Wordpress plugin: Multi-column Tag Map

Oct6th
2009
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Wordpress plugin: Multi-column Tag Map

I’ve never been one for tag maps. I’ve never liked non-alphabetical listings of tags in sidebars. I never like lists of tags ordered by the “popularity” of the tag in question. All these make it extremely difficult scan and find the topics that interest me. In large sites with hundreds of tags, all these approaches are more a hindrance than a feature.

This might sound like a lot of negativity but, “Necessity is the mother of invention” after all.

That’s where Multi-column Tag Map comes in. A simple, lightweight plug-in that pulls all the tags used in the site and builds an alphabetical list out of the results. The extras include displaying the list in multiple columns (1-5), displaying tags that have no posts associated with them yet, limiting of the number of tags shown on load, a simple “show more” feature to reveal tags hidden on load and an accordion toggle “show/hide”.

In larger sites, this would be perfect to devote an entire page to. Users can easily scan the list for topics of interest and find exactly what they are looking for without having to dig through tag clouds and seemingly random ordered lists of tags. You can think of this as a true index of your site.

Example

Using the following shortcode and the default CSS. I don’t have a lot of tags on this site but, this should give you a good idea of the output.


[mctagmap columns="3" more="more »" hide="yes" num_show="1" toggle="« less" show_empty="no"]



Notice: This plug-in was updated 03.09.10. Please download version 3.0 from WP.org. It will no longer be hosted on this site. Please make a backup before updating any files if you have modified any part of this plug-in.

I will continue to support this plug-in so if there are additional features you feel would help this plug-in, feel free to comment and let me know.

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229 Comments

  1. Oct16th
    2009
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    Michael

    Great idea, looks terrific. I can’t get columns to work on my site though: http://gorey.com.au/about/tags

  2. Oct17th
    2009
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    Nav

    Great plugin but i cannot get columns on my website http://singh.com.au/tags/

  3. Oct17th
    2009
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    Magrat

    Hello,

    thank you, I like that plugin, but I’ve got the same issue with the columns at my site

    http://www.magratknoblauch.de/tag-map/

    On the other hand (at my other site) you can see 2 columns (there are only 4 or 5 tags until now) : http://www.tabattfamily.net/?page_id=79

    Do you have any idea? It would be nice…

    :-)

  4. Oct19th
    2009
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    eddai

    this was what I looked for for a long time, but I want to enhance this with custom taxonomies.
    I’ve created custom taxonomies using Yoast’s simple taxonomies plugin http://yoast.com/wordpress/simple-taxonomies/
    But how can I list them alphabetically with your plugin ?
    Can you guide please ?
    Thanks

  5. Oct19th
    2009
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    Nicky

    How can i get columns to work with this plugin. Please help.

  6. Oct19th
    2009
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    Alan

    @Michael, Nav and Nicky,

    Wordpress repository changed the name of the folder. This created created an incorrect path to the CSS. I have made a revision (version 1.2) and uploaded it to Wordpress and the link above is also updated. Please download the new version and feel free to post back if there are still any issues.

    @eddai,

    I’m not familiar with that plug-in, or using taxonomies for that matter. I’m not sure how do go about combining the two off hand.

  7. Oct19th
    2009
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    Alan

    @Magrat,

    On magratknoblauch.de, it appears you used the version from the WP repository. That version had a broken link to the CSS. It has been updated both on this site and on WP.org.

    On tabattfamily.net, it looks like you were using the version previously posted on this page. So the path to the CSS is correct.

    Please download the new fiels (v1.2) and see if this fixes any issues.

  8. Oct19th
    2009
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    FabriceV

    Dear Mr,
    Your plugin seems great. I had like to take into account categories (use to create site sections) with a line at top.

    In case one level
    (All) Environment Nutrition Training
    = list tags for the selected category

    In case of subcategories, something like:
    (All) > Environment > altitude heat cold
    = list tags for the category or the selected subcategory

  9. Oct19th
    2009
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    Alan

    @FabriceV,

    on this post:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/276635?replies=21

    it looks like they are trying to do the same thing. I haven’t tried to do the same. It appears they are having difficulties achieving it as well.

    I agree it would be a nice feature but, at this time I am not quite sure how to go about doing it. If I (or they) do find a way, I will look into making it either part of this plug-in or making a new plug-in with that feature.

  10. Oct20th
    2009
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    Michael

    Works sweet now, thanks. Shifted page to http://gorey.com.au/tags in case anyone wants to see it in action.

  11. Oct22nd
    2009
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    Magrat

    Thank you very much, it works now - with the updated files - at both sites and I’ve got very nice columns. :-)

    But… what about the ‘Hide’-thing? Is there any spell to make it work? JQuery is integrated in the header, I think, so where I’m doing something wrong here

    http://www.magratknoblauch.de/tag-map/ ?

    Do you’ve got any idea? Would be so great!

    Thanks and have a nice day!

  12. Oct22nd
    2009
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    Alan

    @Magrat,

    Sorry about that. Unexpected conflict in jQuery. I updated again. Seems to be alright now.

  13. Oct22nd
    2009
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    Magrat

    Thanks, Alan, that’s great, now that I know that I can make a mess of anything other than my WordPress-Code ;-) !

    So I’m looking forward to the next update…

  14. Oct22nd
    2009
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    Magrat

    It works excellently! Good job!

    :-)

  15. Oct24th
    2009
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    Jim

    I use your plug-in as my archives page, like the back of a well written book. It’s priceless and I believe the naturally best archives ever written. Here it is: Leis Network Archives.

    I intuitively like the Index approach over other forms of accessing posts. But then, I usually prefer the Index over the Table of Contents, which a well designed Menu really emulates. Categories are often unintuitive; besides, shouldn’t there be more than one way to access a post? That’s what tags are for. And other than a small display of longevity, I don’t understand the purpose of chronological archives.

    I do use an alphabetized tag plug-in (with most often used tags sized larger) on my post pages. I imagine people will want to see what the site is about, and quickly find the meat of it.

    Thank you for your work. I believe it is one of the top 20 WordPress plug-ins.

  16. Oct26th
    2009
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    Alan

    @Jim,

    Categories are often unintuitive; besides, shouldn’t there be more than one way to access a post?

    I agree completely. Of course this depends on the size and scope of the site in question. On my site, I have a small number of categories so finding relative posts seems pretty easy. On your site, you cover a lot more topics. Your site is essentially what I had in mind when writing this plug-in and giving the user an index style way of searching for relevant information.

    I’m glad you found this useful. Very kind words and much appreciated.

  17. Nov1st
    2009
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    Kenneth

    Great plugin! It works like a charm, but their is some things I miss, like using WordPress short codes to insert it it, like [tagcolum]. Also, as can bee seen at http://www.kennethjansson.net/kusin/arkiv/ the columns aren’t displayed in a “nice” way if they aren’t equal in size, a better way would be if every column is equal in size both in X and Y, e.g. the biggest one, decides the size of its neighbour. So keep up the good work!

  18. Nov1st
    2009
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    Alan

    @Kenneth,

    …like using WordPress short codes to insert it it, like [tagcolum].

    Very good idea. I’ll look into that on the next release. My thoughts were that this would be best suited for a dedicated page. Seeing yours working I can see the value in this option.

    …a better way would be if every column is equal in size both in X and Y…

    There is an equal height plugin that would be very easy implemented with this. It would take care of the Y height. The X is controlled through CSS. I agree though that using the equal heghts in conjunction with the show/hide feature of this plugin would make it more visually appealing on load.i could probally bundle the two together and give another option for that feature.

    Maybe I’ll work on an admin assessable version with a control panel.

    I’m glad it worked as intended for you though.

    Thanks,
    Alan

  19. Nov1st
    2009
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    Kenneth

    I can’t find that plugin, do you have a link? When it comes to implementing it, it’s easily done by using templates on pages. I was thinking about the “view more” part, if every tag part has more then say five tags, it would look great. Perhaps I turn that on. When I was think of being able to set size both X and Y i didn’t think on what if one “letter” has only a few tags, then the gap between it and it’s neighbours would look awful. Then the “view more” has a great function. So go and drink a lot of coffee and begin creating! =)

  20. Nov1st
    2009
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    Alan

    @Keneth,

    http://www.filamentgroup.com/lab/setting_equal_heights_with_jquery/

    Thats the jQuery script that does equal heights. Since each div containing a list has the same class it should work fine, although I have not tested it yet.

    I don’t think I completely understand what you mean by “X” though. The CSS controls the width (x) so you can make that part fit your needs. The “Y” or height, is controled by the sher amount of tags shown. Using the sow/hide faeture can help that. With the use of an equal height script, they can be all the same vertically on load.

  21. Nov1st
    2009
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    Kenneth

    Sorry, what I meant was being able to set the same hight. In my example not every tag-letter has the same amount of tags, so even if I use the limit of 5, 3 or more or less, the hight will difference. Whit that jQuery I can solve that problem, giving them equal hight, even with say limit of 5, the neighbors with less than 5 will have same hight.

  22. Nov4th
    2009
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    Matthew Weaver

    I am using WP 2.8.5 and have attempted to place your code in a sidebar with a left- and right sidebar and single center column. First, I am having difficulty I getting this to work in a sidebar without affecting the other columns on the page and I am not able to get the list to display in more than one column even though I have set columns to 2 and even using your example, to 4.

    I suspect that I am simply placing the code in the wrong place. Can you please provide more details on just where to place the code (and where not to place the code)?

    I would like to place this in the left sidebar, either within a text box or directly in the sidebar php file.

    1. How do I place it in a widget text box?
    2. How do I simply place it into the sidebar php file that currently contains:
    div class=”art-sidebar2″
    php if (!art_sidebar(2)):
    php endif
    /div

    Thanks!
    My current sidebar 1, where I’d like to place the code is:

  23. Nov6th
    2009
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    Alan

    @Matthew,

    The below is the widget function:

    <div class="art-sidebar2">
    <?php if (!art_sidebar(2)): ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
    </div>

    I can’t test this locally because I don’t have the function it’s looking for. But, if I paste the following into my sidebar.php, it works as intended.

    <?php if(function_exists('wp_mcTagMap')): ?>
    <?php wp_mcTagMap('columns=1&hide=true&num_show=4&more=click here') ?>
    <?php endif; ?>

    This of course needs to NOT be inside the widget.

    This works fine in my tests to only show the tag map on the sidebar on pages:

    <?php if ( is_page() ) {?>
    <?php if(function_exists('wp_mcTagMap')): ?>
    <?php wp_mcTagMap('columns=1&hide=yes&num_show=5&more=View more') ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
    <?php } ?>

    As for not getting it to display in multiple columns, remember that the column width is defined in the CSS in the plugin folder. Since the tag map columns are floated, if there is not enough room on your sidebar for multiple columns (horizontally) then the columns will fall below each other. So it might look like there aren’t multiple column when in actuality there are. Make sense?

    If you are still having issues after this, maybe open a post on the Wordpress forums so others might benefit from the solution to your issue.

