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

Byte Technology

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?

Evolution of the Widget

Allegiance Group

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.”. Most of us were introduced to the widget in our fourth grade math class: If one person at a factory can make 30 widgets in an hour, how many widgets can a factory that employs 3 people make in the course of a standard work day. Here are some things to consider when making a widget: Widgets come in all shapes and sizes.

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Ask Your Lawmaker Widget

NTEN

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Roll Your Own RSS Feed Digest Widget

Wild Apricot

Tags: RSS Widgets Non-profit technology Web 2.0

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Widgetized Health Coverage Reform News

Forum One

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.

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. There are three general types of sources to find widgets to install on your organization's blog or web site: 1. Many widgets I came across are designed to work with various Web 2.0 Now, they may not be calling it a widget, some refer to as "badges."

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. It will explain the problem that a widget may solve for a nonprofit blog, some examples of nonprofit blogs using them, and oh yeah, answer the age old question "What is a Widget?" What is a Widget?

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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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.

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. She also sent me a message via odeo with her thoughts about how widgets help build community. You can comment, tag, search, or add audio commentary as this widget Beth has been using.

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?

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. Maybe it will become clearer with more fundraising widgets. some of these widgets can help you create content for the blog. Having widgets passively site on your sidebar may mean they aren't used.

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

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

See3

Home • About Us Mission Team News Partners Careers • Services Overview Interactive Marketing Video Web Design and Development • Clients Clients List Client Login • Resources Overview Events YouTube for Nonprofits Guide to Online Video Video FAQs Our Blog • Contact POSTED BY Michael Hoffman MAR 16, 2008 The NTC Widget This is a great widget made with the Sprout technology. Sprout is a tool that lets you easily build your own widget.

Katya Andresen on Fundraising Widgets

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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?" " Here's the transcript: "I think widgets are a great way to build community if you are authentic about it. I mean you put the widget in the hands of the community. People want to use widgets to be messengers whether it is a fundraising vehicle or poll."

Michael Stein on Fundraising Widgets

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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. What I think is exciting about widgets is that they allow an individual, an organization's supporter or volunteer to do the fundraising on their own by using the widget on a blog or email and pushing the campaign message out to wider audience.

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.

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. He notes that this widget is useful because it: a.) He also mentioned the widgets don't automatically attract an audience (install a widget and they will come isn't the way the to think about it.)

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.

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. Screenshot of sample Change.org widget from Change.org site. widget fundraising social network nonprofit

A New Landing Page, Just for Fundraisers

EveryAction

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. Other individual widgets on the landing page provide critical, real-time insights about various aspects of your fundraising program - from major gifts, to telemarketing and direct response plans, follow-up tasks, and monthly giving.

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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 ).

Test driving the 2008 NTC Widget

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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 In fact it shows how to set a realistic goal, crafting an effective message, identifying likely prospects, incorporating social networking sites into your implementation efforts, in addition of shows how to best use the Chipin widget. Via my flickr stream.

Torley Linden on Widgets for Visuals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He's been redesigning his blog over the past few days, adding widgets for visual appeal and RSS publishing feeds. I enjoy widgets because they create visual interest. Also, I have the RSS widget that streams the headlines from my employer's blog onto my personal blog. Widgets create gateways and connections between different web sites and blogs. Torley Linden works for Linden Lab (Second Life).

Widgets Change Context of Your Content

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A badge that grabs all the publically tagged photos with "onecampaign" I need this for a screenshot for a presentation at NTC about widgets. flick r.com. More Flickr photos tagged with onecampaign. What point do you think I'm trying make? Comments

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. A widget response network in the way Nigel describes would also be a powerful tool for groups like the The Genocide Intervention Network , and Amnesty’s crisis response network.

Advanced Search Widget

gokubi.com

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.

Fundraising Widgets = Possible Phishing Attack | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) ChipIn , Internet , Nonprofit 2.0 , Online Fundraising , Security , nptech Fundraising Widgets = Possible Phishing Attack 12.24.06 | 167 4 Comments [link] Fundraising+Widgets+%3D+Possible+Phishing+Attack 2006-12-24+07%3A25%3A05 Allan+Benamer You know, I was wondering about the speed of implementation for all these badges and widgets appearing on the Web. I thought to myself, was it really that easy to create a me-too fundraising widget? you have the widget.

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! More on widgets. One of my recent predictions was that widgets and widget fundraising would make their mark here in the UK in 2007.

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. The predisposition for community will exist whether widgets are used or now. What a widget will do is make it easier for that community to embed interesting rich content into sites.

Fundraisign Widget: ChipIn V.2 Beta

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It's still in beta. but long time nonprofit technology community member and start up CEO, Carnet Williams, from ChipIn, has just sent me a note about the beta release of their fundraising widgetfor nonprofits and personal fundraising. Read more on using the web for personal fundraising here and here. If you want to test their system, Carnet carnet at chipin.com.

Look, A Sprout Widget for MashUps! What?

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KaBOOM! "Playspace Finder" - Great New Service and Widget

Forum One

Check it out on their site , or use the nice widget below to search for playspaces near you. The widget is great as other bloggers or web site owners can embed some easy code to have the widget on their own site -- magnifying the visibility for KABOOM Our friends at KaBOOM! have launched a new version of their " Playspace Finder " service -- a very cool map-based database to catalogue playspaces for kids. The KaBOOM!

Sprout - A Flash Editor - Let's You Customize Your Own Widget

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

That's a widget I just created using Sproutbuilder , a new product form the creators of ChipIn. Peter wondered about the ability to incorporate a chipin payment widget linked to other providers and how it may integrate with Facebook Causes. Marshall over Read/Write Web had this rave in his review: It is going to explode the world of widgets on the web. SproutBuilder lets you build very sophisticated, multi-page widgets with media, analytics and more.

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

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

The Widget Poll and Blog Reading Habits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm working on a piece about widgets and nonprofit blogs (some context here and here ). BTW, I added the Technorati Search widget, the most popular posts widget, and link to the monthly archives). Create Free Polls. If you haven't had a chance to take the poll, please click through your reader and vote now! I've also found another example from the Nonprofit Tech Blog launched yesterday.

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