Okay so the community cloud version 2.0, boasts some cool new social additions and but at the same time difficult challenges.
What does the Community Cloud plugin do?
This plugin displays a “tag cloud” of all the people in our community who have contributed to our blog by commenting. The more someone has commented, the bigger and bolder the link.
Have a look at our community cloud.
What new in version 2.0?
- More Social – This version now includes optional “social” hCards. The plugin will check the website/blog URL of each of the commenters in your cloud and if they have an hCard it will include it on the commenters link.
- More Efficient – The plugin is a lot more efficient than the last version. The cloud is no longer generate and displayed in real time. The cloud is prebuilt on activation and continually maintained as people comment on your blog.
- More Accurate – Instead of filtering out commenters by name (different people might comment with the same name), comments are now filtered out using commenter’s email address, which is a lot more accurate. There is also an option to exclude, certain link URLs from your cloud.
And it’s simple to install.
- Download and Extract the Community Cloud plugin
- Upload it to your wordpress plugins directory (/wp-content/plugins/)
- Activate the Community Cloud, in the Plugins section of your blog’s admin.
- Update your Community Cloud settings. In the your blog settings section, click on the Community Cloud link to change the default settings to fit your blog.
Ok, it’s Installed. Now, how to use it?
Displaying your community cloud
- Create a new Page on your blog and in the Page Content area, enter the following tag where you want the community cloud to appear, <!–community cloud–> and publish.
- Or, there is also sidebar widget. So you can just go to the Widgets tab within the Presentations menu and drag-n-drop the Community Cloud widget into your sidebar.
Upgrading from previous version
Unfortunately, to upgrade requires you to deactivate and reactivate your plugin, after uploading the new files.