Track your blog comments with Active Discussion 2.0

Written by on August 25, 2006 under Uncategorized

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Blogging is awesome because you could share what you know and have others tell you what they think about it as well. You could figure out what has been said recently. There’s always the plugins for recent comments but now you have a widget for it. I present to you the”>Active Discussion 2.0 widget.

What’s to love about the Active Discussions 2.0 widget?

  • The following information are available:
    Title of the currently active discussions
    Last person who put a comment, the time and date
    The number of comments in the discussion
    Link to the entry with the discussions.

As with most widgets, you need WordPress 2.0+ and the WordPress Widgets plugin. If you still don’t have that by now, go download it!

Installing it is a breeze:
Download the file and make sure you rename it to ActiveDiscussions.php
Upload the file to your wp-content/plugins directory.
Activate it on your Admin-panel.
Go to the Presentations part of your panel and play around with it.

For more information about this widget, check out the ZeroBoss’ blog. It’s actually very interesting because there are some issues about marriage and parenting being discussed there. And I am sure that he really could make so much use of the widget he released. He even has plans to improve it by the end of the month. One of the planned improvements is to AJAX-ify the comment so that you will see the recent comments in a pop-up box.

Nifty eh? Looks like it’s one of those widgets brought about by necessity as he has a lot of hot discussions on his blog!

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Indigo theme: simple and clean, with support for widgets

Written by on August 15, 2006 under Uncategorized

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Looking for a blog theme that looks clean? Look no further. Indigo is one awesome WordPress theme which has widgets support.

Some things about the theme:
Color scheme: white, blue, gray/silver, orange
Lists: bullets, round
Links and headers: orange
Links on the sidebar: gray/silver, hover over them and you’d see arrows on the left side of the links
Text: gray/silver

This widgets-ready theme for WordPress makes good use of white space so you don’t see it as too crowded. It is pretty simple. Quite bloggish for some people as it has the typical two-column layout comprised of one main column and a sidebar with the widgets and other stuff you might want to put there.

Another thing I like about this WordPress theme is that the typography looks really neat. You would want to have your text easily readable by those who’d be reading your blog so this is another plus point for Indigo.

Something about the theme creator:
I don’t understand the language on the Arcsin site but it appears to be Swedish. The theme creator is probably from there. In any case, there are a lot of awesome layouts on that site. Arcsin also was the source of Summer Breeze, Gemstone and Blackbox. Those are also pretty templates for WordPress. Looks like Arcsin is one of the most important stops for those of you who like changing themes a lot!

Is there anything not to like about the theme? I don’t really know. You be the judge!

Check it out:
Download link
Demo link

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Widget-ready theme: Bosco 1.0 + Widgets

Written by on August 13, 2006 under Software

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Solostream’s Michael D. Pollock has released a new theme called Bosco 1.0 + Widgets. As the name implies, it is ready for widgets! It really looks sleek. It has a simple two-column layout with a nice white-red-gray color scheme. You could check it out here.

Colors: White, red, gray
Number of columns: two (sidebar is on the right)
Search box: at the sidebar, upper part
Images in the post: they are set to be at the right side
Other distinguishing features: rounded corners on the header, footer and around the main content area, the dates on the entries seem to be in black ‘tabs’

Additional information on the theme could be found on Michael Pollock’s blog entry about the theme. As he has pointed out though, if you want to use widgets with it, make sure that you have the widgets plugin up on your host and active too. Looks like he is quite active in consistently improving it when bugs are reported to him so in case you try it out and find out there are some quirky things with it, don’t hesitate to email him or post a comment.

A little something about the creator of the theme
Michael Pollock is the man behind Solostream Web Studio. He is into blog design and consultancy. He has been into small businesses since 1999. he has some interesting blog entries aside from blog themes.

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Welcome To Bloggy Widgets!

Written by on August 1, 2006 under Games, Software

Welcome to Bloggy Widgets! We’ll be updating you with the latest blog tools that you just gotta have!

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