  24. Nov13th
    2009
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    Matthew Weaver

    Alan,

    I placed the code update you emailed me into the mctagmap.php and have also made the several changes to the plugin CSS file. The second CSS changes gives me two column display. The bullets and tag text continue to both display overlapping at the left margin/column and I get “class=”more”>See More” at the end of most divisions of the list. I tried to force the line text to the right by adding   five times after each in the .php file but got no change.

    As suggested, I’ll look closer at the Artisteer-generated theme that I’ve created. It already has another problem in that my vertical spacing before and after bullets is ignored.

    Thanks for your help!
    Matthew

    See current implementation of the tag list at See at: http://theindependentview.com/?page_id=98.

  25. Nov14th
    2009
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    Alan

    @Matthew,

    I sent you an email with some modified php. There was a line break in the code in my last email, that seems to be causing the “see more” link error. Just replace your mctagmap.php with the one I attached.

    As or the bullets, the default CSS is conflicting. Make this change:


    .art-PostContent #mcTagMap .tagindex ul li {
    padding: 2px 0 2px 10px;
    margin: 0;
    }

    Just adjusting the padding to move the text off the bullets.

  26. Nov19th
    2009
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    Alex

    Hello Alan,

    I’ve searched a lot for such a plugin and I find it here. I have only one problem: how can I display the tag list in a page? In other words: I created a wordpress static page (title, some content, etc) and I want to display the tab list bellow the content. Do I have to install a php-exec plugin?
    Thank you in advance.

  27. Nov19th
    2009
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    Alan

    @Alex,

    Hopefully this will suit your needs:

    if ( is_page('PAGE_NAME')) {
    <?php if(function_exists('wp_mcTagMap')): ?>
    <?php wp_mcTagMap('columns=4&hide=yes&num_show=5&more=View more') ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
    }

    Paste that in your page.php under the loop that gets the content.

    Change ‘PAGE_NAME’ with your sites page name.

  28. Nov20th
    2009
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    TeeJay

    Love the plugin, just what I was looking for.
    Was wondering if you could help with the following.

    I wanted to be able to just display the tags within a particular category. e.g I want to add the tagmap to the top of each category page so that when a viewer goes to say category xx then they will only see tags listed A-Z if the post is within the category xx that they are in.

    Thanks in advance

  29. Nov20th
    2009
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    Alan

    @TeeJay

    on this post:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/276635?replies=21

    it looks like they are trying to do the same thing. I haven’t tried to do the same. It appears they are having difficulties achieving it as well.

    I agree it would be a nice feature but, at this time I am not quite sure how to go about doing it. If I (or they) do find a way, I will look into making it either part of this plug-in or making a new plug-in with that feature.

  30. Nov20th
    2009
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    Alex

    Thank you Alan. It works fine! :)

  31. Dec11th
    2009
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    Jens

    Hello

    I tried yesterday to get this plugin to work, but I could not manage.
    I tried to place the CODE: (Copied it from above)
    ——–
    ?php if(function_exists(’wp_mcTagMap’)): ?
    ?php wp_mcTagMap(’columns=4&hide=yes&num_show=5&more=View more’) ?
    ?php endif; ?
    ——
    “Different places”, but with no succes( I want to place my Multi-column Tag Map on a specific page)

    For example I tried to copy the code direct to a page. I also tried to copy it direct into a text on the sidebar (as a widget)

    But I probaly have to edit my theme in the editor ( And copy the code somewhere?)

    So my question is:

    If I want to place a Multi-column Tag Map on a specic page, where should I place the code?

    (I am using the Atahualpa 3.4.4 Theme, which is a great theme. But it also manages all the HTML code for me…)

    Hope someone can help me. I would appreciate it. As you probaly can hear am I quite new to this (-:

    Thanks

    Jens

  32. Dec11th
    2009
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    Alan

    @jens,

    In your page.php file of your theme try inserting this:


    <?php if ( is_page('PAGE_NAME')) { ?>
    <?php if(function_exists('wp_mcTagMap')): ?>
    <?php wp_mcTagMap('columns=4&hide=yes&num_show=5&more=View more') ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
    <?php } ?>

    Replacing ‘PAGE NAME’ with the name of the page in which you want the list to appear.

    I haven’t updated this to include short codes as of yet so you will need to access your page.php directly.

    If that doesn’t work for you let me kow and I’ll try to help you out more.

  33. Dec11th
    2009
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    Alan

    @All,

    I have updated this plug-in to include shortcode functionality. This has been requested several time so it was about time. Version 2.0 has the upgrade and installation instructions. The plug-in will still work with the old code as well.

  34. Jan6th
    2010
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    Mitch

    Nice plugin.. have you ever used this plugin with the Thesis theme?
    I’m looking to use it in the sidebar.

  35. Jan7th
    2010
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    Alan

    @Mitch,

    I’m not familiar with the Thesis theme but, I don’t foresee any issues with using this plug-in. I will assume there is a sidebar.php file. Don’t try and use the shortcode, use the original long way instead.

  36. Jan8th
    2010
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    Texes

    Thanks for this amazing plugin!
    Sorry, but does anybody have idea how displays tags starting only with the letter “A”. And other tags starting with letters (b, c, d..) hide or not displays.

    p.s. sorry for my English.

  37. Jan8th
    2010
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    Chris

    Hi Alan,

    I’m testing this out in WP 2.9.0, and it works great! However, for some weird reason, it’s not listing the tags alphabetically, but at random? Here’s the link to the page, so you can see what I mean: http://sjbmx.com/tag-index/. Now, I haven’t changed anything in the code, so do you have any ideas on how to go about fixing this?

    Thanks,
    Chris McMahon

  38. Jan11th
    2010
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    Alan

    @Chris,

    I couldn’t reproduce this on my local install but I did have a look around. It appears your site is sorting in DESC order. There by the letter with the most tags total first and than sorting the tags that have the mosts posts first. It should be sorting ASC by default I believe.

    I updated the plug-in to v2.1. Please upgrade and let me know if this solves the issue.

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  39. Jan11th
    2010
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    Chris

    @Alan,

    I installed the latest version, but the issue still crops up.

    - Chris

  40. Jan11th
    2010
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    Sirena

    Nice plugin and it creates a nice listing which I’ve put on a page (using the shortcode). However, I want to write a short introduction to explain what the list means - and no mater what I do, the text appears UNDER the listing instead of before it.

    What I’ve typed in is this:

    “Click on your suburb in the listing below to see teachers who offer classes in that area.

    [mctagmap columns="2" more="more!" hide="no" num_show="30"]“

  41. Jan12th
    2010
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    Alan

    @Chris,

    I looked some more and I can’t see any real reason that it is sorting incorrectly. What it appears to me is that it is sorting the lists by the total number of posts tagged. I noticed “S” has less tags than “B” on your site but it looks like “S” has more posts being tagged. Again, I can not reproduce this. I looked at a few other sites that are using this plugin and they seem to be working fine even with WP2.9. Maybe try turnign off one plug-in at a time and refreshing the page to check for conflicts with other plug-ins. I will still try to find an answer in the meantime.

    @Sirena,

    I updated to v2.2. Please update the plug-in and see if this handles your issue.

  42. Jan12th
    2010
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    Sirena

    You’re a doll, thanks so much! All fixed. This is a great plug-in, the first I’ve seen that allows you to display tags on a page properly.

  43. Jan19th
    2010
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    Cody

    This sounds so stupid but it cannot be helped. When you install this widget, where do you go on the panel in WordPress to set it up? I cannot find it.

  44. Jan20th
    2010
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    Alan

    @Cody,

    Not stupid but maybe a little mis-guided. This is not a widget. There is no place in the dashboard to ‘turn it on’ or modify it in anyway. You can use the shortcode method to make it show up in a page or a post. If you want to display the tags in the sidebar for example, you’ll need to use the long way. Actually hard coding the PHP into your file.

    There are examples above for both these methods. Examples are also on the wordpress plug-in page for this as well as the readme.txt file in the download.

    If you need any more help, just shout.

  45. Mar8th
    2010
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    D.Stall

    Alan, the plugin v2.2 is great!
    I did have to create a post, however, and assign it to every tag to get the tag list to display. See - http://lifegivingspring.info/bibliography

    Is there any way to modify code to show all tag entries even though there aren’t any posts tagged with them yet?

    Also, cannot set tag entry display to ‘0′; lowest setting that works is ‘1′. Alphabetical tag listings with more than 1 entry then show ‘+’ link for expanding list to all tag entries.

    Is there code modification for just showing alphabet letters with ‘+’ link and no tag entries, that when clicked, expands for viewing all entries in alphabet list?

  46. Mar8th
    2010
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    D.Stall

    Correction:
    I don’t need to show empty tags (without any posts), but I did have to create a public post with same tags as private posts to get the private posts to list.

    I’m using WP Sentry plugin to make posts private.
    AVH Extended Categories plugin lists private posts even though categories only include private posts, but Multi-Column Tag Map plugin will not display tags for private posts.

    As long as there is a public post with same tag as private post(s), then private posts will list along with public post.
    I’ve created workaround by adding a public post ‘X - End of Posts’ that will only show at end of list of post summaries (by nature of beginning with letter ‘X’), but am interested in knowing if there is some code modification for listing private posts.

    Would also still like to be able to click a link beneath each alphabet letter to show tags.
    Then be able to click button to hide them again (such as “+” and ‘-’ links)

  47. Mar8th
    2010
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    Alan

    @D.Stall,

    If I add the shortcode like so:

    [mctagmap columns="3" more="more!" hide="yes" num_show="0"]

    it doesn’t show anything but the alphabet heading and a link “more!”. I am not getting any issue resulting in having to have at least 1 tag shown.

    For tags from private posts, I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with private posts enough to think of how to do what you need. I’ve just never needed that functionality. I’ll look into it but I can’t honestly offer a solution any time soon.

    For the showing and hiding…

    [mctagmap columns="3" more="&#91;+&#93;" hide="yes" num_show="0"]

    Will give you your ‘more link’ as a plus sign wrapped in square brackets.

    In the mctagmap.php change this line (#248):
    jQuery(this).parent('li.morelink').remove();

    to this:
    jQuery(this).text(jQuery(this).text() == '[-]' ? '[+]' : '[-]');

    That will make your “more link” toggle the list as well as change from [+] to [-] on click.

    *NOTE: back up your mctagmap.php as any upgrade I make to the plugin will over write you changes.

  48. Mar8th
    2010
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    D.Stall

    1) Instead of entering ‘0′ in code for show, I entered ‘none’ and got what I want, only the ‘+’ show function.
    http://lifegivingspring.info/bibliography#x

    Is there any way to turn this into a true jQuery show/hide function where there is a hide link as well as a show link?

    2) Am still interested in any code modification that will list tags with posts made private via WP Sentry plugin.

  49. Mar9th
    2010
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    Lincoln (openmtl)

    Great plugin but there is a minor bug in the closing of DIVs when the number of tags is low or none. On the lines (about 231 and 459) that has the Sorry blah blah tags found then that should have a closing DIV and it should say….

