Just a quick note to let everyone know that I have bumped everyone’s favorite tag cloud plugin for WordPress 2.3+ to version 4.5. What’s new? The biggest change is the addition of an Options page for configuring the plugin when used as a template tag. As always, you can see the full changelog, get the new version, and leave comments from the CTC page.
CTC – Version 4.1 Released
Just a quick release to add a feature and fix one. The new feature is the ability to randomly sort the tag cloud. This option will show a completely different order of the tags to each visitor to your site. Not really earth-shattering, but it was asked for, so there it is.
The fix is in relation to the use of categories in the cloud. Due to laziness on my part, I released version 4.0 before thoroughly testing this aspect of the plugin. The problem was, your category links were being treated as tags, and therefore not getting a valid link created for them. This has now been fixed.
As always, you can find the download and comment on the plugin on the CTC page.
CTC – Version 4.0 Released
Hot on the heels of version 3.1 (and the very minor 3.2) comes the all new version 4.0 of my configurable tag cloud widget for WordPress 2.3+. What makes it new, you ask? Well, how about the ability to include your WordPress categories in your tag cloud? It’s a feature that people have been (erroneously) assuming CTC supports for a while, but I never could get it to work…well, now I have. It’s as simple as adding another parameter to your template tag, or clicking a radio button in the widget admin. Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll like it!
Also new in this release is some tweaks to the color functions. Prior to this version, if you wanted your tag cloud links to use the same color as the rest of the links in your site or sidebar, you had to manually enter the color definition in both the min and max color fields or parameters. No more. Now, if you leave both colors blank, your tags will be the same color as the rest of your links. If you only use one of the two fields, your tag links will all be that color.
As always, you can find more info and the download (and leave your comments) on the CTC page.
CTC – Version 3.1 Released
Just a quick note to let everyone know I have released version 3.1 of my Configurable Tag Cloud plugin. This isn’t a major update, it just adds the ability to output the links for the cloud to an array for further processing. I have included a simple example over on the CTC as well as the new version for download.
As always, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly should you have any problems or questions.
CTC – 1,000 Downloads and Counting!
Many thanks to the WordPress community for pushing my humble little widget/plugin past the 1,000 downloads mark since I added it to the official WordPress plugins browser. As of this morning, it has been downloaded 1,002 times since November 28th. YOU GUYS ROCK! 🙂
CTC – Version 3.0 Released!
I’m proud to announce the third major revision of my configurable tag cloud widget has been released this afternoon. The biggest change (and one of the most requested) is the ability to use the plugin without using widgets. It’s been a long time coming, and now it’s here. the other big addition is the ability to show the number of posts for a tag after the tag itself (similar to the archive and categories options).
As always, you can find more information and the download link on the CTC page.
Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up on the status of CTC. I’m still working on it when I can, but I gotta pay the bills. I’m hoping for a 3.0 release just after the first of the year. The big new feature in 3.0 is going to be (hopefully) implementing the tag cloud as a normal WordPress plugin, so it can be used by those who don’t use widgets.
In a bit of better news, I finally got confirmation for my entry at the WordPress Plugins browser, so you will be notified in the plugins menu when I update CTC…it’s something that a lot of people have asked for, and I’m happy to give it to you guys (and girls 🙂 ).
So yeah, that’s where I am. More news as it develops. As always, feel free to post comments on the CTC page.
CTC – Bugfix Version 2.51 Released
I posted a quickie update this morning to address the tag count function not working correctly. Turns out in doing some code cleanup, I inadvertently left one of the variable names that holds the count using the old name. It has been fixed, and you should get what you’re looking for.
As always, you can find the most recent version (and comments) on the CTC page.
CTC Widget – Version 2.5
Just a quickie update to fix a bug, and add a simple new feature.
Adding what has been the most-requested ability since color, there is now a div wrapped around the cloud so you can style it via CSS (with some exceptions, check the page for info). The bug was the result of me learning php as I go…if you left either of the font size fields blank in the config form, you’d end up with “divide by zero” errors in your output. This has been fixed.
I also made it possible to leave comments on the CTC page, so all comments regarding the widget will now be in one place (I’ll be moving all the old comments over, so the thread will be intact).
That being said, I’d like to start building a wish list for ver. 3.0 (and beyond). Please leave me a comment with what you’d like to see the plugin do in future versions. Already on the books are getting rid of the black default color and adding regular WordPress plugin (i.e., not relying on the widgets code) functionality.
More info on the CTC Page
WP 2.3 Configurable Tag Cloud Widget – Version 2 Released!
After a few days of hacking, I’m proud to present version 2.0 of my configurable tag cloud widget for WordPress 2.3. The big news in this release is you can now specify colors to form a gradient for your tag links.
Screenshot from my testing blog showing a gradient from #c0c0c0 to #000000:
The other big change is I have gone from using the WordPress-native tag cloud generation code to using functions internal to the widget. I had to go this route in order to add the color features, but it opens up the code for adding other features.
One more note to mention. I have removed the “array” format option from the config. I don’t think it would be of very much use in the widget, but if someone can explain how and why it should/can be used, I’d be much obliged. I left the code for it in the widget file, so if you need it, you can edit the file to uncomment it (it’s on line 217 in tag-cloud.php).
As always, you can find the latest release of the plugin here.