Is it possible to just show the most recent tags from e.g. the latest 10 posts as a tag cloud?

The only things that I found were the WP Recent Tags plugin which is a bit outdated and no tags are displayed when I use the widget.

I found the following posts:


But they don’t work for me either.

1 Answer 1


Sure, just feed your tag list to wp_generate_tag_cloud:

$found_tags = $final_tags = $id_records = array();

// get last 10 posts
$last_posts = get_posts('numberposts=10');

// gather tags
foreach($last_posts as $post)
  $found_tags = array_merge($found_tags, wp_get_post_tags($post->ID));

// prepare final tags for the cloud
foreach($found_tags as $tag){

  // ignore duplicates
  if(in_array($tag->term_id, $id_records))

  // track ids...
  $id_records[] = $tag->term_id;

  // generate links
  $tag->link = get_tag_link($tag);

  // keep it
  $final_tags[] = $tag;

// feed to the cloud
print wp_generate_tag_cloud($final_tags);

You might want to cache this, because it makes quite a few queries

  • Thank you very much—works like a charm! Just another short question: Is it possible to sort the tags by count and not by name? Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 16:18
  • I just found out how to sort the tags by count: Changing the last line to print wp_generate_tag_cloud($final_tags, array('orderby' => 'count', 'order' => 'DESC')); will do it. Commented Oct 19, 2012 at 7:44
  • That first line tho... I didn't know you could do that but it makes perfect sense for defining variables.
    – Slam
    Commented Apr 18, 2018 at 6:03

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