When I started to use MyBlogLog days ago, I thought it should have another widget generator besides the current one (http://www.mybloglog.com/buzz/community/[community name]/widgets/). The current widget customizer first give you a preview of color scheme but no layouts. When you’re satisfied with the colors, click the button and you’ll see the actual layout with the colors.
The problem is that a color scheme good for the default layout is not necessarily good for customized layouts. When you realized this and want to tweak the colors, you just can’t do this based on previous customization. Even you hit ‘Go back’ button of your browser, the color scheme is lost.
It’s more natural for users to choose a layout first and customize the colors based on the “real” layout.
Widget is critical for MyBlogLog. It won’t go far without providing the widgets for bloggers to put on their sidebars.
So I created the tool – MyBlogLog Widget Colorer.
- Live preview of colors on real widget. You’ll get the *real* effect whenever you change a color (click to enlarge):
- Unrestricted colors. With the color picker you can choose any color available and there’s an input for hex color code, so you can make it exactly match your site theme. (I did this by editing the code by hand before :) )
- Quick adoption of user submitted themes. If you like a color theme listed in the right panel, use it with just one click. Also you can share your beautiful theme with others by clicking the show off button.
How to use
- Go to MyBlogLog Widget Colorer.
- Enter the mblID. It’s a 16-digit number assigned to your community by MyBlogLog. You can see it in the code provided by MyBlogLog:
- Change the layout settings.
- Click the “Customize Colors” to go to the next step. Here you can tweak the colors or directly use a color theme listed on the right. When you’re done, copy the code to use in your site. Don’t forget to show off your beautiful theme!
Beneath the scene
If this tool become popular, I may enhance it with more features like customization history, etc. Sadly there is still no API from MyBlogLog, though expected by many people.
Please leave a comment here if you have questions or suggestions :)