Wondering About Widgets? How to Use Them in Your WordPress Site

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It may be a funny sounding word to many beginning WordPress users, but widgets can be—and should be—a vital component to any WordPress design. What exactly are widgets? In simple terms to the uninitiated, widgets are small blocks that provide very specific functions on your WordPress page. For those ready to start experimenting with Widgets, you should first visit the “Appearance, Widgets” page within your WordPress admin area. The post Wondering About Widgets?

Why Use Widgets Anyhow?


I'd like to thank new Idealware blogger Debra Askanase for the inspiration for this post, which actually take from her idea for a post around fundraising and advocacy widgets, and which she graciously let me run with due to my slight obsession with widgets. There are many great resources and experts out there on viral strategies that apply to using widgets and I won't try to cover all that here. Why use widgets anyhow?

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ammado Introduces Universal Giving Widget - Resource Center - AFP

AFP Blog

ammado Introduces Universal Giving Widget - Resource Center - AFP: "ammado Introduces Universal Giving Widget(Dec. 8, 2009) In the season of giving, AFP's networking partner ammado has introduced a new giving widget designed to make online donation a part of everyday life for millions of people around the world

Widgets, snippets and badges, oh my!

Connection Cafe

I’ve created widgets and had the chance to use them from a participant’s perspective. Not to get too cheesy here, but it really does mean that the money being raised (and illustrated in the widget) is helping a cause that I’m passionate about. As an organization, you may be reading this and thinking to yourself, “Widgets are pretty but they seem complicated to implement.” Author: Taylor Shanklin.

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Evolution of the Widget

Beaconfire Wire

And then, to top it all off,” I said with a gleam in my eye, “you can make a widget.”. “A You know, “ I said, “A widget.”. To those of us in the web business, a widget is a kind of mini-web application that can be easily distributed to any Web site.

Top 6 Popular Site Search Widgets

Wild Apricot

As your website grows in size over time, you may want to think about adding a site-specific search box or widget, to help your readers to find the information they’re seeking among your web pages. According to stats released by Lijit last November, Google still holds the lead for popular site search widgets, withLijit coming up fast in second place. Tags: websites Widgets search Web 2.0

Charity uses widgets to provide accountability to donors

AFP Blog

Charity uses widgets to provide accountability to donors: "October 11, 2007 (Computerworld) -- A children's charity is using widget technology -- traditionally used with a single purpose application like updating weather or news on a Web site -- to help it show donors how their money is being used.

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Oil in the Gulf Widget

Network-Centric Advocacy

This widget misses a few important tweaks that would make it more valuable for both the user and PBS. I like these tools to help tell the story. Sign up for updates on this story. Name recruitment for PBS). Thank you emails should have links to charities and actions in them. Donate to news coverage of the gulf coast spill. short video talking about the cost of covering the story) 3. The logo link to news hour should be all the Gulf spill coverage NOT the homepage.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » The NTC Widget

See What's Out There

Sprout is a tool that lets you easily build your own widget. What I love about this widget is that it includes a link to video — using the See3 logo as the key.

BlogRaising with Widgets | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

So far we (at Beaconfire) have worked on two widget campaigns and have been keeping track of a few others; here are a few things we??ve Keep in mind that MySpace and some other sites restrict the use of some widgets, so try to create an alternative to your widget.

Ask Your Lawmaker Widget


I love widgets. A lot of you have probably heard about the recent success of a Toronto blogger who combined a fundraising widget from Chip-In with the networking power of Twitter to raise over $14k in about 2 days. Well, we just heard about another great free widget that you and your organization might want to share with your community. I built a topic widget for technology: Tags: free tools NPTech ChipIn capitol news connection Advocacy widget online tools

NP TechnoBuzz -Widgets: The New Black -- More Useful Than Ever

AFP Blog

Beth Kanter writes about widgets in the NPT TechnoBuzzNPT TechnoBuzz: "Widgets: The New Black -- More Useful Than EverBy Beth KanterThe Web is increasingly turning into a sort of online mall with its boutiques filled with thousands of useful, off-the-rack accessories of every description and utility.

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Let's Go Widget Shopping!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This weekend I went widget shopping! I installed (and unstalled) lots of widgets until I found a few good ones that might be appropriate for nonprofits. Where to find widgets. Many widgets I came across are designed to work with various Web 2.0

Change.org Launches Fundraising Widget

Have Fun - Do Good

Change.org , the social network where users can find like-minded do-gooders based on shared issues that they want to change, or nonprofits that they support, has launched a fundraising widget (pictured left). The widget can be placed on a blog, MySpace, Facebook, or a website.