    Sorry, but not enough tags were found

    On about line 79 it should say if( $tags && is_array( $tags ) && count($tags) >= $options['columns'])

    And on about line 306 it should say if( $tags && is_array( $tags ) && count($tags) >=$columns)

    (or something similar but that is the easiest logic to work out) because if you have say 1 tag then it throws in a extra DIV that does not get closed which messes your template layout. AFAIKS as long as you have at least as many tags as the number of columns you want then you’ll be fine forever. My fix patches the first-day-of-use kind of problems when you first enable the plugin on a new blog site and then panic when the layout has gone all wonky.
    Using WP 2.9.1 and latest 2.2. plugin.
    Regards,
    Lincoln (openmtl)

  50. Mar9th
    2010
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    Alan

    @D.Stall,
    please go to the plug-in download page and read the new description and installation pages. I made several major updates that hopefully will address your wanted improvements.

    Is there any way to turn this into a true jQuery show/hide function where there is a hide link as well as a show link?

    What I showed you in my last reply was a ‘true’ jQuery function. You wanted a different presentation in which you were not specific upon asking.

    I’m still not 100% sure how this will work out with the WP Sentry as I don’t use that plug-in but, in theory this should remedy your issue.

    @Lincoln,
    Good catch. I can say that I never tested this in a way to make what you discovered happen. I will try and make some time in the next few days to change it up to allow less tags than columns.

    I appreciate the eye.

  51. Mar10th
    2010
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    D.Stall

    @Alan - Works great! Just what I was wanting! Thanks!

    FYI - WP Sentry only allows customization of permissions of registered users who are logged in. With WPS, list of post summaries display in category list regardless of WPS privacy setting, but for some reason, post summaries wouldn’t display in tag summary list created by your MCTM tag plugin if a ‘private’ setting had been applied to post in WP Sentry.
    Your MCTM tag plugin now creates tag list just like categories list: all post summaries display in list, but only users logged in see full post.

    BTW - There is only 1 other bell/whistle that would be nice.
    I’m using background-images (plus/minus) as show/hide button with hover function for consitent display in multiple browsers.
    See - http://lifegivingspring.info/bibliography

    Is there anyway in the php code you can assign a different class other than ‘.morelink’ to link that shows after alphabet tag list expands? Currently the “hide” link is class ‘.morelink’ just like the “show” link is before clicking and expanding the list.

    If the class of the ‘toggle’ for the expanded link were class ‘.lesslink’ instead of ‘.morelink’, then I could assign a different button image to it in css ( a ‘minus’ image instead of the ‘plus’ image).

  52. Mar10th
    2010
    ••

    Alan

    @D.Stall,

    Actually the links for more & less are different links. In your CSS you can do:


    .morelink a.more {}
    .morelink a.less {}

    It is a normal toggle but I purposely made them with two distinct classes just for the reason you mentioned. Being able to add different image backgrounds.

  53. Mar10th
    2010
    ••

    D.Stall

    Updated my CSS and works great. Full functionality for my use. Thanks again!

  54. Mar10th
    2010
    ••

    Alan

    @D.Stall,
    No, thank you. It added features to the plug-in that in my view, make it better. Thanks for posting.

  55. Mar11th
    2010
    ••

    D.Stall

    @Alan,

    Everything works fine in Firefox-Mac,
    (See - http://lifegivingspring.info/bibliography/ )
    but just noticed Safari-Mac fails to load bkgrd image so there’s no access to lists,
    and on Opera-Mac, bkgrd image overlaps half of li that is above image (alphabet letter when closed, or last item in list when opened).

    Any ideas for css fix?
    Does .morelink { display: none; } simply keep list from showing when hidden?
    I’m using a regular space (not nbsp; because it reads out) to prevent text links from loading for ‘more’ and ‘less’. Could that be the problem in Safari?
    Top margin and padding have no effect in Opera. Font-size moves image up instead of down.

    Any idea what’s happening in Windows IE, Firefox, Safari or Opera? and if ‘off’ how to fix?

    CSS -

    #mcTagMap .holdleft .tagindex .links .morelink a.more { background-image: url(../../../LGS/I/open1.gif) !important; background-repeat: no-repeat; }
    #mcTagMap .holdleft .tagindex .links .morelink a.less { background-image: url(../../../LGS/I/close1.gif) !important; background-repeat: no-repeat; }

    #mcTagMap .holdleft .tagindex .links .morelink a.more:hover { background-image:url(../../../LGS/I/open2.gif) !important; background-repeat: no-repeat; }
    #mcTagMap .holdleft .tagindex .links .morelink a.less:hover { background-image:url(../../../LGS/I/close2.gif) !important; background-repeat: no-repeat; }

    #mcTagMap .holdleft .tagindex .links .hideli a { background: #fff; color: #669cb1; border: 1px solid #ccc; font-weight: bold !important;
    padding: 0 4px 2px 4px !important; -moz-border-radius: 9px; -webkit-border-radius: 9px; border-radius: 9px; }
    #mcTagMap .holdleft .tagindex .links .hideli a:hover { background: #669cb1 !important; color: #fff !important; }

  56. Mar11th
    2010
    ••

    D.Stall

    @Alan, - In trying to set li ‘a’ width, I added ‘float:left’ to style.
    That made Safari show bkgrd image buttons, at least partly, so I added a height to ‘li a’ style and that fixed partial display of bkgrd image button in both Safari and Opera.

    Width of list ‘ul’, div and h4 title can be set after setting number of columns, but ‘li’ items remain at what appears to be the default column width based on number of columns set. Setting width has no effect on ‘li’, ‘li a’, or ‘li.hidelink a’.

    Is there code in the php file that calculates column width, and if so, is there a way to modify it so ‘li’, ‘li a’ and/or ‘li.hidelink a’ width can be set in CSS?

  57. Mar11th
    2010
    ••

    D.Stall

    @Alan - ‘li.hidelink a’ just needed ‘!important’ after width together with the ‘float: left’.
    Now everything displays fine in Firefox, Safari and Opera on Mac.
    Hope it’s fine in IE and Firefox on Windows.
    Sorry for the bother.

  58. Mar12th
    2010
    ••

    Alan

    @D.Stall,

    Looks fine on FF3 on PC on my end. Glad you got the CSS sorted out.

  59. Apr2nd
    2010
    ••

    Peter

    I love this plugin.

    Is there any way to tell the plugin how many ‘letters’ to accommodate in each column? For example I have five columns, but my fourth column includes tags with six very frequently used first letters like P, S and T, while my first one includes some apparently ‘unpopular’ letters and numbers like U, V, W, X, Y and Z. My fifth column is therefore only half as deep as my fourth one.

    It would be great to even it up somehow. Is there a way to tell the plugin which letters to include in which column? I’d hope to move ‘T’ over to column 5, for example.

    Thanks!

  60. Apr21st
    2010
    ••

    jenny

    Hi,
    Your plugin is awesome!
    I was wondering if there is some way to do a counter for how many posts are tagged with each particular tag.

    So - it would something like:
    Downloads (10)
    jQuery (5)

    Thanks so much!
    Jenny

  61. May31st
    2010
    ••

    Angie

    Hi, I love this plugin, but I want to adjust the css so that all tags in the “A” category have 3 columns side by side and under that all “B” tags. I have a recipe site and use my tags as main ingredients, so I have many tags.
    Thanks

  62. Jun13th
    2010
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    Dany

    Very nice plugin, but it has a “German Problem” not showing umlauts/vowels but a “?” instead. The tag starting with an umlaut/vowel itself is shown correctly.

  63. Jul21st
    2010
    ••

    GreenWorld365

    Does this plugin work with Wordpress 3.0? I tried to activate it and got a message that the plugin “generated 1 characters of unexpected output during activation.” Now, I’m getting a “headers already sent message.”

    I use this tag map on another website that’s still running 2.9.2 and it works great. I love it! I hope it can work with 3.0 as well.

  64. Aug5th
    2010
    ••

    Niels

    Hi Alan, great plugin, thanks very much!

    Would it be easy to modify it to make it do for posts what it does for tags?

    Let me explain: I have a recipe site, all recipes are tagged with ingredients. I use your plugin to display an alphabetical list of all ingredients (sorry, site is in Dutch but you get the idea). I also have a page that displays all recipes alphabetically but I do that manually: I have to update it every time I post a new recipe. It’d be great if I could use this plugin to list posts (or rather, post titles) alphabetically on the recipes page, the way it lists tags on the ingredients page.

  65. Aug17th
    2010
    ••

    Vanya

    I love this plugin - it’s just great for my endless tag list. I would like to ask if there’s anything similar to display the categories and the pages in multiple columns. I’ve also got a lot of products - sub-categories and sub-pages, which I display as lists on the main categories and pages manually. If there’s any way to do this automatically it will save me a lot of time.
    Thank you very much!

  66. Aug17th
    2010
    ••

    Alan

    @Niels,
    Right now the function uses the WP ‘get_terms()’ function. To use it for posts, you would probably have to use the get_posts()’ function. Doing so would completely change the structure of the PHP for the plug-in. So basically, what you want to do is doable but, this plug-in wouldn’t be a simple modification to do so.

    @Vanya,
    You could probably combine the code found here with the code found here to achieve what you’re looking for.

  67. Oct12th
    2010
    ••

    ddgaily - Kate

    HI,

    I just tried to add your plugin, it is exactly what I have been looking for BUT it really doesn’t seem to like MU and/or buddypress.

    And instead of a list of Tags, I just get a list of ‘Log In’ text.
    The links are right, it just for some reason pulls in either the ‘log in’ text, or ‘Welcome [username]‘ if you are logged in.

    Help please.

    Thanks

  68. Oct12th
    2010
    ••
  69. Oct13th
    2010
    ••

    Alan

    @Kate,

    I checked out your link. It looks like this is working correctly now. Can you confirm that it is? If it is, what did you find was the problem?

    I did notice that there are bullets on the lists of tags. If you don’t want those, you can add “background: none;” to the CSS for the LIs in the lists.

  70. Nov9th
    2010
    ••

    Niek

    Hi,
    Great plugin. Thumbs up!
    Is it possible with some modifications to make it do for categories what it does for tags? If not, someone knows a plugin which do the same for categories (same style as this plugin)?

    Regards,

    Niek

  71. Nov13th
    2010
    ••

    Carlor

    Hi,
    is it possible exclude the tags related to certain categories?
    Is it possible display the number of posts after every tags?
    Thanks for great plugin?

  72. Nov22nd
    2010
    ••

    Kenold Beauplan

    Great plugin. The only only that meets my needs. Thank you for sharing.

    an “exclude tag” feature would be a great addition ;-)

  73. Jan6th
    2011
    ••

    Don Current

    Thank you so much for this plugin. I’ve been struggling to find a way to list all of my tags for a custom post structure. None of the plugins out there were easily modified to switch to the custom taxonomy. Just by changing ‘post_tag’ to my custom tag taxonomy in your widget, I got what I was looking for.

    Thank you!

  74. Jan13th
    2011
    ••

    menLovero

    Hi! Nice plugin man, congratulations! I want to ask you something: how do i use your plugin to create distinct pages for every letter of tags? Egsample: http://amelie.ro/tags/a
    I will wait for your answer, best wishes! :)

  75. Jan19th
    2011
    ••

    Phyve

    Hi Alan,

    Great work with the plug. It is beautifully simple and lightweight.

