Dooodl 1.1 released

It took a little over a year, but it’s finally here: Dooodl 1.1.0 1.1.1 is a fact!
What has been done?

  • You can now manage the Dooodl’s that were submitted to your blog.
  • I even went one better: There’s now an option that enables you to first approve Dooodls before they appear on the site.
  • You can choose to get an email everytime a new Dooodl is submitted (with links to approve, disapprove or delete the new Dooodl)
  • Your blog, your style: You can make the Flash Gallery and the HTML gallery look exactly the way you want (well, you can choose the colors πŸ˜‰ )
  • What’s better than choosing the colors of the gallery? Being able to completely edit the look of the widget so it fits into your theme perfectly!
  • Don’t like the Flash gallery? Disable it in the Dooodl settings. Hurray for Flash-haters!
  • Previous versions would load all Dooodls at once. That is now history:Β I added endless scrolling to the HTML version: People with lots of Dooodls will have less trouble showing the HTML version from now on.

I’m really excited about this release because Dooodl has now finally grown up. It’s able to fit in to your theme using the different options.
It finally fits your philosophy too as from now on you can choose to moderate them!

If you haven’t got Dooodl yet, but this release sparks some love for a fun plugin, I’d say: Go get it! It’s free and it will be a good laugh. More than 4200 downloads can’t be wrong!

Oh and by the way: I wanted to take a moment and thank every single one of you guys for downloading and installing the plugin! Seeing that many people use something I created really excites me to make things even better! Thanks for the continuous support and suggestions! You guys rock!

And as always, if you have problems, suggestions, questions: Go crazy in the comments! Drop me a line if you like it! I’d love to see how it looks/works on your site!



A few people commented they didn’t get the widget to show up in the sidebar automatically. That’s because you need to add it to the sidebar yourself. But don’t worry: It’s easy!

  • Go to the WP-admin
  • Go to the Appearance panel
  • Select the Widgets-submenu
  • Drag the Dooodl-widget into your sidebar
  • Done. Ready. Finito. Party!!!

If you don’t see a sidebar in your widget-manager, it means your theme is not widget ready. In that case you can use the Dooodl PHP template tags, somewhere in your theme (yes I really thought of everything!) where you’d like the widget to show up. Use this code:

<? if (function_exists("Dooodl_widget")) Dooodl_widget(); ?>

There you go! Good luck!


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Ronny is a freelance frontend developer with a wild passion for creativity and a relentless hate against flat design. Ronny spent years as a Flash developer before moving to HTML5 and rediscovering fun and happiness.

54 Comments Join the Conversation →

  1. Christa

    I’ve tried to install this and everything works fine until it’s time to activate. I keep getting this error no matter what I do:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in /home/mysite/public_html/ on line 917

    I’m using WordPress 3.1 and I’ve also got WP-Symposium installed. Not sure if it’s a clash between plugins or not, but that’s the only other plugin I use πŸ™‚
    Would appreciate any kind of advice since I’d love to use this πŸ™‚

  2. Ronny

    Hi Christa,

    It seems you’re having a strange error. The error you’re referring to means the PHP file is ‘incomplete’, which from my other installations (i have a few test installs) seems unlikely. I suggest you delete the plugin, and the install it again.

    There was probably an error downloading it. (Did you download it using the Plugin Manager in WordPress?)

  3. Christa

    Thank you for your prompt reply πŸ™‚

    I installed it from the back-end of WP the first time, but removed it and uploaded over FTP and manually installed a fresh download from this site to make sure it wasn’t an incomplete installation.
    But it returned the same error when I tried to activate that installation as well.

    So I don’t know what’s going wrong…or why.

  4. Monica

    I installed your plug-in, but it doesn’t show up on the site?

  5. Steve

    I also installed this and it is not showing up in the sidebar. Please advise.

  6. Ronny

    For those of you where it’s not showing up in the sidebar: You have to add the sidebar widget to the sidebar. πŸ˜‰

    I’ve added the steps that explain how to do that to the blogpost πŸ™‚
    Good luck!

  7. rob

    Hi Ronny

    I have recently set up two new WP sites. On one i could get doodle to work. On the other no chance. Even went and changed to the same theme as the one that it worked on.
    Deleted the plugin and re-downloaded and reset it up with widget and all in the side bar. Can see it appear on my site screen but for reason i am either not seeing or have not done it wont register a doodle that is created.
    Tried with moderation/without moderation it just sits there with a green dot circle going round and round as if its looking for a site to store the doodle on but cannot find it.
    Any tips you can throw out please.
    I simply love this software its what every site needs for a little fun and a break.

