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Fast Category Cloud WordPress Plugin


Public release of ByREV Fast Category Cloud , a wordpress plugin that shows categories as a tag cloud.

ByREV Fast Category Cloud Features:

  • True Fade Color ~ all the colors change independently, but the correct proportion of each variety of colors: red, green and blue.)
  • Cache Result ~ for fast loading and use less resources (default timeout cache = 60s)
  • Show Count Post ~ number of items is displayed outside the category link, so SEO is not affected.
  • Sort by : ascending order, descending, alphabetical and random.
  • Limit Category ~ Show a fixed number of categories (option)
  • Exclude category with lower number of posts
  • Minimum and maximum font size can be of any value

Highly optimized for speed and memory

  • Plugin is divided in two: “Basic Version” which can be used by inserting PHP code in template pages, and a “Widget Version” which can be manipulated in the WordPress configuration page. The fastest is the “Basic Version”.
  • Cache help to increase speed and conserve CPU resources.
  • Both scripts are under 100 lines of code, each have exactly 97 lines each.
  • For most routines have been tested several versions of code and was chosen the fastest of them.


  • Screenshot Widget Config
  • Screenshot Cloud Cat ASC sorted


  • Download Fast Category Cloud WordPress Plugin and Install !
  • Activate ByREV Fast Category Cloud (Widget Version) from wp plugins menu: /wp-admin/plugins.php
    Both versions are included in archive, but only Basic Version is activated by default instalation
  • From WordPress Widgets (/wp-admin/widgets.php) use ByREV Category Cloud (Widget)
  • Use Widget menu for config (Widget Version). Basic Version use cofig from function’s call.

For more information, please see plugin home page


  • The widget isn’t showing up on my Widgets page…

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Both versions are included in archive, but only “Basic Version” is activated by default.

Activate “Widget Version” via ByREV Category Cloud from wp admin menu:

Note: Widget Version version does not work without the “Basic Version” so, both version must be active … otherwise you will receive an error message:

*Ups! ByREV Fast Category Cloud Plugin Error!

Widget Version does not work without Base Version, so please enable it and the Base Version!*
  • How To Use (if using Basic Version. For Widget use WP Config)

    Categories Cloud



  • mincount ~ Minimum post count
  • limitcat : Max no. of categories to display (MAX Value: 100)
  • min_scale : Minimum font size
  • max_scale : Maximum font size
  • color_start : Starting Base Color
  • color_end : Ending Fade Color
  • cache : Enable Caching HTML Code. Valid value: on, off
  • cahe_timeout : Time before the cache expires
  • view_count : Enable display number of items in categories. Valid value: on, off
  • orderby : Sort by : name, id or post count.
  • order : Categories order. Valid value: rand, asc or desc


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Contributors & Developers

“Fast Category Cloud WordPress Plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




Solve call-time pass-by-reference error.


Fast Category Cloud 1.4 is the first public release of ByREV Fast Category Cloud


Solve “division by zero” , occur if the blog has only one category.