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WordPress Widgets - Widget Summit 2008

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A discussion of WordPress widgets, presented at Widget Summit 2008 by Alex King of Crowd Favorite.

A discussion of WordPress widgets, presented at Widget Summit 2008 by Alex King of Crowd Favorite.

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  • 1. WordPress Widgets Alex King Tuesday, November 4, 2008 1
  • 2. Introduction • Background • History with WordPress • Crowd Favorite Tuesday, November 4, 2008 2
  • 3. Agenda • WordPress Overview • CMS Integration • WordPress Widgets • Other Benefits • Demo • Resources ShareThis, Lijit, Twitter, • Q &A Popularity Contest Tuesday, November 4, 2008 3
  • 4. WordPress • Blogging system • CMS • Open Source • Customizable (Themes, Plugins) • Widgets standard in 2.2 (May 2007) Tuesday, November 4, 2008 4
  • 5. WordPress Widgets • Written in PHP, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript • Uses WordPress APIs • Added by Plugin or Theme • Settings (title, options, etc.) Tuesday, November 4, 2008 5
  • 6. Demos Tuesday, November 4, 2008 6
  • 7. ShareThis • Traditional widget delivery • WordPress specific settings • Coming soon: integrated registration and configuration within WordPress Tuesday, November 4, 2008 7
  • 8. Lijit • Delivers features of their standard JavaScript widget • User registration and login from the WordPress interface • WordPress specific settings • Access Lijit stats and preferences from WordPress interface Tuesday, November 4, 2008 8
  • 9. Twitter Tools • API integration vs. Flash/JavaScript widget • Two way integration between WordPress and Twitter • Delivers Twitter content from local datastore • Twitter content embedded in HTML source Tuesday, November 4, 2008 9
  • 10. Popularity Contest • No 3rd party data or service • Records and mines local data • Provides sidebar widgets • Local options and settings • Local reports Tuesday, November 4, 2008 10
  • 11. Tight Integration • WordPress specific settings • WordPress-style UI and interactions • Leverage/connect to local data • APIs make it happen Tuesday, November 4, 2008 11
  • 12. Other Benefits • Large publisher base • Publisher control • Performance: local data vs. remote data • Content is indexed by search engines Tuesday, November 4, 2008 12
  • 13. Distribution • Downloadable plugins • Many sources including WordPress.org (easier in 2.7) • Significant publisher base • Passionate community Tuesday, November 4, 2008 13
  • 14. Resources • WordPress Widget API http://automattic.com/code/widgets/api/ • WordPress Plugins http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins Tuesday, November 4, 2008 14
  • 15. Q &A http://crowdfavorite.com WordPress Development, Design & Consulting Tuesday, November 4, 2008 15