Notes on a web journey

posted on: 21 August 2006

Tags cloud

filed under: @ 14:08:23 by 7colors

I'm writing the code, using PHP, to create a “cloud” based on the tags I decided to add to each post.

Right now I organize the log with categories but sometimes I find it not precise enough and I don't think that adding a lot of new categories is the best way to go. Hence my decision to add tags at the bottom of each post, to specify better what the post is about and to enhance the findability of topics. I eventually will end up having:

  • a search feature (using FULLTEXT)
  • categories
  • tags on each post
  • a tag cloud to show all the tags I use

Now, when I want to find something, I just use the search posts feature, but, for a user that wants to have a comprehensive look at my posts, that's a bit too specific. Categories, on the other hand, seem to me to be too general. The code for the tag cloud is not finished yet and it's also turning out to be more difficult to write that I would have thought sometimes I think I've gone blind..didn't see the function I was looking for in the PHP manual.

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