What is a Widget?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you've been following my widgets category , you know that I'm working on a screencast and have been researching and playing with widgets. For the script, before jumping into the how-to of widgets, the screencast will give some context, of course. What is a Widget?

Christine.Net On Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Tonight I went widget shopping. There are a bunch of different search widgets that allow visitors (or you) to search your blog's content. Thankfully, Christine Herron (a director at Omidyar Network ) wrote an exhaustive review of search widgets -- which was really useful.

AdWords-Style Widget Recommends Related Ways to Take Action - Social Actions

AFP Blog

AdWords-Style Widget Recommends Related Ways to Take Action - Social Actions: "Social Actions is proud to announce the launch of a revolutionary widget that recommends to readers of your blog or website related ways to take action.The widget automatically identifies the keywords on any page and lists social change campaigns related to the stuff you're writing about.

Federal Hurricane Response Widget

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Federal Hurricane Response widget is a web tool designed to help share information during a major emergency with links to authoritative federal government sites on how to get help; finding friends and family; health and safety information; how to donate and volunteer; and a summary of what the government is doing. The widget is available for anyone to put on their websites, their MySpace pages and their blogs and includes a link to the embedding instructions.

Results from Widget Experiments

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I am working on a screencast about nonprofit blogs and widgets. If you don't know what a widget is, here's an overview. I experimented with two widgets, linking them to content and conversation. Using widgets is not yet a common practice on nonprofit blogs.

Universal Museum Widget

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Kurt Stuchell just finished a project and created a new widget called the Universal Museum Media Podcasts & Blog Widget. The widget contains a collection of museum podcasts and blogs. He has made the widget available on Facebook and it can also be added web site, MySpace (hmm. It looks like the widget was created in grazr. I'm headed off for the Museum Computer Network conference in Chicago tomorrow.

Priming the widget response network for action

Rebooting Charity

So I think Nigel Dunn is onto something with his concept for a widget response network. While the UK-based DEC does have a Rapid Response Network for Big Media, he believes (and I agree) that they could benefit enormously from providing a badge/widget that is available all the time.

More About Widgets for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

About a year ago, I did a lot of research on a screencast about widgets for nonprofits and put together two wikis - Nonprofit Widgets (for a session at 2007 NTC Conference) and Fundraising Widget. So, I was really interested in hearing what colleague Peter Deitz has to say in his recent NTEN Webinar on the Sprout Widget. I like Peter's analogy of a widget as a bumper sticker. I've heard some people describe widgets as suitcases. | View | Upload your own.

nfp 2.0 » A toast to fundraising with widgets!

Rebooting Charity

Widgets of the world unite… You’ve been promoted to “Buzz Director” Recent Comments bbm : This year I have donated money to rescue an animal from the clutches of a poor peasant in. whitewater widgets yak shack January 11th, 2007 A toast to fundraising with widgets!

Advanced Search Widget


Tanner Shamrock (best blogger name ever) wrote up how to put Salesforce’s Advanced Search on the sidebar last October. He just posted the simple instructions of how to set it up for yourself. It’s a really easy install and if you use Advanced Search, I think you’ll love it.

Katya Andresen on Fundraising Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Katya Andresen of the Nonprofit Marketing Blog left me a message on Odeo in response to the question "What do you think about widgets for building community, in particular fundraising widgets?" I mean you put the widget in the hands of the community.

Branded RSS Widget!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Get this widget! the lastest from Feedburner - the ability to put your log or photo into an RSS widget. You knew I just had to do this. The hardest part was the creating the jpg. That's my Second Life avatar). Downside is that if you put javascript into your post - it doesn't show up

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A New Landing Page, Just for Fundraisers

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

At the top of the page, the fundraising stats widget allows users to easily view year-over-year stats about their fundraising program - from the total number of donors, to the total number of contributions and sustainers.

Michael Stein on Fundraising Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I tracked down Web/Internet Strategy expert, Michael Stein , to get his take on widgets for fundraising. Here's the transcript: "When I think about web widgets, I think about the potential they have for online fundraising campaigns.

Wild About Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

a big hat tip to Michelle Martin from the Bamboo Project for pointing me to these two articles in the business press about widgets. The Typepad Hacks blog writes has a great introduction to widgets and describes the community building aspects: Ultimately, widgets, like the web itself are about connections??? The post also answers the question: Why would you want to install widgets? Widgets are a great way to share the things you like on the web.

