Cool Tag Cloud


The plugin renders a tag cloud using a professionally designed tag image as a background.

The plugin’s tag cloud is completely responsive and is correctly rendered in all browsers.

The main usage is with the “Cool Tag Cloud” widget but you can also use the shortcode [cool_tag_cloud].

Here’s the list of all available parameters for the shortcode:

  • style=”default|silver|green|red|blue|brown|purple|cyan|lime|black”
  • font_family=”Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”
  • smallest=”10″
  • largest=”10″
  • align=”left|right”
  • font_weight=”normal|bold”
  • text_transform=”none|uppercase|lowercase|capitalize”
  • number=”20″
  • order_by=”name|count”
  • order=”ASC|DESC|RAND”
  • taxonomy=”post_tag”
  • nofollow=”yes|no”
  • animation=”yes|no”
  • on_single_display=”global|local”
  • exclude=”1,2,3″
  • include=”1,2,3″

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Special thanks to Orman Clark for the tag image and to Dimox for the CSS code.

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  • Configuring the plugin's widget.
  • Font-family: Arial, Font weight: Bold, Font size: 11px to 16px, Image style: Default.
  • Font-family: Rockwell, Font weight: Bold, Font size: 12px (smallest and largest), Image align: Right, Image style: Black.
  • Font-family: "Open Sans", Font weight: Bold, Font size: 14px (smallest and largest), Image style: Blue.
  • Font-family: Arial, Font weight: Normal, Font size: 11px (smallest and largest), Image style: Red, Dark Theme.
  • Font-family: Rockwell, Font weight: Bold, Font size: 10px (smallest and largest), Text transform: Uppercase, Image style: Brown.
  • Font-family: "Open Sans", Font weight: Bold, Font size: 11px to 17px, Image style: Green.


  1. Upload cool-tag-cloud folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.
  3. Add the plugin’s widget on the Appearance\Widgets page.
  4. That’s all.


Why is the font size limited to 17px?

Because when a larger font size is set, the tag text does not fit into the tag image.

Does the plugin support localization?

Yes, please use


This came as a blessing when I had written some custom code to show a custom Taxonomy cloud on sidebar. The options to customize are so cool, and I love the option to either show the taxonomy related to a post on a Single post page or all tags, that makes it so versatile. Thanks so much to the author.
Bless these people for including their shortcodes front and center, very helpful!
Drop it in as widgets or shortcodes. It will enhance design, usability, and also SEO. Even works great with custom taxonomies. Actually I think this should be a wordpress feature out of the box.
Для ясности мне нужно облако тегов с визуальными настройками, дабы прекратить лазать в блок CSS всякий раз как я создаю новую страницу. Удобный общий плагин для вывода и настройки, быстро и наглядно. Что я вижу тут? Визуальная составляющая которая есть на десятках сайтах, бери CSS и вставляй на страницу превращая обычное облако в стилизованное вот таким образом. Ну может быть тут гибкие настройки или удобная панель управления... Где? Я ничего не нашла. Ни удобной настройки ни гибкости. Да настроить можно, но настройки в коде плагина. И тут вопрос. Нахрена? (хрен это овощ)... Если мне надо настраивать плагин залезая в код, что мне мешает этот код просто втыкать в блоки при создании страницы? Или сделать заготовку кода и втыкать после её? Ничего не мешает. Вот и тут зачем он нужен? Автор, сделай визуальные настройки с панели администратора. И плагина и стилей... P.S. Сам плагин удаляю, мне проще воткнуть ТОЧНО ТАКОЙ ЖЕ стиль персонально на мое облако чем ставить ЕЩЕ ОДНО облако в виде плагина... Но я этого делать не буду, стиль мне не нравится и я думала что смогу его подравнять... А на деле проще написать...


“Cool Tag Cloud” 是一個開源的軟體。以下的人對這個外掛作出了貢獻。


Cool Tag Cloud 外掛目前已有 4 個本地化語言版本。 感謝所有譯者為這個外掛做出的貢獻。

將 Cool Tag Cloud 外掛本地化為台灣繁體中文版。


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2.27 (November 2nd, 2021 )

  • Fix CSS issues
  • Removed unused “tooltip” option

2.26 (September 24th, 2021 )

  • Escape/sanitize dynamic values for HTML attributes

2.25 ( May 24th, 2020 )

  • Option to get top tags and order them alphabetically

2.23 ( December 29th, 2020 )

  • Ability to disable !important CSS by setting option name “cool_tag_cloud_important” to “no” or a PHP constant COOL_TAG_CLOUD_IMPORTANT to false

2.22 ( November 25th, 2020 )

  • Issue with div tag closing incorrectly when no tags found

2.21 ( September 11th, 2020 )

  • WordPress 5.5 compatibility bump
  • Fix – When “On single post display” is set to “Tags from shown post” the “Exclude” paramater stops functioning
  • Fix – When “On single post display” is set to “Tags from shown post” and the current post has no tags it shows all tags instead of showing nothing

2.20 ( June 19th, 2020 )

  • WordPress 5.4 compatibility bump

2.19 ( January 14th, 2020 )

  • Option to have a non-linked list of tags ( span instead of anchor )

2.18 ( October 21st, 2019 )

  • Fix “Warning: Illegal offset type in isset or empty…” when title not supplied

2.17 ( October 4th, 2019 )

  • Option to limit the amount of shown tags and have a “view more” button to expand for full list

2.16 ( September 2nd, 2019 )

  • Option to show children terms of a specified parent term

2.15 ( August 9th, 2019 )

  • Option to include multiple taxonomies

2.14 ( July 24th, 2019 )

  • The class “ctc-active” will be added to the tags and categories that are connected to the currently shown post

2.13 ( April 12th, 2019 )

  • The local “on single post display” option now works for custom post types


  • Added options to include/exclude specific tags by ID


  • Added option to show post count for tags


  • Added [cool_tag_cloud] shortcode


  • PHP7 compatibility fixes


  • the option to show tags of the shown post now works for pages as well


  • option to set the widget to show the tags of the shown post ( on single post )


  • minor tweaks


  • removed widget_tag_cloud_args filter


  • added compressed png images


  • removed the bundled languages in favour of language packs from


  • added Chinese (Taiwan) translation (thanks to 陳泰澄)


  • added French translation (thanks to Wolforg)


  • added 10 different color styles
  • added “Animation on hover” option


  • added “Image align” option
  • css fixes


  • first version