People ask this a lot, and I finally decided I should put the answer here on the blog, so at least I can refer back to it from time to time. The FAQ is this: What type of widget should I use?
At one far end of the spectrum (the bad end) is your very restrictive system like wordpress.com or Yahoo. This type of blogging system does not give you any way to put code in your header or even in your blog posts. With this type of blog you are pretty much restricted to the Image-Linky Widget In fact, this kind of blogging system is why the image-linky was developed in the first place. In the sample below, the post contains a linky-graphic, and when you click on it, the widget containing the linky-box opens in a new window:
So let’s talk some more about the Auto-Linky Widget. Here’s how it works, and it’s pretty simple. First you run the Widget Wizard — go ahead and click that link; it will open up a new window. When you choose your platform and widget type (and a meme, if you like) the wizard will give you two boxes of code: one goes in your blog’s template, in the header, and the other goes in your post. That header code is very important, because that’s what makes everything work. And once you have that, the post code is what makes the linky-box show up, like this one:
Now let’s revisit that good end of the spectrum again, because that’s where you’ve got options to choose from.
As cool as the widget wizard is, having to get new code every time you write a post can get kind of old. And if you participate in a lot of memes… Well don’t worry — the Ever-Linky Widget was designed with you in mind. If your blogging system allows you to customize your individual post template, you can use the Ever-Linky Widget. And that means Blogger, WordPress (your hosting) and those other good systems I mentioned. Here’s how it works. You run the Widget Wizard — but just once. You get your header code and that goes in your header template. And then there is ever-linky code that goes NOT in your post but in your post template — don’t worry, there are instructions in the Widget Wizard to guide you through every step. And then each new post you write can have its own linky for any meme, even one you’ve set up yourself! Ever-Linky Widgets are available to Mister Linky’s Gold members for just $10/year. What does the Ever-Linky Widget look like? It’s identical to the Auto-Linky above, but with less work for the blogger.
For those who want to take linkies to the next level, there is the Comment-Linky Widget. If you can use Ever-Linkies, you can use the Comment-Linky Widget. Think of this as the Ever-Linky but with comments. You replace (or add to) your blogging system’s built-in comment form and use Mister Linky’s. And here’s the best part. Instead of people just leaving their link in the linky-box and disappearing (the dreaded link-and-run) they have to leave a comment in order to link — so no more link spam! Comment-Linky Widgets are available to Mister Linky’s Platinum members for just $20/year. Here’s a sample of the Comment-Linky in action…
Have I left out any details? Let me know and I’ll fix the FAQ!