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Archive Calendar Widget For Blogger - 2 Themes

You guys needed more tutorials? There we go with yet another unique and interesting hack for blogger Archive Widget . You can see at our s...

archive calendar

You guys needed more tutorials? There we go with yet another unique and interesting hack for blogger Archive Widget. You can see at our sidebar area that the default BlogSpot archive widget is transformed into a Wordpress Type Archive calendar with custom styles and flavors. The easy script and stylesheet today will enable you all to create a calendar archive gadget for your blogs using MBT's custom style sheets for Dark and Light backgrounds. The script is coded by phydeaux3  and redesigned by MBT with custom colors and more easy installation. The plugin has been made compatible and easy to implement. Just follow the basic steps below.

UPDATE: The widget is working perfectly with all blogger templates. For those who are facing errors make sure you are following step#6 correctly. Also don't forget to add CSS styles.

Install Archive calendar on your Blog

  1. Go To Blogger > Layout
  2. Chose Blog Archive widget which is available in Blogger's default widget directory. Switch to next page in the directory to find it.

    blog archive gadget

  3. Choose the following options as shown in the screenshot. Choose style as Flat list. Uncheck "Show Oldest Posts First", choose archive Frequency as Monthly and Date Format can be set to anything.

archive settings

    4.  Click save

    5. Now go to Blogger > Settings > Template. Backup your template and then click Edit HTML > Proceed

     6. Click Jump to widget  and then select BlogArchive1

jump to blogarchive1  

select the entire code as shown below

blog archive

        7.   Next replace the entire code above starting with <b:widget and ending with </b:widget with the code below:

 

<b:widget id='BlogArchive1' locked='false' title='Blog Archive' type='BlogArchive'>
<b:includable id='main'>
  <b:if cond='data:title'>
    <h2><data:title/></h2>
  </b:if>
  <div class='widget-content'>
  <div id='ArchiveList'>
  <div expr:id='data:widget.instanceId + "_ArchiveList"'>
    <b:if cond='data:style == "HIERARCHY"'>
     <b:include data='data' name='interval'/>
    </b:if>
    <b:if cond='data:style == "FLAT"'>
      <b:include data='data' name='flat'/>
    </b:if>
    <b:if cond='data:style == "MENU"'>
      <b:include data='data' name='menu'/>
    </b:if>
  </div>
  </div>
  <b:include name='quickedit'/>
  </div>
</b:includable>
<b:includable id='toggle' var='interval'>
  <!-- Toggle not needed for Calendar -->
</b:includable>
<b:includable id='flat' var='data'>
<div id='bloggerCalendarList'>
  <ul>
    <b:loop values='data:data' var='i'>
      <li class='archivedate'>
        <a expr:href='data:i.url'><data:i.name/></a> (<data:i.post-count/>)
      </li>
    </b:loop>
  </ul>
</div>
<div id='blogger_calendar' style='display:none'>
<table id='bcalendar'><caption id='bcaption'>
</caption>
<!-- Table Header -->
<thead id='bcHead'></thead>
<!-- Table Footer -->
<!-- Table Body -->
<tbody><tr><td id='cell1'> </td><td id='cell2'> </td><td id='cell3'> </td><td id='cell4'> </td><td id='cell5'> </td><td id='cell6'> </td><td id='cell7'> </td></tr>
<tr><td id='cell8'> </td><td id='cell9'> </td><td id='cell10'> </td><td id='cell11'> </td><td id='cell12'> </td><td id='cell13'> </td><td id='cell14'> </td></tr>
<tr><td id='cell15'> </td><td id='cell16'> </td><td id='cell17'> </td><td id='cell18'> </td><td id='cell19'> </td><td id='cell20'> </td><td id='cell21'> </td></tr>
<tr><td id='cell22'> </td><td id='cell23'> </td><td id='cell24'> </td><td id='cell25'> </td><td id='cell26'> </td><td id='cell27'> </td><td id='cell28'> </td></tr>
<tr><td id='cell29'> </td><td id='cell30'> </td><td id='cell31'> </td><td id='cell32'> </td><td id='cell33'> </td><td id='cell34'> </td><td id='cell35'> </td></tr>
<tr id='lastRow'><td id='cell36'> </td><td id='cell37'> </td></tr>
</tbody>
</table>
<table id='bcNavigation'><tr>
<td id='bcFootPrev'></td>
<td id='bcFootAll'></td>
<td id='bcFootNext'></td>
</tr></table>  
<div id='calLoadingStatus' style='display:none; text-align:center;'>
<script type='text/javascript'>bcLoadStatus();</script>
</div>
<div id='calendarDisplay'/>
</div>
<script  type='text/javascript'> initCal();</script>
</b:includable>
<b:includable id='posts' var='posts'>
<!-- posts not needed for Calendar -->
</b:includable>
<b:includable id='menu' var='data'>
  Configure your calendar archive widget - Edit archive widget - Flat List - Newest first - Choose any Month/Year Format
</b:includable>
<b:includable id='interval' var='intervalData'>
  Configure your calendar archive widget - Edit archive widget - Flat List - Newest first - Choose any Month/Year Format
</b:includable>
</b:widget>

