Daily Woot WordPress Widget
For those of you unfamiliar with the site woot.com, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Basically, the concept of Woot is that they buy a certain quantity of a particular item, then start selling it at 1am EST until it sells out, or until 1am EST on the next day. Oh yeah, the price is rediculously low, and shipping is always a flat $5, whether it’s a USB key or a 42″ plasma TV.
Obviously, most of the stuff Woot puts on their site sells out. In fact, it’s not unknown to have a Woot be sold out by 1:30am, a mere half and hour after posting. Time, clearly, is of the essence where getting a Woot-deal is concerned, and that’s where the Daily Woot Widget comes in. With the widget, you can easily insert the daily Woot item into your blog’s sidebar. Since it’s a widget, you can customize the title in the Sidebar Widgets menu of your WordPress wp-admin panel. Additionally, I’ve added in functionality to let you specify the width that you want the widget to be, so that it’s compatible with your sidebar’s unique dimensions.
Please keep in mind, if you try this widget out, that it is still very much in the beta testing phase. This is my first widget, so if some of the sidebar integration messes up your entire sidebar, don’t blame me, or at least don’t tell me you’re blaming me. Also, if you do encounter and bugs or “accidental features,” please fill out a comment and let me know.
Download the Daily Woot Widget (936) and copy the woot.php file to your /plugins/widgets/ WordPress directory. Then go into the plugin admin page and active the Daily Woot widget. Customization is available on the Presentation -> Sidebar Widgets admin page.