For the last door in our Advent Calendar I had something special in mind. This year is coming to an end and I'm sure some of our readers want to quit smoking next year. To support their goal, I created a WP Engineer Quit Smoking Widget.
Especially in Germany we have the tradition of an Advent Calendar. An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count down the days from December the 1st to Christmas Eve December 24th.
An Advent Calendar has 24 doors, one of which is opened every day during Advent. Each door opens to reveal an image, a poem, or part of a story such as the Nativity story itself. More elaborate Advent calendars have a small gift concealed in each door, such as a toy or a chocolate item.
At WP Engineer, we thought we should do the same and open a door every day, which contains a little gift for our readers, by providing them a WordPress tip or trick each day. So we hope you will be exciting to see what tip, hack or news will be behind the door the next morning. Enjoy a new little WordPress gift every day until December 24th.
Our first little gift is a code snippet to implement the commentform as a widget in your sidebar. This Widget only works with WordPress 2.8 and higher since it's using the new Widget API. Just paste the code in the functions.php of your theme and drag the Widget on your sidebar.
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Since WordPress 2.8, there is a new Widget API. In our post Build A WordPress 2.8 Widget With The New Widget API, I have used a simple example to describe how to build a Widget. This time Heiko and I've created something more complex.
One of the main changes in WordPress 2.8 is the new widget API. This API is fully object oriented and provides the programmer all the necessary functions to create a WordPress widgets. Also, it now allows multiple use of each widget.