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Widgets for wp.com blogs: 8b – more countdown timers

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You can find lots of countdown tickers here:
http://www.wishafriend.com/countdown/

Arranged into the following categories (many of them several pages each):
Valentines, Hearts, Love, Birthday, Video, Fun, Pregnancy, Anniversary, Wedding, Engagement, Graduation, Funny, Smiles, USA, Aquarium, Cats, Dogs, Autumn, Canada Day, Girly, Retirement, Soldier Returning Home, Spring, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Flowers, Nature, Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Labor Day, Back To School, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Fourth Of July, St. Patrick’s Day, Cool, Gemstones, Cute, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year.

Two examples:

All the tickers are resizable. Some of them display up to 3-digit day numbers only.

If you find one you like, click “GET CODE”, copy the code and paste it in a simple text file. It will look like this:

<img style="visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;" border=0 width=0 height=0 src="http://c.gigcount.com/wildfire/IMP/CXNID=2000002.0NXC/bT*xJmx*PTEyOTcwNjc5NTQwNDkmcHQ9MTI5NzA2Nzk2MjYyNCZwPTM2MzYxJmQ9d2FmLXR3aXR*ZXJ3aWRnZXRzJmc9MSZvPTM5/ZTQ4MjA5ZmJjNTRiZTY4M2ZkMDFjMjlmYTk1MWQw.gif" /><br><a href="http://www.wishafriend.com/countdown/" target="new">Myspace Countdowns</a>, <a href="http://www.wishafriend.com/countdown/halloween/" target="new">Halloween Countdowns</a> at WishAFriend.com

Get the widget name and the dimensions (the bits I have highlighted in blue in the example) and create a working shortcode using this model:

[gigya src="http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg294/wafpaf/countdown/swf/NAME.swf" flashvars="then_year=Y&then_month=M&then_day=D&eventt=EVENT" quality="high" width="W" height="H" ]

(Replace NAME with the actual widget name, Y,M,D,W,H with the right numbers, EVENT with your event.)

Paste shortcode into text widget or html post/page editor.

The original dimensions can be changed; check my posts on sidebar width and main column width.

Caution: may not display correctly in Explorer – use at your own risk (till Explorer learns to behave, or till users learn not to use Explorer).

General background: The gigya shortcode 3 – widgets.

Related post: generic countdown timers

http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/

Please don’t paste code in comments – see comment guidelines.

Discussion

21 thoughts on “Widgets for wp.com blogs: 8b – more countdown timers

  1. More great stuff Panos!

    Posted by IzaakMak | February 21, 2011, 00:15
  2. Care for more quotes? That’ll be the next in this series.

    Posted by Panos | February 22, 2011, 08:09
  3. Definitely! I didn’t like the ones I tried and they just weren’t worth the slow loading they caused.

    Posted by IzaakMak | February 22, 2011, 08:34
  4. Can i customize them to work on my joomla site? If yes, then how? I’m waiting for your reply.

    Posted by Mahfuz | February 22, 2011, 12:39
  5. Sorry, I don’t know: my blog is about wordpress.com blogs, not about joomla.

    Posted by Panos | February 22, 2011, 20:30
  6. hello…bro, I want aks with U, can’t I make form HTML such as CheckBox on my posting , please help me…. Thax before. I’m sory my inglish not well …

    Posted by brigade81 | March 26, 2011, 02:05
  7. No, in wp.com blogs you cannot use coding for forms:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/#html-tags

    Posted by Panos | March 28, 2011, 01:51
  8. I’d like to embed this Prezi on WordPress to review it, but I am not sure how to figure out all the letters:

    Here is the link: http://prezi.com/px0pojvpfy33/obama/

    Here is the embed code:
    [Code relic removed – P.]

    Posted by davidbader | September 25, 2011, 03:49
  9. The code copied wrong. I’ll try this:
    [Code relic removed – P.]

    Posted by davidbader | September 25, 2011, 03:51
  10. Well, I can’t copy it, but I’d really like some help

    Posted by davidbader | September 25, 2011, 03:52
  11. Here is the link to the forum question as suggested by timethief:

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/embeding-prezi?replies=3

    Posted by Tess | September 25, 2011, 04:57
  12. If you ever need to show me some code again, check point 4 here first:

    http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/comment-guidelines/

    To embed a Prezi doc, isolate this part of the embed code:

    <embed id="ETC ETC ETC"></embed>

    and turn it to this:

    [gigya id="ETC ETC ETC" ]

    Dimensions can be changed.

    Paste the result into the HTML post or page editor, and paste the links below it – this part of the original code:

    <p><a title="ETC ETC">Prezi</a></p>

    Posted by Panos | September 25, 2011, 05:17
  13. Good! I could have given you the complete end result for you to simply copypaste, but I thought it better to explain how it’s done in case you need it again in the future.

    Posted by Panos | September 25, 2011, 05:36
  14. http://textsnip.com/1647e2 is what I got as an end result.
    I didn’t use the http://textsnip.com/aa4517 part though

    Posted by davidbader | September 25, 2011, 05:46
  15. Well that’s up to you – I’m only worried it might be against the Prezi terms of service.

    Posted by Panos | September 25, 2011, 06:05
  16. I’d like to say that according to the terms of service: if it is a public prezi, you may “reproduce it, re-publish it, project it publicly, modify it (for technical reasons), ect.”
    Now when you try to embed videos, it does say this site doesn’t allow embedding, but when you search for the word “embed” in the terms of service, you do not find it anywhere.

    Posted by davidbader | September 25, 2011, 06:24
  17. Also, I appreciate that you are so open to helping people. No doubt that a lot of people ask you things…many times over. I can guarantee, you’re bookmarked!

    Posted by davidbader | September 25, 2011, 06:26
  18. You’re welcome and thanks for your kind words. Yeah, a lot of people ask me things: my tagline says “tips & advice on WordPress.com blogs”, and that’s what the whole blog is about – as an extension of my volunteering in the forum.

    Posted by Panos | September 25, 2011, 06:45
  19. You never gave your thoughts on the Terms of Use thing again!

    Posted by davidbader | September 25, 2011, 23:26
  20. Well I won’t go over all the Prezi TOS for you! If they allow modifying, then removing the links is ok. But if they only mention modifying for technical reasons, that doesn’t cover the removal of the links. And anyway, when something is offered to you for free, it’s good internet etiquette to retain the links. But in this case it’s not really important, since the Prezi logo on the doc itself links back to the site.

    Posted by Panos | September 26, 2011, 04:16

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