The new and the old (widget)

Regarding the new and old link-up code

in the get script page you will find two different kinds of code:

The old code.

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Shown above is a rendering of the old code that was what you may have seen or used already in most of the linkups throughout the internet. It is stable and works everywhere but it is not reader friendly and it just produces a list of links. In case of many links in the linkup, it might get very tiring to the user to have to scroll to endless depths to get to the finish of the list.

If you are unsure of what to use though, please use this code (marked “Old Code“) in the “get script” page below.

 

 

The new code

 

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The new code is an improved, more dynamic and social version of the older code.

It actually helps the user navigate between the links, marks the visited links, has improved voting code and allows users to use social networks like pinterest, facebook and tweeter on each link they like, announcing both YOU and the link owner to their audience.

It allows you to keep a neat blog by allowing it to “page” the links in groups . This is settable by the “pageSize” parameter in the code. You can set it from e.g. 40 links per page , up to 999. It is your choice.

To support the paging, the widget remembers where the user was, last time she has visited your blog.
So she will continue to see page 2 if this is the page she was looking last time. And the links she has visited will be marked so a new visit to your blog is guaranteed to provide your users with fresh material

How to insert the codes

IMPORTANT!

In order to insert the code, you need to put it in your blog, while being in the “text” (or HTML as blogger names it) mode of your blog editor. Switching back to preview will most probably remove part of the code and it will appear as it is loading. Without this script tag, the code will never load and you will have to re-enter the code in your blog.

Please take extra care with this step.

The best way is to publish/schedule the post as soon as you put the code in text/HTML mode and do not switch in preview. (this is true with every code out there, not just InLinkz)

If you are unsure of the previous step, you can try putting the code in a very old post of yours and try it. You will not alarm your users with a notification of a new post and you will see how it works.

Please try experimenting a bit before actually posting a linkup for the first time in your blog as this may save you time and readers in the process.

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Inserting code in blogger.

 

 

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Inserting code in wordpress.

Experiment

If you are unsure of the previous step, you can try putting the code in a very old post of yours and try it. You will not alarm your users with a notification of a new post and you will see how it works. Please try experimenting a bit before actually posting a linkup for the first time in your blog as this may save you time and readers in the process.

 

WordPress.org plugin

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For bloggers with their own wordpress.org-based, self-hosted blog, there is a link to a wordpress plugin that, once installed to your blog, will allow you to use the shortcodes also available from the “get script” page.

The advantage of the plugin is that your linkups are immediately visible in your blog preview and you do not have to be careful about switching between Text and Preview modes as the shortcode is compatible with both.

You can see an example of the code in the above image

 

Troubleshooting

If you run into any trouble, here is a checklist to find out what happens:

 

  • The list says that is loading for ever

Most probably, the script part is missing. Please check your post. You can quickly check the code of your blog by right-clicking on your blog and selecting “View source” . Then, with Ctrl-F, you can search for the “inlinkz.com” keyword which is where the code is.

Compare the code with what you got from the script page. If some of it is missing, then your blog editor has removed part of it. Re-get the code from the script page and put it again, replacing all the previous code.

 

  • The widget has loaded but there is no blue button to add my link

Please check the start time of your linkup. The button only appears when it is time to enter links.

 

  • The widget creates pages with the links. I want to show all of my 6000 links on one page

The number of links per page can be set from your dashboard up to 999 links per page

 

  • Why did you change the widget! I wanted the old one

The new widget is a platform that is going to include new features targeted to captivate your readers, increase your traffic and make YOU look great.

Those features are impossible to be incorporated to the old-style widget. You are free to use that old one though if you like.

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14 Responses to The new and the old (widget)

  1. Mariane says:

    I love the new things you done – Thank you so much!!

  2. Lee says:

    I love your site and the options it gave my blog through allowing me to link up older posts my readers might enjoy. I used to have them on my side bar under a heading “More posts you may enjoy”, however, I recently removed it as I found they were taking so long to load that it was slowing up my whole page, I have therefore removed the widget and currently manually choosing my posts and images and placing them manually. This is time consuming, however, they are loading much faster. Are you able to fix this or can I have the old style widget back?

    • admin says:

      You can find the old code if you just scroll a wee bit more on the “Get script” page. We’ll keep both codes so do not worry about having to switch eventually.

      It might take sometime to load because your browser is waiting for something else to finish. Browsers have a limited number of things that can run concurrently.

      Usually, the posts load before the sidebar so the widget loads quickly when in a post.

  3. Beccy Muir says:

    I’m looking forward to trying out the new code… love how it looks in the example. Great job!
    Cheers,
    Beccy

    • admin says:

      You can do so right now. The new code can be found if you scroll a wee bit more on the “Get script” page.

  4. Can this tool be used with the free wordpres.com. From the above it looks like perhaps it can be. Thanks for your time.

  5. I’ve been using the new code and love the new feature that it marks which links I have clicked. It makes it much easier for me when I’m going through and pinning the links to my link board. I also like to remove the link numbers, so as not to discourage people from linking up after the list is getting long.

  6. jona says:

    When I put my shortcode and go to Preview, this is what I see:
    “This widget supports only thumbnail collections”

    I have the plugin installed and activated.

    Why is that?

    • Aris says:

      There is a mode=1 parameter in the code. Can you please try changing it to mode=0 ?

      (mode=0 means just text links)

  7. Sheila says:

    I have a self-hosted WP site and I have added the widget but when I add that link to the HTML page all it shows, once it’s posted, is the code, not that actual widget. What am I doing wrong? (Because this was happening, I am back to using the old widget.)

  8. its great! But the new widget isn’t always listed as a option. It just shows the old widget and plugin for hosted wordpress blogs for a widget code. I understand that it may be “remembering” the last link up I made but I make all different link ups. How can I get the new widget every time?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Aris says:

      Hi Katie,

      the new widget is only available on thumbnail collections. If you do a text linkup, the new widget option is, well, not an option.

      So, when you do text linkups, you only have the old widget option. When you do image linkups you have both options.

      hope this sheds some light (on the upcoming update, there will be no “old widget” anyway)