Annoying things about WordPress: Tag cloud
Update 2008/07/08: The issue has been fixed (sort of).
Now here’s one thing I really don’t like about WordPress: the tag cloud. The tag cloud is a widget that you have to add manually by going to Design > Widgets on your dashboard, it does not come with the theme. In itself, the tag cloud is a brilliant thing. It shows what tags you use most in a font size according to how often you use the tag. That is very nice, if your readers are looking to see what topics you blog about most. But why is the tag cloud so different from the category cloud?
In the category cloud widget you can actually set the minimum and maximum font size after adding it to your sidebar; in the tag cloud there’s no such option. Also, the category cloud will break if the phrase is to long to fit on one line; in the tag cloud it stays on one line. See the example below taken from this blog. Here it works fairly well. However, if I select a different theme, my tag cloud will either extend beyond the right edge of my design (if my tag cloud is in my right side bar), or it may be cut off or truncated if my tag is too long to be displayed, say, if my tag cloud is in the left side bar. I don’t mind the no font size option, but they could at least have made the tag lines break, like with the category cloud. That’s an issue WordPress really needs to address. Not many bloggers use tag clouds though, and this issue here could be part of the reason why. Also note that the tag cloud is limited to the 45 most used tags, so not all tags may show up.
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