How to Add Multi-Colored Popular Posts to Blogger

In our previous posts we have already saw two tutorial about popular posts widget of blogger. if you are new to this blog then you may also like check these tutorials, 1. How to add Blogger's Official Popular Posts widget to blogger and 2. How to add Custom Popular posts widget to blogger.

Well, now let's move and talk about today's tutorial, here we are going to share an another tutorial on popular post widget of blogger. Well, as we know official popular posts widget displays most viewed post of our blog in the last 7 days, last month and of all time. You have three options to choose the mode of this widget like : display title only, display title with image thumbnail or display title along with the posts snippets.

So, here we will add a new variable and some CSS codes to our blogger template, In order to customize it and look a multi-colored popular posts widget. So let's begin:


Also see : Random Posts Displaying Button for Blogger

Adding multi-colored popular posts to Blogger

Go to Blogger Dashboard > Template > Edit HTML
Press CTRL + F to enable search box then search for following tag :

/* Variable definitions
   ====================

Note: If you can't find it, paste it below the autor information that is usually below this tag (CTRL + F):


 <b:skin><![CDATA[/* 

...and should end up with this symbol:


 ----------------------------------------------- */

Paste below code just after it.
<Group description="PopularPosts Backgrounds" selector="#PopularPosts1">
<Variable name="PopularPosts.background.color1"  description="background color1" type="color" default="#fa4242"  value="#ff4c54"/>
<Variable name="PopularPosts.background.color2"  description="background color2" type="color" default="#ee6107"  value="#ff764c"/>
<Variable name="PopularPosts.background.color3"  description="background color3" type="color" default="#f0f"  value="#ffde4c"/>
<Variable name="PopularPosts.background.color4"  description="background color4" type="color" default="#ff0"  value="#c7f25f"/>
<Variable name="PopularPosts.background.color5"  description="background color5" type="color" default="#0ff"  value="#33c9f7"/>
</Group>

Next, search for the following code :

]]></b:skin>

Just above/before it, add this code:


#PopularPosts1 ul{margin:0;padding:5px 0;list-style-type:none}
#PopularPosts1 ul li{position:relative;margin:5px 0;border:0;padding:10px}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child{background:$(PopularPosts.background.color1);width:90%}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child:after{content:"1"}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li{background:$(PopularPosts.background.color2);width:85%}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li:after{content:"2"}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li + li{background:$(PopularPosts.background.color3);width:80%}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li + li:after{content:"3"}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li + li + li{background:$(PopularPosts.background.color4);width:75%}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li + li + li:after{content:"4"}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li + li + li + li{background:$(PopularPosts.background.color5);width:70%}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li + li + li + li:after{content:"5"}
#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child:after,#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child +  li:after,#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li +  li:after,#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li + li +  li:after,#PopularPosts1 ul li:first-child + li + li + li +  li:after{position:absolute;top:20px;right:-15px;border-radius:50%;background:#353535;width:30px;height:30px;line-height:1em;text-align:center;font-size:28px;color:#fff}
#PopularPosts1 ul li  .item-thumbnail{float:left;border:0;margin-right:10px;background:transparent;padding:0;width:40px;height:40px}
#PopularPosts1 ul li a{font-size:12px;color:#444;text-decoration:none}
#PopularPosts1 ul li a:hover{color:#222;text-decoration:none}

Now find the following code:

<b:widget id='PopularPosts1' locked='false' title='Popular Posts' type='PopularPosts'>

Delete it until you reach at this tag (delete the </b:widget> also):

