WordPress YouTube Sidebar Video Plugin

This is a plugin based on the YouTube widget. It’ll display a YouTube video, most likely in your sidebar, by calling the youtube function which you can specify the url, width, height, and if it’ll autoplay. It’s not much, at all, but meh.

Download youtube-plugin.zip (youtube-plugin.tar.gz)

This plugin is one function called youtube that will display a YouTube video. It’s pretty much the same as copying the embed code from YouTube, but will allow you to change the width and height much easier.

I’m not going to go too much into this, so here’s the whole calling it premise. You would place this in your template in php tags.


Display a video with default width and height (250×165)

Display a video with custom width and height (500×330)

Display a video with default width and height (” will cause it to default), but autoplay

Display a video with custom width and height and autoplay

Download youtube-plugin.zip (youtube-plugin.tar.gz)

WordPress Google Reader Widget

Number 3 in Widget-A-Day is a Google Reader widget.

This widget will display your latest shared stories. You can change the amount of stories to display and how to display them.

Download googlereader.zip

Default display:

Admin panel:

Download googlereader.zip

SVN Checkout
svn co http://svn.wp-plugins.org/google-reader-widget/trunk



  1. Download googlereader.zip
  2. Extract and upload googlereader.php to the plugins/ directory
  3. Enable Google Reader in the Plugin admin panel
  4. In widget admin panel, place Google Reader in the sidebar, and edit it to enter your user id


  • Displays your latest shared items from Google Reader
  • Completely customizable display
  • Caching for large traffic sites

User ID

In order to get your shares, you need to know your user id according to Google Reader. This can be found by going to the ‘Shared Items’ link, and copying the 20 digit number at the end of your shared items link.

So something like:
Where 02774557510273097991 would be my user id.


There are 3 parts needed to format the output.

The first part, called items start in the admin panel, is the first part of the widget after the title. For the default formatting, this is just <ul>.

The second part, called items end, is the ending of the widget. By default, this is:
<a href="%googlereader%" style="float:right;">Shared Items</a>

The third part is what is called for each item. By default, this is:
<li style="list-style-type: none;"><a href="%link%">%title%</a></li>

The premise of calling each value is this:

  1. start
  2. item
  3. item
  4. item
  5. end

The formatting for items is:

  • %link% – Link to the item
  • %title% – Title of the item
  • %site% – The title of the site the item is from
  • %sitelink% – The link to the site the item is from
  • %number% – The number of the current item
  • %comment% – The comment (note) made when sharing an item

The formatting for start and end is:

  • %googlereader% – Link to your Google Reader shared page
  • %count% – Number of items shown

Download googlereader.zip