add an icon in a blogroll link

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  • #600097

    benaveling
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    I want to add a link to twitter in the blogroll, and a link of two to facebook. And I want to put the twitter and facebook [t] and [f] icons in those links, so there would be the little [t] and then the words “follow me on twitter”, with a link to my twitter account, and likewise for facebook.
    But it seems the links widget doesn’t support that. I can have it display an icon, but only instead of the text, not as well as the text. Is there a sensible way to persuade it to display both an icon and text?

    #600244

    timethief
    Member

    We need a complete link to the blog in question please starting with http://

    #600279

    benaveling
    Member
    #600280

    benaveling
    Member

    If I only wanted one facebook link, it would be enough to just put the [f] logo and the [t] log. I suppose that would be an option, they’re pretty self explanatory and one of the facebook links is more important to me than the other.

    #600296

    You can add images to links in the links section of the dashboard. You then edit the links widget and select to have it show the image.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/blogroll/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/links-widget/

    #600471

    benaveling
    Member

    Done. But that was not obvious, and the result is not quite what I was hoping for:
    – I’m not completely sure why I had to add the blogroll widget, given that I already had links in the page and in the dashboard, why the extra step?
    – there is a blue box around my icons that I’d rather not have – presumably part of the theme? Is there a way to remove it?

    #600497

    benaveling
    Member

    An answer to one of my own questions, and a trap for young players: Once you explicitly add in the blogroll widget, you can configure it to show both icon and text, not just one or the other (why that isn’t the default, I don’t know).

    But! Once you explicitly add in the blogroll widget, then all the other default widgets vanish – pages, categories, archives, search, rss, meta… all gone. It seems that any specific widget configuration silently disables the whole of the default widget configuration. Easy to reverse, and easy to fix, once as you notice. Also easy not to notice, at least in my experience.

    #600498

    What you are seeing in the sidebar is a sample set put there by the theme itself so you can see that it looks like, and to keep the sidebar from being empty. Once you add a widget, the sample set will disappear. Just add in all the widgets you want and arrange them as you wish.

    #600500

    benaveling
    Member

    Yes, I worked that out, but only once I noticed that the side bar was looking a bit bare – two days later.

    It’s all intuitive, if you realise that the style contains a default set of widgets, which perhaps I should have, but I didn’t. I thought I was just editing the behaviour of one widget – I didn’t realise that by doing so I was also wiping out the defaults for every widget. And I didn’t even notice that I’d done it, because I was only interested in the blogroll widget; I didn’t think to check “better check all the other widgets are still there…” Why would I?

    The behaviour of the software does make sense – once you understand it, but it could be more user friendly, for example, giving the user make an explicit choice between “widgets as per style” and “widgets as chosen by user”. That way , the user wouldn’t be surprised, as I was, when the rest of the sample set vanishes.

    But it would probably suffice to add a warning to the instructions – “if this is the first widget you have added, be aware that you also need to add all the other widgets that are currently provided by the style because otherwise they are going to vanish”.

    #600501

    There used to be some text on the widget page explaining the widgets disappearing when you added one of your own, but somewhere in an update it disappeared. Not sure why the “lost” that explanation.

    #600502

    auxclass
    Member

    The behavior is explained on the Widget page in the support documents:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/#default-widgets

    #600503

    benaveling
    Member

    I guess someone has been around long enough that they have forgotten what it’s like to be a wordpress newbie.

    #600504

    benaveling
    Member

    @auxclass. Yes, that’s the necessary information. It ought to be much more prominent.

    #600505

    auxclass
    Member

    yes hidden down the page a bit – we get several “missing Widgets” etc. every week – so maybe moving the default info to the top of the page would be a good start.

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