[PartÂ 4 in a 5 part series titledÂ "How to build a widget"]
The code is written.Â The widget is complete.Â The idea you started with is neatly contained in the world’s greatest widget.Â Now you just have to figure out how to get it to everybody.
Part 4) – Deploying the widget.Â
The first step in deploying your widget is creating a web site.Â The web site should at the very least allow potential widget owners to know what the widget does and allow then to copy the embed code.Â An example of a very simple widget siteÂ is the very first widget I developed,Â www.JunkIWant.com.Â Â JunkIWant is a Amazon wishlist widget.Â Â No Logins.Â Â Nothing fancy.Â Just a website that gives clear instructions on how to grab the widget code.
Widget galleries are sites like www.widgetbox.com and www.widgipedia.com.Â These sites allow you to upload your widget and gives widget users an easy interface to grab the widget code.Â Â There isÂ a slight learning curve on uploading your widget, but each site hasÂ FAQs and forums to help you along.Â The galleries also allow you to track widget installs and some domain specific stats.Â TheyÂ also showcase your widget in various galleries throughout the web.Â For instance, www.widgetbox.com partners with manyÂ of the larger social sites like Picazo and Bebo.Â
The only drawback withÂ gallery sites is that theyÂ take widget users away from your web page.
Widget dashboards are sites that likeÂ www.clearspring.comÂ and www.gigya.com.Â These sites differ from the gallery sites since they give you a widget dashboard to put on your own site.Â The dashboard simplifies the embedding process with a very easy to use interface to grab the widget.Â They also provide widget tracking and domain specific stats.Â The proccess is pretty simple to add the dashboard to your site (the dashboards are widgets in their own right).Â I actually use the www.gigya.com dashboard (Wildfire) on one of my widget sites,Â www.MyVGift.com.
Widget galleries and widget dashboard sites greatly enhance the ability to deploy and distribute widgets.Â And the best part all of the distribution tools mentioned are free to use.
So knock yourself out.Â You spent alot of time on your widget.Â You should use every tool available to make it as easy for your potential users to get a hold of your widget.
Next – PartÂ 5 -Â Promoting the widget.
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