Tag cloud, word cloud, text cloud, wordle…they all refer to the same thing: a visual representation of words that appear most frequently in a text. Here is an example of a wordle created with MonkeyLearn’s Word Cloud Generator:
Humans process images in 13 milliseconds, making wordles a great way to give us quick and simple insights at a glance.
Now that you know more about wordles, let’s take a look at the tools you can use to create your own.
There are plenty of online tools that you can use to create your wordle. Most of these tools work in the same way; you simply upload or paste the text you want to analyze and generate your wordle.
One of the most popular wordle makers is Wordle.net, but you’ll need to install a desktop version (available for both Mac and Windows). There is a web version, but it’s barely supported by most browsers (currently, it only works with Firefox Extended Service Release).
However, there are Wordle alternatives that allow you to create creative word clouds online.
1. AI-Powered Word Cloud by MonkeyLearn
Best for: accurate results, ease of use, and creating professional word clouds.
MonkeyLearn’s free word cloud generator is equipped with advanced relevance algorithms – helping it automatically recognize collocations (words that typically go together) and compound words, and remove stop words (‘like,’ ‘and,’ ‘from,’ ‘with’). Pretty neat, right?
Not only does this tool deliver highly accurate results, but it’s also easy to use. Unlike Wordle and other word cloud tools, MonkeyLearn’s word cloud generator features a simple and modern user interface, free of ads, making it really easy to create and customize your wordle.
To get started, upload a text file or paste your text, generate your wordle, customize it – by changing the font, color, theme, and word quantity – and download it in multiple formats. You can also download a raw data file with your top keywords and their relevance scores, data that’s also visible in the word cloud tool.
Best for: fun and artistic word clouds.
Wordclouds is also a free online wordle creator that provides a user-friendly experience. It works for PCs, smartphones, and tablets. Like most wordle tools, you simply paste your text, upload a document, or include a URL to automatically generate a wordle.
With Wordclouds, you can edit stop words and word lists to ignore or include relevant words.
You can choose from custom shapes to add an element of fun, change themes, colors, and fonts to tailor your design and adjust word spacing to make words pop out.
Best for: Beautiful word art designs that are unique and professional.
Rebranded from Tagul to WordArt in 2017, this tool began its journey as a tag cloud creator for websites, focusing on tags or keywords. Over time, the service began to focus on generating well-designed word cloud art, easy to use even for those that have no graphic design background.
Widely used by designers and those looking to create professional word art, this tool offers key design features, including a density parameter to control the font-weight of words, in other words, how thick or thin characters in text should be displayed. There are plenty of shapes to choose from, too (300+), and you can adjust the transparency of your design. You can also download your visual as an animation!
Best for: Fun and custom-made wordles that you can download or embed on your website.
With a friendly user interface, WordItOut is easy to get started with. You can customize your word clouds by changing color, shape, font, position, and other design elements.
Free for everyone, this tool creates wordles from sentences, whole documents, or tables. You can also tweak or remove the words you want to include in your wordle, depending on how important they are to your text.
In addition, you can embed your wordles in your non-commercial website or blog, a great way to add quick and professional visuals. Simply click on the </> Embed button, copy the HTML and paste it into your website. Keep in mind that wordles are licensed and only non-commercial use is allowed granted that you reference WordItOut in your wordle.
Best for: Commercial and non-commercial users who want to customize the CSS and HTML of their wordles.
TagCrowd is a free online wordle tool that enables you to visualize the frequency of words in a text. It offers a no-frills interface that you can immediately jump into. Simply choose your text source, and either paste text, insert a URL or upload a file (no more than 5MB).
Once your wordle is ready, start customizing it, from font size, cloud size, margins, padding, borders, background color, etc.
6. Jason Davies Word Cloud
Best for: Accurate, algorithm-driven wordles that you can flip, rotate, make bigger, and transform into a spiral of words.
The Jason Davies Word Cloud is a data visualization tool that you can use to create smart and symmetrical wordles. Thanks to its easy-to-use interface and powerful algorithms, you can get valuable insights with very little effort.
Just paste your text into the tool and click on the ‘Go’ button. You can customize the font, size, angle, word quantity, and even choose if you want an Archimedean or rectangular spiral to your wordle.
Best for: Creating custom shapes to print on mugs, t-shirts, mousepads, etc.
Born out of a passion for design automation, Tagxedo generates aesthetically pleasing wordles from your text. The tool is free for basic features and offers over 300 free designs to choose from.
Tagxedo works on desktop and you’ll need to install Microsoft Silverlight to use it. Chrome does not support Microsoft Silverlight, and other popular browsers like Firefox and Safari have certain limitations.
How to Use a ‘Wordle’ Tool
To get started with Monkeylearn’s word cloud generator and create your own wordles with little effort, you will need to follow these simple steps:
1. Upload your data. Select the data you want to analyze. You can paste or upload your text, then MonkeyLearn will take care of the rest.
2. Click on the Generate Cloud button. You’ll now have a wordle to work with.
3. Customize your wordle. Tweak your visual by changing the theme, font, word quantity, etc.
4. Download your wordle. When you’re satisfied with your wordle, you can download it in high-definition SVG and PNG images, ready to share with your team! You can also download a CSV file with your raw data (frequency and relevance scores).
In a matter of seconds, you have a ready-made, customized word cloud that delivers insights in the form of grouped words. At a glance, you can easily spot the topics that customers mention most often, giving you an idea about what’s most important to your customers.
The Last Word on Wordles!
Wordles are eye-catching and, most importantly, they provide quick and simple insights.
They help you detect words or topics that appear most often in qualitative data, from customer feedback and reviews to emails and tweets. Not only do they help you get rid of the noise that comes with large volumes of text, but they also help you gain valuable insights that you can use as a starting point on your text analysis journey.
Sign up to our Newsletter
Receive awesome Machine Learning posts and tutorials!