The Enviro-Quotes Widget

Enviro-Quotes is really just a minor alteration of the original Joe’s Quotes Widget along with some new icons and a new quotes list, but for those of you inspired by An Inconvenient Truth or who are of environmentalist mind-set, this may be of use.

The intent of this Widget is to allow Administrators to display helpful environmental tips for their users on a convenient sidebar, and also to allow Admins the option to link those tips to other resources for additional information. The current file includes everything from tips on keeping your car running efficiently to avoiding overuse of water when doing your laundry. Just helpful tips that perhaps your readers didn’t think of. To do this, I’ve changed a few things about the way the Widget works (for example, I’ve substituted the non-visible tab delimiters with the statistically-unlikely tilde [ ~ ] to better clarify the limits between the parts of each entry). But not much has changed otherwise.

The alterations to the original file are as follows:

  1. I’ve altered the linking structure some. Whereas the original Widget simply made every quote a link back to Joe’s site, the new version allows you to define a link (or not) for each individual quote.
  2. I’ve clarified the div id’s in use for this Widget and added a new one. Because I’ve removed the original link to Joe’s site, I added a div and allowed users the choice of either including the link or styling that part of the Widget to display:hidden; should they wish. Please see the advanced information in the README file included with the download.
  3. The only file included with this widget is one called “efficient.txt,” and it includes all the tips printed in the final widget. I’ve also created some relevant icons which are also included.

Installation Instructions:

This one’s pretty simple, folks. Just extract the files from the download package (found here as a ZIP and here as a RAR file), upload the eqw.php and /eqw directories to your plugins directory (typically wp-content/plugins for most installations) and turn the bugger on in the Plugins page of your Admin panel. Once that’s done, you can go to your Sidebar Widgets page, slide your “Enviro-Quotes” file where you’d like, name it and you’re all set!

For additional options such as styling and creating/deleting/modifying environmental tips and tricks, please see the README.txt file included in the download package.

Additional features, bells and whistles will be considered upon request in the comments section. Also, if you’ve come up with some good tips and tricks you’d like to share with the group, feel free to either add the entries to the comments section or link to your complete file! The environment gets better when we all work together!

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.

2 replies on “The Enviro-Quotes Widget”

Thanks for the widget. Very cool…

However, the icons are not showing up. On Firefox, they just aren’t there – with maybe a small space where it should be. In Opera, I’m getting an ‘image’ space holder. Hmmm. What’s up?

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