Step 6: Adding widgets

Widgets are found in the sidebars of your blog. Some widgets are already included in the xpress360 campus blogs. Depending upon the theme you have chosen, you will need to decide in which sidebar you will have certain widgets.

We suggest the following xpress360 widgets be included:

  • Blog avatar – great activity for students to design for a class avatar
  • Pages (if not in your header)
  • Recent comments (10 to be shown)
  • Recent posts (10 to be shown)
  • Links
  • Categories or tag cloud set to categories
  • Archives
  • Meta

Go to your blog dashboard> appearance> widgets. Click on widget and drag across to the sidebar you want it in. Make sure you have each sidebar open as some widgets have already been included on some themes.

Here is a post describing some favourite widgets, with a link to the site, to add to a class blog.  You will need to get HTML code from each widget’s home site and add that code to the text widget on your sidebar. The post explains how to add to your blog.

Adding your clustrmap involves more than just drag and drop. Once it opens fill in the title eg My visitors, URL of your blog (make sure this is your class blog URL not just the xpress360 part). Before putting in your email address, click the little box about having read and agreed to their terms of service, now fill in your email. Now click the big save changes button on the left. You will now receive an email from clustrmaps where you can log in as admin to your account. Notice that clustrmaps now only show one month at a time and they are archived at the end of each month.

If asked for an email address when getting widgets, use your class Gmail account or your education account. We suggest you then keep all the emails about your blog in one folder of your account.

Here is a post I wrote about widgets and HTML code for some students in my online class. It includes links to clocks, weather and class pet widgets.

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