Using a Widget Proxy – Widgetbox

In her blog entry about Widgetbox Peta discovered a very useful site that provides a powerful way of hosting widgets. Instead of including the complete widget on your own blog pages or web sites Widgetbox hosts them for you, and even allows your readers to customise the widgets themselves. All you need to do is to include a small piece of HTML generated for you by Widgetbox on your pages. A slight problem is that the HTML contains <script> tags which some blogs and content management systems reject (including our new School of IT Drupal site).

Widgetbox generates a widget for a blog and refers to it as a blidget. At the risk of overkill, since you are reading my blog already, my own Impressions Scholarcast blidget insert code is:

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://widgetserver.com/syndication/subscriber/InsertPanel.js?panelId=155c9532-73de-4fc8-a41c-67223a90e801″></script>

A really big downside of Widgetbox is that the generators won’t work with IE7. I was forced to use Firefox to see any of the functionality.

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About Michael Rees
Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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