ClustrMaps is a “must-have” widget for class and student blogs because it reminds students that they are part of a global voice and demonstrates how interconnected we all are.
So here’s how to set up a ClustrMaps on your blog using the ClustrMaps Widget.
The ClustrMaps widget is available to Edublogs supporters and Edublogs Campus only. On free Edublogs blogs you need to add ClustrMaps to your sidebar using a text widget!
ClustrMaps is a free thumbnail hit counter map widget that shows the location of all visitors to your blog. Number of visitors from a location is indicated by the relative size of the dot.
Clicking the ClustrMaps thumbnail takes you to a large World map so you can examine your traffic sources more closely. To scrutinize even closer click on each continent on the map.
How To Add ClustrMaps To Your Blog Sidebar
The ClustrMaps Widget is contained in Widget Pack which you must first activate in your Plugins area.
- This widget pack also contains Delicious, Vod Pod, Twitter, Google Search and Flickr widgets.
- Once activated all these widgets will appear in your available widget area in your Appearance > Widget screen — ready for you to use.
- If your ClustrMaps disappears from your blog activating your Widget pack immediately returns your ClustrMap to your blog sidebar.
Adding your ClustrMaps is as simple as:
1. Go to Plugins > Installed in your blog dashboard.
2. Click on Activate below Widget pack.
3. Go to Appearance > Widgets in your Dashboard.
4. Click on the desired Sidebar to expand (so you can add the widgets)
- NOTE: In new blogs sidebars in your dashboard are empty and adding widgets automatically removes the default Edublogs widgets.
5. Add your ClustrMaps widget to the desired sidebar by dragging it from the Available Widgets area on the left into the Sidebar area on the right.
6. The widget will automatically open — add your email address, click on Agree to terms and conditions, and then click Save Changes.
7. Final step is Save and then Close.
- If you have trouble with the text widget or it doesn’t open — try changing your theme just in case there is an issue with your theme.
Remember on free Edublogs blogs you need to add ClustrMaps to your sidebar using a text widget!
- Don’t forget to share your advice on “must-have” widgets for student and class blogs.
- Would love to hear your thoughts on Miss Wyatt’s Responsible use of avatars and widgets in terms of age restrictions.
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