Ever wanted to spice up the sidebar of your blog with some content or functionality from another site? Today we just made that a whole lot easier. We’re excited to introduce TypePad Widgets, a new feature for TypePad that will bring dozens of features to your blog from the sites you're already using.
What’s a Widget, you ask? It could be a list of your most recent photos, or a topic-oriented search box, or a stats counter, or ads that help you make money, or a badge to help your users subscribe to your feed, or even a Flash game or a chat window. We call it "bling for your blog." We're launching with dozens of widgets from more than 30 partners, and more are on the way. Here are just a few of the things you can do with TypePad Widgets:
- Add your Technorati profile to your blog
- Share a custom search roll with Rollyo
- Publicize your FeedBurner feed
- Let your readers find their next job from Jobster, Indeed and Simply Hired
- Highlight your favorite lens from Squidoo to your blog
- Let your readers subscribe to your blog via email, thanks to FeedBlitz
Adding a Widget is simple. Just browse the TypePad Widget Gallery to choose the Widget that’s right for your blog, configure it at the Widget provider’s site, and then post it to your blog. We’ve added an easy way for you to choose the blog you want to add it to and preview it before it gets posted. To learn more, read our Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about TypePad Widgets, which has information about why we developed Widgets, what you can do with Widgets on your blogs, and more.
Interested in developing your own Widgets? Today we’re also launching an open program for Widget developers. The API is easy to use; if you’re interested in developing a Widget and want to learn more, get in touch.
We love bling, we love blogs. What’s not to love about bling on your blog? We’re excited about the launch of Widgets, and look forward to bringing you more...