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Ultimate Tag Cloud Widget

This plugin aims to be the most configurable tag cloud widget out there, able to suit all your weird tag cloud needs.


This plugin is under active development and my goal is to try to help everyone who have issues or suggestions for this plugin. If you find bugs or have feature requests please use GitHub issues, if you need support please use the WordPress forums.

My contact information is

If you use this plugin and like it, please consider leaving a donation.

Theme integration / Shortcode

You can integrate the widget within your own theme even if you're not using standard WordPress widgets. Just install and load the plugin as described and use the function

<?php do_utcw($args); ?>

...with $args being a array of key => value pairs for the options you would like to set. For example if you'd like to change the title of the widget:

$args = array( "title" => "Most awesome title ever" );

do_utcw( $args );

To use multiple configuration options just separate them with a comma:

$args = array( "title" => "Most awesome title ever", "max" => 10 );

do_utcw( $args );

If you're not able to change your theme you can also use the shortcode [utcw] anywhere in your posts or pages. You can pass any of the settings along with the shortcode in the format of key="value", for instance if you'd like to change the widget title:

[utcw title="Most awesome title ever"]

The plugin also uses a couple of filters for you to be able to alter the output. These are documented in the filters documentation at GitHub.

As of version 2.6 you can create custom selection strategies, more information can be found in the strategy documentation at GitHub


All the configuration options can be found in the configuration documentation at GitHub.

Breaking changes in version 2.0

  • Tags lists with named tags will not work in version 2.0, only tags lists with IDs.
  • The configuration option for text case has been renamed from case to text_transform
  • The styles for links aren't marked as !important in the CSS longer, this might change the cloud presentation in some cases
  • The shortcode and theme integration function call no longer accepts the widget arguments before_widget, after_widget, before_title and after_title


The power of the open source community is being able to help out and submitting patches when bugs are found. I would like to thank the following contributors for submitting patches and helping out with the development:

  • Andreas Bogavcic
  • Fabian Reck

With your help this list will hopefully grow in the future ;)

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.9.15
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Active Installs: 20,000+


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