As promised, I recently tested out a couple new (to me) WordPress Widgets and the results are in – I really love these two: Snap Shots and WP Cumulus Tag Cloud. Snap Shots is set up fairly straight forward, but take the instructions literally and it will be more of a piece of cake for you than it was me. Apparently the interface doesn’t have controls through WordPress, with the exception of “activation.” Instead, the controls are on the Snap Shot website and “feed” to your WP site based on the key code. Once configured, if properly coded in your page, links to other pages will pop up a little window, giving a tiny preview of the linked page. Pretty nifty and makes your own page seem a little less static. A guest can actually move the Snap Shot page wherever they like on the page while viewing.
The other widget, Cumulus, is another pretty object. Instead of the typical tag cloud, this variety features a “Flash” presentation of tags on your site, which move around like, well, a cloud. Settings include speed, word size, and size of the widget on your page. If some links are a little long, they may defy the confines of a box, but not for long.
I’ll leave Cumulus up awhile to see what kind of feedback I get. While I think it’s kind of fancy, some might think it’s too distracting and of course my site is for visitors and I want them to enjoy the stay. Oh, and for the SEO folks wondering, the actual tags are what show up for search engines, not the Flash code, so it doesn’t appear to interfere with rankings.
Please share your comments on these widgets and others you enjoy. I’m always up for trying a new one out!