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Would you like to learn more about Cluster Maps? Would you like a Cluster Map on your site or blog? For an overview of Cluster Maps read my post from a few days ago. Yesterday’s post starts the process of signing up for Cluster Maps and shares how to install a Cluster map on Blogger. Today we will work with WordPress widgets. Tomorrow we will work with WordPress for those who do not use widgets and perhaps we will finish and work with regular websites too.

The Duchess

The Duchess, Digital © Diane Clancy

Hopefully you have read yesterday’s post and have already copied the code you need for the Cluster Map. If you need to, go back and get the code from the Cluster Maps site. For most cases option A is just fine.

If you use widgets, login to your admin panel. Then go to “Presentation” to “Widgets.” Widgets will be on the line underneath Presentations after you choose Presentations.

Look to see if you have a “text” widget under “Available Widgets.” If you do not see a text widget that is there, go further down the page to “Text Widgets” and choose one or more text widgets. Then click “save.”

Grab one of the “text” widgets under “Widgets Available.” Drag it to the “Sidebar.” Double click the little icon on the top right with a blue bar and a couple of black lines underneath it. It will open into a box that you can put the info into. If you want, there is a place for a title – like “Cluster Map” or “Stats.” Then in the larger box underneath the title, paste the code for you Cluster Map. Then close the box with a click onto the “X” on the upper right.

To the right of the “Sidebar,” across the work space, there is Save Changes” – click on that. Alternatively, underneath “Available Widgets”, on the the right, is “Save Changes” – click on that.

Then … ta da!!! Go the “View Site” (next to the name of your blog) and see how gorgeous your map looks.  It will be empty for now, but soon your little red dots will start to show up as we all coming visiting you!!

Aside – If your blog is hosted on WordPress (that is, if www.yourname.wordpress.com is your blog), then I think you will need to use option B or option D. I am not sure. You can try and see which works … and perhaps leave us a comment so we can all learn. I just know there are some restrictions that aren’t there if you host your blog yourself. If you run into problems, email me or make a comment and I will see if we can’t get it figured out.

I hope this is being useful to someone! As always, I am delighted to hear how you are doing! Thank you for following with me through using Cluster Maps!

~ Diane Clancy

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Cluster Maps for WordPress — 27 Comments

  1. I used to be in a relationship with someone who always called me the Duchess, because of me being Dutch, so it is nice to see a painting named after me. I guess I should have him buy it for me now. Do you think that after all these years I could talk him into that?

  2. These seem really interesting and I am quite tempted…
    But…. I have an aversion to adding any more tracking to Blogger and Google than there already is.
    Having been quite an activist in my past, I am only too aware of the misuse of trackers and would hesitate to put them on my blog for fear of who else might access them and why.
    Apart from that, I’m happy imagining that the people who visit me are the ones who comment from time to time and not wondering who else is lurking.
    How do you feel about the tracking aspect of these things? I seem to remember you are interested in politics.

  3. Hi Frances, I certainly understand your concern! I also have been quite an activist and I know such things can be used against targeted groups. If this were a political blog – particularly a liberal one – I would have much more hesitation.

    Given that it is about art, perhaps I naively think that it will all be ok. I thought long and hard before I started blogging at all for these very reasons. What I do like about things like Cluster Map, is that it is by place and not by person … if it were by person, I might feel differently.

    But I think you raise important issues! I guess it seems to me that there is tons of tracking every which way … and so this feels like one little drop of water in the ocean. I know that every drop is important – and I guess I do feel ok about this.

    Another thing, these tracking maps don’t track readers – and I think lots of people use readers. Someone can certainly email me a comment and I can post it for them to avoid tracking …

    Thank you for raising such important issue, Frances!

    ~ Diane Clancy

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