  8. Ronny Welter

    Hi Rob,

    Apparently this is a problem others are having too. Feel free to send/mail me the link to the site where it IS working, and the one where it is NOT. (Make sure the plugin is installed. I’ll see if I can see anything going wrong.

    Thx for your feedback!

  9. Matt

    Hi Ronny,

    I want to know how or why the Dooodl plugin/widget will not show the widget “name” “Dooodl” like all the other widgets I use on my site?

    Do I need to add some code to make it follow suit.

    It has the name above of the widget above the “Dooodl’s” but it’s the wrong font and does not match my theme.

  10. Matt

    Hi Ronny,

    I’ve sorted it! I did some code hacking and it seems to work.

    Thanks for again, pity you couldn’t add a voting and share system to the Dooodl plugin.

  11. Matt

    I feel like a pest Ronny, but! Is it possible to edit/or add a feature to edit the text or links that people include with their Dooodl’s once submitted?

    • Ronny

      It’s not there yet. I’m not sure if I’ll build that feature or not. I’m kind of unsure if it would make sense: Who would draw a beautiful picture for you and then just post some random offensive crap (which they know you won’t approve)? With that in mind, I don’t really see value in the feature you’re referring to.

      Reply (in reply to Matt)
  12. Rob

    Hi Ronnie did you manage to look at my sites issue with regards to Doodle not working. I did email you info on both sites. One where it works and one where it does not. I cannot figure why? Even got down to using the same themes on both just to remove differences.

    as to the voting aspect i think that would be a very cool addition to the plugin. It drives participation and return visits. In the future i am thinking to use the doodle as a means of a promotional contest for say the best doodle. Would be great if the participants could be the ones voting and selecting the winner.

  13. Amal

    Hi Ronny,
    Thanks for this wonderful plugin. I’m using it in my blog as a fun element. Me too got screwed up at first, as the doodles were not showing up in the website. But it was due to incorrect chmod permission value of the folder. After correcting it, the plugin is working fine, but with one simple problem – When we click the save button, the page will load indefinitely and stops responding. But in fact the doodle gets saved in a few seconds, and shows up in the website, even though the page behaves like that. So a visitor might think that the thing has hung up. Can you please suggest a solution for this?
    Once again, thanks for creating and sharing such a wonderful plugin. I’m sure that kids will love this one.


  14. Ronny

    Hm… Strange… Haven’t heard of that before.
    Could you send me a link where I can test the plugin?
    I’ll check it out, promised!

  15. Vladimir

    Hi, Ronny! I’ve found your excellent plugin and tried to install it using WP plugin manager. Unfortunately during activation I keep getting the same error as the first commenter:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in /srv/http/ on line 917

    Currently I’m using php 5.3.6 and WP 3.1.1. After some googling I’ve tried to replace all “<?" occurrences to "<?php" in Dooodl.php and globals.php files. It helped to activate the plugin without any errors and now I can even see the dooodl widget in the admin console but still can't get it to show up in the website.

    Could you please help me resolve this issue?

  16. Ronny

    Aha… I see! That’s the short opening tag in PHP. I always thought it would work on all servers but you’re the first to point this out like that to me! Thanks for the heads up!

    Pushing out an update as soon as possible! Thanks for your input!

    To see the widget, you have to go to the widget manager (appearances tab) and drag the dooodl widget into the sidebar. That should get you going!
    Good luck!
    Thanks again!

  17. Matt Crosbie

    Pluggin is great as always but dooodls do not show up on viewer. Any suggestions?

  18. Ronny

    Hi Matt.
    Send me an email at senderhas at nocreativity dot com with the URL to your site. Make sure the plugin is still enabled. I’ll see if I can see what might be going on.

  19. Chris

    Hi Ronny,

    I installed the plugin and activate it, I dragged the widget to the sidebar, but it doesn’t appear on the website.

    I do have other widgets that works.

    Please give me some advice on how to make it work.

    Thank you.

  20. Chris

    Hi Ronny,

    I think it’s because of my wordpress version wich is: 3.2.1 and the plugin is compatible up to version: 3.1.4

    Please correct me if I’m wrong..

  21. Ronny

    Hm, i don’t think the wordpress version would be ‘disabling’ the plugin. It might well be an API change. However I’m on 3.2.1, so I wouldn’t know why it won’t work with your site.

