Magento Tag Cloud Extension: Find Its Purpose for Your Store

Magento tag cloud

For any working online store there comes a moment when it is necessary to change its layout, install updates and improve the design. We suggest discussing, how to adjust a tag cloud in Magento ®, how to configure the footer and also how to add a Copyright note.

Why do we need a Magento Tag Cloud Extension?

A tag cloud is a specific technology of web stores, sites, and blogs, that allows visitors and readers to be able to quickly find all necessary information. There are many different ways to implement and configure a tag cloud. For example, you may use your site keywords or category names. When it comes to web stores, most specialists advise to pay attention to customers’ search queries and place the most popular of them as tags next to the search field. This is the variant of a tag cloud configuration in Magento ® that we would like to discuss in detail.

Should You Use Tag Clouds In 2018

We've read articles that position store owners on both sides of the equation.  The problem with tag clouds can be found in the creation of duplicate content even though their advantage is found in providing users with an additional way of navigating your site.

Some people suggest using categories instead of tag clouds to increase navigational abilities though this too can be done in a spammy way when too many categories are generated.

No matter if you decide to use a tag cloud system or not the important take away at this point is to always provide multiple ways to navigate through your website.  Yes, top NAVs are important but when people are wanting to move about in other ways you want to be sure to provide them with the ability to do so.  The easier it is for your users to use your website the greater the possibility that they will do exactly that while making purchasing decisions all along the way.

That said, do you use tag clouds or not?

Voice your opinion and the reasons why in the comments below.

Setting Up Your Tag Cloud

By default settings, a tag cloud is already included in the list of search tools, but it is not integrated with the results and so, it is not able to arrange them in groups. If we make slight changes to our web store, we will be able to not only improve the design but also help the search robots index our site quicker.

1. Go to System →Configuration;

2. Choose your store from the drop-down list;

3. On the left sidebar, choose ‘Advanced’ under ADVANCED section;

4. Click ‘Enable’ in ‘Mage_Tag’;

5. Save the changes.

In order to configure the tags added by customers (which helps to make the search of products on your site much faster for potential customers) you need to do the following:

1. Go to the admin panel, then Catalog – Tags – Pending Tags. Select all tags that you would like to place into the cloud or disable;

2. After that click ‘Change status’ in the menu ‘Actions’, you will see a drop-down for ‘Status’ on the right. Choose a new status for the necessary product tags;

3. Click ‘Submit’.

Now you have an interesting tag cloud on your site which you can easily re-configure or disable when you need.

Also, you might be interested in the Modules for Magento ® which are simplifying different processes on your store.

Footer configuration

Footer is a very important part of the site. Most webmasters tend to underestimate its importance and, as a result, they lose positions in search results and even potential customers. First of all, it is necessary to develop a carefully thought-out design of the bottom part of your web store pages. Besides, this part the page may contain information about the legal owner of the content, or an interdiction for its use by third parties. For this purpose it is necessary for you to:

1. Go to the admin panel;

2. Go to System – Configuration;

3. On the left-side menu select General and click Design;

4. Move to Footer;

5. Now you see a new window in which the Footer settings can be changed. You need the line ‘Copyright’. Click on it and add the information about your intellectual property rights and the terms of use of your content. In most cases, webmasters advise adding the year of your web store creation and the current year, e.g. 2010 – 2014. What to write in this section is your choice, it may be something like ‘Copying forbidden’ or ‘Copying of the content is only allowed with an active link to the source site – your site’;

6. Once all changes are done, click ‘Save Config’.

Besides adding this information, you can also remove standard Magento ® links, put the data about your company or set the links to your partners’ sites.

After a few experiments with these settings, you will be able to configure your Magento ® store to look exactly as you need. But, if anything goes wrong, you can always consult with GoMage specialists, we will be glad to assist you.