But actually flash-based objects can be added, provided you transform the embed code into the appropriate shortcode; and this shortcode works in text widgets (for your sidebar/bottombar), but it works in posts and pages as well (in the HTML editor).
Some sites provide a post-to-WP button that creates an auto-post in your blog (with the appropriate shortcode in it). If you want the widget in your sidebar, you switch the post editor to HTML, copy the shortcode, go to Appearance>Widgets, add a Text widget, paste the shortcode, save (then back to Posts to delete the auto-post).
Example 1 – some gorgeous islamic widgets here:
Example 2 – see my post on the Mixpod audio players:
Sometimes the post-to-WP button doesn’t work; or you might prefer not using it; plus there are other widget sites that provide no such button. In that case you’ll have to copy the flash embed code (after you select options, if any) and create a working shortcode out of it.
a. Copy the widget URL from the embed code (proper URL usually ends with “swf” or “widget”).
b. Copy the necessary attributes and values from the embed code.
If they’re written this way:
you copy them as they are.
If they’re written this way:
<param name="ATTRIBUTE" value="VALUE">
(or any other way)
you change them to:
Some variables in customizable widgets may show up like this:
If you see such a string of options joined by ambersands but without the flashvars attribute, you need to turn them into the above. Same thing if you see such options appended to the actual URL after a questionmark.
c. Turn the whole into a shortcode this way:
Paste into text widget, or into html post or page editor.
Note that some attributes aren’t needed, and in some you can change the value; or you can add attributes not included. See here for details: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/127/tn_12701.html
Also note that this technique works for flash objects in general, not just widgets.
• A simple calendar
Width & height can be changed. Might be necessary if you want the calendar in your sidebar – see my post on sidebar width.
• Another calendar
Width, height, and language can be changed.
I’ve set the background color to white (#ffffff). Depending on the theme you’re using, you may need a different color – see the “Color” links in my left sidebar. Or you could delete the bg attribute, and change the wmode value from “opaque” to “trasnsparent”; but this doesn’t work in all versions of (naturally…) Explorer.
Some widget sites
Thousands of pages of widgets. Browse through, or browse by tag, or use the search box. When you find one you like, click name of widget, click “Get Widget”, copy embed code from popup after you click “Flash” (if there’s no Flash tab, forget the widget) and proceed as shown above. Unfortunately this site imposes an ad popup and a “Get Widget” tab below each widget unless you “go pro” with them (become a paying subscriber).
Many flash widgets (some childish). Browse by category or use the search box. When you find one you like, click “Get Code”: use the post-to-WP button, or copy embed code and proceed as shown above.
• Magicwidgets.com and PagePlugins.com
Various customizable widgets.
Stay tuned for several posts with various widgets and worked-out shortcodes.
Update: see Widgets in my top nav menu.
The gigya shortcode 1 – inserting videos
Inserting Kickstarter videos
The gigya shortcode 2 – inserting Flickr slideshows
Inserting Webshots slideshows
Inserting Calameo docs
Inserting Issuu docs
Inserting Prezi docs