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Knowners is a semantic visualization plugin, produced by FakePress and Art is Open Source. It is meant as a large-scale part of your wordpress interaface, where you can host a beautiful interactive graph that shows the semantic structure of your blog. Full HTML5 and Canvas support. Interaction.

Knowners is not a widget, but rather a wordpress extension that you can call in your theme templates.

This new version works directly on POSTS and the network visualization is built automatically using tags.

As with the other versions, follow these steps to install the plugin:

unzip the archive in your wordpress plugin folder (you should obtain a knowners directoty containing a bunch of files) go to your WordPress dashboard, to the section Plugins identify the knowners plugin in the list and click Activate insert the PHP command knowners_render_posts() in your templates wherever you wish to display your POST-based visualization insert the PHP command knowners_render_links() in your templates wherever you wish to display your LINKS-based visualization youre set!

remember that the plugin is designed to occupy a large area: displaying it in a small div or other HTML container might not come out too nice.

The plugin automatically fills all the container it has been placed into.

The Knowners functions can be called anywhere in your theme and will take up all the space of the container in which they are called.

Please note that this plugin is designed to occupy lots of space: you will get awful results if you call it in smaller ones.

Please check out the plugin website for an example of its usage, so that you can get the feel of what you can achieve and please check back real soon for the updates, including the improved editing facilities and navigation tools.


  • The generated Tag Cloud used to navigate the links
  • The result of the Navigation
  • The administration interface


  1. Unpack to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Place <?php knowners_render_links(); ?> or <?php knowners_render_posts(); ?> in your templates


Is this a widget?

No, it is a WordPress extension that you can call inside your templates.

When will the next version be released, with the editing tools and the navigation systems for tags and links?

Sooner than you think. I would estimate the new release will be published by the first days of April 2011.


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  • fixed problems regarding teh handling of taxonomies
  • ajdusted standard CSS so that elements don’t show out of the main canvas
  • fixed directory structure (sorry! last time I made an enormous mistake!)
  • net tags: tags startung with “AUTHOR:” or “YEAR:” get special handling


  • massive update: the plugin now works on posts as well as with your link collection


  • integrated the JIT Javascript visualization library


  • first release