    I do have one question. Have you had any luck or the chance to figure out one would I go about using this to display all the tags in a specific category as opposed to the whole site?

    I know someone asked this but I was hoping you may have gained insight since then.

    Thanks

    P.

  76. Feb13th
    2011
    ••

    Eszti

    Dear Alan,
    I just downloaded your plug-in! That’s really what I’ve looked for. Sorry, my English is not very good! I just wanted to ask you if i can add letters to the alphabetical order. Im my country we use some more characters. (Only 9 more). But it put all of them to the special character. For example: after a, we have a character á. After e we have é. Can you help me? Maybe it’s easier in e-mail to explain it…

  77. Jul19th
    2011
    ••

    King Fisher

    i love this post . thanks dude…….

  78. Aug5th
    2011
    ••

    Gournis

    hello

    Looks great, very visual & practical, but i cant figure out how its work.
    A more detailed instructions, will be great help.

    thanks for sharing

  79. Aug5th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @Gournis,
    I’m not sure what you mean. You can view the documentation here. If that isn’t enough, and you have more specific questions, feel free.

  80. Aug5th
    2011
    ••

    Gournis

    here is my questions:

    You can hardcode this into your themes’ PHP
    @
    in all the files, off my theme, i add that code, in a specific?

    -You can hardcode this into your themes’ PHP
    This method is configurable in two ways.
    The first method
    The second method
    @
    i don’t understand, we going again to add some code?
    if yes where?

    thanks for your time

  81. Aug5th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @Gournis,
    Looking at your gournis.gr site, it is not Wordpress. I will assume you want to use this plugin for another site. Do you want to display the tags on every page or just a single dedicated page for tags?

  82. Aug5th
    2011
    ••

    Gournis

    actually i prepare my blog in WP
    http://gournis.gr/vector/

    and i want a r just a single dedicated page for tags

  83. Aug5th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @Gournis,

    The simplest way for you then, would be to use the shortcode installation. Make a page like normal and in the content area you can paste:

    [mctagmap columns="3" more="more &amp#187;" hide="no" num_show="4" toggle="&#171;" show_empty="yes"]

    That will make the plugin display your site’s tags using all the defaults. You can read about the default settings here.

  84. Aug5th
    2011
    ••

    Gournis

    thanks, its simple as it can be, and very stylish:

    http://gournis.gr/vector/stylish-tags/

    thanks again, for sharing and also for your time.

  85. Aug5th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    np. Thanks for using my plug in.

  86. Aug12th
    2011
    ••

    piskin

    Thank you very much . I Hope u can keep update it . It is a great plugin i am looking for .

    Do you know any plugin that have similar function?

  87. Aug12th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @piskin,
    So far I haven’t heard or seen that it is not working properly even up to the newest WP 3.2.1 so I don’t think there is any updating to do. I’m also not sure if there is another plugin with the same functionality. I made this to solve an issue with an internal site I was building and it seemed to suit my needs well enough.

  88. Aug31st
    2011
    ••

    chris

    works great — 3.2.1 WP install using custom post type taxonomies (get_terms(’writer’)) verified.

    So here’s my question — we’ve uploaded these “tags” as First_Name Last_Name — what can I explode to do last name first; first name last sorting order(first & last are separated by a space) and still use the plugin as intended??

    If you’re interested in helping with a quick customization; please contact me directly. Think this would help tremendously for those using a site for book or similar reviews.

  89. Sep11th
    2011
    ••

    dpo

    I got you map on my site http://1stpro.com but did not know know how to work it, wast of time. Do you not feel it may be good to have some instructions on how to get your plug to work, I have had to dump yours and get a simple HTML map instead that works.

  90. Sep11th
    2011
    ••

    dpo

    Been reading some of your user coments seems like a good idea, so downloaded your plugin again and had another go at it,
    BUT SORRY with no instructions it is outside my area of expertise, so I deactivated it again in favor of a simple HTML map.
    But then re-deactivated ~ It’s on my site now with the HTML map for you to look at, http://1stpro.com . see if you can see it, I can neither see it or find out how it works, can you help ?

  91. Sep11th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @dpo,

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multi-column-tag-map/installation/

    There are installation instructions. Please follow them and if you still have trouble, please feel free to ask me specific questions and I will try and help.

  92. Sep27th
    2011
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    littleoslo

    hey, it works perfect, it looks nice and neat. and i would like to know is it is possible the show the number of the post related with the tags like : apple (5) , which means I have five posts tagged with apple?

    thx a lot! :D

  93. Sep27th
    2011
    ••

    SIJey

    Hello!

    Please, help with this: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-multi-column-tag-map-problem-with-umlauts?replies=2

    Please, add russian language support.

    Thanx!

  94. Sep28th
    2011
    ••

    medi

    Can it be used in thesis theme? Thanks

  95. Sep28th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @littleoslo, I have been asked that before. I guess I never got around to doing it. It shouldn’t be much to do so. Keep an eye on the updated change log, I will try to add this option soon.

    @SIJey, I replied to your post on the WP forum.

    @medi, I don’t see why not. This plugin doesn’t do anything to the core functions and I don’t see why a theme would alter the native way WP handles tags. As Thesis is a paid theme, I don’t have a way to test it. If you would, install the plugin on a test page and if you have any issues, please let me know and I will look into it.

  96. Sep28th
    2011
    ••

    Stefan

    Hello,

    updating to v4.1 caused this:

    Fatal error: Cannot redeclare set_plugin_meta() (previously declared in /www/htdocs/xxxxx/xxxxx/wp-content/plugins/wp-colorful-tag-cloud/wp_colorful_tag_cloud_admin.php:587) in /www/htdocs/xxxx/xxxx/wp-content/plugins/multi-column-tag-map/mctagmap.php on line 485

    Until update everything went without any problem. What happend?

  97. Sep28th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @Stefan,

    Sorry about that. Looks like a naming conflict between different plugins. Please upgrade to 4.2 and let me know if that fixes the issue.

  98. Sep28th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @littleoslo,

    Give version 5.0 a try. I added the post count option and it appears to work fine on my end. Please let me know if you have any issues.

  99. Sep28th
    2011
    ••

    littleoslo

    Hello!

    I upgraded the plugin and place the code:

    [mctagmap columns="3" more="more &amp#187;" hide="no" num_show="4" toggle="«" show_empty="yes" name_divider="|" tag_count="yes"]

    But it doesn’t seem showing the count?

    here is the page:

    http://www.littleoslo.com/eng/home/tags

  100. Sep29th
    2011
    ••

    Stefan

    @Alan,

    yes, upgrading to v4.2 fixed the issue. Everything like before! :-))
    Thank you very much!

  101. Oct3rd
    2011
    ••

    d4rk0n3

    Any idea how to exclude certain tags from being displayed? Great plugin just missing this one exclude feature.

    Keep up the good work!

  102. Oct6th
    2011
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    Monika

    I’m not a php guru ;)

    but I found this [strnatcasecmp]

    drupal.org/node/799594

    is this a
    solution for broken entities in the first letter ÄÖÜß oder similiar languages ;)

    or I’m on the false way?

  103. Oct8th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @d4rk0n3,
    I’m testing my code for that now. I’ll try to catch errors and if all looks right, I will include this feature in the next update.

    @Monika,
    I’m beta testing some code for that. Being English is my native language I might miss something. Give me a little bit and I will release a version that hopefully should be able to display those entities.

  104. Oct8th
    2011
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    d4rk0n3

    Very nice Alan, i can’t wait to test the new update!

    Thank you :)

  105. Oct9th
    2011
    ••

    Monika

    ok, I’ll try

    we have words like “Ästethik => aestethik or estetics in your language ==>
    and we have also words with “ä” => ätsch => “Gotcha or so there! => this word “ätsch” is hard to translate ;);)

    we have also “Überraschung” =>surprise and we have “überrascht” = >suprised a.s.o…

    or I’m from Austria = >Österreich

    and I speak österreichisch Deutsch => austrian German language

    this letters Ää, Üü,Öö are the last letters in our alphabet

    correct uris for Ä ä Ü ü Ö ö are ae - ue - oe

    example the tag name is Österreich

    the uri for this tag is domain.tld/tag/oesterreich

    if I write text in a .html file , I have to use “entities”

    here is a link for the correct entities for German language

    riesenagentur.de/allgemein/die-wichtigsten-html-entities-fur-aous

    we have also “ß” but we have no words which first letter is a “ß” (sz, ss) ;)

    so there are Ä, a, Ö,ö, Ü,ü, => your plugin group this words under one headline but in the correct order under this one headline

    we have not thousands of words with this letters, so “one group” is for me not the biggest thing.

    the headline is a broken entity => a black diamond with a with questionmark => and this is the greatest “bug”

    I hope this explain something and you have enough words for testing …

    thanks in advanced!

  106. Oct9th
    2011
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    Monika

    oh! my typos :(

    a black diamond with a “white” questionmark => and this is the greatest “bug”

  107. Oct11th
    2011
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    Alan

    @d4rk0n3,
    Try out version 6.0.2 and see if the exclude works for you. In the shortcode you exclude like: exclude=”tag_1, tag_2, tag_3″

    @Monika,
    The characters should hopefully be working now. They should also be grouping correctly. As of right now, they do not sort alphabetically though. Next round.

  108. Oct11th
    2011
    ••

    Monika

    thanks a lot — I’m now for seven days *flying around the world* ;) but after this days, I’ll come back for feedback

  109. Oct11th
    2011
    ••

    Monika

    no I can’t wait ;)

    thanks a lot => it works like a charme :-) (WP 3.3 beta1)

    texto.de/tags-in-spalten-anzeigen-multi-column-tag-map-1310/

    I know this article is in german so a short summary:

    ” Thanks a lot Alan for this great plugin, your work and the request if someone is using this plugin he may vote for you at wordpress.org”

    and “how to use your plugin”.

    Monika

  110. Oct12th
    2011
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    d4rk0n3

    Thank you Alan for the quick fix, however it isn’t working for me on my test server, render is completely stopped after the tagmap code, it doesn’t render anything past the header/content divs.

    I’ll test it more later, on a fresh install to see if there’s something with my test server. Running 3.2.1.

    Old version works like a charm.

  111. Nov4th
    2011
    ••

    Quotes Worth Repeating

    LOVE this plugin!! Great work!

    The tag map example that you show in this post is exactly what I would love to show up on my site. I copied and pasted the shortcode that you offer as an example which is working great, except it is not limiting the list by showing the “More” option. My site has over 1000 tags, so this feature is crucial for both aesthetics and for functionality.

    Shortcode used: [mctagmap columns="3" more="more »" hide="yes" num_show="1" toggle="« less" show_empty="no"]

    Link: http://www.quotesworthrepeating.com/quotes-by-topic/

    Thank you for any assistance you may provide me with.

  112. Nov14th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @Quotes Worth Repeating

    Try this for your shortcode just to see if it works:

    [mctagmap columns="3" hide="yes" num_show="1" show_empty="no"]

    I can’t see anything for sure wrong with what you have but, it might be the characters in the more and less variables. See if that hides and show’s only one tag with a “view more” link and we can work from there.