Widget for Publishing RSS Headlines

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I put query out on the NTEN affinity group for nonprofit blogging about widgets. Reed Stockman from AFP Blog (Associate of Fundraising Professionals) told me that he is using a widget called RSSMIX to combine feeds and republish them on their Master Blog.

Widgetized Health Coverage Reform News


Check out this web widget that you can embed on your own site or blog. Simply click on "Get Widget" and copy the code into your blog, Facebook profile, or other site. As the health reform debate heats up, here's a new way to stay on top of the most relevant news and opinion from major newspapers and other media outlets. The news items are updated weekly by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Cover The Uninsured staff.

Test Your Widgets!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Several folks emailed me to tell me that they sent me a message using the message widget. I did a quick and dirty screencast of how to leave a message using the odeo message widget. so this might be another reason why the message widget isn't be used by blog visitors. Test the widgets as if you were a user and make sure the interface is easy to use for them. I never received the messages. It made me curious. Was the message lost in the tubes at odeo?

Jason's Job Widget and the Show Yourself Widget

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jason over at Democracy in Action has created a job posting widget ! Get your own Widget. That's the show yourself widget via Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day with a hat tip to Stephen Downes. Beth Kanter. Flickr /cambodia4kidsorg. Myspace /sharingfoundation. Linkedin /bethkanter. Twitter /kanter. YouTube /bethkanter. Skype /cambodia4kids. Technorati /kanter. I'm so weak. Back to work

Take My Widget Poll

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I am working on a screencast about widgets -- more specifically free and easy-to-use community building tools for your blog. I'm busy researching and writing the script which will cover the why, what, and examples, but now I'm in the nitty gritty stage of playing with a few widgets. No option for researching widgets. Can widgets help you listen better? Create Free Polls.

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Vlog Fundraising and Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm thinking about the use of video or vlog posts coupled with fundraising widgets as well as some other possible ways (ad revenue from web videos?) Chipin, the fundraising widget I'm testing for my campaign, offers video integration. to raise money for sponsoring a college student in Cambodia via the Sharing Foundation. I did a campaign video. I'm going to be guest blogging about this effort over at Katya's Non-Profit Marketing Blog this week.

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One Good Voter Registration Widget | Idealware


Skip to Main Content Area Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About Topics Reports Articles Online Training Blog Custom Resources Donate About One Good Voter Registration Widget By Heather Gardner. Years ago I worked on the design and development of an online voter registration widget for Rock the Vote - and I have to say I thought it was pretty neat. Comments Awesome widget and so simple!

Widget Fundraising Case Study: Translated Into Italian!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Francesco Santini translated and published the widget fundraising case study on the Italian portal on fundraising. Guide for the best use of fundraising widget and even more ( [link].com/2007/06/05/guida-allutiliz Via my flickr stream.

Test driving the 2008 NTC Widget

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

A Nonprofit Version of Widget Box?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I saw the words "nonprofit widget," I had a senior moment. I remembered that almost a year ago I was working on screencast about widgets for nonprofits to build community and had set up a wikispace called nonprofit widgets. Here's how nonprofitwidget.org can work: All nonprofits can publish their widgets in this directory which features all of the requisite download and embed protocols to relieve the necessity of too much technical knowledge.

Beware! The Scary Truth About Widgets [Infographic] | MarketingProfs Daily Fix Blog

AFP Blog

The Scary Truth About Widgets [Infographic] | MarketingProfs Daily Fix Blog : ith visions of holiday campaigns and jolly green dollar signs dancing in their heads, many marketers overlook the most important part of a successful online holiday campaign: Web performance. Beware!

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Thoughts on Widgets and Community Building

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was delighted to discover his newly redesigned drupal blog and all the widgets he has installed. He also wrote an excellent response to my query, "What do you think about widgets?" Asking whether widgets will foster community is a tricky question.

Ad Revenues VS Fundraising Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So, the campaign has earned $331 via widgets to facilitate contributions and $1.72 Wanna donate? Click here. It is probably unfair to compare these two strategies for grassroots internet fundraising. But I will just for giggles. Revver pays content creaters based on placing ads on the videos and paying for the click thrus. For my Sharing Foundation campaign, I uploaded the campaign video into revver. (I I got the idea here ).

From Capitol News Connection: The "Ask Your Lawmaker" Widget

Deborah Elizabeth Finn