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Build a classic MyBlogLog widget

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In this post I will show you how I created my custom widget showcasing mybloglog readers.

In your function.php file add this simple line of code:

<?php
// MyBlogLog
function MyBlogLogWidget()
{
?>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://pub.mybloglog.com/comm2.php?mblID=ReplaceWithYourID&amp;c_width=220&amp;c_sn_opt=n&amp;c_rows=6&amp;c_img_size=h&amp;c_heading_text=&amp;c_color_heading_bg=e0e0d4&amp;c_color_heading=E8A02C&amp;c_color_link_bg=e0e0d4&amp;c_color_link=d54e21&amp;c&amp;c_color_bottom_bg=e0e0d4"></script>
<?php } 

//register the sidebar 'the widget name', 'the widget function'//
register_sidebar_widget('MyBlogLog Widget', 'MyBlogLogWidget');

?>

That’s it, just replace the “ReplaceWithYourID” with your mybloglog ID. You can also change the width at c_width=220 to what ever you like.

If you look closely at the code you may also see color codes, you may change them to corresponding hex codes, for example: c_color_bottom_bg=e0e0d4 is the color for the bottom background. e0e0d4 is a light gray, we can change it to ffffff and make it white.

That’s it, enjoy!

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Danny

    February 5, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Hello, using your code, I obtain only an empty . have you got any idea?

    Danny´s last blog post..Proprieta’ Font-Weight: solo un browser la supporta

  2. frosty

    February 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Hey Danny,
    Make sure this is pasted into your functions.php and then you should see a ‘widget’ in your widgets area..

  3. Glenn

    March 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Austin,

    This disadvantage of placing widgets in the functions.php file is (I think) they get clobbered on an update of WordPress.

    Again you could use Widgetifyr.com to easily create a stand alone widget.

    Thanks
    Glenn

    • Austin

      March 19, 2009 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks Glenn,
      I will give your service a try with this widget.

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Add the twittar plugin for WordPress w/ comment threading

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I talked about the Twittar plugin in a previous post. But learned that the read me text file was only useful for installing the necessary php code into WordPress themes that don’t have comment threading enabled.

Since most new themes past version 2.7, pull the comments section from functions.php file, that is where you have to edit the avatars in order to show the twittar settings.

First open you functions.php, and look for a line of code that says:

function custom_comment()

This is where your new comments are pulled from when you have the threaded comments enabled.

Now just find <?php echo get_avatar( $comment, $args['avatar_size'] ); ?> & replace with <?php twittar(70, "", "", "avatar avatar-70 photo", 1, "R"); ?>. Keep in mind that you will need to edit the Twittar setting to fit your site.

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Styling your ordered & unordered list items into 2 columns

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In a previous post I showed you how to create a custom widget, then I showed you how to create a widget for your monthly archives, and limit the month’s that show. I am showing the past 4 months in my widget at this time.

One of my readers: Alex asked:

How did you make the archives widget to show the dates separately into two columns?

Now I will show you a CSS trick to create this effect:

First we will give the unordered list a width of 100%:

ul#archives {
	width:110%;
	}

Then we will style the <li> nested inside.

ul#archives li {
	display:inline;
	float:left;
	width:120px;
	}

And that is it. Please make sure that you clear the float after your closing </ul>.

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Changing your feedbuner form to work with Google

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A lot of you may be using a email form to gather email’s via Feedburner. I am use that by now you know Google has decided to dump feedburner.com and move all feeds through Google Proxy or Feeburner2 which is a Google Server. Here is the new form you will need to put on your site to get new email address’s:

<form action="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify" method="post" target="popupwindow" 
onsubmit="window.open('http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=YOUR_FEED_NAME', 'popupwindow', 'scrollbars=yes,width=550,height=520');return true">
    <p class="form-label">Enter your email address:</p><p><input type="text" style="width:140px" name="email"/></p>
    <input type="hidden" value="YOUR_FEED_NAME" name="url"/>
    <input type="hidden" value="<?php bloginfo('name') ?>" name="title"/>
    <input type="hidden" name="loc" value="en_US"/>
    <input id="submit" type="submit" value="Subscribe" />
</form>

That’s it, just be sure to change YOUR_FEED_NAME to your feed name. For example, my feed is now http://feeds2.feedburner.com/WPCult. Where WPCult is now my ID.

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