Monday, May 25, 2009

Weekly Widget: Recent Posts with Thumbnails

Ooh. You're gonna like this one. This Blogger widget from Blogger Tricks.com displays your most recent posts along with a thumbnail of the image you included with the post. Your readers will be able to see at a glance what's new on your site. Clicking on one of the items will take them to the post page for that item. The widget also displays the number of comments you have for each post.

Here's a shot of it in action at Baby Cheapskate under the sidebar heading "This Just In!":


I love how quickly the widget updates with new posts and how clean it looks on the page. It was easy to install, too.

Just copy and paste the code from BloggerTricks.com into a sidbar widget and insert your blog's URL where indicated. BloggerTricks shows you how to change the font size, spacing, etc., but the defaults are pretty good, IMO. This widget works best in wide sidebars (the default width is 298 px), but you can change the width easily to accomodate your own template.

I tried messing around with the URL a little to see if I could get the widget to pull only posts with a specific tag. No luck. If any boy figures out a way to do that let me know!

So what do you think? Is there a similar widget for Wordpress?

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