The ClustrMaps widget is designed to provide a quick and easy way of adding a ClustrMaps to your blog sidebar without having to grab the embed code from the ClustrMaps website.
It’s as simple as adding your email address and agreeing to ClustrMaps terms & conditions!
ClustrMaps is a free thumbnail hit counter map widget that shows the location of all visitors to your blog. Number of visitors from a location is indicated by the relative size of the dot.
Educators like to display visitor tracking widgets like ClustrMaps on class and student blogs because displaying visitor numbers and their geographical locations helps students appreciate they’re publishing posts for a global audience.
Below’s what a ClustrMaps looks like in a blog sidebar:
Clicking the ClustrMaps thumbnail takes you to the ClustrMaps website where you can examine your visitors information more closely.
Here’s the type of information you’ll see:
Adding a ClustrMaps Widget
1. Go to Plugins inside your dashboard.
2. Click Activate below the widget pack.
- Activating the widget pack adds the ClustrMaps widget and other widgets to Appearance > Widgets.
3. Now go to Appearance > Widget in your Dashboard.
4. Click on the desired Sidebar to expand (so you can add the widgets)
5. Drag the widget from the Available Widgets into the desired Sidebar.
You drag by click on the widget with your left mouse and moving the widget.
6. Drop the widget when you see a dashed line appear – this indicates the widget is in place.
6. The widget will automatically open and you then need to complete the following steps:
- Add your email address
- Click on Agree to terms and conditions
- Click Save Changes.
- Final step is to click on Save and then Close.
7. You will receive an email advising of your successful ClustrMaps registration and your widget will look like this image below in your sidebar
- The correct thumbnail map won’t appear for 24 hours, but the yellow (recent) dots will start appearing on your big world map within a matter of minutes’.
8. Once you have received your email registration you may wish to log in to your ClustrMaps Admin page and click on ‘Change personal details’ to set a new password and add your Twitter Username (optional) in order to see Tweet Maps superimposed on your large world map.