 </b:widget>

Note: Be very careful when removing it. The entire fragment of code should look like this:
    <b:widget id='PopularPosts1' locked='false' title='Popular Posts' type='PopularPosts'>
    <b:includable id='main'>
      <b:if cond='data:title'><h2><data:title/></h2></b:if>
      <div class='widget-content popular-posts'>
        <ul>
          <b:loop values='data:posts' var='post'>
          <li>
            <b:if cond='data:showThumbnails == &quot;false&quot;'>
              <b:if cond='data:showSnippets == &quot;false&quot;'>
                <!-- (1) No snippet/thumbnail -->
                <a expr:href='data:post.href'><data:post.title/></a>
              <b:else/>
                <!-- (2) Show only snippets -->
                <div class='item-title'><a expr:href='data:post.href'><data:post.title/></a></div>
                <div class='item-snippet'><data:post.snippet/></div>
              </b:if>
            <b:else/>
              <b:if cond='data:showSnippets == &quot;false&quot;'>
                <!-- (3) Show only thumbnails -->
                <div class='item-thumbnail-only'>
                  <b:if cond='data:post.thumbnail'>
                    <div class='item-thumbnail'>
                      <a expr:href='data:post.href' target='_blank'>
                        <img alt='' border='0' expr:height='data:thumbnailSize' expr:src='data:post.thumbnail' expr:width='data:thumbnailSize'/>
                      </a>
                    </div>
                  </b:if>
                  <div class='item-title'><a expr:href='data:post.href'><data:post.title/></a></div>
                </div>
                <div style='clear: both;'/>
              <b:else/>
                <!-- (4) Show snippets and thumbnails -->
                <div class='item-content'>
                  <b:if cond='data:post.thumbnail'>
                    <div class='item-thumbnail'>
                      <a expr:href='data:post.href' target='_blank'>
                        <img alt='' border='0' expr:height='data:thumbnailSize' expr:src='data:post.thumbnail' expr:width='data:thumbnailSize'/>
                      </a>
                    </div>
                  </b:if>
                  <div class='item-title'><a expr:href='data:post.href'><data:post.title/></a></div>
                  <div class='item-snippet'><data:post.snippet/></div>
                </div>
                <div style='clear: both;'/>
              </b:if>
            </b:if>
          </li>
          </b:loop>
        </ul>
        <b:include name='quickedit'/>
      </div>
    </b:includable>
    </b:widget>


After you have deleted the above code, paste the following in its place:

    <b:widget id='PopularPosts1' locked='false' title='Popular Posts' type='PopularPosts'>
    <b:includable id='main'>
       <b:if cond='data:title'>
        <h2><data:title/></h2>
       </b:if>
       <div class='widget-content popular-posts'>
        <ul>
         <b:loop values='data:posts' var='post'>
          <li>
           <b:if cond='data:showThumbnails == &quot;false&quot;'>
            <b:if cond='data:showSnippets == &quot;false&quot;'>
             <a expr:href='data:post.href' expr:title='data:post.title' rel='bookmark'><data:post.title/></a>
            <b:else/>
             <a expr:href='data:post.href' expr:title='data:post.snippet' rel='bookmark'><data:post.title/></a>
            </b:if>
           <b:else/>
            <b:if cond='data:showSnippets == &quot;false&quot;'>
             <b:if cond='data:post.thumbnail'>
              <img class='item-thumbnail' expr:alt='data:post.title' expr:src='data:post.thumbnail'/>
             <b:else/>
              <img alt='no image' class='item-thumbnail' src='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XQt2v4x5dl8/T1zdpFh392I/AAAAAAAABUU/xMJZDedw38k/s1600/default.jpg'/>
             </b:if>
             <a expr:href='data:post.href' expr:title='data:post.title' rel='bookmark'><data:post.title/></a>
             <div class='clear'/>
            <b:else/>
             <b:if cond='data:post.thumbnail'>
              <img class='item-thumbnail' expr:alt='data:post.title' expr:src='data:post.thumbnail'/>
             <b:else/>
              <img alt='no image' class='item-thumbnail' src='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XQt2v4x5dl8/T1zdpFh392I/AAAAAAAABUU/xMJZDedw38k/s1600/default.jpg'/>
             </b:if>
             <a expr:href='data:post.href' expr:title='data:post.snippet' rel='bookmark'><data:post.title/></a>
             <div class='clear'/>
            </b:if>
           </b:if>
          </li>
         </b:loop>
        </ul>
       </div>
      </b:includable>
    </b:widget>

Save template.

Changes :
- Go back to Layout and click on the edit link of Popular Posts widget.
Select to "display up to 5 posts", then Save the widget.


- You can easily change the background color of the popular posts widget, going to Template > Customize > Advanced > PopularPostsBackground and there you can select any color you want.


You have done !! :)

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