Cool WordPress stuff

by Donna Fontenot November 30th, 2006 

I am in the process of setting up a new WordPress blog. (Will share the url some other time). I haven't gone through this process in a while, so I've discovered that WordPress has gotten cooler. Well, not so much WordPress itself. But WordPress-related stuff.

For instance, since the last time I looked at all this stuff, there's been something created called WordPress Widgets. It's not brand new, so I'm sure most of you already know about it, but for those of you who had their heads in the sand like I did, this is for you.

WP Widgets is this cool ajaxy thing that allows you to move stuff around in the sidebar. You know how many times I've mucked around with the code in this sidebar? No, you don't, and neither do I. But it's been more than a few times, less than 1000, so my best guess would be a bunch of times! And I never fail to bungle the code on the first (or second) try. Now, I can move stuff around in the sidebar (put the links before or after the archives, etc.) without touching the code at all. And of course, there are other widgety goodies to download and use within the sidebar. Sweet! (Note: Your template must be capable of using widgets, which this one is not, so no widgets love on SEO Scoop for me, but my new blog template is widgetizable).

Also, I went looking for WordPress plugins and discovered that they are organized so much more nicely now. It was a breeze to find the ones I was looking for, and easy to discover new ones. Although, I admit that I wasted a lot of time just browsing, but it was fun.

So, if you haven't set up a WP blog in a while, and decide to do so, I recommend finding or creating a template that can utilize WordPress Widgets. You'll be glad you did.

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2 Responses to “Cool WordPress stuff”

  1. robert paulson says:

    You know, I thought the widget thing was going to be cool, but I found that more often than not there were enough significant bugs either with the widgets tool or with a themes imnplementation of it that I preferred using non-widget themes. I found them to be more easily customizable.

    The Squible theme, for example. Very interesting layout, Flickr widget, the tag menu variable size text thingie, all very nifty. But it was too damn hard to try to get things the way I wanted. There were also a few themes by HeadSetOptions that were gorgeous, but too buggy or somewhat poorly coded.

    But for all of that, the absolute coolest looking layout is Vistered Little 1.6. Unbelievable. And widget ready.

  2. DazzlinDonna says:

    Wow, maybe I just got lucky with finding a theme, because it's been a piece of cake to deal with so far.