Widgets & Sidebars

Widgets »Tag Cloud Widget

Note: Some of the instructions from this guide are referring to the WP Admin dashboard. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.: example.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

The Tag Cloud widget shows a list of all the tags you’ve assigned to your posts. The most common tags will be displayed in the largest font size.

This widget is helpful because it gives your readers an at-a-glance view of your favorite subjects, and lets them know what topics you write about most frequently.

The Tag Cloud widget will display up to 75 of your most popular tags.

Here’s an example of what the widget looks like:

tag-cloud-calypso-theme

Note: Only tags that are attached to posts will be displayed in the widget.

Widget Settings

Once you add the widget to your sidebar from the Customizer → Widgets, you’ll see the widget settings:

tag-cloud-widget-customizer

  • Title: The title displayed above the widget on your blog.
  • Number of Tags: The maximum number of tags displayed in the tag cloud (up to 75).
  • Exclude: The tag IDs for tags you don’t want to display in the tag cloud.

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How to Exclude Tags

Note: The instructions from this guide are referring to the WP Admin dashboard. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.: example.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

You may not want to include all of your blog’s tags in the tag cloud. Here’s how to exclude a tag:

  1. Go to Posts  Tags in your WP Adming dashboard. Click on the name of the tag you want to exclude.
    exclude-tags-list
  2. In your browser’s address bar, look for the number after tag_ID=. That’s the tag ID. In this example, the tag ID is 8471:
    edit-tag-id
  3. Copy the tag ID and go back to your Customizer → Widgets.
  4. Click on the tag cloud widget to open the widget settings, and paste the tag ID into the Exclude box.
  5. Click Save to save your changes.

Would you prefer displaying categories instead of tags? Make sure you check our our guide to set up a Category Cloud widget.

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