The tutorials for inserting Goodreads widget in Wordpress will instruct you to embed Goodreads widget to your Wordpress page and post. As some of you might have already known, Goodreads brings you a service that permits you to share your reading list with your friends. Goodreads widget helps you feature some of the books which have been listed in the sidebar or footer of your WordPress.com site.
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1. Adding the Goodreads Widget
First of all, you need to add the Goodreads Widget by navigating to My Sites → Design → Customize → Widgets. Then, select a widget area and hit a click on the Add Items. Subsequently, just search for “Goodreads widget” and click on it to add it to your widget area.
After you have inserted the widget to your WordPress.com site, it will look something like this:
2. Setting up the widget
Firstly, you have to sign up for a Goodreads account. After your account was created and signed in, go ahead and select your avatar to go to your profile page. The profile link will be located near the top right of the Goodreads site:
After that, please collect your numeric user ID from the address bar in your browser. You will need this in a minute to set up the widget so that please remember to keep the ID handy. It will look like this:
The remaining job is the numeric part. Please copy the numbers and paste them into the WordPress.com widget.
If you want to add the widget to your site, go to My Sites → Customize → Widgets. Select the position that you want to place the widget on your site (both a sidebar or footer location). Select Add a Widget.
Then type “Goodreads” into the search bar and choose the Goodreads widget to insert it to your site.
Insert your Goodreads ID in Goodreads numeric user ID** field. You are able to choose to display one of the default shelves Goodreads provides, including: “Read”, “Currently Reading’, or “To-Read.”
Moreover, your own title can be specified by replacing “Goodreads” in the Title field. Your handy-dandy new sidebar widget will now display the five most recent books which are ordered by date added to your account. Whenever you make changes to the specified shelf at Goodreads.com, the change will be displayed automatically in the widget.
3. Note for Goodreads Authors
Pay attention that your author ID might not match your user ID. In case you enter the ID and it does not show your bookshelf, you will have to fetch your ID from your public author page. In order to do this, click the arrow next to the Follow Author. And about ‘Add as a friend’ option, please right click and choose ‘Copy link address’. Then, the first number in the copied link is your User ID.
Now you have been shown all the materials that you need to know about inserting Goodreads widget in Wordpress. This might seem complicated, however, a few times of practicing will soon handle your problems. If there are any problems occurring, just feel free to ask us and we willing to help you with your problems.