Archive for October, 2006

Widgetbox.com

October 28th, 2006

Widgetbox.com
Widgetbox.com–Break it down to it’s core, Widgetbox is a widget widget. That’s not a typo! Widgetbox gives you a widget that allows you to update, change or add widgets to your blog just by logging into Widgetbox, selecting the widgets you want and adding them to your widget panel. Your blog will then reflect the changes that you have made at Widgetbox.

This is cool!
1. Add widgets: You can add, change or deletes widgets from your blog without editing your HTML each time.
2. Huge list: Widgetbox.com has a large database of widgets for you to choose your widget from.
3. Site navigation: Widgetbox.com is very easy to surf and use. Things are easy to read and understand for the first time user to the veteran web master.

This is ok!
1. Javascript: This is a Javascript widget. Widgetbox says it’s MySpace compatible. I haven’t figured this out yet.
2. Register: You have to register to use Widgetbox. The panel and associated code that are created have to be user specific.
3. Widget appearance: The Widgetbox widget appearance is clean. Thin line borders create a sharp, professional appearance.

This is a bummer!
1. Pay for Widgetbox: There is talk on site about some type of “charge for service” once Widgetbox comes out of beta.
2. Widget customizations: You can easily change the size of your “widget panel”. There is an option for custom CSS but no way for the novice to know how to use this. No border color options etc…
3. Widget sizes: All widgets come in different sizes. The “widget panel” allows for height and width edits, but the widget located in the panel is limited. If you pick a large widget and put it in a smaller “panel” you’ll get scroll bars for that widget.

Here is an example. (I also have a widgetbox widget in my sidebar)

I originally had a Donkey Kong game here but it never shut up (music)

Google Co-op

October 25th, 2006

Google has released a “Create your own search engine” widget. Google Co-op

This is cool!
1. Search select: You get to select the sites that get searched. This shows you how valid your site is in the “Googlesphere”.
2. Color selection: Links, text and border colors on your results page are customizable.
3. Logo: Upload a custom graphic to be displayed on your results page. This “logo” can be a link as well.

This is Ok!
1. Javascript: Google Co-op widget uses javascript. This limits where it can be installed. (some blog hosts restrict javascript)
2. Adsense: Google Adsense ads are allowed on your results page. This allows you to make 1$ more this year.
3. Results format: Your search results page follows the typical Google layout. Simple and not cluttered. Users know where they are.

This is a bummer!
1. Results page: Only Google Adsense is allowed. (not shocking)
2. Results page: Opens in same window/tab. This takes visitors away from your site.
3. Google account: You need a Google account to set up and use this widget.

Review:
Having a “create your own search engine” widget is cool. There are limitations in the functions and custom settings but for now it seems to be an easy to use widget. I would tell anyone to give it a try and also to try out Eurekster. It’s always good to have the ability to compare apples to apples.

Here is Widgets Lab Search. Give it a try!






Put video on my blog

October 24th, 2006

Video in any format is the way to go. As evidenced in a recent Google aquisition, YouTube. Thousands of people are creating and uploading video content to the Internet. Millions of people are watching video on the Internet. Video is viral ! If you have a video camera (digital) and maybe some editing software, you could be the next movie director of the moment.

The key: Uploading your video to one of the many video hosting sites is a very simple process. Getting your video in front of the eyes of millions of watchers may be a bit more difficult. Promoting your video is the key. Tell people about it. Don’t just say “Hey, Bob, I just uploaded a video you should watch.” Make Bob want to see your video. Make Bob want to share your video with his other friends. This is viral video.

I consider “Embedded Video” a widget. Others may not. Video lets your users/readers view something other than text. If they smile or laugh, they will tell others and they will come back.

Putting your video or any video on your blog is very easy. The major video hosting sites give you easy access to the code needed for putting video on your blog. They want you to do this because it brings more people to video. (more users=more$$)

Find or create and upload a video. Video hosting Revver.com YouTube.com
After you have done this, look for the “Put this video on your website” section. It’s generally easy to find. Copy all of the code using your computer copy functions. Now paste this code into your text editor(word pad, note pad etc…)
Decide whether to put the video in a blog post or in your blog sidebar.
Now log into your blog editor, blog dashboard etc…

Blog post:Write your text telling the reader why they should watch this video. Put in a couple of spaces. Then paste your video code into the same window as your text. Publish. It’s that simple! Welcome to Hollynetwood!

Blog sidebar:This is a bit more complicated but don’t be alarmed, you’re not going to wreck anything.(trial and error) Go to the HTML editor portion of your Dashboard. Select all of your Template/HTML code (blog platforms vary) and copy/paste to a blank page text editor(word pad, note pad etc…for safe keeping) Now you need to find the location in the dashboard HTML editor that corresponds with the area on your blog that you want the video. Don’t place the video code in the middle of another group of code! Look for HTML tags that have &lt/ at the begining. place your code after these but before HTML tags that start like this &lt . The HTML with the slash indicates the end of a portion of code. Without the slash indicates the begining of a portion of code.

Try it! Preview it! If everything is screwed up undo the changes or replace your screwed up code with the copy you made earlier.

There is an example of a video in my sidebar…check it out!

Here is an example of a video in a post.

MySpace widgets

October 22nd, 2006

MySpace

Widgets Lab
I have created a list of MySpace friendly widgets. MySpace friendly is simply a list of widgets that will also work on MySpace. There are hundreds of MySpace resources on the Internet today. I wanted to create a small resource here.

If I am missing a widget that is MySpace friendly, please let me know so I can add it ASAP.

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