    I checked the site and everything is working (submitting dooodls and viewing them in the viewer). It’s just the widget that’s not working. Kind of annoying. Send me an email, I might just help you hack something together πŸ˜‰

  22. Jessica Adams

    Trying to place your widget on my site and nothing is showing up. I did place the widget on the sidebar and still nothing. On 3.2.1 wordpress if that has anything to do with it. HELP!!!

  23. Ronny

    Hi Jessica,
    I took a quick look on your site and the plugin seems to be running, so there must be something wrong with the widget/theme interface. Could you perhaps send me an administrator login to I’ll take a look. And see what I can do from there.

  24. Wendy

    I have installed the dooodls pluggin, but the dooodls do not show up on viewer. Can you please help me?

    Beste Ronny,
    Als ik het goed heb spreek je ook nederlands! Ik vind de plugin echt super alleen werkt de viewer niet, hij laat de Dooodles niet zien. Weet jij een oplossing hiervoor?

  25. chris

    same issue here – did you solve that issue?

    kind regards,

  26. chris

    i was referring to this post ->

    Amal says:
    19 April 2011 at 13:33

    Hi Ronny,
    Thanks for this wonderful plugin. I’m using it in my blog as a fun element. Me too got screwed up at first, as the doodles were not showing up in the website. But it was due to incorrect chmod permission value of the folder. After correcting it, the plugin is working fine, but with one simple problem – When we click the save button, the page will load indefinitely and stops responding. But in fact the doodle gets saved in a few seconds, and shows up in the website, even though the page behaves like that. So a visitor might think that the thing has hung up. Can you please suggest a solution for this?
    Once again, thanks for creating and sharing such a wonderful plugin. I’m sure that kids will love this one.



  27. Blogghidee

    It’s wonderful: I paint my little panda!!! Eh eh! Thank you!

  28. Blogghidee

    One question for you: there is a possible version for blogger platform? Thanks a lot again πŸ™‚

  29. Ronny

    Hi Blogghidee,

    No, it currently doesn’t exist for Blogger. And I’m not even sure if I could build it for Blogger to be honest.

  30. chris

    hi ronny

    i have your plugin running here -> when you test it you will see that it do not finish when you press OK. But only to the user. the image is saved on the server and is also shown in the gallery when set the permission. do you have an idea what could be the issue. it`s a pitty as the user will think that it doesn`t work.

    Maybe you can help,
    kind regards from vienna austria,

  31. Ronny

    Hi Chris,

    I just checked the plugin on your website and see the following error:

    Try accessing the Dooodl plugin folder and remove any .htaccess file that might reside in it. Let me know if this fixes anything

  32. chris

    hi ronny

    thx for the prompt answer
    unfortunatly there ist no .htaccess file in any dooodle plugin folder and subfolder

    any other ideas?

  33. Mark

    Hey Ronnie and everyone,

    I’ve had the problem with the widget not appearing in my live site although I had added it to the sidebar. In my case the problem was caused by the fact that in Dooodl settings the template box was empty, so there was no text to display in the widget. Solved it simply by clicking on ‘Restore default’, then the widget (actually the text) showed up.

    Still having the ‘hang on Save’ problem though – otherwise, a brilliant plugin!


  34. Cameron

    Hey Ronny,

    I’m having the same issue that Chris has. When submitting a new doodl it just sits there (with the dots going round and round) after hitting the ok button. It makes the user think that it didn’t work… Any solutions on this?


  35. chris

    the support of my hosting service is still working on that issue. I will keep you informed, if there are any findings which solves that problem.

    nice weekend

  36. Jason

    Hello. Awesome plugin. But has anyone figured out the hang up issue yet? It is doing the same for me. When I hit ok, it just loads and the doodle is never submitted. Thanks!

  37. wombateer

    Still not figured how to get around the (save bug) issue. Ronny is there a fix or an update in planning to cure this?

    Any help would be awesome. Had to resort to a forum post explaining the issue to our readers, which is included in the application widget.


  38. Ronny

    Hi all,

    I’m still investigating this. A fellow commenter here is investigating it together with his hosting support. I’m looking into it as soon as I can (I have a fulltime job which makes it kind of hard to invest a lot of time currently (i’m in the middle of moving)).