  113. Nov20th
    2011
    ••

    niek

    Great plugin,

    I just can’t figure out how to change the width of a two-column tag-map. Need tot stratch the two columns out a little. Is the width fixed in the php-file or can it be set in the css-file?

    Any help would be great

    Grz Niek

  114. Nov20th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    Hi Niek,

    Yes, you can set this in the plug-ins CSS file in the plug-in’s folder. Look for the line that begins:


    #mcTagMap .holdleft, #sc_mcTagMap .holdleft {

    By default the columns are set to a width of 190px. Just adjust that as you see fit to suit your layout.

    If you need any more assistance, please feel free to ask.

    Thanks fo using my plug-in.

  115. Nov21st
    2011
    ••

    Michael

    Hi Alan

    This is probably a daft question but is there syntax to make it display the tag description as well as the tag name?

    Read through all the comments, as I was sure someone would have asked this before, but apparently not. Also read all the documentation but (obvously) couldn’t find the answer. Even tried playing with some more or lesss logical ‘made up’ syntax in case the Gods were smiling and I got lucky. Didn’t work unfortunately, but didn’t ‘break’ it either … it just ignored me. (I’m used to that, so I didn’t get offended.)

    Sorry to ask such a dumb question, but I’m stumped, exhausted all the options I can think of, and REALLY want to use this plugin! :-)

    Many thanks in advance.

  116. Nov28th
    2011
    ••

    dpo

    How do I get it to work, I have it now, on my W/Press site but it just,.,. it is not working, how do you work it ??????
    I don’t know ..,..

  117. Dec7th
    2011
    ••

    Law

    Hi there.

    I am trying to get this to work but I just cannot get the links to show on the page?

    Can you add this to a plain page?

    There is no instructions as such.
    Shame as I have seen it working on other sites and it looks fantastic. It is just what I need.

  118. Dec7th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @dpo and Law,

    There are installation instructions on the download page. Getting it to work is just a matter of activating the plugin through the admin page and then adding the shortcode to the page you want it to display on.

    If you are having trouble with that, you need to give me more information as to what you have tried already.

    And Law, when you say, “There is no instructions as such.”, I don’t know what you mean. There are instructions right here.

  119. Dec9th
    2011
    ••

    Law

    Hi Alan.
    Sorry about that, I worked out it pretty much straight after I posted.
    Thank you for your reply.

    I have it set up exactly as I wanted.
    http://www.allartistmix.com/mix-archive

    However I was thinking I might use tags for a different purpose, and use categories for what I am using tags for currently.
    Is there an easy way of doing exactly what the plugin does, but for categories instead of tags.
    I hope that makes sense.

    Many thanks
    Great plugin thank you

  120. Dec11th
    2011
    ••

    dpo

    When you know that I’ts simple,

    [mctagmap columns="3" more="more »" hide="yes" num_show="3" toggle="« less" show_empty="yes" name_divider="|" tag_count="yes" descriptions="yes" exclude="2009,exposition" width="170"]

    Kind regards
    dpo

  121. Dec11th
    2011
    ••

    dpo

    Sorry just can not get this to work .

    But then re-deactivated ~ It’s on my site now with the HTML map for you to look at, http://amazoning.co.uk see if you can see it, and tell me how it works, can you help ?

  122. Dec11th
    2011
    ••

    Alan

    @dpo,

    The plugin IS working. Please go to your “Site Map” page in your admin panel. Switch to HTML view. Notice your theme is wrapping the shortcode in:

    <pre><code> </code></pre>

    Please remove that.

    There are some CSS issues due to your theme overwriting my plugin’s CSS.

    So once you remove the offending <pre>and &ltcode> tags I need you to edit the mctagmap.css file with this change. Find the section that looks like the below:

    #mcTagMap .tagindex ul li, #sc_mcTagMap .tagindex ul li {
    list-style: none;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 2px 0;
    }

    Add the line: background-image: none; to ti to make it look like:

    #mcTagMap .tagindex ul li, #sc_mcTagMap .tagindex ul li {
    list-style: none;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 2px 0;
    background-image: none;
    }

    That should fix things up.

    If you have any more issues, please help me by being more detailed as to what the issue is.

  123. Dec11th
    2011
    ••

    David

    Me too, been here dpo, had a good go at it on,off,on,off, now give up, so I just cut and paste the Google XML map URL bit, http://www.1stpro.com disapointing but best I can do ,. try that, better then no map.

  124. Dec12th
    2011
    ••

    Danielle

    I just want to say thank you SO much for creating this plugin! I’ve been looking for so long for something like this and I was actually able to create it from the instructions!

    Thank you! :)
    http://soctheory.iheartsociology.com/index/

  125. Dec20th
    2011
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    Corrie Tse

    Thanks Alan for this awesome plugin. This is the best tag map.

    Still trying to figure it out my problem. Tags on my site don’t have all letters and number, and it appears that the columns are missing something and not lined up across at the top of page. See “A, G, M, S” are descending:

    http://www.corrietse.com/basicallyclothed/tags

    Do you have any ideas what went wrong? What’s the solution?

  126. Dec20th
    2011
    ••

    Corrie Tse

    Hey Alan! Thanks a ton for the speedy response.

    Yes removed pre, code tags, and the tag map works perfectly like nothing else.

    Awesome plugin. Thank you!

  127. Jan4th
    2012
    ••

    Derry

    Hi there Alan

    First off, thanks for a great plug-in. Does exactly what is says on the tin. And very well too.

    For my specific case, I’d like not to separate the different tags using letter headings. Rather, just list them, possibly seperated by a line. Is there a quick way to do that?

    Thanks
    Derry

  128. Jan4th
    2012
    ••

    Derry

    OK so I found a very unrefined way to do what I wanted. THought I’d post it in case anyone needed the same solution (and in case anyone wants to tell me just how unrefined it is ;-)

    Basically, I deleted the line:

    $list .=” . apply_filters( ‘the_title’, $letter ) . ”;

    from the mctagmap.php file (Note: h4 tags altered so it displays properly here). Seemed to fix it up as I wanted.
    Thanks again Alan for your work. Will rate and recommend this plugin.

  129. Jan4th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    Hey Derry,

    If that worked, great. You could do the same thing in the CSS by hiding the H4s and giving a bottom or top border to the UL. With the latest update, you can make a CSS file inside a theme mctagmap folder to make style changes. Using the folder also protect any CSS changes you’ve made to the core mctagmap.css file in the plugins folder form being overwritten with any future upgrades.

    Both work but, just be careful to save a renamed copy of your modified mctagmap.php file so your edit won’t be overwritten down the road.

    Thanks for using my plugin,
    Alan

  130. Jan11th
    2012
    ••

    Deborah Lipp

    Hi,

    This is great. My readers have been asking for something like this. However, I have over a thousand tags. Many were used once on old posts (we’ve been blogging for over 4 years) and then abandoned. We didn’t get the hang of what we wanted to do with tags for the first year or so, so there are dozens of tags that were used only once.

    My question is, is there a way to list only tags with more than one instance?

  131. Jan12th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    Deborah,
    The built in way already available in the plugin would be to use the exclude parameter. You would just list all the tags that are not being used anymore and the plugin would not show them.

    If you want to modify the source to achieve this, you can like so:

    /* line433~ */
    foreach( $tags as $tag ) {
    if($tag->count > 1){ /* add this line */

    and then close it like so:

    /* line 465~ */
    } else {
    $list .= '<li><a title="' . $name . '" href="' . $url . '">' . $name . '</a>' . $mctagmap_count . $mctagmap_description . '</li>';
    $list .="\n";
    }
    }
    } /* add this line */
    }
    if ($hide == "yes" && $toggle != "no" && $i == $counti && $i > $num2show) {

    A word of caution. If you modify the source file, and I release a new update to the plugin, it will overwrite your modification. If you go this route, make sure you make a back up copy of the mctagmap.php

  132. Jan12th
    2012
    ••

    Helen

    Hello,

    This is a great plugin, exactly what I needed for this site - http://askdrgottmd.com/all-tags/ which you can see makes good use of tags. I have had this plugin installed for some time now, but at some point, I can’t identify exactly when all tags were shown on loading and there was no limiting or show more/show less toggling, and I didn’t change the short code.

    Now, it’s gotten to the point where the page is so long and browsing through it is cumbersome. I’ve tried deactivating a number of plugins, I’ve got the following shortcode specified - [mctagmap columns="4" more="more »" hide="no" num_show="10" toggle="« less" show_empty="no"] and I’ve tried changing the shortcode to see if I can effect any change when the page is loaded , the only thing that seems to have any effect is changing the # of columns.

    Do you have any suggestions or ideas as to why the limiting and toggling is no longer working when they were working when I first installed the plugin? Much appreciated, Helen

  133. Jan12th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    Hey Helen,

    Looking at your shortcode you have: hide=”no”
    Change that to: hide=”yes”
    See if that fixes things.

  134. Jan12th
    2012
    ••

    Deborah Lipp

    Alan, I saw the exclude function. The problem is, there are a couple of hundred tags to exclude, that’s why I was hoping for something like an exclude for posts < 2 or something.

  135. Jan12th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    Deborah,

    I wrote a way to do it in my last response. The line that has:

    if($tag->count > 1){

    Sets up the number to exclude. The above says basically to show any tag that has at least two posts tagged by it.

  136. Jan14th
    2012
    ••

    Deborah Lipp

    Ah, thank you. Code isn’t my first language. Now I understand.

  137. Feb20th
    2012
    ••

    Wolfgang Senges

    Hi Alan,

    massive thanks for this brilliant plugin.

    However, I’ve got one layout issue that Peter mentioned on 2nd April 2010 (see above). I think it slipped your attention. It’s the simple fact that not every letter has the same amount of tags.

    If you have 26 letters over 4 columns, the first two cols get another additional letter each. Though, it’s the first col in particular that gets extremely large at my site (”content”, “Culture”, “Creative Commons”…). In the end, my first column ends up being *twice* as long as any other column (currently 119 of 247 tags). Not to mention the last one with only rarely used letters.

    Equal distribution leaves large spaces that don’t look that good. If I want to achieve a good distribution by using the “hide” option it hides just too many tags.

    So there’s two ways out:

    a) Manually selecting the column break (between letters). That’s what Peter suggested.

    b) Best choice: Automatically setting the breakpoint based upon the current number of tags divided by the number of columns. The columns wouldn’t start with a letter heading - but you will find that with books neither.

    First I thought to master that challenge myself… but I gave in.

    Really, if you’d add that feature (b), you are my hero. Show me your donation box, and your in.

    Btw, don’t search for WP or the plugin either on my site - I am about to switch from S9Y to WP. So it’s just on localhost yet - should be online by the first days of March.

    Thanks a lot
    - Wolfgang

  138. Mar5th
    2012
    ••

    Martin

    Hi, great plugin which I´m now implementing in a site using a custom taxonomy. I changed “post_tags” to “placetags”, which is my custom taxonomy, in the mctagmap.php. The tags from my taxonomy shows up fine, but the URL is empty.

