The All new Google+ Followers Widget

Google+ Followers widget

Just a couple of hours ago Blogger launched the Google+ Follower widget. Build on the lines of the older Friend Connect Follower widget , it has a Follow button accompanied with the faces of your Google+ Followers. It is now available in the Add a Gadget menu and can be added to your blog with just a single click. The widget currently has no configurable options but this will surely change as future enchantments are made. This can be seen as another step in the direction of integrating Google+ with Blogger. Now lets see some of the other facts related to this widget

Before adding this widget you will have to connect your blog to Google+ if you haven’t already done it

To connect your Google+ profile with Blogger

 1. To do that just go the Google+ tab in your Blog’s dashboard and click the Upgrade to Google+ button

Upgrade to Google+

2. You will be presented a screen where you will have to tick the check-box and click the Switch Now button

connect with google+ blogger

3. Now you have a choice whether you want to add the blogs you contribute to the About section of your Google+ profile. Whatever you choose , either skip or add the blogs to your profile

add your blogs

4. This completes the integration of your Blogger account with Google+

To add the Google+ Follower widget

1. Go to the Layout tab

Blogger Layout tab

2. Click the Add a Gadget button ( preferable in the Sidebar )

3. Now select the Google+ Followers Widget and click the Save Button

Google+ Followers

4. Check your blog and you will see the widget in your sidebar now .

Hope this tutorial helped and don’t forget to follow us on Google+ via the Google+ Follower widget present in the sidebar

Check more about this story on Blogger’s official blog – Grow your audience with the Google+ followers gadget

Polls in Blogger

microphone to voice your viewsGetting feedback from your readers is the best way to know their opinions and what better way of doing this than by using Polls. Polls make your blog look more interactive and  makes your reader feel as being part of a community. In Blogger there is a inbuilt Poll Gadget which comes with basic options. In this post we will also be discussing poll widgets from Polldaddy & Quipol and their features.

Blogger Poll Gadget Demo
To integrate the Blogger’s own Polling widget you just have to go to the Layout tab and Click the Add a Gadget button . There select the Poll gadget and you will be presented with the following window

You are provided with the basic option like
Ability to select the Closing date of your Poll
Selecting whether users are allowed to mark multiple answers

PollDaddy  Demo
Polldaddy provides a lot of options and it allows you to create Surveys , Quizzes and Rating widgets as well.
For getting started with creating a Poll , just go to Polldaddy.com and register if you haven’t already . Now in your Dashboard click the Create a new button and select Poll .

Here the options for customization are many as compared to Blogger gadget , Here are some

– Adding MP3 , pictures accompanying your question
– 6 Polling gadget designs to choose from
– Different options to display results
– Ability to dedicated comment threads
– Repeat voters options

After completing the setup just click the Create Poll button and you will be presented with a code that you can simple copy in a HTML/JavaScript gadget.

Quipol Demo

Just a year old but has taken Polling industry by storm . Its restrictive in a sense because it only allows positive or negative feedback for a question but its design is just mind-blowing and makes make for it.

To create a poll , Firstly signup for Quipol here and then create a new poll . You will be presented with the following screen

Once complete , click the Create this Quipol button and then you will be given a code to add to your blog . Or if you like you can direct your reader to the Quipol-hosted poll

Some of its features are
– A dedicated comment thread for each poll
– Adding images or videos ( Youtube and Vimeo ) with question
– A visually appealing result pie chart
– Facebook/Twitter authentication

A word to round-offs all the services
Feature-Rich – Polldaddy
Awesome Design – Quipol
Native – Blogger’s own

These are the polling widgets that I found useful and have shared with you . Feel free to voice your opinion about which you like the most out of them

Stylify Minimal Responsive Blogger Template

This is a fully responsive and highly optimized template for every kind of Blogger user. It is centered around the concept of Minimalism hence all the unnecessary stuff like Blogger’s Default CSS as well as JavaScript have been shunned. It has lightening fast load times and completely complies with Search Engines heading and title standards. This template requires that you have a little bit of knowledge about HTML/CSS so as to do some customization , rest assured that I will be there to help you out in the comments if you face any unsolvable problem.


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Features


– Responsive
– Search Engine Optimized
– Lightening fast Page Load Time (98% in Google Page Speed)
– Exclusive Threaded Comment Design
– CSS3 powered Tilted Header
– Supports All Major browsers
– Uses CSS Sprites for less HTML Requests
– Auto Read More Hack
– Pagination option
– Automatic Related Posts under each Post
– CSS3 powered ReadMore Button and Labels
– Electrolize Web Font
– Attractive Share Buttons and Subscribe options
– Author Bio Box
– Ribbon styled Labels on Post Pages
– Print Friendly
– Captivating Post Title design
– Near W3C Valid
– Four Column Footer
– Widget Ready Sidebar with Stacked effect
– Simple Menu and Social Media Buttons
– Automatic Meta Descriptions
– Stacked Paper feel to Post Body
– Appealing Custom 404 Design
– Simple Search Box

Installing the template

– UnZip the Download Pacakge
– Now Go to Blogger Dashboard > Template > Backup/Restore and click Choose File
– Select the XML file from the Unzipped directory
– Then Press Upload and the template is installed

Configuring the various features

– Firstly After Installing the Template Go to Layout and Edit the Blog Posts Widget. Now untick these options and save.

 

In the Download package copy all the content of the Widgets.txt file.
  Now create a New HTML/JavaScript widget and place it under the Header widget (Don’t forget to press the Save Arrangements button) See image below

In this widget , paste the contents of Widgets.txt file and Save. Now the Search Box , Menu and Social Media Buttons are installed. You will have to manually change the URLs in the Menu as well the Social Media Buttons. The most important URL to change is the action URL of Search box . Make it something like http://www.yourblogURL.blogspot.com/search

To configure the CSS3 Labels , go to Layout and Edit the Label widget , there Tick Cloud as Display Option and Uncheck the Show number of posts per label

Now go to the Template > Edit HTML option , Click Proceed and then Tick Expand Widget Templates
Here Search for “Short” . Now remove this whole line and write a small bio about yourself that will be visible under each post. Replace the URL of the Image as well if you like

Now search for “Stay Connected With Us” , now here change all your Social media URLs accordingly

Now Search for “home_page” , this will show all the settings related to the Pagination option (Check here for explanation  )

– Now Search for “Your Tag Line” and replace it with your blog’s mission or description

Now Search for “thumbnail_mode” , this will display all the settings related to the Auto Read More Hack

Happy Blogging !

One piece of warning , Other than the Popular Post and Label Widget all the widgets like Blog Archive ,etc don’t work . This is because the Deafult JS and CSS files of Blogger have been removed. On the Brighter side Your blog will open like a express train (given that you don’t overcrowd it with widgets)

Screenshot


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