If you are looking for a way to include the weather on your website, you may immediately think about looking for one from the Weather Channel. But unfortunately, the Weather Channel does not currently have its own weather widget. They may be releasing one at some time this year, but what do you do in the meantime?
Luckily, the lack of a widget from the most popular weather outlet gives us a chance to see what else is out there. Let’s take a look at some of the alternatives.
WeatherWidget.io lets you customize it right on the site and “Get the code.” You can change the location, the number of days shown on the forecast, the size of the widget, style of icons, and the font. There are three different options for forecast length; one day, three days, and seven days. It also has three styles of icons.
You can select different colors than the default by choosing a theme or customizing the colors to match your website.
Once you have designed the widget to appear the way you want it to on your site, click “Get code,” and paste the code onto your website.
This widget is free and does not have any ads.
Meteored is a nice widget with a more graphical user interface than WeatherWidget.io. It has more choices for the icon styles, and it shows exactly what they look like before you click on them. You don’t have to keep clicking back on a drop-down menu.
For the forecast lengths, choose anywhere from one-day to seven-day forecasts.
One drawback is that you cannot change the size of the widget. You also cannot search for a town, and the drop-down lists are not always in alphabetical order, making finding your city a bit more difficult.
3. Show My Weather
The Show My Weather site is a quick option for creating weather widgets if you don’t want to do much customizing. Type in the zip code of the town you want to display, and the page will present a sample of what the widget will look like. You can change the colors, but only if you know the hex codes. You also have options to change the size, padding, and other display options, but only if you are familiar with making these modifications ahead of time.
You cannot change icon style, though you can remove them if you want. There are also no options for length of forecast. It will always be three days.
Once you have made your decision, you need to copy the displayed HTML code onto your site.
Booked.net offers a large selection of different weather widgets with some customization available. They group their widgets into big, lite, and small formats that will.
When you find one that suits your purposes, click Customize. On the next page, you can change the appearance. When you finish, click Get HTML code, and paste it into your site.
5. Awesome Weather Widget
What if you’re not sure about using code to insert a weather widget on your site? If you are using WordPress and want to use a plugin to display the weather, Awesome Weather Widget is one of several good choices. There are more options for displaying current conditions than just temperature. You can choose to show or hide data like humidity, wind, etc. It has many customization options including location, forecast days, colors, and background images. The size of the widget can be changed as well.
You can also insert this widget on any page and in any place on your site by using a shortcode.
Your final decision on which widget to install on your site will depend on how much you want to customize it as well as the final look you are hoping for. There are other sites you can check out and numerous other available plugins. Be careful with the plugins, as many of them I looked at were no longer being updated or were not tested with the newest version of WordPress.