    I suspect it is this row in the code not working properly with custom taxonomy
    $url = attribute_escape( get_tag_link( $tag->term_id ) );

    Example of HTML-output:

    <div class="tagindex">
    <h4>U</h4>
    <ul class="links">
    <li><a title="Tag title" href="">Tag title</a></li>
    </ul>

  139. Mar25th
    2012
    ••

    Ed Thompson

    Dear Alan,

    Your plugin seems to be just what I need. I installed and activated it, but I cannot find it on my Dashboard. I note that the download description contains a message that reads, “Warning: This plugin has not been tested with your current version of WordPress.” I’m running WP 3.3.1; could that be the problem? Or maybe I just don’t look so good–can you tell me what to look for? Thanks.

    One question: Your plugin works with tags. Can it group by Category Also? For an example of what I’d like to do, see http://www.AynRandLexicon.com. On the left, find Conceptual Index.

    Regards,
    Ed

  140. Mar26th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    Ed,

    When you say, “… I cannot find it on my Dashboard.”, there’s nothing to find in the dash board. Please re-read the installation instructions. The plugin uses a short code. As for the warning, it shouldn’t have any effect. I just haven’t updated the plugin’s readme file since the new WP release.

    As for grouping by category, no, this plugin does not do that. Please look at the screen shots on the plugins download page to see exactly what the plugin accomplishes.

    If you want to do something similar to the “Conceptual Index” you linked to, I wrote some code and put it over on pastebin. See the link below and see if it works for your needs.

    http://pastebin.com/LdM5VvMj

  141. Mar26th
    2012
    ••

    Ed Thompson

    Dear Alan,

    Actually, I found the code by rereading the instructions :-) last night, but overlooked letting you know. Sorry for the inconvience–I’m new at this.

    BTW, I am very pleased with the results. I wanted to replicate the Ayn Rand Lexicon’s Index, and this does that nicely.

    I’ll try out the Conceptual Index code. Thank you.

  142. Apr5th
    2012
    ••

    xay nha tron goi

    I really like it but it’s not work.
    i installed it, actived it but when i creat a page with content is
    [mctagmap columns="4" more="meira &amp#187;" hide="no" num_show="4" toggle="«" show_empty="no" name_divider="|" tag_count="yes"]
    my website is
    http://www.gameflash.asia/

  143. Apr5th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    @xay nha tron goi,

    you need to do two things before I can help you.

    1) Have the plugin activated
    2) post a link to the page in which the plugin should be working

  144. Apr5th
    2012
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    Rachel

    Hi I’ve installed this and it is excellent- but I have an ecommerce site with tags for the blog and tags for products- at present it is not showing the product tags - is it possible for this to happen?

  145. Apr5th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    @Racheal,
    Please give me link(s) to the pages where you are using the plugin.

  146. Apr5th
    2012
    ••

    Rachel

    Hi alan
    its here http://empireofthings.com/index/
    quick reply - thanks

  147. Apr5th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    @Rachel,
    Can you be more specific. What do you mean by “product tags?” Do you have examples?

  148. Apr5th
    2012
    ••

    Rachel

    If you look on my index page there is a box to the right with product tags - its a different list altogether- in my dashboard there is an area for tags in the posts menu and a seperate listing of product tags in the product menu- it would be great if I could get both sets of tags into 1index

  149. Apr5th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    @Racheal,
    Oh, your theme or a plugin you are using, is creating the product “tags.” I put tags in quotes because the new tags it is creating are not the same as the default WP tags.

    Notice the link below:
    http://empireofthings.com/tag/london/

    The single word tag in the URL, that is a WP tag.

    Now below is a product “tag”:
    http://empireofthings.com/tagged/british/

    That is something all together different. My plugin looks for tags created by WP’s default functionality. My plugin doesn’t know those exist. So, can it be done? Yes. Can it be done with the default functionality of my plug in? No.

  150. Apr5th
    2012
    ••

    Rachel

    Ok thanks, any suggestions for how I can get it done?

  151. Apr6th
    2012
    ••

    Ed Thompson

    Alan,

    On the subject of tags, in order to index names, one would usually write “Smith, Jim” (without quotes) to sort by last name. But WordPress treats that as two tags, “Jim” and “Smith” because they are comma separated. Is there a way around this?

    Regards,
    Ed

  152. Apr8th
    2012
    ••

    xay nha

    dear alan!
    thanks for reply!
    this my photo about it, i actived the plugin and write the page name tag
    http://www.gameflash.asia/upgame/1.png
    http://www.gameflash.asia/upgame/2.png
    i want to show the tag in
    http://www.gameflash.asia/tag

    thanks for help me, you can send email via xaynhaaz@gmail.com

  153. Apr8th
    2012
    ••

    Claudia

    Hi Alan,

    congratulations for a great plugin, it’s a very good idea!

    Would you have an idea of how I could fix a formatting problem? I use Striking theme, and it seems some configuration is over riding you plugin settings.

    I’v tried to adapt your instructions to the css field in my Striking - General tab (I know nothing of PHP), but probably I made it wrong.

    .mcTagMap .tagindex {
    list-style: none;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 2px 0;
    background-image: none;
    }

    You can see the page that uses your plugin here, below the map:
    http://virtude-ag.com/mapa/brasil/

    many thanks and kind regards,
    Claudia

  154. Apr9th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    @Ed,
    Hey again. If you look at the “name_divider” option, the functionality you are asking for is already in there. For example, if you add the option name_divider=”|”, you can write your tags as “Jim | Smith”. The plugin overwrites a couple function to remove the vertical pipe from the tag for various areas, eg: on the Archive page it will say “Archive for Jim Smith”. On the tag page, your fact index page, it will display “Smith, Jim”. You can change the vertical pipe to anything you want but, that symbol shouldn’t interfere with something else.

  155. Apr9th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    @xay nha,
    I tried a local copy with you’re exact settings and it worked fine for me. I just released version 9.0 today. Please upgrade the plugin and see if it works for you. If not, please let me know and I’ll try to help more.

  156. Apr9th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    @Claudia,
    Plesae look at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multi-column-tag-map/faq/
    Read the “The map is displaying in a “stair case” fashion” section and see if that fixes your issue.

    If it’s more in depth than that, let me know and I’ll take another look.

  157. Apr9th
    2012
    ••

    Claudia

    Hi Alan!

    thanks for your quick response.
    Unfortunatelly that was not my case. My html is:

    [mctagmap columns="4" more="more »" hide="yes" num_show="60" toggle="« less" show_empty="no" name_divider="|" tag_count="yes" descriptions="no" width="220" equal="no"]

    there was no wrapping the code.

    If you have any idea, it would be great!
    http://virtude-ag.com/mapa/brasil/

    many thanks and kind regards,
    Claudia

  158. Apr9th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    @Claudia,

    If you look at the source of your page, CTRL+U (win), you will see:

    <p><code><!-- begin list -->
    <div id="mcTagMap" class=" toggleYes">

    It will not look like that if you are using Firefox’s web developer.

    Your theme is wrapping the shortcode with a <code> tag. That is causing it to render incorrectly. You should be able to see this tag in your admin if you go to HTML view on the “brasil” page. Try correcting that and let me know.

  159. Apr9th
    2012
    ••

    Claudia

    Alan!

    You are amazing, thank you very much! I have read the faq and thought the problem were the words , and not the , sorry.

    Your instructions solved not just the configuration of your plugin, but the problem I was having with WP Google maps - Pro.

    you are a genious, thanks a lot.
    Claudia

  160. Apr9th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    Claudia,
    Just glad it works. Thanks for using my plugin.

  161. Apr9th
    2012
    ••

    Ed Thompson

    Alan,

    I was able to figure it out with that, thank you. ~Ed

  162. Apr19th
    2012
    ••

    Helen

    This plugin is great and is an essential part of the Ask Dr. Gott site, see this page - http://askdrgottmd.com/all-tags/!

    But, one part of it is not working, it is not limiting the number of tags shown with the Show More, despite the fact that I have the following specified:

    [mctagmap columns="4" more="more »" hide="yes" num_show="10" toggle="« less" show_empty="no"]

    This is not a recent occurring problem, but I can’t identify when the limiting and show more stopped working.

    What I just did was upgrade to version 9.0, but that doesn’t make a difference.

    Also, recently, I looked at all the Plugins installed and deactivated and deleted a number, but that didn’t make a difference. I was thinking, as I have the experience elsewhere, that there were conflicts between this plugin and another plugin. I do have the Gravity Forms plugin installed - http://www.rocketgenius.com/ and two Genesis plugins - Genesis Simple Hooks and Genesis Simple Edits. I just deactivated the Google XML Sitemaps plugin, so there is a total of 4 plugins: the two Genesis, the Gravity Forms, and this one multi column tag map. Are there any known conflicts between this plugin and any of these other three?

    In any case, the problem that I need to correct asap is that on this Browse By Topic page using this plugin, the column lengths are all different, with the first column excessively long, making any browsing very cumbersome. If the limiting of tags was working, that would solve the problem because only 10 tags for each letter would show, making the columns equal lengths and the page not that long. Alternatively, since I’m desperate at this point to correct the problem, the owners of the site don’t mind that all the tags are showing, just that the column lengths are so different and the first column ends up being excessively long. How could I specify breaks for the columns so that the columns could be more equal in length?

    In addition, the owners of this site would like to have a “skip to letter” feature, so that it will take the user directly to the letter that they are looking for rather than having to scroll and search for it. Do you have any plans for this additional feature or preferably, because this is wanted asap, how can I arrange to have you put this feature in, would you be able to put this feature in and what would you charge?

    Thank you!

  163. Apr19th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    @Helen,

    The page is throwing a JS error of: “jQuery is not defined”

    If you look at the installation instructions there is:

    “Note
    You must be using jQuery in order to use the show, hide and equal feature”

    Your site is not loading jQuery. That makes the hide/show/numshow part of the plugin work.

    Also look at the “manual” setting on the installation page. It’s new in version 9.0 and should be able to help you with making more even columns.

    For the “skip to letter”, I’m not entirely sure what you mean. How are the users “looking” for them? Can you clarify the intended layout/purpose/function for this?

  164. Apr19th
    2012
    ••

    Helen

    Thanks for your prompt reply…

    I just downloaded the current version of WordPRess from wordpress.org and then uploaded the entire wp-includes/js folder so that whatever was there was overwritten….. But that didn’t correct the problem? I don’t know what to do next except for to see if someone at the hosting company can help?

    About the “Skip To Letter” feature….. Let me give you an example of how people are using the page, say someone comes to the site and clicks through to BROWSE BY TOPIC and wants to see anything about Lyme disease, if there was “Skip To Letter” functioning, I envision there would be all the letters of the alphabet across the top and the user could just click on ‘L’ (for Lyme disease) and go right to the beginning of the ‘L’ tags rather than scrolling down and figuring out what column and exactly where on the page the ‘L’ tags are…

  165. Apr19th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    Helen,
    You have jQuery in your install of Wp here:
    http://askdrgottmd.com/wp-includes/js/jquery/jquery.js

    What you don’t have is a link in your <head> linking to jQuery. Looking at the theme demo you are missing this:

    <script type=’text/javascript’ src=’http://demo.studiopress.com/enterprise/wp-includes/js/jquery/jquery.js?ver=1.7.1′>

    Since this is a paid theme, I would contact the author for help. Uploading the js folder again isn’t going to solve this.

