    possibility of highlighting the tags that apply to the current page. I have
    found some advice online, but that didn’t work out for my website. Here’s an
    example: http://www.transformationpowertools.com/wordpress/tag-cloud-filter-current-tags
    Would it be possible to add suggested option to the Ultimate Tag Cloud Widget?
    Kind regards,
    Leonhardt

  • Ricky D

    Hi,
    Your WordPress plugin Ultimate Tag Widget is the boss. However, it will not validate. A pity, since it provides the best display from any of the tag cloud widgets available. I wonder how the other authors are able to validate their widgets?

    • I’m aware of this and it’s been discussed in the forums but I haven’t got any good solution which will create valid markup at the moment.

  • Just installed this. I absolutely love it!!! Thank you so much for this!!

  • SickSquirrel

    Hi. Just activated but can’t configure. The “tag” name was added under Posts but no posts are listed. If I add a title with words it appears but I can’t figure out how to add tags to each post. Under Widgets I don’t have a configurable widget.

  • Johnny

    How do you do an update from 2.7 to 2.7.1 I see I need to download a new copy but what is the process for the update? Thanks

  • molly

    Thanks for the plugin! It would be great if I could click on a category and then filter the tags in the category eg click on the category Art then click the tag Cupcakes which will only show all results of only Art about Cupcakes rather than all of Art or all of Cupcakes. Thanks again.

  • i love the idea of this tag cloud. But my tags are all showing up the same size. How do I get them to be different sizes? IS there something in particular I need to have checked?

    • Holger

      I have the same problem – I have tried both “list” and “cloud” many times, but it always shows as list…???!

  • Jason

    Would it be possible to have the tags when clicked provide a list of links to pages rather than all the pages on one giant page? For sites with many many pages the current giant page isn’t useful. It would be much better if the tag when clicked on produced a page with a list of pages that include that tag…

  • Stina

    Hej… min tag cloud försvann när jag gjorde nyaste uppdateringen…är det något jag behöver ominstallera.. eller vad hände??

  • stina

    hej igen.. jag skojade bara.. ;0) den kom tillbaka efter omstart.. ingen aning vad som hände.. :o)

  • healthymike

    great widget and thanks for making it but I have one question: are there any shortcodes to place it in other areas? Besides footer & sidebar? If so, how do I find them and if not, please add them in your next update.

  • StreamsToday

    Great widget, many options, would be glad to donate but didn’t find PayPal option

  • oldshortcut

    Very nice plugin! Unfortunately, when I switched from WMPL to Polylang plugins, the Heuman theme footer bar and menu are no longer displayed if UTCW is enabled.

  • Shimmy

    I would love it if there was a field in the admin section where I could list the tags that I want to have the BIGGEST font size. So I can highlight my own favorite tags.