 

   8.  Now search </head>   and just above it paste the following lines of code:

<!-- Blogger Archive Calendar by  www.MyBloggerTricks.com -->
<script type='text/javascript'>
//<![CDATA[
var bcLoadingImage = "http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yUGWz7Vrm0c/UKtPDwJpdSI/AAAAAAAAICU/9ZAvxQUZJLg/s400/loading-trans.gif.png";
var bcLoadingMessage = " Loading....";
var bcArchiveNavText = "View Archive";
var bcArchiveNavPrev = '◄';
var bcArchiveNavNext = '►';
var headDays = ["Sunday","Monday","Tuesday","Wednesday","Thursday","Friday","Saturday"];
var headInitial = ["Su","Mo","Tu","We","Th","Fr","Sa"];

// Nothing to configure past this point ----------------------------------
var timeOffset;
var bcBlogID;
var calMonth;
var calDay = 1;
var calYear;
var startIndex;
var callmth;
var bcNav = new Array ();
var bcList = new Array ();
//Initialize Fill Array
var fill = ["","31","28","31","30","31","30","31","31","30","31","30","31"];
function openStatus(){
   document.getElementById('calLoadingStatus').style.display = 'block';
   document.getElementById('calendarDisplay').innerHTML = '';
  }
function closeStatus(){
   document.getElementById('calLoadingStatus').style.display = 'none';
  }
function bcLoadStatus(){
   cls = document.getElementById('calLoadingStatus');
   img = document.createElement('img');
   img.src = bcLoadingImage;
   img.style.verticalAlign = 'middle';
   cls.appendChild(img);
   txt = document.createTextNode(bcLoadingMessage);
   cls.appendChild(txt);
  }
function callArchive(mth,yr,nav){
// Check for Leap Years
  if (((yr % 4 == 0) && (yr % 100 != 0)) || (yr % 400 == 0)) {
      fill[2] = '29';
   }
  else {
      fill[2] = '28';
   }
   calMonth = mth;
   calYear = yr;
   if(mth.charAt(0) == 0){
      calMonth = mth.substring(1);
      }
   callmth = mth;
   bcNavAll = document.getElementById('bcFootAll');
   bcNavPrev = document.getElementById('bcFootPrev');
   bcNavNext = document.getElementById('bcFootNext');
   bcSelect = document.getElementById('bcSelection');
   a = document.createElement('a');
   at = document.createTextNode(bcArchiveNavText);
   a.href = bcNav[nav];
   a.appendChild(at);
   bcNavAll.innerHTML = '';
   bcNavAll.appendChild(a);
   bcNavPrev.innerHTML = '';
   bcNavNext.innerHTML = '';
   if(nav <  bcNav.length -1){
      a = document.createElement('a');
      a.innerHTML = bcArchiveNavPrev;
      bcp = parseInt(nav,10) + 1;
      a.href = bcNav[bcp];
      a.title = 'Previous Archive';
      prevSplit = bcList[bcp].split(',');
      a.onclick = function(){bcSelect.options[bcp].selected = true;openStatus();callArchive(prevSplit[0],prevSplit[1],prevSplit[2]);return false;};
      bcNavPrev.appendChild(a);
      }
   if(nav > 0){
      a = document.createElement('a');
      a.innerHTML = bcArchiveNavNext;
      bcn = parseInt(nav,10) - 1;
      a.href = bcNav[bcn];
      a.title = 'Next Archive';
      nextSplit = bcList[bcn].split(',');
      a.onclick = function(){bcSelect.options[bcn].selected = true;openStatus();callArchive(nextSplit[0],nextSplit[1],nextSplit[2]);return false;};
      bcNavNext.appendChild(a);
     }
   script = document.createElement('script');
   script.src = 'http://www.blogger.com/feeds/'+bcBlogId+'/posts/summary?published-max='+calYear+'-'+callmth+'-'+fill[calMonth]+'T23%3A59%3A59'+timeOffset+'&published-min='+calYear+'-'+callmth+'-01T00%3A00%3A00'+timeOffset+'&max-results=100&orderby=published&alt=json-in-script&callback=cReadArchive';
   document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(script);
}
function cReadArchive(root){
// Check for Leap Years
  if (((calYear % 4 == 0) && (calYear % 100 != 0)) || (calYear % 400 == 0)) {
      fill[2] = '29';
   }
  else {
      fill[2] = '28';
   }
    closeStatus();
    document.getElementById('lastRow').style.display = 'none';
    calDis = document.getElementById('calendarDisplay');
    var feed = root.feed;
    var total = feed.openSearch$totalResults.$t;
    var entries = feed.entry || [];
    var fillDate = new Array();
    var fillTitles = new Array();
    fillTitles.length = 32;
    var ul = document.createElement('ul');
    ul.id = 'calendarUl';
    for (var i = 0; i < feed.entry.length; ++i) {
      var entry = feed.entry[i];
      for (var j = 0; j < entry.link.length; ++j) {
       if (entry.link[j].rel == "alternate") {
       var link = entry.link[j].href;
       }
      }
