Colorful Spiral And Wavy Tag Cloud Plugin – Creative Tag Cloud

A creative tag cloud plugin that inserts customizable, colorful, spiral or wavy tag clouds into your WordPress website.

The plugin comes with a widget for each type of tag cloud. You can also insert one of the shortcodes below on a page or post. The parameters for the widgets and the shortcodes are the same.


Due to the way how the plugin determines the remaining space, the tag cloud always starts with the largest tags (i.e. descending order by post count).

Finding the right values depends on many factors, such as post count, the difference between popular and average or unpopular tags, the number of tags for each group of tags according to their post counts and the like. It will often be necessary that you fine-tune the available parameters manually until you achieve the desired result.

How to use it:

1. Install and activate the Creative Tag Cloud plugin on the webpage.

2. Go to the Appearance -> Widgets page and move the Creative Tag Cloud widget to the sidebar area. That’s it.

Creative Tag Cloud Widget

3. Or insert the following shortcodes into anywhere you want to show the tag cloud:


4. Possible parameters to config the tag cloud.

  • div_id: ID of the enclosing div for custom styling. This is by default a random value so that multiple tag clouds on the same page won’t conflict.
  • taxonomy: Comma-separated list of taxonomy to use. Default is “post_tag”.
  • amount: Maximum amount of tags to display. Default is 40. The amount is also limited by how many tags fit into the coil.
  • tags_per_wave (wavy tag cloud): Maximum number of tags per wave. Number or ‘auto’, which tries to remove tags that don’t fit on the wave. Default is ‘auto’.
  • direction (spiral tag cloud): CW (clockwise) or CCW (counterclockwise). The default is CCW.
  • start (spiral tag cloud): Where the largest tag will start. Values can be “top”, “bottom”, “left”, “right” or a number from 0 to 2*PI (PI is about 3.1415). Default is “top”.
  • cycles (spiral tag cloud): Number of cycles (round): a number, or “auto” (the plugin tries to fit all tags on the spiral), or “size” (the plugin tries to fit the spiral into the given space). This parameter is only approximate, since the available space and the font size may allow only less cycles. The default is “auto”.
  • width: Width of the container. Default is 100%. Enter the number with the unit sign, such as px or %.
  • height: Height of the container. Default is 500px. Enter the number with the unit sign, such as px or %.
  • margin_left: Margin left of each tag and separator. Default is 5. The unit defaults to px.
  • separator: Optional separator between the tags. Default is empty.
  • waves: Number of waves above each other. Each waves begins with the largest tags on the left. Default is 3.
  • frequency: The frequency determines who tight the waves are bent. Default is 10.
  • change_wavelength: This factor changes the frequency towards the smaller tags. 1 mean no change, a factor like 1.2 slightly increases the frequency. Default is 1.
  • opacity_decay: Determines a reduction of the opacity value, that means that smaller tags become more transparent. Default is 0.8.
  • largest: Largest font size of tag. Default is 50.
  • smallest: Smallest font size of tag. Default is 10.
  • line_height_factor : Distance between waves. Good values are 0.8 – 1.5. Default is 1.
  • reduce_factor : How much the spiral should become tighter towards the center. Good values are 1 – 10. Default is 1.
  • custom_title : Custom title shown as tooltip. No HTML, but you can use {count} and {description} as placeholders. Default: empty (using description and tag count)
  • color: Whether to use color (=1) or not (=0, default) for different post counts. The colors are set in a style sheet (CSS) by the classes .creative-tag-cloud-color-1, .creative-tag-cloud-color-2, and so on. The numbers correspond to the sequential order of the groups of tags with the same post count. The plugin comes with a sample set of colors.


Colorful Spiral And Wavy Tag Cloud Plugin - Creative Tag Cloud

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Author: Chatty Mango


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