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Build a classic MyBlogLog widget



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:

// MyBlogLog
function MyBlogLogWidget()
<script type="text/javascript" src=";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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  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


    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 to easily create a stand alone widget.


    • Austin

      March 19, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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

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Tips & Tricks

Styling your ordered & unordered list items into 2 columns



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 {

Then we will style the <li> nested inside.

ul#archives li {

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

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Tips & Tricks

Changing your feedbuner form to work with Google



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 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="" method="post" target="popupwindow" 
onsubmit="'', '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" />

That’s it, just be sure to change YOUR_FEED_NAME to your feed name. For example, my feed is now Where WPCult is now my ID.

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Jon Asked: How to add thumbnails above post on the THiCK theme



I was asked by a reader:

I’m using the THiCK theme for my new design blog. I noticed you were able to add thumbnail images above your blog posts on the home page. What would I need to do to enable this on my blog?

Well Jon, this can be done very simple, since the theme is already using the Tim Thumb script.

What you will need to do is find in your index.php file, the second loop. Which you can find on line 40.

<?php query_posts('offset=1&showposts=' . get_option('woo_other_entries') . '&cat=-' . $GLOBALS['ex_asides'] ); ?>

<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>	

	<div class="post">
		<h2><a title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title(); ?>" href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>
		<div class="post-meta"><?php the_time('j/m/y'); ?> <span>|</span> <?php comments_popup_link('0 Comments', '1 Comment', '% Comments'); ?></div>
		<?php the_excerpt(); ?>

<?php endwhile; ?>

Now we are going to add in the code. At line 43 we are going to add:

<?php if (get_option('woo_resize')) { // Check if we should use the image resizer ?>
                    <a title="Continue reading this entry..." href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark"><img src="<?php echo bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/thumb.php?src=<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, "image", $single = true); ?>&amp;h=80&amp;w=280&amp;zc=1&amp;q=90" alt="<?php the_title(); ?>" /></a>
                <?php } else { ?>
                    <a title="Continue reading this entry..." href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark"><img src="<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, "image", $single = true); ?>" alt="<?php the_title(); ?>" /></a>
                <?php } ?>

That’s it, just make sure that in the THiCK options panel you choose the “resize” option, or the image might break the layout. Or you may change the this code: $post->ID, "image", to: $post->ID, "image_thumb", and use a separate image for the lower blog.

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