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This plugin generates a tag-cloud.


In order to use to use this plugin, you have to edit(*) or create(+) the following files:

  ├── pelicanconf.py *
  ├── content
  ├── plugins +
  │     └── tag_cloud.py +
  └── themes
        └── mytheme
              ├── templates
              │      └── base.html *
              └── static
                    └── css
                         └── style.css *

In pelicanconf.py you have to activate the plugin:

PLUGIN_PATHS = ["plugins"]
PLUGINS = ["tag_cloud"]

Into your plugins folder, you should add tag_cloud.py (from this repository).

In your theme files, you should change base.html to apply formats (and sizes) defined in style.css, as specified in "Settings", below.


Setting name (followed by default value) What does it do?
TAG_CLOUD_STEPS = 4 Count of different font sizes in the tag cloud.
TAG_CLOUD_MAX_ITEMS = 100 Maximum number of tags in the cloud.
TAG_CLOUD_SORTING = 'random' The tag cloud ordering scheme. Valid values: random, alphabetically, alphabetically-rev, size and size-rev
TAG_CLOUD_BADGE = True Optionnal setting : can bring badges, which mean say : display the number of each tags present on all articles.

The default theme does not include a tag cloud, but it is pretty easy to add one:

<ul class="tagcloud">
    {% for tag in tag_cloud %}
        <li class="tag-{{ tag.1 }}">
            <a href="{{ SITEURL }}/{{ tag.0.url }}">
            {{ tag.0 }}
                {% if TAG_CLOUD_BADGE %}
                    <span class="badge">{{ tag.2 }}</span>
                {% endif %}
    {% endfor %}

You should then also define CSS styles with appropriate classes (tag-1 to tag-N, where N matches TAG_CLOUD_STEPS), tag-1 being the most frequent, and define a ul.tagcloud class with appropriate list-style to create the cloud. You should copy/paste this badge CSS rule ul.tagcloud .list-group-item <span>.badge if you're using TAG_CLOUD_BADGE setting. (this rule, potentially long , is suggested to avoid conflicts with CSS libs as twitter Bootstrap)

For example:

ul.tagcloud {
  list-style: none;
    padding: 0;

ul.tagcloud li {
    display: inline-block;

li.tag-1 {
    font-size: 150%;

li.tag-2 {
    font-size: 120%;

/* ... add li.tag-3 etc, as much as needed */

ul.tagcloud .list-group-item span.badge {
    background-color: grey;
    color: white;

By default the tags in the cloud are sorted randomly, but if you prefers to have it alphabetically use the alphabetically (ascending) and alphabetically-rev (descending). Also is possible to sort the tags by it's size (number of articles with this specific tag) using the values size (ascending) and size-rev (descending).