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Spring Term: Week 1- WordPress Widgets

January 5, 2010 1 comment

We’re going to continue with blogging and we will spend a little more time adding to the design appearance of the blog. This week we’ll begin work on adding widgets to the sidebars of the blogs. The following widgets will be added:

Archives (a list of all blog posts by month)

Calendar (shows current month and highlights the date when a blog post is published)

Links (web links to websites which interest you)

Word Cloud (words which appear in a cloud form, based on ‘tagging’)

Gravatar (based on the creation of an Avatar)

In order to create a Gravatar, we first need to create an Avatar. Follow the instructions for creating an Avatar  from the Mangatar website. Once your Avatar is complete and it has been emailed to your school email account, right click on the image and SAVE it to your MY PICTURES folder. From there, it can be uploaded as your Gravatar on your wordpress blog.

WordPress has a link to help those who forget how they constructed a widget. Find this here. To the right of the help text on this webpage there is a  list further explaining how to go about inserting and working with supported wordpress widgets. Go ahead and try out others if you wish. However, take care not to clutter your sidebars and always SAVE and PUBLISH your work.

If you enjoy the idea of creating Avatars, you might wish to visit this website which lists 12 sites to create cartoon characters of yourself. Similalry 18 Sites might have something which appeals to you. Not all of these might be accessible from the school network, so perhaps try them from home.