      var title = entry.title.$t;
      var author = entry.author[0].name.$t;
      var date = entry.published.$t;
      var summary = entry.summary.$t;
      isPublished = date.split('T')[0].split('-')[2];
      if(isPublished.charAt(0) == '0'){
         isPublished = isPublished.substring(1);
         }
      fillDate.push(isPublished);
      if (fillTitles[isPublished]){
          fillTitles[isPublished] = fillTitles[isPublished] + ' | ' + title;
          }
      else {
          fillTitles[isPublished] = title;
          }
      li = document.createElement('li');
      li.style.listType = 'none';
      li.innerHTML = '<a href="'+link+'">'+title+'</a>';
      ul.appendChild(li);
      }
   calDis.appendChild(ul);
   var val1 = parseInt(calDay, 10)
   var valxx = parseInt(calMonth, 10);
   var val2 = valxx - 1;
   var val3 = parseInt(calYear, 10);
   var firstCalDay = new Date(val3,val2,1);
   var val0 = firstCalDay.getDay();
   startIndex = val0 + 1;
  var dayCount = 1;
  for (x =1; x < 38; x++){
      var cell = document.getElementById('cell'+x);
      if( x < startIndex){
          cell.innerHTML = ' ';
          cell.className = 'firstCell';
         }
      if( x >= startIndex){
          cell.innerHTML = dayCount;
          cell.className = 'filledCell';
          for(p = 0; p < fillDate.length; p++){
              if(dayCount == fillDate[p]){
                  if(fillDate[p].length == 1){
                     fillURL = '0'+fillDate[p];
                     }
                  else {
                     fillURL = fillDate[p];
                     }
                  cell.className = 'highlightCell';
                  cell.innerHTML = '<a href="/search?updated-max='+calYear+'-'+callmth+'-'+fillURL+'T23%3A59%3A59'+timeOffset+'&updated-min='+calYear+'-'+callmth+'-'+fillURL+'T00%3A00%3A00'+timeOffset+'" title="'+fillTitles[fillDate[p]].replace(/"/g,'\'')+'">'+dayCount+'</a>';
                 }
              }
          if( dayCount > fill[valxx]){
             cell.innerHTML = ' ';
             cell.className = 'emptyCell';
             }
          dayCount++;
         }
      }
    visTotal = parseInt(startIndex) + parseInt(fill[valxx]) -1;
    if(visTotal >35){
        document.getElementById('lastRow').style.display = '';
       }
  }
function initCal(){
   document.getElementById('blogger_calendar').style.display = 'block';
   var bcInit = document.getElementById('bloggerCalendarList').getElementsByTagName('a');
   var bcCount = document.getElementById('bloggerCalendarList').getElementsByTagName('li');
   document.getElementById('bloggerCalendarList').style.display = 'none';
   calHead = document.getElementById('bcHead');
   tr = document.createElement('tr');
   for(t = 0; t < 7; t++){
       th = document.createElement('th');
       th.abbr = headDays[t];
       scope = 'col';
       th.title = headDays[t];
       th.innerHTML = headInitial[t];
       tr.appendChild(th);
      }
   calHead.appendChild(tr);
  for (x = 0; x <bcInit.length;x++){
     var stripYear= bcInit[x].href.split('_')[0].split('/')[3];
     var stripMonth = bcInit[x].href.split('_')[1];
     bcList.push(stripMonth + ','+ stripYear + ',' + x);
     bcNav.push(bcInit[x].href);
     }
  var sel = document.createElement('select');
  sel.id = 'bcSelection';
  sel.onchange = function(){var cSend = this.options[this.selectedIndex].value.split(',');openStatus();callArchive(cSend[0],cSend[1],cSend[2]);};
  q = 0;
  for (r = 0; r <bcList.length; r++){
       var selText = bcInit[r].innerHTML;
       var selCount = bcCount[r].innerHTML.split('> (')[1];
       var selValue = bcList[r];
       sel.options[q] = new Option(selText + ' ('+selCount,selValue);
       q++
       }                  
   document.getElementById('bcaption').appendChild(sel);
   var m = bcList[0].split(',')[0];
   var y = bcList[0].split(',')[1];
   callArchive(m,y,'0');
}
function timezoneSet(root){
   var feed = root.feed;
   var updated = feed.updated.$t;
   var id = feed.id.$t;
   bcBlogId = id.split('blog-')[1];
   upLength = updated.length;
   if(updated.charAt(upLength-1) == "Z"){timeOffset = "+00:00";}
   else {timeOffset = updated.substring(upLength-6,upLength);}
   timeOffset = encodeURIComponent(timeOffset);
}
//]]>
</script>
<script src='/feeds/posts/summary?max-results=0&amp;alt=json-in-script&amp;callback=timezoneSet'></script>
<!-- End Blogger Archive Calendar by www.MyBloggerTricks.com  -->

