You can now install a new version of the "Popular Posts" widget (the Blog Window widget) from AffiliateBrand.com which has no borders and is completely customizable for your own blog! This is a great new update, since you will now be able to make changes to your widget using the AffiliateBrand dashboard (which unfortunately my customization for the previous version of this widget did not allow). To see the new version of the Blog Window widget in action, take a look at my right sidebar-the only difference from my previous version of the widget is that it now includes a "subtitle" beneath the header!
If you are already using the Blog Window widget, you can easily switch to this new version using the AffiliateBrand dashboard:
- If you are a member of AffiliateBrand, log in to your dashboard, click "Configure" and then on "Customize" to see the new "No Borders" option available for your widget.
Once you have chosen the no-borders option for your widget, you can customize the overall look of your widget using a custom stylesheet. The default stylesheet for the widget looks like this:
The four main elements of the CSS template control the appearance of the following elements in your widget:
- Title: Configure the font style, font-color and background of the title
- Anchor (links): This section controls the look and feel of the post titles which link to your most popular posts in the widget window.
- RowBackground: This alters the background color and style behind the links in the main window.
- RowCount: This controls the appearance of the numbers which order the popularity of your posts (eg: 1,2,3,4...)
You can control each of these elements using CSS styling as you would for your blog. In the case of the widget used here at Blogger Buster, I have configured my stylesheet to match the other elements in my sidebar, as you can see in the example below:
You can also change the number of posts shown, over how many days the posts are rated, the width and height of the widget, and the title from your AffiliateBrand dashboard.
Thank you Gene Kavner for producing such a useful widget for us Bloggers, especially as this new version was completed so soon after your initial suggestion!