WordPress Google Reader Widget

Number 3 in Widget-A-Day is a Google Reader widget.

This widget will display your latest shared stories. You can change the amount of stories to display and how to display them.

Download googlereader.zip

Default display:

Admin panel:

Download googlereader.zip

SVN Checkout
svn co http://svn.wp-plugins.org/google-reader-widget/trunk



  1. Download googlereader.zip
  2. Extract and upload googlereader.php to the plugins/ directory
  3. Enable Google Reader in the Plugin admin panel
  4. In widget admin panel, place Google Reader in the sidebar, and edit it to enter your user id


  • Displays your latest shared items from Google Reader
  • Completely customizable display
  • Caching for large traffic sites

User ID

In order to get your shares, you need to know your user id according to Google Reader. This can be found by going to the ‘Shared Items’ link, and copying the 20 digit number at the end of your shared items link.

So something like:
Where 02774557510273097991 would be my user id.


There are 3 parts needed to format the output.

The first part, called items start in the admin panel, is the first part of the widget after the title. For the default formatting, this is just <ul>.

The second part, called items end, is the ending of the widget. By default, this is:
<a href="%googlereader%" style="float:right;">Shared Items</a>

The third part is what is called for each item. By default, this is:
<li style="list-style-type: none;"><a href="%link%">%title%</a></li>

The premise of calling each value is this:

  1. start
  2. item
  3. item
  4. item
  5. end

The formatting for items is:

  • %link% – Link to the item
  • %title% – Title of the item
  • %site% – The title of the site the item is from
  • %sitelink% – The link to the site the item is from
  • %number% – The number of the current item
  • %comment% – The comment (note) made when sharing an item

The formatting for start and end is:

  • %googlereader% – Link to your Google Reader shared page
  • %count% – Number of items shown

Download googlereader.zip


  1. Hey, cool widget, I’ve been using it in my blog.

    I’d like to ask you 2 things: 1. some way to customize the html that your widget is generating, 2. same request that @emilio was asking, named users instead of numeric ids.

    Thanks in advance,
    Great work!

  2. Is it possible to add more than one google reader widget to a sidebar? I have more than one shared feed and would like to include them all.


  3. I would love to use this widget, but it doesn’t hold the ID. After one page load, the ID resets to the default and nothing is displayed on the page.

  4. I love this widget, and have just begun to program my own. So I tried to modify the widget myself, but can’t figure out how to do it.

    Can you tell me how to add another of these widgets on my site? I’d like to have my Personal Google Reader feed AND my Professional Google Reader feed. Is that possible? Can you tell me how??


    Shaun Worcester

  5. Great widget.

    How often does it reload. My two latest reader items don’t show.

    Is it possible to manipulate the links so that only one line shows, and rest is hidden?