WP Widgets

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I’ve been using WordPress to drive my website for a short while now. The ease of use, the ability to customise the page layout, and the great page themes are all fabulous. In addition, there’s a recent feature to add a dynamic sidebar via customisable widgets.

Widget Installation

To use any of the widgets listed below, follow these simple instructions.

1. Download the chosen widget(s).
2. Extract the zip file and upload the contents to your wp-content/plugins/widgets directory.
3. Enable the widget via the SiteAdmin->Plugins menu.
4. Drag and drop the widget into your side bar. Don’t forget to configure the widget!


Zenphoto Widget

Recently I have moved to using Zenphoto as the main gallery for my site. In order to replicate the random image on the main page, I have created a new Zenphoto widget. To make life easy, this uses some configuration data collected by the ZenphotoPress plugin, but is otherwise quite standalone.

Download the WP Zenphoto widget (version 1.0)

Coppermine Widget

Seeing as how I also use Coppermine to drive my photo album, I decided to create a very simple widget to display a random image from the Coppermine in the sidebar.

Download the WP Coppermine widget (version 1.0)

Widget RequirementsIn order to use these widgets, you’ll need to ensure that WordPress has been properly configured. As a minimum you will need to have installed…

Coppermine Plugin

The |Coppermine widget relies on the presence of a WordPress plugin for Coppermine, originally developed by Stilglog. That site isn’t available anymore, so I’ve packed up a local copy here.

*Note that after a few problems, this local copy of the plugin is back online.

You must download, install, configure and enable this plugin before the widget will work properly. Also, if you have any problems using the plugin, I cannot help because I didn’t write it πŸ™‚ If you can find Stilglog, please ask him!!

20 Responses to “ WP Widgets ”


  1. Ryan says:

    Great plugin, but is there a way to get more than one image? also how do you get a heading. Your heading says “random images” how do i do that?

  2. Ryan says:

    ok, i figured out how to add multiple images, but still cant find the Title option. thanks

  3. wordmaster says:

    You can set the title by going to the Presentation->Sidebar Widgets control page in WordPress as an admin user, and on the Coppermine widget item you’ll see an icon on the right hand side. This opens the property page for the widget, where you can set the title.

  4. stevenjm says:

    Hi there.

    Wishing to use your widget, yet you rely on the coppermine plugin and the link to that site no longer exists …

    Can you possibly provide a local verson of the said plugin?

  5. Vilmis says:


    Could you explain how to set up your widget? In Presentation->Widgets page I allowed to change only title of widget. I activated CoppermineSC plugin, assigned all database and login information, but all I can see “Coppermine plugin not enabled” (in the bottom of my blog’s sidebar). What else I should configure ? http://www.stilglog.com/wordpress-plugins/ link doesnt work, that’s why I am asking here. Thanks.

  6. wordmaster says:


    Sorry for the long delay in responding – been busy! Your Coppermine widget isn’t working because the Coppermine plugin has *not* been added. Download the plugin from the link [coppermine_plugin.zip], and let me know if you have a problem.

  7. Vilmis says:

    Hi wordmaster,

    Just upgraded WP and tried again to set up this widget, but no luck. Plugin is coppied to widgets folder and enabled.
    I am getting that “Coppermine plugin not enabled” message, because you widget can’t find cpg_random_images function. I looked at downloaded file copperminesc.php, there is no such function out there. Is it correct version of file in that zip ?

  8. Alex says:

    Thx for this widget!
    Mathse (a guy from .de) has updated the coppermine plugin for the new versions of coppermine/wordpress. See it at: http://blog.artworkz.net/?p=283

    Together with this plugin it is fantastic!

  9. SeΓ±or Epiphyte says:

    I’ve used the Coppermine Plugin (stig’s and artworkz versions) forever with CopperExport for iPhoto to run WordPress images. Never could figure out how to get a random image in sidebar, of the correct size, without funky borders…until now.

    Your Widget completes me. Everything is now perfect in the world of WordPress, Coppermine, and Macintosh.

  10. Fariborz says:

    Thanks for you widget.
    But this is has many problems in admin panel.
    My WordPress version is final and your widget is the latest. but i recieved this message for update:

    There is a new version of Coppermine widget available. Download version here or upgrade automatically.
    what is this?

  11. Katy says:

    Thank you for the plugin. Can you please tell me– or point me to the information– how I can enlarge the images in the sidebar? I have figured out how to include multiple images, but can’t figure out how to make them bigger… Is that controlled by the widget or by coppermine?

    Thank you.

  12. Craig says:

    I’d like to try your widget but the download link for the plugin is busted. Is the file still available? If so could I get a link? Either way, thanks!

  13. Angioletto says:

    Hello, i have tried to download coppermine-plugin.zip but i have found an error page…you can help me? Please πŸ˜‰

  14. Shawn Ann says:

    Thank You so much!!! I have been looking for something like this for over a year now! It took a little to get it working and I’m sure I’ll do some modifying, but I’m happy with it πŸ˜€

    Thanks again!


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