    For the “Skip To Letter” feature. I thought that’s what you were asking for. It can be done but, honestly, I won’t have time to work on something like that for the next week or so.

  166. Apr19th
    2012
    ••

    Ed Thompson

    Alan,
    I will need the exact same feature that Helen describes: a go-to {letter} feature. e.g., if I am looking for Reason in the Index, I’d click on “R” at the top of the page. It’s not yet populated on my site, as Helen’s is, but see here: http://atlasanswers.net/search/#x. While I show the alphabet at the top, it is not yet effective for the obvious reason. If tugbucket does not provide this feature, I’ll have to have it programmed by someone (beyond my pay grade :-)).

    For an active example, see here: http://aynrandlexicon.com. The alphabetic list is screwed up and should be at the top, but you’ll get the principle.

    No point in reinventing the wheel. I would think that anyone with a long list of entries would need this feature. (I will not need it for another month or so.)

  167. Apr19th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    Ed and Helen,

    The process behind adding that feature is not real difficult. I will need some time to build it, test it, break it and fix it before releasing it into the wild. Again though, I will be unable to start on this until the last week in April due to other commitments.

  168. Apr19th
    2012
    ••

    Helen

    Alan, RE: Skip To Letter function —– Thank you and last week in April is soon enough, in fact having a rough time frame is exactly what I needed. I’m happy to do some testing, just let me know, the Ask Dr. Gott site has a lot of tags, as you can see.

    Re: jQuery, Thank you for pointing me to what exactly I need, I’ve described what is going on in the Support Forum for the theme I am using and usually get prompt and helpful responses there, like here(!), so hopefully I can get that working within the next day or two!

    Thanks again!

  169. Apr22nd
    2012
    ••

    Ray

    Hey Alan, I’ve been using this plugin for several years and I love it. I upgraded to 8.0 a few months ago and everything was fine…then last week all the tags disappeared from the page. I upgraded to 9.0, but no luck. The code I’m using, which worked fine for months, is:

    [mctagmap columns="3" more="more »" hide="no" num_show="3" toggle="« less" show_empty="no" name_divider="|" tag_count="yes" descriptions="yes" exclude="2009,exposition,7WVVWV" width="180" equal="no"]

    The page is here: http://www.covermesongs.com/browse-artists

    Any idea what’s going on? I made no changes to the WP backend, plugin, or page to precipitate the tag list vanishing.

    Thanks!

  170. May13th
    2012
    ••

    Paul

    Idea: offer the option to group #s 1-9 together (under the heading “#” for instance).

    Having them all individually messes up the layout, since I only have 1-3 tags under each # and dozens under each letter. When they are auto-divided into three columns and each column gets 12 headers, the last column is way shorter than the others.

    Thanks! Love this plugin.

  171. May16th
    2012
    ••

    Helen

    Hi Alan,

    Just checking in…. I wrote a few weeks ago about adding Skip To Letter functionality into the plugin… See a few comments back…. Have you had a chance to work on that? Thanks, Helen

  172. Jun5th
    2012
    ••

    watchonlineshow

    it work well on my website http://www.watchonlineshow.com
    thankyou so much ..i am loving it..

  173. Jun5th
    2012
    ••

    Casey van Bronkhorst

    Thanks for an excellent plugin. Is it possible to include tags from other environments, like event calendars into one combined display? Here’s what I have so far: http://www.gardenlass.com/wp/index/ - and it works great! But I need the calendar’s events in there as well.

    Ideas?

    (PS - VERY glad to see this site back alive)

    Best,
    Casey
    —–
    Mary K (Casey) van Bronkhorst 
    Garden Lass
    Owner, Lass Group Mall
    All Stores:  www.lassgroup.com
    GTalk: lassgroup@gmail.com

  174. Jun6th
    2012
    ••

    marv

    hi,

    is there a way to combine this beautiful plugin with the nextgen gallery tagcloud?

    would appreciate your help,

    marv

  175. Jun8th
    2012
    ••

    Alan

    Sorry all for the delay. Personal life tries to get in the way too often.

    Helen and Ray,
    I have made the skip to nav feature. Seems to work fine.

    Paul,
    I added an option to group the digits together. Works better than I had thought in my head. When grouped (under #), the numbers are then listed in numerical order. Looks better that way. And helps when combined with the nav feature Helen and Ray suggested.

    Casey,
    First, thanks for the heads up on my downtime. As for merging the tags from your calendar my plugin only grabs post tags and they are stored in the database a certain way. Each calendar plugin makes up there own structure so something would have to be made to specifically work with your calendar. If you ever changed calendar scripts for whatever reason, my plug in would fail to gather those tags.

    Marv,
    Like Casey above, I’m sure it can be done. Problem is, I have no control over what the developers of NextGen do. So you could hook into their tags and add them to my plugin but, if they change the way their tags are handled, my plugin would break.

    So Casey and Marv,
    It’s most likely doable but the core of my plugin would have to be hacked. I would not release a public version of my plugin that hacked into any 3rd party plugin that I didn’t write for future proofing the functionality.

    tl;dr
    I am finishing up some of the required files to make a release and will get all this out soon. There are some five updates being released this time around.

    Thanks for using my plugin

  176. Jun8th
    2012
    ••

    Casey van Bronkhorst

    Completely understood. Thanks for getting back re this. I see so many plugins that avail themselves of others’ functionality, I thought it’d be a snap to feed in their field name into your add-these-tags-too field. If that does become feasible, I’ll be interested. Meanwhile, calendar stuff can be included or excluded from search in a similar way, so the events are just isolated from indexing.

    Best,
    Casey

  177. Jun18th
    2012
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    Casey van Bronkhorst

    Alan, is there a way to suppress the letter and line combinations at the top of each section, so that we get a list with small space breaks only between the letter sets of tags or categories?

  178. Jun21st
    2012
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    Alan

    Casey,
    Just use CSS for that.

    #mcTagMap .tagindex h4, #sc_mcTagMap .tagindex h4 {
    border-bottom: 1px solid #000000;
    margin: 2px 0 4px;
    padding: 0 0 4px;
    display: none; /* this will hide the headings */
    }

  179. Jun21st
    2012
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    Casey van Bronkhorst

    Thanks, Alan! Turns out that the basic=”yes” with basic_heading=”no” accomplishes exactly what I wanted to do - without all that CSS that always freaks me out a bit.

  180. Jun23rd
    2012
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    Kenneth

    Somehow the plugin has stopped working. I have so far used the code;

    (since I cant post code here I have added some space in above code)

    And now it dont show up anything. I know it worked just a couple of weeks ago, but I’m not sure if it stopped working after latest update or update of a another plugin.

  181. Jun24th
    2012
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    Alan

    Kenneth,
    Can you give a me link to the page in question?

  182. Jul7th
    2012
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    KeSch

    Hey Alan,

    I wanna thank you so much for this awesome plugin. With a little bit of CSS the output looks so good and clear. Take a look at my game database (http://www.gameshots.cc/games/), which I created with your awesomeness. ;)

    Cheers,
    KeSch

  183. Aug13th
    2012
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    Andrea

    Some other advice for skip to letter problem? i saw many web site so like

    http://www.gardenlass.com/wp/index/

    but i dont understand how to do it?:-(

  184. Aug13th
    2012
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    Alan

    Andrea,
    What seems to be the issue?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multi-column-tag-map/installation/

    from that page:

    show_navigation: If set to “yes”, a div will be added before your lists with jump links to the corresponding heading. See screen shot #7.

    so in your shortcode you just need to put show_navigation=”yes” for the jump links to be created.

    If that doesn’t do it, please leave a link to your page so I can take a look.

  185. Aug13th
    2012
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    Andrea

    thanks really thanks

  186. Aug20th
    2012
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    Gary

    Hey! I’d just like to say thanks for your work on this plugin, using it on my site: Sheffield Artist - works great!!

  187. Aug24th
    2012
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    Jack

    Hi there,
    really a great plug!!
    I’ve got a question for Alan:

    Is there any way to change “exclude” command to “include” command?

    EXEMPLE: i’ve a big list of tags in witch there are some Brands’ name. Now, if I need to have a page that list only these names I have to tell the plug-in to show just these tags…

    The “general” tags list is very big and it grow continuously, then to use the exclude command every day to keep the Brands’ list clean is almost impossible….

    Can you help me please?

    Thanks in advance

    Bye

  188. Aug29th
    2012
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    kd

    Please add me to the list of end users that would like to be able to exclude named categories. Thank you for the plugin.

  189. Sep5th
    2012
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    Mike

    Your widget is very clean, and looks nice. I’m not sure if its been asked, but is there a way that this widget will alphabetize posts rather than tags? Ideally I’m looking for a full A-Z index of my individual posts. Thanks

  190. Sep5th
    2012
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    Monika

    Hi Mike

    I know this page is in German language

    but take a look at this sitemap

    texto.de/sitemap-inhalt/
    if you would like to have something like this,

    I’m willing and able ;) to translate my tutorial in english for you ;)

    texto.de/beitraege-aus-bestimmten-kategorien-alphabetisch-ordnen-sitemap-auf-texto-393/

    my solution doesn’t delete ” the or a or an” if you would like to have something like this without “the” and so on I can’t do this for you ………

  191. Sep10th
    2012
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    shade-trees

    Do you have a list of tags available for this beyond what is shown above. I do not see any kind of instructions for this? Maybe I missed something? Seems like this plugin has some great capability if I could just figure it out. Got it to show a basic tag map by using the code example but that is pretty much it.

  192. Sep11th
    2012
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    Alan

    shade-trees,

    Have a look at the installation instructions.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multi-column-tag-map/installation/

    If you need more help after that, feel free to ask.

  193. Sep18th
    2012
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    Bambi Blue

    Thank you! I think it looks FANTASTIC! Exactly what I wanted!

    http://www.letyourhairdown.ca/listed-by-tagsgenreyear/

  194. Sep23rd
    2012
    ••

    Kachelofen,wassergeführter Kachelofen,Kachelofen wasserführend

    Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Cheers

  195. Oct11th
    2012
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    Justine Smithies

    I use your plugin on our Wiki index and its great.

    How could i modify your plugin or would you add a feature that would list all the posts from the current category .
    I use a custom post_type of incsub_wiki and it works great with the categories but once the user clicks on the category i would like to use you plugin to display on the next page all the posts in columns too from category we are in.

    Could you do it ?
    Please as no one else seems to.

    Thanx in advance
    Justine

  196. Oct11th
    2012
    ••

    Justine Smithies

    I use your plugin on our Wiki index and its great.

    How could i modify your plugin or would you add a feature that would list all the posts from the current category .
    I use a custom post_type of incsub_wiki and it works great with the categories but once the user clicks on the category i would like to use you plugin to display on the next page all the post titles ( they have to be links to the post ) in columns too from category we are in.

    Could you do it ?
    Please as no one else seems to.

    Thanx in advance
    Justine

  197. Nov4th
    2012
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    Meggie

    I have just downloaded your plugin to the small biz wordpress template as I wanted to have a nice site map on my page. I tried all the codes you are providing: plugged in the editor file, in the sidebar, and nothing works! Can you please provide with some clear instructions for those who just want this code to work and are not advanced programmers? totally appreciated!!!!!

