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Widgets for blogs: 6 – quotes etc.

• General background: The gigya shortcode 3 – widgets.
• Paste shortcode into text widget (or html post/page editor).
• May not display correctly in Explorer – use at your own risk (till Explorer learns to behave, or till users learn not to use Explorer).

1. Various quotes

Visit page, customize, click “Get Widget”, click “Flash”, copy code; copy flashvars string from it, turn it to this shortcode:

[gigya src="" width="170px" height="423px" quality="high" wmode="transparent" flashvars="STRING HERE" ]

Page 2: Book quotes
Page 3: This day in history
Page 4: Astronomy picture of the day

Related post: Funny quotes

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21 thoughts on “Widgets for blogs: 6 – quotes etc.

  1. Those widgets are cool – many thanks for sharing!

    Quickie qustion: I know you or someone mentioned this before, but is there a way (I am using Modularity Lite) to make posts, but NOT have them show up “next” in the blog (i.e. at the top of the page/site etc.) and to make them go
    to a specific category within the new MENU widgets?

    I think you said there was a way to do it by tricking the WordPress template with a date/time change or something?

    Let me know if that is possible.

    Posted by Demolish Metal | September 24, 2010, 06:04
  2. Sure: if you don’t care what the displayed date is, you just backdate the posts so that they appear to be older ones (post editor screen > Publish module: click Edit next to date, change date, click Ok, click Update).

    Posted by Panos | September 24, 2010, 18:32
  3. These are awesome Panos! Thanks for all the hard work.

    Posted by IzaakMak | September 24, 2010, 23:03
  4. Woo hoo! Totally awesome!!! :D

    Posted by Netty Gritty | September 25, 2010, 13:36
  5. @IM&NG: You’re welcome!

    Posted by Panos | September 25, 2010, 20:37
  6. I don’t get it. please help!

    Posted by skyblue456 | September 26, 2010, 11:31
  7. what is the flashvars string?

    Posted by skyblue456 | September 26, 2010, 13:44
  8. The flash embed code you get for these widgets ends like this:

    <embed src="; name="InsertWidget_70cfa506-4403-4f75-be16-79592240ffb3" width="170px" height="423px" quality="high" menu="false" pluginspage="; type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" align="middle" flashvars="r=2&appId=70cfa506-4403-4f75-be16-79592240ffb3" ></embed></object>

    The flashvars string is the bunch of data inside the quotes following flashvars= (highlighted in red in the example).

    Posted by Panos | September 26, 2010, 15:28
  9. Hi Panos,
    I was wondering if you can help me on this…

    Is it possible to wrap text around a Flash embed like you can around an image? Thanks in advance for your time!

    Posted by Netty Gritty | September 26, 2010, 15:55
  10. You can format content involving a flash embed anyway you like if you enclose the object in a div with the necessary attributes and values. For text-wrap:

    <div class="alignleft">

    To increase the space between object and text, you can add padding, for example:

    <div class="alignleft" style="padding-right:20px;">

    For more complex combinations you can use table coding.

    Posted by Panos | September 26, 2010, 16:28
  11. PS Depending on the theme, the align command can be this instead of the above:

    <div align="left">

    Posted by Panos | September 26, 2010, 16:31
  12. Thank you so much! :D
    I do believe this tip deserves to be posted as a post in your blog. The table tip is what I had in mind, I used it before for Flash embeds. The div tip for text wrap is what I want sometimes.

    Posted by Netty Gritty | September 26, 2010, 18:53
  13. Looks like you have already blogged that tip!

    Posted by Netty Gritty | September 26, 2010, 18:56
  14. ok, thanks!

    Posted by skyblue456 | September 28, 2010, 06:46
  15. @skyblue456: You’re welcome.

    Posted by Panos | September 28, 2010, 13:01
  16. I was wondering if your blog and my blog will be suspended. The widgets you have used here and also in your “world news widget” post (and also similar widgets I have used in some posts in my blog) are probably disallowed in
    See here

    Posted by Netty Gritty | March 23, 2011, 13:09
  17. In one word: bullshit.

    In a little more than one word: the most confused forum thread I’ve seen.

    Forum volunteers have repeatedly been asked not to act as WP spokesmen trying to interpret the TOS.
    As you realize but some others don’t seem to realize, there’s all the difference in the world between a scrape blog that only publishes other people’s content and a normal blog that happens to include a legitimate widget.
    Do you know Ian Stewart? His username is themeshaper: he’s the WP staff member in charge of creating or adapting themes for He’s subscribed to my blog, so he sees every post I publish. If my gigya posts were a reason for suspension, my blog would have been suspended long ago.

    If and when I feel like it, I’ll post a reply in that miserable thread.

    Posted by Panos | March 23, 2011, 22:41
  18. Gosh,
    I feel relieved! Thanks friend for speaking things in clear terms. You are super, as always! :)

    I didn’t think you were in trouble for your gigya posts, I thought you (and I) were in trouble for the ones that use RSS feeds.

    Posted by Netty Gritty | March 23, 2011, 22:58
  19. You’re welcome.

    “The ones that use RSS feeds” (the world news you mentioned, astronomy pic of the day, etc.) do belong to my gigya category.

    Posted by Panos | March 24, 2011, 14:58
  20. You are right, of course! But I thought the ones that use rss feed in the back end are the one that they can’t digest!

    Posted by Netty Gritty | March 25, 2011, 12:01


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