Thursday, January 11, 2007


I love Widgets!!! I think they're about the coolest thing since sliced bread *snort*!

In New Blogger, widgets are the main method of moving elements around on your blog page. These cute little critters that sound like something out of the Wizard of Oz movie, have two dimensions. They are text units and they are visual moveable units.

To meet these little critters, go to the Page Element tab, in the screenshot below!

As a textual unit, a widget can be one of many types. Here is a picture of the list of different kinds of widgets that you can make on the Page Element page. You add a widget by click on the "add a page element" dotted rectangle that you see in the second picture below.

And as a visual unit, you can move them around the page at will by dragging and dropping them where you want them to be.

And even the elements at the bottom of your posts are a widget and can be edited. The large box in the center of the above picture is a post box, but I didn't get a shot of the edit button on the right hand side of the post box. You click that and you open the box below, where you can change the details at the bottom of the post!



  1. Rel said...
    You really do love widgets, don't you!!!!!
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    Yes I do...LOL...!
    Michael de`Oz said...
    Herman G said...
    I cannot use widgets to the sameblog from my second Laptop - Any idea why not.
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    I would say that the security and "allowed sites" settings on the second laptop are not the same as the first.

    Make sure that and are on your allowed list.
    napaboaniya said...
    I love widgets as well! But all my widgets suddenly vanished! In fact everything from the right side of my blog is missing :( even my 'posts' are not showing on the main page, only 1/2 of a post is showing with the remaining 6 dys missing :(

    They are still on my elements page layout and they do appear when I click on the blog title.

    Can you please kindly teach me how to repair the problem?
    With great appreciation! :)
    My site at Its Not a Weekend;It's a Lifestyle
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    You're problem seems to have fixed itself. I can see your posts and your sidebar
    nabilah said...
    i changed my blog skin by editing html at 'Classic Template'. Now, all my widgets are gone, my clock, my counter, my chatbox, even the button to leave comments at the end of the posts. please help me!
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    Sorry....remember that warning that said, "You are ab out to delete your widgets."

    It did! They're gone forever :-(

    You'll have to start over. Next time keep a copy of them on your computer in a Notepad I suggested in the post :-)
    nabilah said...
    thing is..when i upgrade back to the 'Layout Template', they're all there. All my widgets are there. But, when i revert to Classic Template, they're gone again. I use the Classic Template coz, the blog skin i downloaded is in HTML not XML. Do you have any idea why this is happening with my Classic Template? Can you help me?
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    Oooooh!!! Now I understand!!!

    Classic Templates don't have widget technology, therefore they can't use widgets.

    You could put all of those things in your sidebar, but you'll need to do it by adding the HTML code to the sidebar of the template yourself! :-)
    nabilah said...

    now i've got 2 figure out how to do that...*sigh*..

    i can copy & paste the html for the widgets...i just don't know exactly where in the whole skin html i should insert it...
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    What is your blog address...I will try to help you!
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    That is a hugely creative template!!! I've never seen one like that. Cudos on creativity!

    Have you decided which colum you want things to go into...You're going to need to even out how much you pust into columns so that one isn't extremely longer than the other.

    Each of your sidebars are designated as a "head" in your template code. You've got a "head1" which is the main column. Then theres' "head2", "head3", "head4".

    These are the sidebars. after the information that you already have in them, there are two <br> tags. Put one set of widget info in between the two break tags in each section. That should get three of your widgets online. We'll only do a couple at a time,a nd get them to work before adding more.
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    Oh...and I deleted the comment that had your email address in it.

    LOL...never put your email address out there like that!

    The spambots troll the internet looking for those @ symbols and you'll get a million spam emails.

    If you ever need to put your email address on the internet, always write it using (at)

    ...LOL...Spambots haven't learned to read yet to find addresses :-)
    nabilah said...
    Oh! Thanx! See how internet-illiterate i am..heheh =) Thanx a lot! For the info about Spambots. I'll try to keep tat in mind. I've never heard of Spambots b4, Thanx! And..about the widgets html..i'll try it..then, i'll tell you how it goes. Thanx a lot! U're really helpful...=)
    Yup! I thoughts its a beauty too..=)Found it at
    nabilah said...'ve tried your suggestions..guess what? It worked! hahah! =) Thanx..
    But, erm..however, I still have some things missing. In my posts, the 'Title' is gone. There is only the day and date on top. And..At the end of the post, the link/button to leave comments is also not there. Sorry to bother you..but, if you're free and willing..can you help me?..again..=)
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    go back over to Blogskins, and view the template...Are the title and comment button in the demo that they show you?

    If they are give me the URL for that screen that has the demo on it.

    And I will work on it later this evening.
    nabilah said...
    oh no!!! there are no title and comments button in the demo... bad...didn't notice that..never mind then..i guess, hav to sacrifice the comments button for the nice you can't hav it

    neways..thanx a lot for all the help! really appreciate it!! =)

    and..Good Luck on this blog!!! It has help me..i'm sure, many other people value it too! =)

    The Very Reverend Jennifer said...
    a newbie hopelessly searching for the information I need ... I used a classic blogger template and the comments don't show unless you click on the comments word. How do I get them to stay visible on the bottom of my post permanently. Same goes for the form for making the comment ... I'd like to be on the same page as the post and not as a new window.
    Thanks to anyone who can tell me how to do it
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    Comments don't stay visible at the bottom of any posts...LOL...they take up too much room and just annoy people to distraction, that could care less about other people's comments.

    It is not possible to make them stay, Blogger will not waste the bandwidth.

    All comments have to open in another window because blog pages do not have the functionality for encription or login, which are needed for posting!
    Anonymous said...
    You could put all of those things in your sidebar, but you'll need to do it by adding the HTML code to the sidebar of the template yourself! :-)

    what do you mean by this?
    Anonymous said...
    can u teach me how to add "following" widget in classic template ?
    or do u know the html codings for that ?
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    Sorry berry! You can't use widgets on classic templates!
    Capt. Dick said...
    Do you have any idea how to change the font colors for the choices typed in a poll widget? My sidebar is dark blue, and the font is black in all of the poll choices, so it's very hard to read them.

    I'm kind of a "dummy" when it comes to HTML, so please, if you have an answer, give it in detail.

    Thanks a bunch!
    Bonnie Calhoun said...
    I've never played with Polls. Do esn't it give you display options in the Poll Configuration box?

    If not, I can't help....unless when you call up the Fonts and Colors tab on your Layout page...scroll down thru the color chart in the upper left of the screen and see if it gives you an option for changing it.

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