  198. Nov5th
    2012
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    Alta

    Hi thx for the great plug in. I’m wondering how I can get it to show the three columns evenly instead of 7 items 7 items, then 3 …
    http://shawnallenforry.com/spots-archive/
    thx for any help..

  199. Nov6th
    2012
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    Alan

    Meggie,
    With out any example of what you are trying that is not working, there’s nothing I do to help you except point you to the installation instructions: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multi-column-tag-map/installation/

    Alta,
    Looking at your page, you have 11 tags displayed using the “basic” option. They are in 4,4,3 columns. That’s correct. What seems to be the issue? You mentioned 7,7,3 but, I don’t see how that would ever be they way they were displayed unless you used the “manual” option and set your own break point.

  200. Nov20th
    2012
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    Maggie

    where do I plug the code( is it the one from installation page) so that tag site map will appear on my footer? thank you!!

  201. Nov22nd
    2012
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    Maggie

    Ok let me rephrase the question. I have downloaded and installed your plugin on my wordpress. I don’t see the plugin appear in my menu so I have no idea how to “run it”. Moreover, I don’t know what i need to do to have the site map in my footer area? You don’t really explain in your installation instructions anything besides what are the different functions of the code are and where do I need to insert that code? I would really appreciate if you pour some enlightenment! Actually some kind of step by step insrtuctions here would be SO VERY HELPFUL and incredibly appreciated! thanks

  202. Nov22nd
    2012
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    Casey van Bronkhorst

    Maggie, I’ve found no documentation but I’m glad to share the shortcode I use to run tags and category lists on my site with this plugin.

    Make a new page, go to the HTML side, and copy this into place:
    [mctagmap columns="4" more="more »" hide="yes" tag_count="no" num_show="20" toggle="« less" show_empty="no" show_navigation="yes" show_categories="no"]

    The above will display tags. This one, below, will display categories:
    [mctagmap columns="5" width="150" more="more »" hide="yes" name_divider="|" tag_count="no" num_show="20" toggle="« less" show_empty="no" show_navigation="no" basic="yes" basic_heading="no" show_categories="yes"]

    Try with those settings, and tweak the settings if things don’t behave exactly as you need.

    Hope this helps :)

  203. Nov22nd
    2012
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    Maggie

    Casey, Thank you soo much! It was very helpful! i finally have some basic grasp on the plugin and its usability. I am trying to insert site-map to my left footer, but i don’t know what code do i need to plug in and where. I looked at the Alan’s previous response on similar issue (sidebar) and he listed three different codes and wrote “this of course need not to be inside the widget”. and he FAILS to explain where the code needs to be placed. Alan, please kindly share DETAILED instructions where i need to instert the code (which I believe is this one

    )

  204. Nov22nd
    2012
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    Maggie

    )

  205. Nov22nd
    2012
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    Casey van Bronkhorst

    This multi-column tag map plugin pretties up tags and categories - the same as a tag cloud or a category dropdown would - with nifty formatting. It is not a sitemap plugin.

    If you read the previous comments, you’ll see that Alan has explained how to handle sidebar use in his post of November 2009.

    As great as this plugin is, I don’t see any indication that it has much to do with sitemaps.

  206. Nov23rd
    2012
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    Alan

    Casey,
    Thanks for chiming in. Hope you had a good holiday.

    Maggie,
    I don’t explain any custom installation procedures because this plug in uses a shortcode. If you read the instructions, they tell you all you need to know about using the shortcode. You want to have the tag map display in your footer. The footer is not inside the loop. Therefore it would be considered a custom installation. You want to use this:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/do_shortcode

  207. Nov24th
    2012
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    Maggie

    Thanks so much both for your help!!
    Alan, Question to you: is there a way to use sitemap (list of internal pages) as opposed to sitetag with your pluggin?I as your layouts and graphic are beautiful…

  208. Nov25th
    2012
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    Alan

    Maggie,
    This plugin does not list pages and it is not a site map plug in. You want: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_list_pages

  209. Nov28th
    2012
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    CoolPile.com

    Great plugin.
    On CoolPile.com I have a tag archive and an article archive on this page: http://coolpile.com/sitemap-archives/

  210. Dec5th
    2012
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    Alan

    Maggie,
    I apologize, the plugin does show pages and has had that feature for the past three updates. See “show_pages” in the installation instructions.

  211. Dec19th
    2012
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    Giuseppe Urso

    I totally like this plugin .
    2 Thumbz up!!!

  212. Jan14th
    2013
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    Tonk

    I like your plugin. Nice and simple.

    Request feature:
    How can I exclude / include some categories from the list?
    This includes the category list AND the TAG list

    So how can I exclude the tags from a certain category?
    So how can I exclude a specific category from the category list?

    You now have the option “Show category” YES/NO
    But can you do include/exclude categories (by ID??)

    thanx

  213. Jan14th
    2013
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    Tonk

    Sorry!
    Found your documentation and solved the issue :-)

  214. Jan24th
    2013
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    Anne

    So many thanks for your work. You can see the result on my website index/ auteurs & réalisateurs.
    I have a lot of posts and tags. I was wondering how i could make bold the tags that are related to more than one post ? (Sorry, i know nothing about php and so, your plug-in was a miracle for me !)

  215. Jan25th
    2013
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    Alan

    @Tonk, glad you got it working.

    @Anne,
    Yours is a little more in depth so I sent you an email. For others looking for something similar, here it is in a nutshell.

    $list .= '<li><a title="' . $name . '" href="' . $url . '"';
    if($tag->count > 1){
    $list .= 'class="bold"';
    }
    $list .= '>' . $name . '</a>' . $mctagmap_count . $mctagmap_description . '</li>'."\n";

    #mcTagMap .tagindex ul li a.bold, #sc_mcTagMap .tagindex ul li a.bold {
    font-weight: bold;
    }

  216. Feb4th
    2013
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    Kris

    Hello,

    I really like this plugin. It is very flexible in its use. But for an new Projekt I miss one Funktion. Its a Page with a lot of Categories and I would filter all categories with the same beginning letter. For example if I choose “B” all categories that have the “B” as beginning letter should shown alone without the hole list of other beginning Letters.
    Do you have an Idea how I can mange that.
    Sorry for my bad english.
    Example:
    http://amelie.ro/tags/a

    Regards, Kris

  217. Feb5th
    2013
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    Alan

    @Kris,
    I sent you an email with some code for you to try. It might be buggy but it’s a start.

  218. Feb8th
    2013
    ••

    http://tinyurl.com/yourbiern31406

    Your article, “Wordpress plugin: Multi-column Tag Map :: tugbucket.
    net” ended up being truly worth writing a comment here!
    Simply just desired to state you did a very good job.
    Thanks for your time ,Daniel

  219. Feb24th
    2013
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    Sean Norris

    Hi, I was wondering if there is any way I can merge Tags Group (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tag-groups/) to this plugin? Because I want my glossary to list under tag group for example: Authors, Publishers, and Artists. Category won’t work for this one since each post will have three categories each (the rating, the genre, and the length of books).

    I wasn’t sure which code I needed to include in the php file that’d read tag group ID number. On tags group plugin, they use ‘include’ for the group id number. I hope I’ll hear from you really soon.

    Cheers,
    Sean

  220. Mar7th
    2013
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    Cory

    Found something you may want to know about. I placed your plugin on a page with comments disabled. In mctagmap_functions.php on line > 594 you have $list .= …

    div style=’clear: both;’ /div /div

    I had to remove the last div because my wp footer was being altered. Seams you may have 1 too many closing divs in there? I do not have time to go through your code as I am working on my own. It may be something in my template too as I am using twentytwelve as a base and found a few bugs in it also. Not sure, dont have time to investigate, but since it only happens when I have no comments on your plugin’s page maybe it might be something you want to look into. or maybe someone else reports the same thing too soon? Who knows? Hehehe

    Anyway, love your plugin! Exactly what I needed and simply works in regards to everything else.

    PS It may just be the twentytwelve template but reporting it to you just in case. Thank You

  221. Mar8th
    2013
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    Alan

    Hey Cory,
    Thanks for the heads up but, i think I know what the issue you are is seeing is. I installed a fresh 2012 theme. Tossed in this short code:

    [mctagmap columns="3" width="150" hide="no" num_show="" toggle="hide ;)" group_numbers="yes" show_navigation="no" manual="" basic="no" basic_heading="yes" show_pages="no" nextgen="no" tag_count="yes" show_categories="no" exclude="" show_empty="yes"]

    Tossed in a dozen tags and all worked fine.

    If you read the section in the installation about columns, it says:

    “columns: This sets the number of columns to display your tags in. NOTE: if you have less letters than your set number of columns, the plug in will end up inserting an extra closing tag. this will mess up your layout.”

    So I took out all but two tags. Keeping the columns=3 setting. Refreshed the page and, as suspected, the layout broke.

    Do you have less tags to show than columns set? If you have a bunch of tags entered but they are not assigned to a post and your setting for show_empty is “no” that’s the same thing.

    please let me know if that is the issue you are having. If it’s not, if you could send a link to the page in question, I would love to take a look.

    Thanks,
    Alan

  222. Apr3rd
    2013
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    Kate

    Hi there,

    I’m gonna risk looking really stupid here but, your plugin looks like just the thing I need. I downloaded it and I’ve activated it but I don’t see where I set it up/how I get it going?

    Per chance, do you have any instructions for it?

    Would love to get it working.

    Thanks!

  223. Apr3rd
    2013
    ••

    Kate

    No worries regards my previous comment. Came right with the help of a previous comment:

    Casey van Bronkhorst said:

    Maggie, I’ve found no documentation but I’m glad to share the shortcode I use to run tags and category lists on my site with this plugin.Make a new page, go to the HTML side, and copy this into place:

    [mctagmap columns="4" more="more »" hide="yes" tag_count="no" num_show="20" toggle="« less" show_empty="no" show_navigation="yes" show_categories="no"]

    The above will display tags. This one, below, will display categories:

    [mctagmap columns="5" width="150" more="more »" hide="yes" name_divider="|" tag_count="no" num_show="20" toggle="« less" show_empty="no" show_navigation="no" basic="yes" basic_heading="no" show_categories="yes"]

    Try with those settings, and tweak the settings if things don’t behave exactly as you need.Hope this helps

  224. Apr3rd
    2013
    ••

    Alan

    Kate,
    The documentation is in the installation part of the plugin page:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multi-column-tag-map/installation/

    It uses a short code and there are a bunch of options.

  225. Apr8th
    2013
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    Curvve Media Web Design

    Nice job on the plugin. We will be using this on some of our web design solutions. Just wanted to share the love!

  226. Apr11th
    2013
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    Alex

    I’m a tad new to Wordpress and I would very very much like to learn how to add this to the sidebar. I’ve read everything here and I am still confused how to place it there.

  227. Apr11th
    2013
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  228. Apr24th
    2013
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    daddy design

    Great plugin! thank you

  229. May9th
    2013
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    Giulio

    Thanks for your plugin. Is it possible to insert only specific tags in the list?