There were two things I wanted to see changed in the bootScore theme before venturing into the big interventions. I was told that improved topic clouds and post lists would increase readability and usability. Fortunately, it was easy to get a more fancy tag cloud and an improved list of recent posts showing the featured images as thumbnails:
- For getting a nicer tag cloud
- install the Plugin Cool Tag Cloud,
- copy the widget
Cool Tag Cloudinto the sidebar,
- open it to configure it,
- set the value
Largest Fontto 17 (so that the tags denoting more posts are displayed larger),
- select an image color fitting the style of your theme,
- and: Bingo.
- For getting a nicer recent post list
- install the plugin [Recent Posts Widget Extended] https://de.wordpress.org/plugins/recent-posts-widget-extended/,
- replace the standard widget recent-post-widget in the sidebar with the new recent-post-widget extended,
- and again: Bingo
WordPress offers some plugins for improving the tag cloud. Its own widget is a little spartan. But most of the alternatives are somehow outdated1 or try to offer complete tag management. Thus, for the moment2 I could only find two candidates: Cool Tag Cloud and Creative Tag Cloud. The latter produces a very stylish spiral. But it is difficult to configure. And the result does not properly work on small devices. Quite different in contrast: Cool Tag Cloud. On its description page, it pretends to be Open-Source Software. But the repository neither contains a license file nor a licensing statement. So — as a FOSS purist — I should ignore it, which I do not do because it is officially hosted as a WordPress plugin and WordPress is licensed under the GPL‑2.0. In other words: I am counting on the Copy-Left Effect.
WordPress delivers its own recent post widget as well as it contains its own tag cloud widget. And the recent post widget also produces a visually rather limited result. For its improvement, I bet on the plugin recent post widget extended. According to its readme.txt, it is licensed under GPL-v3 or later. And eventually, it directly does what I wanted that it should do.
And how does this …
… support our migration to bootScore? Well When the web designer has completed her work on good illustrations, she can relax and integrate tags and clouds into her site, improve her overview page and design her own landing page. Whether the resulting fullness really benefits her own reader, whether it can become slimmer and how, whether more discreet references and specific fonts also increase the readability, all this she should nevertheless consider while implementing these features. This post supports these steps towards a personalized bootScore site.
- = not tested with my current version 6.1.1