What Is A Word Cloud?
A word cloud (a.k.a tag cloud) is a simple visualization of data, in which words are shown in varying sizes depending on how often they appear in your data.
Whether analyzing heaps of product reviews or thousands of tweets mentioning your brand, you can use word cloud tools to get quick and useful insights that help you spot trends and patterns at a glance. For example, using MonkeyLearn’s word cloud tool, we analyzed a set of hotel reviews and immediately discovered topics that customers mention most often, and what they value most.
As you can see, aspects like “room”, “staff”, “location”, and “breakfast” are mentioned most often. A closer look reveals positive sentiments towards some of these topics: “friendly staff”, “great location”, and “good value”.
Using an online word cloud generator is easy. Most of the online tools available allow you to paste a text, upload a document, or even paste a URL to create a word cloud.
However, they do have some limitations — for example, they don’t understand the context of words — so word clouds tools should be a first step to doing text analysis.
Now that you understand the basics, it’s time to create your own word clouds from text. Check out our list of top word cloud generators and take your pick!
8 of The Best Word Cloud Generators
- MonkeyLearn’s WordCloud Generator | Word clouds powered by AI
- Wordclouds.com | Custom shaped word clouds
- WordItOut | Word clouds with emoji support
- Jason Davies | Word clouds focused on word placement
- WordArt | Fun word clouds with images
- Wordle | Simple and customizable word clouds
- TagCrowd | Create word clouds from URLs
- Abcya | Kid-friendly word clouds
1. MonkeyLearn’s WordCloud Generator
MonkeyLearn’s cloud creator is a new, free tool on the market. What sets it apart from other word cloud tools is that it’s equipped with artificial intelligence (AI), meaning it can deliver much more accurate results than other word cloud tools. For example, it can automatically detect collocations (words that often go together), reduce words to their root form, a process known as stemming, and determine which words are most relevant by measuring how rare, descriptive, and how long a word is – instead of just measuring frequency.
This cloud generator has also been fitted with tools to customize your word cloud – change fonts, color schemes, word quantity, and theme, and edit your word list to filter out words that aren’t important to your business.
Finally, you have the option to download high-definition PNG and SVG files of the images you create, and you can even download your raw data (frequency and relevance scores) in a CSV file.
WordClouds.com is a very user-friendly tool with plenty of options to customize your word clouds. Choose from a variety of themes, colors, fonts, sizes, and custom shapes.
As well as plenty of formatting options, WordClouds.com allows you to manually edit your word list. You also have the option to analyze web pages, just by pasting a URL – a cool feature that helps you discover the most frequent keywords your competitors are using!
WordItOut is a simple and effective tool for creating word clouds. It supports emojis and a variety of symbols, and allows you to edit your stop word list so you can ignore words that don’t add value to your results. You can also indicate words should be grouped, for example by adding a hyphen or tilde (~) between words, for example, ‘word-cloud’.
In terms of design, you can choose from a variety of fonts and colors.
4. Jason Davies
It’s layout algorithm focuses on positioning words without overlap, allowing you to tweak parameters like scale and angle of inclination. Another perk is that you can export your word cloud in SVG. However, its interface is far less user-friendly than other word cloud creators on the list, you can’t change colors and only classic fonts are available.
WordArt, originally known as Tagul, is a popular word cloud generator, known for its variety of designs. You can customize fonts, layouts, and color, and choose from custom shapes. This tool also offers some pre-processing options like stemming, removing common words, and removing numbers. Once you’ve generated your word cloud, you can edit the number and density of words that appear in the cloud, rotate words, add links, and more.
WordArt has a freemium model: the paid version allows you to download high quality word clouds, something that may be useful if you are planning to print your word cloud.
Wordle is one of the earliest word cloud generators on the scene and a favorite among word cloud users. It may have fewer customization options than other tools, but it’s straightforward to use and provides effective results.
Since the online tool doesn’t work on all devices, we recommend installing its desktop version.
TagCrowd is a word cloud creation tool developed by a Stanford graduate. This tool values efficiency and accuracy over aesthetics. It supports more than 10 languages and incudes an option to automatically group similar words, using the Porter Stemming algorithm.
You can set a frequency criteria for your word cloud, indicate words that you want to exclude, and choose to show frequency values beside each word.
Abcya is a kid-friendly word cloud generator. It’s the perfect resource for teachers as it makes word cloud creation incredibly easy. You can choose the number of words you’d like to display, a font, a color palette, and a layout (there are a few basic options). Also, it includes a filter for stop words, and an option to “randomize” (reorganize the words randomly).
How to Create a Word Cloud?
So, you’ve already decided on a text source and you’re ready to create your first word cloud. Here’s a short tutorial to show you how with MonkeyLearn’s word cloud generator:
- Upload data and generate your word cloud. You can paste your text or upload a text file
- Customize your word cloud! In the toolbar, change theme, font, and word quantity. If you need to, you can also edit the original text.
- Download your word cloud. Once you’re happy with the results, download in one of two formats and even download your raw data (the relevance and frequency scores).
Word clouds are an excellent way of simplifying qualitative data, such as survey responses, product reviews, or social media posts. They create impact, make ideas easier to understand, and help you gain insights from text data in the blink of an eye. Want to know topics that are mentioned most often in social media conversations about your brand? Build a word cloud and you’ll see!
Creating word clouds is simple and there are many online tools available. With MonkeyLearn’s word cloud generator, for instance, you can get high-quality results and try out a variety of custom settings.
Word clouds, however, are just the beginning of your text analysis journey. If you want to get more valuable insights from your data, sign up to MonkeyLearn for free and discover our advanced text analysis tools.
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