I made a “wordle” for one of my client’s newsletters this month, and she was surprised that I made it myself! So for all of you that have never made a wordle — here is your chance. I will tell you that there are apps that do similar things for tablets and phones, but I’ve always found them to have less functionality than the actual website — wordle.net
Full disclosure. While you can create a wordle in minutes — there’s a lot of things you can tweak to make it “even better”. Don’t expect everything to be perfect the first time. Here’s directions and tips.
If you’re using a mac – you have to use Safari (not chrome) to make a wordle.
- Go to wordle.net
- Click on Create your Own.
- You’ll be able to type or paste in the words you want to use. To keep the words together in a phrase use a tilde between the words (Single~Leg~Circle).
- If there is a word that is more important than the rest of the words, the more times it appears in the list, the more emphasis it will have in the wordle.
- This step — I learned by the experience of typing and retyping. Copy the list of words in your wordle and paste them into notepad or a word document — even an e-mail message. This will save you typing them in again if you want to start over, add some things or just try again.
- Click go to create your wordle. You may have to click “run” or “unblock popups” to allow the application to work.
- The wordle will appear –
- If you’d like to change colors, font or the way it appears – use the menu to do that. Many times I end up doing a custom palette, just to get colors that match a website.
- I changed the font on this screenshot – just to give you an idea how different a font may make it look! Every time you change the font, your words will be rearranged a bit. Just keep going till you find a look you like!
- Save your file — and use it where ever you want! There’s a save as png button, or I usually just end up taking a screen capture of it and saving it to where i want to save it. Keep in mind – that Facebook will “look” at this graphic and see words — so you cannot use wordle images in a Facebook Ad.
Any questions? If you want to chat about wordles or other tools to help you create more engaging posts and blogs, just make an appointment on my website!
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