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.
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"]