My web host, DreamHost, recently moved its operations to a new datacenter, resulting in major outages and headaches for myself and its many other customers (see “Regarding My Site’s Downtime” and “Ongoing Server Problems Test My Patience, Hamper Productivity“). So overwhelmed with complaints was its support staff that the company resorted to canned responses to customers’ inquiries.
Yesterday, I released version 1.0 of the Tag Dropdown Widget plugin for WordPress. The plugin allows WordPress users to display their tags as a dropdown menu rather than in the standard tag cloud.
In addition to letting the user specify the dropdown’s label, the plugin allows a user to trim long tag names to fit theme constraints. Today, I updated the plugin to extend the trimming feature beyond the widget. Now, when the plugin is implemented using the makeTagDropdown() function, the maximum tag length can be specified. This change, while minor, offers greater flexibility when including the tag dropdown outside of the sidebar or in themes that either do not utilize a sidebar or widgets.
The new version, numbered 1.1, is available on the Tag Dropdown Widget page or in the WordPress plugins directory at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tag-dropdown-widget/.
After struggling to find a solution to the problem of unwieldy tag clouds, I created a WordPress plugin to display my tags as a dropdown list. You can see it in action in my sidebar.
Version 1.0 is now available for download. For more information, or to download a copy, visit https://disparate.info/tagdropdown/.