Sunday, May 12, 2013

Two quick tips for bloggers!

These two tips are for those of you who use the Blogspot(Blogger) platform.

  1. Replace the Blogger sharing widget:

    If you are on Blogger you must agree with me, of how ugly and small the sharing widget is, it's almost impossible to see it, for someone who visits the blog for the first time.
    This is what I'm talking about:

    Now, I always found the sharing widget provided by very nice and you have a variety of designs you can go with.

    To get it you only have to sign up, choose the design you want and get the code.

    Now to replace the Blogger's default widget:
    • Go to Dashboard > Layout > Edit (Blog posts) > Uncheck the "Show share buttons" box.
    • Go to Template > Edit HTML > Expand Widget Template.
    • Search for and insert the code of the new sharing buttons(copied from just under it.
    • Save and enjoy it.

  2. Add JS-Kit Rating to Blogger:

    Add a rating bar like this to each of your blog posts.

    Widget Code:
    <div style="float:left; margin-right:3px;"></div> <div class="js-kit-rating" expr:path="data:post.url" expr:permalink="data:post.url" expr:title="data:post.title"></div>

    • Go to Template> Edit HTML > Expand Widget Template.
    • Copy the code above.
    • Search for <data:post.body/> to insert the widget under the post body.
    • Search for <div class="post-header-line-1"> to insert the widget under the post title.
Before you edit the  HTML make sure to save a backup on your hard disk.

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