Articles tagged "widgets"

Lulu's New Google Gadget

John from the web development team here. Do you use iGoogle? If you haven’t used it yet, iGoogle is a customizable start page similar to Netvibes, Pageflakes, and My Yahoo. It allows you to customize your own home page with news and information from a variety of sources and it’s updated in real time. It’s a great way to keep up with your favorite blogs (such as this one!) and news.

Here’s a screenshot of one of my iGoogle tabs set up with Lulu news and information:

So what does this have to do with Lulu?

We have a new gadget on iGoogle to use! It has tabs displaying the following:

  • Official Lulu blog
  • Featured content from the blog
  • Newly published fiction
  • Top sellers this week
  • Lulu in the news

And here’s a screenshot of it in action:

Like what you see? Add it to your iGoogle home page.

We are currently looking at other ways to use Google Gadgets to help our creator and buyer community. We’d like to do things such as offer our Mini-Storefronts there, too.

Do you use iGoogle or any of the other personal start pages? Have something you’d like to see? Please let us know by commenting on this post.

-John

Customizing the Mini-Storefront with CSS

One of the really useful things about the new HTML/Javascript Mini-Storefront Widget is that it generates your storefront display in good old-fashioned HTML. As a result, you can use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to customize the display of your storefront. This guide will give you an overview of the customization options available, and demonstrate how to use them. You don’t need to be a CSS guru, but knowing a little about CSS will help (learn more about CSS).

Meet the Lulu Mini-Storefront Widgets

Ever wanted to put your Lulu storefront on your own website? Well, the community development team here at Lulu has been hard at work on some tools that let you do just that. We’re calling them the Lulu Mini-Storefronts and we’ve got three great options to choose from:

Javascript/HTML

Pros: Easy to add to your site, very customizable
Cons: Helps if you know CSS and HTML

Best For: Personal websites, personal weblogs, sidebars

  1. Go to the Lulu Mini-Storefront Wizard
  2. Click on HTML/Javascript Widget
  3. Copy and paste the widget code on your site
  4. Use CSS to style the widget any way you want

Flash

Pros: Easy to add to your site, works well on profiles pages
Cons: A little too big for a blog sidebar

Best For: MySpace, other profile pages

  1. Go to the Lulu Mini-Storefront Wizard
  2. Click on Flash Widget or MySpace Widget
  3. Customize your widget
  4. Copy and paste the widget code on your site

Facebook

Pros: It works on Facebook!
Cons: It only works on Facebook!

Best For: Facebook!

  1. Go to the Lulu Mini-Storefront application on Facebook
  2. Click on Add Application

Jackson Fox, Community UX Engineer