Widgets are tools you can use to personalize your web site without knowing HTML. They make it easy to add extra features and functionality to web pages such as games, music, weather reports, photo galleries, job search and much more. Here are some resources for finding them and links to widgets freshly released.
Widget Types and Resources
BBC Radio 1 Musicubes –
the Musicubes Constructor
lets you build an interactive tower of blocks that represent musical genres. When selected the colourful blocks expand to reveal circular links that connect to radio 1 shows. Selecting a show launches the BBC’s online radio player, each show remains available online for 1 week after the initial live airing (see images below).
provides galleries showcasing fashionable clocks that can be embedded in web pages. You can choose from a range of clock face styles and countdown displays with customizable time zones and city locations.
TypePad Widget Gallery
– Typepad have partnered with various companies and created a widget directory which makes it easy for bloggers to add new elements to their blogs. If you’re not a TypePad user it’s still worth digging around as this type of viral marketing is generally non-exclusive by definition. For example here’s a link to the Squidoo lens button widget
. However to get the additional functionality you do need a TypePad account.
Metalists and Searches
– lets you search various information databases including social bookmarks and blogs.
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Musicubes Constructor and Tower