How to … add a cyber pet

Here is a post with step by step instructions for adding a cyber pet as a widget on your blog sidebar.

1. Go to this website which is the gallery at widgetbox.

2. Click on cyber pet.

 

3. Click on Bunnyhero labs

 

4. Choose the pet you want by clicking on it.

 

5. Now customize your pet by changing colour, adding a name for the pet and putting in your name as the adopter. Change the text colour as well if you want. You should be seeing on the right of the page what your changes will make your pet look like.

 

6. Make sure the number for the width is about 250 if you are putting your pet in the sidebar. Finally click on the first button </> This is the embed code button on many websites.

 

7. When the following screen appears click on the green copy button. This copies the code to your clipboard on your computer.

 

8. If you have done all the above steps correctly the final screen will look like this.

 

9. Now the last step is to copy the code into your blog widget area. Go to your blog dashboard> appearance> widgets

Drag a text box to the sidebar where you want the pet to appear. Put in a title if you want and paste in the code that is on your clipboard – use control V.

Save and then close. Go to your blog, refresh the blog and you should now have your pet in the sidebar.

 

Do you know of any other great websites with widgets other than widgetbox?

What other widgets would you like on your blog?

Many thanks to Sue Waters for telling me about the program SnagIT which I have used for the arrows and numbers on the images. Next learning step for me will be creating a video as well.

Activity 8 – Widgets

Chumby - TimeThere are hundreds of different widgets you can add to the sidebar of your blog. But you need to think about the design of your blog as well.

  • some widgets are noisy- music, games, pets
  • some take up a lot of space – games, shelfari
  • some distract your readers – noisy games

There are some widgets I would like to see on your blog and these are provided by Edublogs so are easy to add to your sidebar.

How to add Edublogs widgets

  1. Go to blog dashboard> appearance> widgets
  2. Open your sidebars
  3. Now just drag and drop into the dotted boxes
  4. Move widgets around, just drag and drop within the sidebars

Widgets to add: class blogs, links, recent comments (10), recent posts (10), categories  If you can already see it in the sidebar, don’t add a second time.

You want to add a pet to your blog? Follow these instructions.

Here is a post showing many other widgets you could add to your blog sidebar. The instructions for adding the code is found at the bottom of the post.

When visiting other blogs from classes or students, which widgets did you find distracted you from the posts on the blog?
Photo Credit: William Hook via Compfight