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FIXED: More annoying things about the tag cloud

August 19, 2008 1 comment

My previous post about weird things in the tag cloud turns out to be a false alarm. The staff response in this forum thread indicates that there must have been some glitch at WordPress HQ causing this erratic behaviour, but you never know with WordPress, they tend to release new features without telling, so I wasn’t sure, hence my post, before going to bed. Anyway, I’m glad it’s fixed and taken care of now. They [WordPress, sic.] robbed me of a potential good post here, but rather that than keep the tag cloud the way it was. Thanks, WordPress…which only goes to show that WordPress Support is monitoring the WordPress Forums and responding to user discussions, and, by the way, this is not the first time it has happened.

More annoying things about the WordPress tag cloud

August 19, 2008 3 comments
WordPress tag cloud

WordPress tag cloud

Actually I had set aside a fun and off-topic post for today, but the strangest thing happened to my wordpress.com blog today.  The tag cloud suddenly lists tags by size, not by letter…what gives? Besides looking absolutely terrible it’s absolutely useless. I for one tend to go through lists alphabetically, not by size, and the most used and biggest tags stand out anyway…so why order them by size?

When I first posted about the tag cloud, more than a month ago, it was because it didn’t line break. Now there is a new annoyance: tag sorting. What’s up with WordPress? I do enjoy new features, but this one makes no sense to me. Is it so that people can easier find what I write about most? No, it can’t be, those tags are standing out big anyway. Is it some sort of weird SEO, so Google will know what I write most about by looking at my tag order this way? I’m at wits end here. Or have the ingenious programmers at WordPress gone completely mad? Maybe that’s more like it. I have seen tag clouds in use in many places, not just blogs, but this is the only place I know of that displays the tags in this manner. Maybe it’s to mimick the wordpress.com tag list? At least the tags on the wordpress.com front page still look normal…until the engineers start fiddling with that too…

Oh, on a final note, I owe this discovery to surlylump, who posted this sudden change in tag cloud behavior on the WordPress Forums earlier today.

UPDATE

This matter has now been fixed.

Annoying things about WordPress: Choosing the right theme for your tag cloud

July 16, 2008 1 comment

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will have noticed that my theme changes…almost every day. That is because I’m still having issues with the tag cloud, as I described in my post about the tag cloud in WordPress. Although WordPress has fixed the line break issue I described in said post, the tag cloud looks everything from absolutely neat to absolutely awkward, depending on my choice of theme. And I like using the tag cloud, so I am faced with a dilemma here.

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Update: Annoying things about WordPress fixed: Tag cloud

July 8, 2008 Leave a comment

Yes! Finally WordPress did something about the tag cloud I mentioned in a previous post. Now it’s fixed and the line breaks nicely so that the tag cloud is wrapped inside the sidebar and not protruding or truncated. Thanks, WordPress!

Annoying things about WordPress: Tag cloud

July 6, 2008 2 comments

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?

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