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Configurable Tag Cloud Plugin

Need a way to visualize word frequency? Create a cloud! The words you use the most in your tags are shown in large font, showing what your site does best.

The Configurable Tag Cloud plugin lets you control the number of tags you want to display in your tag cloud.  If you’ve got lots of tags, you may notice that the standard tag cloud widget does not display all of them.  Usually you only see 50 tags.  Configurable Tag Cloud lets you decide how many tags you’ll display in your cloud. Controls are set when you activate the widget.  See image to the right to see all the available options.

Tags, Categories, and Clouds

WP-Cumulus Plugin

The WP-Cumulus plugin (shown in action, above) creates a 3D swirling cloud of your sites tags, categories, or both. The plugin’s cloud can be placed in your site’s sidebar by simply dragging its widget over to the place you want it, using the Appearance>>Widget option on your WordPress dashboard. Or you can place the Cumulus cloud on a page or post (as I have done, above), using the shortcode shown on the right. Just type it in on a separate line in your post. There are some size, speed and color configurations available, and explained, here.

This neat little plugin highlights the importance of tags and categories as discovery tools. WP-Cumulus is not for everyone, but as content on your site grows, it’s important to think about how tags, categories, and cloud tools (both 2D and 3D) can guide readers to your content.

Category and Tag Basics

WordPress “posts” can have categories and tags. WordPress “pages” can have tags (if you install a plugin like Page Tagger, which is available on the Commons), but they don’t typically have categories. Categories and tags are very similar, and it is sometime difficult to see the difference. Categories can be hierarchical, and are often used in the main navigation, or in a sidebar, using the “Category” widget. Tags are more likely to be seen in clouds, or at the bottom of a post. They take the reader to related content.


Most themes come with a cloud widget that accents or highlights popular tags or categories by enlarging the font. Clicking on an item in a cloud will produce a list of all pages and posts which match the tag or category. Typically, clouds may be set up to display a specific taxonomy: either tags or categories. (WP-Cumulus is nice in that it can display tags, categories, or both.) Most clouds are tag clouds.

Using Categories

Here is a quick review on how to use categories:

WP Comment Remix

Bloggers love getting comments, but long trails of comments can get unwieldy. The Commons recently installed WP Comment Remix, a plugin which provides better management for comments, both on posts and pages. Here’s a quick synopsis of what it can do:

  • tracks comments which are in need of reply
  • lets users comment on other people’s comments
  • allows comment tagging
  • filter comments by a specific tag
  • automatically quote a comment within your own comment
  • automatically add a link to another comment within your comment
  • order your comments by author or date (ascending or descending)

The plugin has a terrific documentation, including a 15 minute screen cast that lays out what’s possible. The plugin also following four widgets come with this plugin and may be placed in your sidebar:

  • Recent Comments (Remix)
  • Most Active Commenters (Remix)
  • Most Active Discussions (Remix)
  • Recent Trackbacks (Remix).

If you are looking for an easy and configurable way to manage your comments, check out WP Comment Remix!

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