Do You REALLY Need That Plugin?

Text Widget I’d decided I wanted a ‘Random Thoughts’ area in my sidebar for little tidbits worth mentioning but not worthy of posting about.

So, off I went on a plugin hunt. After a half hour of hunting and asking around in IRC I was finally given a link. By that time I’d come up with a better idea.

Text Widget. By creating one line of HTML within a Text Widget I managed to get my sick little thought out into the open. ;)

Keep in mind that Text Widgets obey the laws of HTML very nicely. If you can do it on a HTML web page, you can likely do it in a Text Widget as well.

<ul><li>Ever notice how Puritan Stew comes in the same size cans as dog food?</li></ul>

That’s all the code I needed to scare readers off Puritan Stew forever. :)

I could likely fancy it up a bit using CSS but it seems to fit well into the sidebar as is.

As far as maintaining something like this… It can’t be any more work than maintaining a plugin. A quick line of code, save, and we’re done.

<li> <i>Give a man a program, you frustrate him for a day. Teach a man to program, you frustrate him for a lifetime.</i> — unknown</li>

Plus, as an added bonus, you’ll never have to worry about those pesky upgrades that plugins seem to go through so frequently these days. It’s all you! :)

So, next time you’re thinking about something simple for your sidebar, think Text Widget first, plugin second.

  • http://www.patricksays.net patrickd88

    Couldn't you have added the Twitter widget to your sidebar (the widget that just displays your tweets and then just tweeted your random thought? Then you wouldn't have to edit the widget in the backend of WordPress each time you wanted to change. Just a thought. Everybody has their own idea.

  • http://www.tornelements.com LarryMonte

    An even easier solution. lol

    Still working on exactly what my sidebar is going to contain. Waiting to get a bit more content here before I make any final decisions. Just trying not to weigh it down too much at this point.

    Thanks

  • http://www.patricksays.net patrickd88

    It's cool. Just in case you're curious, I found your site through Steven Hodson. Very interesting concept you have taking a blog from beginning to running. I'm interested in the journey.

  • http://www.tornelements.com LarryMonte

    Although this is not my first blog, it is my first on a more serious topic. I've been listening closely to Steven's advice this time around. He's a good friend and a great mentor. :)

    Hopefully this journey will be of interest to someone. ;)

    Thanks

  • http://www.tornelements.com LarryMonte

    Although this is not my first blog, it is my first on a more serious topic. I've been listening closely to Steven's advice this time around. He's a good friend and a great mentor. :)

    Hopefully this journey will be of interest to someone. ;)

    Thanks