A little while ago I published a post on how to add a tag cloud to your iWeb blog. Many of you visited the post and followed the tutorial but recently I received a comment on the post that said the link to ZoomClouds wasn’t working. Well, I have been investigating other methods of adding tag clouds to iWeb and have come up with the following new tutorial.
I won’t go into the whys and wherefores of adding a tag cloud to your iWeb blog in this post as I covered that in the previous one, so let’s crack on.
Before you start you need to have a published iWeb site live on the Internet. This method I am going to show you needs to ‘visit’ your site in order to decide your most commonly used words with which to create your tag cloud.
Once you have your URL point your browser to tagcloud-generator.com and enter it in the space provided and press the ‘Get Tags’ button. Your homepage (or blog depending on the URL you used) will be read and after a few seconds a list of ‘tags’ with their linking URLs will appear.
In order not to overwhelm site visitors you may want to check the ‘The mostly used 30 words’ box so that the tag cloud is not too big, however you do not get the URLs.
Take some time now to read through the list. The beauty of this site is that if you are not happy with any of the tags it has picked you can delete them and add your own too.
Scrolling down past the customization section you will see an example of how your tag cloud will look.
If you are happy with it press the ‘Generate HTML Code’ button; if not you can change to look of it. The colors, font and size are all changeable and really easy to do. It’s well worth spending a few minutes getting the colors right to blend with your site.
Once you have generated your HTML code, open your blog in iWeb. A common place for tag clouds is the side-bar so insert a HTML Snippet where you want it. All you have to do now is copy/paste the HTML code from the tagcloud web site to your HTML Snippet and click ‘Apply’.
You now have a beautifully, hand-crafted custom made tag cloud in your blog, from a web site that works. I added a border and a ‘Tag Cloud’ header just to finish things off.
Have you added a tag cloud to your iWeb blog? Leave a link in the comments so we can take a look.