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April 5, 2006

Blog Stats Widget

by @ 12:28 pm. Filed under Virus, Widgets, Stats

Run, don't walk to the Presentation page of your blog and drag the Blog Stats widget into your sidebar! It will display a simple counter on your blog now but we will add more stats in time.

For performance reasons the counter is only updated every 60 seconds and because it uses the same data our stats charts use it won't record your hits on your own blog.

March 30, 2006

Widgets: It’s a Plugin!

by @ 4:29 am. Filed under wordpress, Virus, Widgets, Plugins, Customization

Let me begin by thanking the bloggers of WordPress.com. These excellent people are our most diligent (and unwitting) testing force, keeping our days free for the development of new bugs which, after enduring the careful, methodical abuse from our tireless testing force, eventually metamorphose into features.

Some of these young features are lucky enough to be released into the wild as plugins for anyone to capture and put to work in their own WordPress blogs on server farms all over the world. A plugin is happy in its toil and this makes us very proud parents!

We know, sadly, that some copies will stray into the dark corners of the web where vicious, hungry coders lurk, waiting to rip them up and sometimes reassemble them into towering, plug-necked monsters. Do not pity these copies! Their lives are not wasted, for this what the developer intended. We encourage mutation, even if it causes angry mobs to gather with pitchforks and torches. This, too, makes a parent proud.

Of special interest today is a new sidebar customization plugin called Widgets. Thousands of people are already using Widgets on their WordPress.com blogs (we keep track) and daily we receive requests to bring Widgets to the public, as we have promised to do all along.

The plugin named Widgets has come of age. It is now a plugin for all to enjoy. You can download it, read the documentation, update your themes and make new widgets like rabbits in the springtime.

March 18, 2006

Andreas04 and Thirteen

by @ 5:32 am. Filed under Virus, Widgets, Themes

We’ve been pretty busy updating all our themes to use the nifty new widget system, but today for Theme Friday I rustled up a fantastic theme to bring to you guys.

Andreas04 is from the same designer as Andreas09, but has a little more relaxed feel. It also has two wigetized sidebars, but both on the right. Top-level pages are put into the navigation at the top, which could make for some very cool pages.

Thirteen is an absolutely gorgeous theme from the amazing Beccary. It’s a green theme with lovely flourishes, and of course we’ve updated it to have a dynamic sidebar. Enjoy!
Finally we updated Simpla to fix the sidebar bug that has been plaguing a lot of people.

March 11, 2006

Widget Configuration, RSS, and Free Text

by @ 12:43 am. Filed under wordpress, Virus, Widgets, Customization, Translation

We’ve been getting so many requests for widgets that we’ve hardly had time to code anything! I bit the bullet and turned off my email long enough to update the interface and provide widgets for the most requested features. Now they’re active and I’ll be turning my email back on, for better or for worse…

Anyway, here’s the scoop on the new stuff in your Sidebar Editor panel. Most widgets are now configurable through a little popup window. Almost all widgets let you change their titles now, so we expect you to come up with a better name for your archives than “Archives.” Really.

The two most exciting widgets are Text and RSS. You can have as many as nine of each of these. The Text widget is composed of a title and some text or HTML. Lots of people wanted to put badges and pictures in their sidebars, and while Flash and Javascript are still filtered out, you have a lot more freedom here than ever before.

My favorite new widget, the RSS widget is really simple (hehe) to use but it’s pretty amazing what you can accomplish with it. It’ll handle RSS, ATOM, and who knows what other syndication formats. I’ve set up a bunch of feeds on my blog to give you some ideas: another personal blog of my own, MC Hammer’s blog (to show that I’m cool), my Flickr feed, Dodgeball so you know where I am hanging out, and a bunch of funnies (in case my dry humor doesn’t flip your switches). It’s a good start but I’m sure I missed the very best ones. It’s up to you to show the world what a feed maniac you are!

The first widget geared toward a specific third-party service is our Del.icio.us widget. There will be more of these appearing over time, including the oft-requested Flickr badges.

What else do you want that can’t be done with the RSS widget? Keep sending feedback and we’ll keep tallying it, day and night.

March 7, 2006

Recent Widgets

by @ 2:57 am. Filed under Virus, Widgets, WordPress.com, Themes

We’ve just pushed two new widgets live, based on your requests. The first is Recent Posts which, as you may have guessed, shows the most recent posts. This is a great way to drive people who come in to your archives to the latest stuff.

The second is Recent Comments, which was actually the single most requested widget. It shows names and links to the last 5 comments left on your blog.

Be sure to continue to let us know what kind of widgets you’re interested in. We’re looking at adding some more widget configuration in the next iteration.