Support » Plugin: WP Biographia » Social icons in widget

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  • Plugin Author vicchi


    Hi Pasquino,

    Not in the current version of the plugin I’m afraid. Actually, this would be a bit interesting to achieve as (in most themes) the amount of screen real estate for sidebars is quite narrow … you’d have to really scale the social icons down to be able to fit them in in a way which looked good I think.

    But for now, this isn’t supported. If enough people ask for it, I’ll look at adding this in a future release, but to manage expectations, this is the first request I’ve had for this.


    I think it’s possible to do something similar with the shortcode in a text widget. However, the original widget would be better. Hopefully more people will ask. Thank you for this excellent plugin. I love it.

    And thanks for your quick response!

    Plugin Author vicchi


    It’s true, you can put the [wp_biographia] shortcode into a text widget, but the problem here is one of sizing.

    From looking at my blog, which uses a child theme based on the TwentyTen theme, the dimensions of the Biography Box underneath a post are 600px by 481px. Compare that with the dimensions of a widget in the sidebar, which has a width of 200px. Trying to cram something which looks relatively good when laid out with 600px of space into 200px of space is not going to look good.

    Now I appreciate that there’s a whole lot of variations in the way themes are laid out and in the width of a post vs. the width of a sidebar, but my concern here is that even if I do try to implement the social icons as part of the sidebar widget, it’s only going to look halfway decent on a theme with a layout similar to the ones I test on.

    That’s probably going to make a whole lot of support queries along the lines of “how can I make this look good on my theme” … I know that’s me being selfish but I only have a limited amount of time for supporting the plugin.

    I need to think about this a bit more. It’s a good idea for a new feature. I’m just not sure how to make it work so that it works for a high percentage of people.


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