I used to have a space on Blogspot and I loved the freedom to add as many cute widgets and little things to it. Somehow a while ago I thought I'd deleted my Blogspot account permanently and decided to try Wordpress.
Gah! The frustration. I find Wordpress to be so limited compared to Blogspot. I have to pay to add CSS and they really limit the use of widgets to the ones that are pre-selected on the Dashboard. I wanted to add an Amazon widget but apparently it's against the terms of service.
Have any of you tried to add widgets? The last one I tried to add was the Shewrites badge. I thought it would be nice to mention this site on my blog but it wouldn't let me do it. If anyone has some tips or advice about how to to this (or if it's even possible) I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
I've had problems adding widgets outside of what's the norm. I've got messages that the widget I was trying to get was not supported by WP.com. It would, however, be supported if it was wp.org. The latter is, I understand, a lot more flexible but I'm afraid of making the switch right now and I don't know how to go about it really. If you got the Amazon widget, that may be akin to monetizing your blog and it seems that can only be done thru wp.org. That being said, WP wants their cut, meaning you have to pay for a host and that's the part I don't understand how to go about.
This is how I understand it but someone else may have some information I don't have.
I recently tried to add a copyright widget but couldn't even find an upload button, perhaps it was an older template, not sure. Anyway, I think we have to adapt the widgets we're given.
Try the image widget--upload the Shewrites badge as an image and make it a link. (That's an off the top of my head idea; not sure it will work.)
I think the distinction, that Cat von Hassel-Davies made a few posts earlier, is that you may not have the flexibility to add widgets if you have a wordpress hosted website.
But to add widgets, you log into your website - through your administration account and somewhere in the sidebar you'll see an option for "Plugins." This feature will let you search a variety of plugins or widgets that you can place on your website. You can search through a keyword. For example, "Facebook," "Google +" etc.
Hope this helps!
Agreed, unless you pay for wordpress.org to host you can't post the lovely badge, unfortunately. However, what I did was use the image widget. I used photobucket to host the SW icon and then linked it to the "join" page. It's not as glamorous but it gets the job done. I'm assuming because it's linked to She Write's membership page this is not TOS violation.
You can see it here: http://moonlightenedshelves.wordpress.com/
Please join my group Self Publishers. I'm new to She Writes and it's getting lonely in my group being there alone.
I'm still struggling with the widget thing. I've not been at Wordpress all that long, so I'm still playing about deciding if I will stay - go to the premium version, return to blogger or just give it up and go to a self-hosted page and have my own way with it. And - I haven't settled on a theme either - since I'm testing some of those out as well.
I got the badge added - although it's only a line link. The formatting ( and widget) I put the code into was in the widget that was titled "text" and I chose to automatically make it form paragraphs, with a new paragraph for each button. It's mostly working for me - although I want to use a different button and can't seem to locate them now. *sigh*
Yep. Unfortunately, when I did some Google research, I read on several sights that posting the badge on Wordpress just isn't possible. Boo. I even have my own site hosted by WP but, alas, it still won't post the badge, just a tiny link to the left of my sidebar.