How can I create a Wordle like tag cloud in WordPress?


I am quite confident that you know Wordle, a web-based Java application that arranges words from a paragraph, or from a webpage by colors, directions, size ratio and much more and generates banners.

Recently I have found a plugin, called FatCloud, developed by Brad Pollard and Neil E. Pearson can create tag cloud for your WordPress blog offering same features as Wordle does.

A flash-based tag cloud plugin for your WordPress blog. FatCloud, by Netlife, comes with 2 built in themes: ‘Simple Skin’ and the popular ‘Wordle’ theme. Choose text angle, colour, size ratio and much more. Beautiful tag clouds that are accessible & SEO friendly.

The wp_fat_cloud() function is an extension of the built-in WordPress wp_tag_cloud() function. It will accept all the same arguments, and generates almost identical mark-up, with some added JavaScript to render a SWF on top.

FatCloud requires PHP 5.2+, JavaScript and the Adobe Flash Player 10+ browser plugin.

Only observation I have about the plugin is that the plugin is not regularly maintained. According to the WordPress plugin directory info, the plugin was last updated on September, 2009!

Regards,
Jinnat Ul Hasan

By | On Thursday, August 18th, 2011 | Under How To's, Plugins | No Comments »


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