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Category Clouds Widget


This plugin allows you to add a category cloud widget to your sidebar or use a shortcode to show a tag cloud. You can select the minimum- and maximum- font sizes, the minimum number of posts in a category to show and which catgories to include or exclude.

See for more details and options.


  • Use as a widget or shortcode
  • Configurable minimum and maximum font sizes
  • Configurable font units as pt, px, em or percentage
  • Order by number of posts in each category or alphabetically
  • Specify the minimum number of posts that a category has to have before it shows
  • Specify categories to include or exclude, or use them all


Optionally enter [categoryclouds] in a page or post to show the category cloud. See the FAQ for examples.

This is the usual widget title that will appear in your theme’s sidebar.

Category font size
The minimum and maximum font sizes you want the cloud to show and their unit of measurement. For example, min: 50 max: 200 unit: % would show the smallest category at half your normal text size and the largest at double.

Order by
Choose between ordering by number of posts in a category, or alphabetically by category name.

Show by
Either the category with the most posts first or the category with the fewest posts first if using Order by: count, or A-Z or Z-A if Order by: name.

Minimum number of posts
Categories where the total number of posts is less than this number will not be shown. Set to 1 to hide empty categories.

Comma separated category IDs
If you only want to include specific categories, enter their IDs in a list. If you want to exclude a category, enter its ID as a negative number. Leave blank for all categories.

  • Example: 1,4,9,36,37,38
    This will create a category cloud with only categories 1,4,9,36,37,38 in it.

  • Example: -1,-3
    This will create a category cloud hiding categories 1 and 3.


This plugin is based on Category Cloud widget by Lee Kelleher


  • Example category cloud
  • Widget options


Installing the plugin:

  1. Download Category Clouds and unzip
  2. Upload category_clouds folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. Add the widget to your sidebar through the ‘Appearance > Widgets’ menu


How to I hide empty categories?

Set the minimum number of posts to 1.

How do I exclude a category?

Enter its ID as a negative in the ‘Comma separated category IDs’ field e.g. to exlude category 5, enter -5

How do I specify options when using the shortcode?

Override the following defaults:

  • min_size: 50
  • max_size: 150
  • unit: %
  • orderby: name
  • order: ASC
  • min_count: 1
  • cats_inc_exc


  • [categoryclouds]
  • [categoryclouds order=”DESC”]
  • [categoryclouds min_size=”8″ max_size=”24″ unit=”px”]


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Contributors & Developers

“Category Clouds Widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



  • Added [categoryclouds] shortcode


  • Initial version of the plugin