CliqIn Adds Features To Widget

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As you may have noticed the other day, I temporarily disabled the CliqIn widget. This was in response to the widget misbehaving. For whatever reason, it was stretching out the entire page and doing all sorts of goofy things. Now that the widget is back to normal, not only is it behaving but I’ve noticed a new feature was added. The reason why I’m happy to post about this is because this is the feature I requested.

Join This Cliq Baby

If you look at the bottom of the widget, you should now see a button that says JOIN THIS CLIQ. Now you no longer need to navigate to a specific Cliq on their website in order to join. Of course, you still need to have an account on the CliqIn website in order to actually join the Cliq. Also, because I’ve elected to make mine private, you will need to request an invitation to join.

Other than that, I have no idea what has changed since they never sent out an email detailing the changes that occurred. I do know one thing though, I now have an annoying title within the widget that says POSTS YOU MIGHT LIKE. I figured out how to get rid of that before, but now I have no idea. It looks annoying and messes up the widget. I’ve already looked within the embed code for the widget and the title attribute is not there. Anyone else have any ideas?

4 thoughts on “CliqIn Adds Features To Widget

  1. Thanks for noticing the CLIQ widget updates… we pushed those out a few weeks ago for our launch at the BlogWorldExpo. (And kudos to you for the “Join Button” suggestion!)

    We’re not certain why the widget was misbehaving on you, could have been the CSS server was down while the content server was up, or something not fully loading. Or the widget may just have been feeling mischievous that day. If you ever see any problems again, please let us know (support@cliqin.com).

    We’re always trying to find a balance between the widget looking good on its own, and letting advanced bloggers configure some of its display properties. This means that the widget won’t try to aggressively override styles set by the blog designer/author, but sometimes the combination of site & widget styles aren’t ideal. We’ve just now rolled out some more fixes to make the title & other elements of the widget look better. (Finding the right balance is an ongoing effort…)

    That said, hiding the “Posts you might like” header should be as easy as adding another rule to your CSS template:
    #cliqwidget_content h2 { display: none }

    Thanks for using CLIQ!

  2. @Bryan Hello Bryan, thanks for stopping by and confirming what updates took place. I figured that the widget was acting up because you guys were probably messing with stuff or working on some new features. At any rate, thanks for the suggestion on how to get rid of that extra title. The CSS tip has been applied and it works.

    The only other problem I’ve had with the widget is that, sometimes it will disappear or fail to load. Not sure what causes that, other than the widget server possible being down but it only happens ever so often.

    Other than that, the widget was worked out great and thanks for adding the Join button. You guys blended it in nicely with the rest of the widget

  3. Hi again,

    Last night, we released a number of performance improvements to the CLIQ widget.

    This should take care of the problem you were seeing with the widget occasionally failing to load. (This problem was likely caused by a timeout we set to prevent CLIQ from stalling the rest of your page content if it happens to be slow.)

    Thanks again for the helpful feedback.

  4. @Bryan Thanks Bryan. I had a feeling you guys put a timeout on the plugin. The last thing you would want is for the plugin not to load and then stall the rest of the website.

    Since I’ve loaded the plugin back into the sidebar, I’ve had no problems.

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