Optional: The yellow highlighted region is where you can change the text "View Archive", loading image, ASCII characters for navigation arrows and change the abbreviation for Day names.

   9. Save your template and you are almost done!

Add Styles

The widget will look dull and grey unless you style them by adding colours. Do this:

  1. Search inside the template for ]]></b:skin>   and just above it paste the following css codes respectively:

 

If you are using a lighter theme with white background then use this code:

Light Archive Calendar

/* Start of Post Navigator by MBT (LIGHT Theme) ------ */
#calendarDisplay {display:none;}
/* div that holds calendar */
#blogger_calendar { margin:0px auto 0px 0px;width:100%;}
/* Table Caption - Holds the Archive Select Menu */
#bcaption {border:1px solid #C7C7C7;padding:2px;margin:10px 0 0;background:#fff;font:bold 100% Tahoma, Arial, Sans-serif}
/* The Archive Select Menu */
#bcaption select {background:#ffff;border:0 solid #C7C7C7;color:#0080ff;font-weight:bold;text-align:center;}
/* The Heading Section */
table#bcalendar thead {}
/* Head Entries */
table#bcalendar thead tr th {width:20px;text-align:center;padding:3px; border:1px solid #C7C7C7; font:bold 100% Tahoma, Arial, Sans-serif;background:#fff;color:#0080ff;}
/* The calendar Table */
table#bcalendar {border:1px solid #C7C7C7;border-top:0; margin:0px 0 0px;width:100%;background:#fff}
/* The Cells in the Calendar */
table#bcalendar tbody tr td {cursor:pointer; text-align:center; border-radius:4px; padding:3px;border:1px solid #C7C7C7; color:#666;font:bold 100% Tahoma, Arial, Sans-serif;}
/* Links in Calendar */
table#bcalendar tbody tr td a:link, table#bcalendar tbody tr td a:visited, table#bcalendar tbody tr td a:active {font-weight:bold;color:#ffffff; text-decoration:none;}
table#bcalendar tbody tr td a:hover {color:#ffffff; text-decoration:none;}
/* First Row Empty Cells */
td.firstCell {visibility:visible;}
/* Cells that have a day in them */
td.filledCell {  background:#fff;}
td.filledCell:hover {  background:#dddddd;}
/* Cells that are empty, after the first row */
td.emptyCell {visibility:hidden;}
/* Cells with a Link Entry in them */
td.highlightCell {background:#53A9FF;border:1px solid #C7C7C7}
td.highlightCell:hover {background:#72B9FF;border:1px solid #C7C7C7}
/* Table Footer Navigation */
table#bcNavigation  {width:100%;background:#fff;border:1px solid #C7C7C7;border-top:0;color:#0080ff;font:bold 100% Tahoma, Arial, Sans-serif;}
table#bcNavigation a:link {text-decoration:none;color:#0080ff}
table#bcNavigation a:hover{text-decoration:underline;}
td#bcFootPrev {width:10px;}
td#bcFootAll{text-align:center;}
td#bcFootNext {width:10px;}
ul#calendarUl {margin:5px auto 0!important;}
ul#calendarUl li a:link {}

