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How to set up a tag cloud in your Blog

how to set up a del.icio.us tag cloud

Tag clouds are a great feature that enable a visitor to understand just what you are talking about in a few seconds. I have a problem with many tag clouds I see online: They are very small.

I wanted to implement a tag cloud that was very big and could provide immediate insight as to what I blog on and came up with the idea to implement my del.icio.us tag cloud into my Word Press Blog – here’s how:

Log on to your del.icio.us account

delicious login

Click on the settings link

delicious settings link

Locate the blogging section of your settings located at the bottom of the page

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Click on the tag rolls link

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The screenshot shows you my preferences – you can adjust the parameters to best fit your needs and tastes (after all it is all about you isn’t it !).

When you like the look and feel of your tag cloud copy and paste the javascript code

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  • Create a Page (not a post) on your WordPress administration back end, call it My Tag Cloud
  • Paste the javascript into your page after setting your WordPress editor in HTML MODE
  • Save the page

You’re finished !!

Depending on your WordPress installation and configuration, your tag cloud may not be displayed. In this case you’ll have to abilitate your editor to interpret the <script> tag. If your template is XHTML 1.0 compliant it will work, just like mine.

I use the WYSIWYG Plugin for WordPress editor.

Special thanks and credit to Raimondo who looks after the systems configuration of my server and WordPress programming issues.

13 Replies

  1. Cool idea. I like how you can control the visual display (colors, etc) of the tag cloud.

  2. The great thing about it is you don’t have to do any template editing 🙂

  3. I like the tag clouds…some people think they are too fad-ish..but i think they are cool…i don’t use wordpress though… :\

  4. Those things are so cool, I\’ll have to try this, thanks!

  5. I love tag clouds. It helps visualize which tag/category is the most active. Thanks for participating in the Group Writing Project. My how to is up also.