Mister Linky's Magical Widgets

Plugin for WordPress

The problem... Editing your WordPress post can result in a loss of the script code that runs your Mister Linky's Magical Widgets... And cut/paste from the Widget Wizard can be a bother.

The solution... A brand new WordPress plugin that lets you add a widget with just one click, with no more code to paste and no more code to worry about losing! It works with all types of Mister Linky's Magical Widgets and it's available to all of Mister Linky's members.

Follow these instructions for installing the new plugin onto your WordPress site. If you run into any trouble, don't hesitate to file a ticket with the Help Desk.

Step #1

Go to the Dashboard of your WordPress site. Clck the Plugins link on the left.

Step #2

Click one of the Add New links.

Step #3

Click the this page link so you can add the plugin from a .zip file.

Step #4

Click the Browse... button and select the misterlinky.zip plugin file you downloaded. If you haven't done that yet, just click here.

Note: if you run into trouble with this step, you can manually unpack the ZIP file under the wp-content/plugins folder.

Step #5

Enter your server credentials, so that WordPress can copy the ZIP file to the right place and unpack and install it.

Note: if you'd prefer not to enter your credentials, you can manually unpack the ZIP file under the wp-content/plugins folder.

Step #6

Once the plugin has been instaled, click the Activate Plugin link to activate it.

Step #7

Once you have activated the plugin, click the Mister Linky's Magical Widgets link that will appear on the left.

Step #8

You should now be on the plugin's configuration page, where you need to enter your registration key.

Note: if you don't have a registration key yet, you can click the link (or here) to get one.

Step #9

This step illustrates the page on Mister Linky's server where you can get your registration key. Select everything in the box and use the Edit menu and Copy command.

Step #10

Return to the plugin configuration page, paste your registration key into the box there, and then press the Update Configuration button.

Step #11

Your registration key will remain in the box, and your name should appear at the top of the configuration page.

Congratulations! At this point, the plugin is all set up!!

Step #12

Now you're ready to put a widget on a post. Once you've created the post, scroll to the bottom of the post editor and you'll see the checkbox to click if you want to add a widget. Go ahead and click that.

Step #13

Next you'll get to choose the type of widget you want.

  • The Button-Linky Widget was developed for sites that don't allow JavaScript widgets, so it's not really necessary, but it's still a valid option.
  • The Auto-Linky Widget is the original widget that displays names right on the blog, without clicking a link or button.
  • and Easy-Linky Widget is mostly the same but offers more cusomization and other benefits, and is available to users who have upgraded to a Gold membership.
  • The Thumb-Linky Widget allows visitors to upload a picture and its thumbnail will appear in addition to the visitor's name. It is available for Platinum members.

You can also select a meme if you wish -- from the public list, one you've subscribed to or one you've created yourself.

And when you're ready, save or publish the post the way you normally would, and you're done!

Step #14

If you look at the list of posts now, you can see which ones have Linky Widgets and which ones don't.

Step #15

And when you visit your site, the widget you've chosen will appear at the bottom of your post.

Notice the gray box that appears below the teal Linky Widget -- don't worry about that, it's something that only the blog's administrator(s) can see. It will provide a handy link to the widget on Mister Linky's server, in case you need to remove a link or perform other updates. And if there should be an update to the plugin, you'll get a message about that here.

In fact, if you do need to update the plugin, there will be a link pointing to Step #16 below. So unless you're curious about how to delete a plugin, you can stop reading here.

Step #16

If you need to install an updated version of the plugin, or if you just don't wish to use it anymore, the next few steps will help you to delete it.

The first step is to visit your WordPress Dashboard and click the Plugins link. Next click the Deactivate button shown.

Note: you can delete the plugin at any time, and rest assured that your widgets and links will remain on the server, in case you are re-installing the plugin or moving the widget code into another site.

Step #17

The next step is to click the Delete link.

Step #18

And then to click the Yes, Delete these files button.

This step will delete the plugin files, but not the widgets, nor the configuration of the plugin.

Step #19

And in order to do the delete, WordPress may need to ask you for your credentials.

Note: if you'd prefer not to enter your credentials, you can manually delete the wp-content/plugins/misterlinky folder.

Step #20

And finally, if you're performing an update to a newer version of the plugin, click here to jump up to the top of the installation instructions.