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I’ve written a couple of WordPress widgets that I thought I might as well share:

  • SimpleSearch: Provides just the search box seen on the right, without a title or button. A fancier version would let you pick the prompt text, but this isn’t fancy.
  • ColorCloud: I always found the size cues in tag clouds to be a distraction. Instead, this one uses color contrast. You’ll have to set the colors to match your theme.
  • Unpublished: If you are logged in as a user, displays a list of all of your unpublished articles. The header is a link to the posting page. Although your visitors will never see this, I find it a useful tool to manage my posts in progress.

As with all WordPress plugins, unzip the file in your wp-content/plugins directory, activate them in the plugins page, and then set them up on the widgets page.