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  • 1. PLUGINS FOR DESIGNERS by codyLSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 2. INTRODUCING My name is codyL. I work as a web strategist/designer/internet marketing expert for businesses. I use WordPress primarily for my CMS of choice. This is a talk about Plugins for Designers. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 3. DESIGNING WITH WORDPRESS Some of the Topics I’d like to touch on: What are the reasons we design for WordPress? Focus on making WordPress t your design. Leverage Plugins effectively for site content and design enhancement KEEP IT SIMPLE & STRAIGHT-FORWARD! codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 4. PLUG-INS TO BE COVERED Some of the Plug-ins we will cover will be: Contact Form 7 Lightbox 2 Facebook Comments for WordPress WP e-Commerce Plugin Tweet Meme Re-Tweet Button codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 5. WHY I DESIGN FOR WORDPRESS Simplest answer: Flexibility. Designing for WordPress goes hand in hand with using Plugins that help enhance the ability of your content and user-experience. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 6. MAKE WORDPRESS FIT YOUR DESIGN Why does every site have to look just like every other WordPress free theme? Design your website for it’s most effective impact while pushing the strength of WordPress and it’s Plugins. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 7. LEVERAGE PLUG-INS Use Plugins to enhance user-experience. Design your website with Plugin functionality in mind by knowing well which Plugins work best for your site’s content and maximum effect. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 8. COVERING PLUGINS Now onto Plugins. We will cover some interesting Plugins that will be simple to implement and will enhance user-experience. So let’s take a look at a few design case studies and look at Plugins in that environment. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 9. DESIGN CASE STUDY GUSTOCOMPLETE.COMSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 10. ESTIMATE FORM PLUGIN USED: Contact Form 7 METHOD FOR ENHANCEMENT: Custom CSS to match design style OUTCOME: Correctly styled contact form to work within design framework to establish consistent user- experience. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 11. DESIGN CASE STUDY THOMPSONFUNERALCHAPEL.COMSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 12. WEBSITE GALLERY PLUGIN USED: Lightbox 2 METHOD: Easy integration to enhance image viewing. OUTCOME: Ready to use out of the box formatting allows this Plugin to work with most designs easily. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 13. DESIGN CASE STUDY CROSSFITFURY.COMSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 14. ARTICLE COMMENTS PLUGIN USED: Facebook Comments for WordPress METHOD: Integrating with care into company’s current Facebook page. OUTCOME: More user interaction and easier comment posting for community members. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 15. DESIGN CASE STUDY WALTSBBQ.COMSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 16. SHOPPING CART PLUGIN USED: WP e-Commerce Plugin METHOD: Shopping Cart for websites with the need to sell product online. OUTCOME: Easy to use and easy to format Plugin that displays products clearly and works within current CSS model. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 17. DESIGN CASE STUDY VISTA-WEALTH.COMSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 18. RE-TWEETING ARTICLES PLUGIN USED: Tweet Meme Re-Tweet Button METHOD: Using CSS to place social icon in place of each article. OUTCOME: Placing an inline social network share bar to easily re-distribute content. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011
  • 19. CONCLUSION Plugins should be used to enhance and not overcomplicate. If you can use WordPress to t your design and use plugins to help enhance content and user experience. Do not over complicate it! Keep it simple and you’ll be happy. Props to @andrewryno for his help on development. codyL.comSaturday, January 29, 2011