Today I started trying out plugins for my blog, and the task wasn’t so daunting after I realized some plugins give installation directions in their descriptions. I ended up choosing two widgets and added a new page for a third plugin. The widgets were relatively easy to install, and I chose a weather widget (I’m obsessively checking it anyway, so why not add it to my blog) and a last.fm widget that tracks recently listened to songs from my last.fm account. The new page I added was for a visitor tracker that identifies where your blog’s visitors are located and how many visitors your blog’s had in the last month. I found these plugins simply by searching for “weather,” “last.fm,” and “most popular” in the WP plugin search. The weather widget required that I sign up for a weather.com account that gives you permission to access their XML feed with a partner ID and license key.
Unfortunately, when I started exploring new themes, the first theme I chose removed the links to my “About” and “Who’s online?” pages, so I switched to my current theme, Hanami. Although I like the simplicity of Hanami, I wish I could figure out how to change the header image. (I searched for “custom header” to find this theme because I’d like to personalize my blog with my own photos.) I will probably try to figure this out later.
Update: Yay! I figured out how to change the header in cPanel!