Introducing Tag Cloud

Tools, Wordpress

It’s been almost 3 months now, since I started this blog and as of now including this post, there are about 65 posts. As the posts keep increasing, having an “Archives” section becomes a necessity.

A nice user interface is a must for the Archives section to be more effective. A good interface will help the user in quickly finding the posts of his interest.

The default way that WordPress displays the archives is by categorizing the posts under each month of a year. One more dimension of categorization is added by the “Categories” concept. However both these methods are not useful in digging the posts of your interest. For e.g. A user searching for posts related to vista, might click on a category say “Windows” and this query might return a lot of posts NOT related to vista.

So a keyword/tag driven archives definitely makes more sense. In WordPress this can be easily accomplished by the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin.

UTW allows you to assign tags/keywords for each of your posts. There are lot of ways by which you can quickly generate/assign tags to the already existing posts. The latest version also provides you with a Ajaxified interface to add tags to posts.

Ajaxified adding of tags

This is just a overview of the features of this powerful plugin. There are lot of other features and I recommend you to check this link and this link. In addition to installation instruction there is a detailed description on each field of the administration page of UTW.

One of the features of UTW is of generating a Tag cloud . A tag cloud (more traditionally known as a weighted list in the field of visual design) is a visual depiction of content tags used on a website.

Tag cloud

More frequently used tags are depicted in a larger font or otherwise emphasized, while the displayed order is generally alphabetical. Thus both finding a tag by alphabet and by popularity is possible. Selecting a single tag within a tag cloud will generally lead to a collection of posts that are associated with that tag. (The first widely known tag cloud appeared on Flickr, the photo sharing site.)

Go ahead and checkout the Tag cloud in the Archives Section.

P.S. A tag cloud in the sidebar definitely makes more sense. From the analysis of my analytics, I have rarely noticed visitors going to the archives section. Next task .. 🙂

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