Search Cloud (Zeitgeist)

3rd May 2007 stk

Adding the Silver Lining

Suffice it to say that between all the XHTML hooks and the power of CSS, there are an infinte number of ways which you can style your cloud. The CSS file is called 'cloud.css' and is stored in the 'am_search_cloud_plugin' directory. However, we don't recommend you modify that CSS file. If you do, then when you update the plug-in, it will over-write all of your CSS changes. It's better, to add over-ridding CSS, to your skin's CSS file.

To avoid a long discussion about styling options, we've decided to present some styling examples used by real blogs. (Mind you, at the time of writing, there are few blogs that utilizing this 'unreleased' code. The list is a tad thin!) However, we're more than happy to show what we've done with it, to get your creative gears turning.

  1. Village-Idiot.org - (Not this plug-in, but the search cloud, on it's own page, uses an HTTP meta-refresh to present a new cloud, every 60 seconds).

  2. Innervisions.org.uk - (Top 40 search terms, on a black-background, shown between the 1st and 2nd post).

  3. Randsco.com - (Uses JavaScript to toggle the cloud on|off at the top of the blog (click the blue cloud icon in 'site tools'), css styling to put 40 randsom search terms into a "cloud" graphic for ie7, FFox & Opera).

  4. Danny's Blog Cabin - (Top 10 search terms at the bottom of the page).

  5. HungryFeelings.be - (Top 25 terms at the bottom of the page).

Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Installation (v1.8.x & v1.9x)
  3. Styling the Cloud
  4. The Future
 
 
 
 

9 comments

Comment from: EdB
Nice. One problem not specific to this plugin though: when I changed it to P tags with nothing preceding and a space following it decided since I had nothing preceding it would use it's default value of LI. Had to make my changes to the actual plugin therefore.
 
05/04/07 @ 20:15
Hi EdB,
What do you expect if you use a plugin coded by a blonde? Sheesh :P

I've corrected this problem, but I've got one or two other little fixes to do as well and then we'll release a 1.1.1 ... damn, we're starting to sound all evcore with our version numbers already :S

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05/05/07 @ 09:41
Comment from: Farhad
It has problem with UTF-8.....................
 
08/20/07 @ 17:38
Hi,

works great. The only thing not working for me is th eparameter for the sort order. Regardless if I am using "asc" or "desc" it is always displayed randomly... Any idea?

Thanks,
Michael
 
03/22/08 @ 13:48
From the looks of your sidebar you've solved this ?

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03/23/08 @ 17:57
What about b2evo v2.x ?
 
04/04/08 @ 21:49
The chances are that it works in 2.x as well

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04/16/08 @ 09:26
Comment from: slamp
Is there any way to display the search tag cloud on a backoffice page ?
 
05/16/08 @ 12:31
Hi Slamp,

Yes there is, but I'd need to add a fair amount of code. It's not hard but make take me a while

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05/17/08 @ 13:06

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