I've created widgets from the RSS feeds for my blogs. Here's the one for my Publishing 2020 blog and here's the one for my Kindleville blog. Each were built in 3 minutes or less.
Follow these simple steps to create an RSS widget of your own:
- Go to www.widgetbox.com
- Click on the "Make a widget" button in the top nav bar.
- Select the type of widget source you want to use. In my case, I used a blog feed, so I clicked on the orange "Blog/Feed" icon.
- Grab the RSS feed from the source site. The simplest way to do this is to right-click on the source feed and copy it into your computer's clipboard. Then paste the feed address into the textbox that says "www.myblogurl.com".
- Click the "Make widget" button. This step displays a customization screen where you can tinker with pretty much every aspect of your widget (e.g., colors, backgrounds, patterns, and much, much more). Spend some time playing around with these settings and thinking about how they'll look on the blog/website you're using the widget on. You can always go back and tweak them later if you don't like the result.
- Once you're happy with all the settings, just press the "Save Blidget" button at the top (below the nav bar) and your widget has been added to the public gallery. You'll need to create an account at this point, btw, but you can do all this with a free one.
- To put your newly-created widget on your blog/website, press the "Get Widget" button. A pop-up window is displayed where you can either grab the code directly or have Widgetbox automatically add the widget to your site; with the latter option, communication services are built-in to support Facebook, Blogger, MySpace, Twitter, WordPress and several others.
- Either put the code into your blog/site or have Widgetbox drop it in for you.
That's it. Once your widget is in place any new RSS feed info will automatically appear in your widget.