As you can see in the side bar to this blog (and in the footer too) I display a list of my most recent posts so that frequent visitors to this site can view in an instant what posts have been added since the last time they visited the site without having to scroll down the whole page. And now in iWeb 09 we can recreate this effect on any page we want.So for example, if you didn’t have your blog start page as your main home-page in your iWeb site but you still wanted visitors to see what information they are missing on your blog, you could display this little list to whet their appetite. It’s also an extra method of navigation if you add it to your post’s sidebar.
SO HOW DO WE DO IT?
If you have iWeb 09 you will know that there is now a selection of ‘widgets’ to choose from and it is one of these we will be using for this tutorial.
So open iWeb and pick the first page you want to add the ‘recent posts’ listing to.
Open the ‘media bar’ and select the RSS widget. Drag it across to your page and put it where you need the post list to appear.
In the RSS Feed input box enter your RSS feed details and edit the article length to minimum; then adjust the number of articles you want to display in your list.
For the list in my example, I set the Number of Entries to 5, left the Layout as it was and reduced the Article Length to minimum so that only the titles show. You can also choose to display the date or not; for a blog I left it showing.
And here is what the semi-complete post list looks. We now need to add a bit here and there to make it look part of the iWeb site.
So I added a header for the posts making sure I used the same font as the rest of the site. As this tutorial is using an inbuilt iWeb 09 widget the formating of the list is taken from the theme of the site so you won’t have to worry about that.
To get rid of the RSS feed name at the bottom of the widget I inserted a white rectangle shape to cover it up.
And that what’s the finished Recent Comments list looks like. You can see it inserted on the right of the page below.
I didn’t think I would ever find a useful use for an iWeb 09 widget so I am pleasantly surprised with this little trick. I shall have to keep looking though now, I might find something else.