    If and when I get around figuring this out, I’ll let you know what I can do to help everybody out. Promised πŸ˜‰

  39. Shaloam Wren

    I have the dooodle widget in the sidebar and have published a doodle but this is not appearing… the name of the doodle however is appearing…. please help.

  40. Manster

    Feb 2, Mark is correct about the Widget not showing up initially. Go to the settings and click Restore Defaults, it wil populate the Template box and make it work.

  41. June

    I can’t get my doodles to show in gallery at all. Help please!

  42. Michael

    Some things I found out that may be of use to others:
    if you add the widget to a sidebar, the ‘template’ area in Dooodl Settings is initially empty. This will cause the widget NOT to appear in the sidebar (well, the widget is there but there is no template, so nothing is shown). Adding a template (eg by clicking ‘Restore default’) makes the widget appear

    – Dooodl 1.1.1 doesn’t work together with the plugin WordPress Access Control 3.1.2 at the moment. I used Simple Access Control 1.3 instead – that worked

  43. shashank

    Hi Ronny,

    I tried contacting you earlier too but maybe you missed my email. I really loved your dooodl and want to use it on my website. But when I am trying to activate it, it gives the error on line 917.

    Please help. I really want to have Dooodl as a part of my website.

    Thank You.


  44. fischi

    Hello Ronny!
    Thank you very much for your Plugin. Unfortunately, I’m still getting the same Error described above – some of the files cannot be accesed by the browser, but if you call dem directly they are defenitely there.
    My Website is and i always get the 404 on the gateway.php
    Would be great if anyone had a solution for that!
    Yours, fischi

  45. fischi

    Hello @all!

    I finally got around solving this problem. As it turns out, it is a quite small one.
    If your Dooodl Plugin does save the Dooodl, but does not display the Thank You message, try the following:

    in the globals.php (in the amfphp folder in the plugin directory of Dooodl) change line 27 from

    require_once “../../../../wp-blog-header.php”;


    require_once “../../../../wp-load.php”;

    afterwards, everything should work as intended. Please provide me with some feedback if this solution worked for you. Eventually, you will have to change all the wp-blog-header.php in the plugin to wp-load.php

    have a nice time with your dooodles! and thanks ronny, for providing this plugin!!
    greetings from austria,


  46. Ronny

    Hi Fishi,

    Thanks for your research on this and posting the solution.
    I built this back when I was still a student. I have a fulltime job now which keeps me away from projects like these more than I prefer. However I’d really like to get this thing back on track and improve it for the future.

    Could you let me know where you found the hints for this solution and point me to the info you relied on to fix this? If this is a fix that should work for every future user, I’ll change the source files and upload it back to with your fix and give you credit πŸ™‚


  47. fischi

    Hi Ronny!

    Sorry for the late answer, but as you know yourself, work has priority 1 nowadays πŸ˜‰
    I came up with the solution because of Brad Williams Book “Professional WordPress Development” (
    I didn’t do the research here, but i checked a few of the files, and converted them to my coding- and wordpress-style. In this process, I changed the wp-blog-header to wp-load everywhere, I learned so from the highly recommendable book mentioned above.
    Today I just tested this with downloading the Plugin from the repository, updating just the one line in the files, and installing it in an environment where it didn’t work before – and voila, everything is fine now πŸ™‚

    If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me via email – but this change should fix all the saving issues some users (mainly with newer versions of wordpress) experience.

    have a nice time, and once again, thank you for your wonderful plugin πŸ™‚

    greetings from austria

  48. Dr.Raj

    For Christina’s Problem :
    “Parse error: syntax error, unexpected $end in /home/mysite/public_html/ on line 917”

    short_open_tags in php.ini should be turned On & Apache, MySQL Server restarted.

  49. Ronny

    Thanks Dr. Raj! I was just changing a few things in the plugin, so I decided to get rid of the short opening tags too. More people should be enjoying the plugin from now on πŸ™‚

  50. Dr.Raj

    Nice to hear that Ronny…
    By The Way, Doodl is Really An Awesome Plugin…
    Thank you…

  51. Des

    I really like the idea of this plug-in. I got it to display in my wordpress site, but after finishing doodl and clicking on “OK” the little circle of green dots just goes round and round. I see other people ran into this too. Is there a best way to troubleshoot and solve ?
    Thanks !

  52. Ather

    Hi, I;m new to WordPress, and I want to use your plugin on my website. My theme doesn’t allow for sidebars and widgets. Is there a shortcode I could use to get the plugin up and running?


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