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Rolling your own addthis widget

2010-07-21T23:36:14+00:00
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musique militaire du Bey de Tunis en 1905 (flicker.com, 2010)

If you are like me and too cheap to spring for your own hosted WordPress, yet you still want an addthis widget so you can go viral, here is one way to do it, step by step (“->” means “Choose”).

1. Go to http://addthis.com.

2. Select your service: ->Website

3. Select your button style: Pick one. Go wild.

4. Do you want Analytics? -> NO

With your low-budget blog and these low-budget instructions, you can’t get addthis analytics for free.

5. -> Get your button

You will see a window with some gibberish in it that looks something like this:

<plaintext>

<!– AddThis Button BEGIN –>
<a href=”http://addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250&amp;username=xa-4c4778d06298d8ff”><img src=”http://s7.addthis.com/static/btn/v2/lg-share-en.gif&#8221; width=”125″ height=”16″ alt=”Bookmark and Share” style=”border:0″/></a><script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#username=xa-4c4778d06298d8ff”></script&gt;
<!– AddThis Button END –>

<!– AddThis Button BEGIN –><a href=”http://addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250&amp;username=xa-4c4778d06298d8ff”><img src=”http://s7.addthis.com/static/btn/v2/lg-share-en.gif&#8221; width=”125″ height=”16″ alt=”Bookmark and Share” style=”border:0″/></a><script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://s7.addthis.com/js/250/addthis_widget.js#username=xa-4c4778d06298d8ff”></script>&lt;!– AddThis Button END –>

</plaintext>

which, hopefully, WordPress permits you to see right now.

6. -> Copy Code

If you are using Windows, this copies the gibberish to your clipboard. I’m not a MacHead, so if you’re using Apple, I guess it’s something similar, and if your pal there next to you doesn’t know how to do it, then you are on your own, and good luck to you, too.

7. Go to the dashboard of your WordPress blog.

8. -> Appearance -> Widgets

9. Find the Text widget. Drag and drop it on one of the sidebars on the right side of the window.

10. click the little triangle on the text widget you dragged and dropped.

11. Now the basic idea is to paste the gibberish you copied into the big box.  In the big box, right click and -> paste.  — OR — in the big box, left click and type [Ctrl-V]. That works in Windows, probably, and if it doesn’t work, then you are on your own. If you are using Mac, you are on your own, again.

12. You can put a title in the narrow rectangle if you want, but I left it blank.

13. -> close

14. Click on your blog title at the top of your dashboard.

15. Regard the fruits of your labors as the trumpets play a fanfare.

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