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Image configuration prompt causing much confusion =/

  1. Hello, WordPress helper heroes.

    I read through many of the featured help articles here, but can't find anything that has helped me to solve this problem, so far. And I don't want to give up!

    I'm getting a prompt which says, "please configure your image widget in widget settings" when I attempt to add *very simple* HTML code to the featured WP text widget.

    When I add the HTML to the text widget and then go to view my page, I can see the written title of the widget's parent site in light gray, right above this prompt. I should be seeing an image, which I can only feature on my page by using this specific HTML code. It seems that the text widget is the only area in which it can be used, since this widget doesn't have a URL and doesn't have anything to do with the other widgets featured (flickr, about.me, etc). I see this particular widget on other WordPress and blogspot pages very frequently, and I obtained the HTML from its parent site. It is not one of those unauthorized things. I am using an older mac computer... could my operating system be the problem?

    Thanks...

    The blog I need help with is noctuatarot.wordpress.com.

  2. The Image widget displays this warning when you haven't filled in the image URL field. And the Image widget doesn't accept coding, so if you need coding you need a Text widget. What exactly are you trying to display?

  3. Thanks for the help, justpi!

    I double checked, the first and second time I got this prompt. And I wasn't using/hadn't activated the image widget at all! I was adding HTML to WP's text widget. So, it was rather confusing that I got a prompt for a widget that wasn't being used.

    I'm trying to display an image, basically, that will update/refresh every day, and has both small images and text within it. It's like an ephemeris widget, but a little more detailed. It shows the positions of each of the planets and their current degrees. It isn't a static image with a permanent url. If it did have a url, the image widget would be the way to go. But, in this instance, the only way to display this graphic is with the code.

    I don't know what else to try.. =/

  4. Past the code here please. Make sure you enclose it in backticks (see the note on "allowed markup") or the code may not display correctly.

  5. <!-- ASTRODIENST PPOS -->
    <div id="59d942bf126ff4c112c5717b404c3475-top">
    <div align="center" style="width:200px;"><a href="http://www.astro.com" target="_blank" style="font:normal 11px Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif;color:#666;text-decoration:none;text-align:center;" id="59d942bf126ff4c112c5717b404c3475">Free Horoscopes by Astrodienst</a></div>
    <iframe frameborder="0" width="200" src="http://www.astro.com/h/awt/ppos2_e.htm?code=59d942bf126ff4c112c5717b404c3475" height="300" marginheight="7" marginwidth="7" style="border:1px dotted gray;margin-top:5px;"></iframe>
    </div>
    <!-- END ASTRODIENST PPOS -->

    Thanks again, justpi! I sincerely appreciate your effort to help me with this.

    This is an exact copy/paste of the code I obtained, and minus the backticks, it is exactly what I entered into the text field of the text widget.

  6. It should probably be noted here that this is my first blog, ever, and I know next to nothing about html and widgets. If the code above didn't correctly display, I'll try again!

  7. You're welcome.
    And the code displays correctly. But this isn't "very simple" HTML, this includes an iframe. On wordpress.com we're not allowed to use iframes, for security reasons, so the iframe part of this code will be immediately stripped out when you click Save.

  8. Okay, justpi. I'll try to find a different, compatible widget. Thanks again for your for your time and your help. I've got a good idea now where to start reading up on types of code and what I can do on WP!

  9. Be sure you are reading about WordPress.com:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/

    There are different flavors of wordpress:
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  10. Thank you, 1tess.

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