I just added a nice new widget to my side bar. Do you see it over there on the left? It’s the green Box.net Widget. I can upload anything from podcasts, videos, music, photos or any other type of file that I want into my Box.net account and then display it using the Box.net widget in my sidebar.
All of the files that I upload will be hosted at Box.net where I can upload as much as 1gb of files for free. That’s a lot of space. Box.net also gives you unlimited bandwidth when using their widget. Which means that popular sites that get a lot of traffic will always have a widget that can be viewed by their visitors. The widget can be used on blogs, myspace, and I suppose any website where you can use Flash code as the widget box is a flash player.
Setting up the widget was very easy. I simply went to the widget page where I was asked to upload files that I’d like to use in my widget. I decided which of my files to upload, inputted my email address and a password, and then the page went to work uploading my files onto box.net. A short time later the files had been uploaded and the page changed to show me my personal widget code.
The standard widget box is two tone black, but you can customize the box with a color and title of your choosing. The color choices are black, dark blue orange and green. Obviously I chose green for my widget.
I discovered that you can also adjust the size of the box widget. The default size is 289 px wide, but my sidebars are narrow so I simple changed the width size until it fit into my sidebar nicely. Unfortunately you can’t see the full title that I gave my box widget now. I had named it Tricia’s stuff however it now says Tricia’s … Box. Maybe I should come up with another name? Many of you have much wider sidebars than I do so it’s unlikely that you’d have to change any of the coding, but it’s nice to know that you can change the size without making the box look odd.
I’ve only uploaded a few photos at this time but I think I might add some of my favorite music. Don’t worry it’s not auto-play. you have to click on the music title before it will begin to play the song of your choice.
I really like my new widget box. Perhaps I’ll upload different things each week for my readers to discover?