New Website and Widget Creation
Well, the transition is finally complete. We just took down the old site and posted the new one tonight. There are still a few kinks to work out, but those will get finished today. They’re mostly just formatting issues anyway. As you can see we have removed the references to all the device integration and the TV, DVD and downloadable video listing data. This was a difficult decision, but like I said before, we must focus our attention on the biggest opportunity. I believe the CozmoTV widget is that opportunity.
We’ve actually embedded a CozmoTV widget right in the header of this blog. This is essentially a default CozmoTV widget that carries all of the Featured Channels of the CozmoTV site. Go ahead and play around with it a little. It should be pretty intuitive. If you want to create your own, you still have to go to http://cozmo.tv right now. Within the next month you’ll be able to grab the code for the above widget right within the widget without ever having to visit the CozmoTV site.
Creating a CozmoTV widget is easy. You simply select a channel and then click on the button that looks like an asterisk next to the Channel Menu when you are ready to start. You’ll then get a pop-up window that will guide you through the rest of the process. Once your widget has been created you can go ahead and embed it wherever widgets are welcome. Over the next month we’ll be integrating more directly with sites like MySpace so that you don’t have to mess with the code, but it works well right now as long as you’re comfortable with copying and pasting manually.
When you want to add channels to your widget, you simply click on the + button next to the Channel Menu and select the widget that you would like to add the channel to. You can also add a bunch of channels in bulk by going to the Widget Manager that can be accessed by selecting ‘Widget Manager’ under the Account Menu at the top of the page. Just pick the widget that you would like to edit and then select as many channels as you would like to add. You don’t have to do anything to the widget, it will update automatically the next time it is loaded on whatever page(s) you have embedded it on.
Try it out and give us some feedback. There are still some stability issues in the widget that need ironing out and the site needs to be streamlined a little, but it should all be pretty functional (for the most part;) Oh, and bear with us on the speed of the app. We need a new server badly, but until then we’re running very low on memory and don’t have the time to optimize…