/* End of Post Navigator by MBT (LIGHT Theme) ------ */

If you are using a Dark template with black background or similar then use this code instead:

Dark Archive Calendar

/* Start of Post Navigator by MBT (DARK Theme) ------ */

#calendarDisplay {display:none;}
/* div that holds calendar */
#blogger_calendar { margin:5px 0 5px 10px;width:98%;}
/* Table Caption - Holds the Archive Select Menu */
#bcaption {border:1px solid #666666;padding:2px;margin:10px 0 0;background:#333333;font:bold 100% Tahoma, Arial, Sans-serif}
/* The Archive Select Menu */
#bcaption select {background:#333333;border:0 solid #333333;color:#dddddd;font-weight:bold;text-align:center;}
/* The Heading Section */
table#bcalendar thead {}
/* Head Entries */
table#bcalendar thead tr th {width:20px;text-align:center;padding:2px; border:1px outset #666666; font:bold 100% Tahoma, Arial, Sans-serif;background:#333333;color:#dddddd}
/* The calendar Table */
table#bcalendar {border:1px solid #666666;border-top:0; margin:0px 0 0px;width:95%;background:#333333}
/* The Cells in the Calendar */
table#bcalendar tbody tr td {text-align:center;padding:2px;border:1px outset #666666; color:#F5F202;font:bold 100% Tahoma, Arial, Sans-serif;}
/* Links in Calendar */
table#bcalendar tbody tr td a:link, table#bcalendar tbody tr td a:visited, table#bcalendar tbody tr td a:active {font-weight:bold;color:#ffffff; text-decoration:underline;}
table#bcalendar tbody tr td a:hover {color:#ffffff; text-decoration:none;}
/* First Row Empty Cells */
td.firstCell {visibility:visible;}
/* Cells that have a day in them */
td.filledCell {}
/* Cells that are empty, after the first row */
td.emptyCell {visibility:hidden;}
/* Cells with a Link Entry in them */
td.highlightCell {background:#000000;border:1px solid #666666}
/* Table Footer Navigation */
table#bcNavigation  {width:95%;background:#333333;border:1px solid #666666;border-top:0;color:#F5F202;font:bold 100% Tahoma, Arial, Sans-serif;}
table#bcNavigation a:link {text-decoration:none;color:#F5F202}
table#bcNavigation a:hover{text-decoration:underline;}
td#bcFootPrev {width:10px;}
td#bcFootAll{text-align:center;}
td#bcFootNext {width:10px;}
ul#calendarUl {margin:5px auto 0!important;}
ul#calendarUl li a:link {}

/* End of Post Navigator by MBT (DARK Theme) ------ */

Customization for LIGHT theme:

  • To change text color in blue edit  0080ff  Use our Color Generator Tool
  • To change background color of the cell with blue background in active mode edit 53A9FF
  • To change the cell colour in mouse hover mode edit 72B9FF

Customization for DARK theme:

  • To change color of the yellow text edit F5F202 

 

   2.   Finally save your template and you are all done!

Visit your blogs to see the Archive gadget transformed into a beautiful Calendar. :)

Need help?

The widget can be further customized and is fully editable. If you needed any further help just let me know. I hope this new method may add new spice to your free blogger layouts and give it a more professional Design touch. I hope you find it useful.

Don't you think the widget loads extremely fast and can attract visitors more thus leading to higher page views? Do let us know of your precious views. Peace and blessings buddies! :)

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