Like many other bloggers, I display 125*125 pixels ads on my blog, and earn some money with it. Currently, I own 6 different ads, and most of them change every week. I became bored of editing my sidebar template everyday, so I asked my friend X-OR to write a cool widget to manage thoses ads. Let’s review it together.
What the Show125 widget can do for your blog
I always loved the concept of widgets: drap n’ drop, easy to edit, easy to place, easy to remove. Most of todays themes can handle widgets, so there’s many chances that the theme you use haven’t any problem with it.
In addition to the basic widgets advantages, Show125 gives you many option and a true control over your ads. Let’s see:
- Display from 1 to 8 ads
- Available in English (default) or French
- Display all your ads together, or in an eye-candy Mootools slideshow
- Optionally add the target=”_blank” attribute to links, if you want ads to open in a new tab.
- Show (or not) a title for your ads block
- Easy to install
- Clean code
- Add custom css class to links for styling it your way
- And more!
Nothing hard here: First, download the widget. If you want to see a “live demo”, just have a look at x-or’s blog, where you’ll be able to see the slideshow mode of the widget.
Once you unzipped the widget to your hard drive, upload the entire directory to your wp-content/plugins directory. Then, go to your WordPress administration panel and activate the plugin.
In Design » Widgets, you’ll be able to drag n drop the Show125 widget to your sidebar (or any other widgetized part of your WP theme) and set the options.
Once you filled the fields and saved your changes, you’ll see your ads in your sidebar. Managing your ads with Show125 really makes money earning easier!