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Slides from presentation given at WordCamp Albuquerque on September 17, 2011.

Slides from presentation given at WordCamp Albuquerque on September 17, 2011.

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10 Cool Things You Can Do with Widgets Presentation Transcript

  • 1. ten coolTHINGS YOU CANDO WITH widgets a ben byrne joint
  • 2. INTRODUCTIONSWho am I? Who are you? Why are we here?
  • 3. ABOUT ME 10+ years professional web experienceeverything from strategy to PHP worked with several CMSes firm has contributed plugins
  • 4. YOU?
  • 5. WIDGETS 101What they are and where they go
  • 6. WIDGETS 101•wordpress.org says widgets are “things you use to personalize your site”•self-contained blocks of content/functionality•placed into dynamic sidebars*•may be highly configurable (or not) * need not actually be sidebars
  • 7. COOL WIDGETSWORDPRESS COMES WITH
  • 8. 1. CUSTOM MENUS• new with wordpress 3• great for sectional navigation• make WordPress a legitimate CMS
  • 9. 2. RSS FEED• Leverage RSS: use other people’s content!• Lots of things are RSS, such as a Google News feed of a keyword• Keeps site current, fresh and useful
  • 10. 3. ARBITRARY TEXT• As simple as can be• Often overlooked solution• Ultimate flexibility
  • 11. COOL WIDGETSYOU CAN INSTALL
  • 12. 4. ADSENSE ADS• Make money off your site!• Easy to set up• Example: Easy AdSense Pro
  • 13. 5. POLLS• Engage your audience while you learn about them• Used by major sites (CNN, Slashdot.org, ESPN, etc)• Several plugins support polling users, such as UPM Polls and WP-Polls
  • 14. 6. FOSTER DIALOGUE• Provide an avenue other than post comments for users to express themselves• Even realtime chat!• Plugins such as Shoutbox, FCChat
  • 15. 7. HIGHLIGHT RELATED CONTENT• Avoid “dead ends” and increase page views• Can be done manually but that’s inconvenient• Example plugin: IGIT Related Posts
  • 16. 8. BRING CONTENT IN• RSS is just the beginning• Flickr photos• Google Maps• YouTube channel• ...you name it!
  • 17. ADVANCED WIDGETRYOkay, so that’s not a word. But it should be.
  • 18. 9. ROLL YOUR OWN• If you can theme in functions.php, you can write a widget• Use the codex• Escape boundaries• Whatever you need
  • 19. 10. GET FLEXIBLE• Whether in a true sidebar or not, widgets needn’t be everywhere.• Widget Context plugin is your friend!
  • 20. WRAP-UPQuestions? Other examples?
  • 21. CONNECT Ben Byrne ben@byrnecreative.combbyrne@newsignature.com facebook.com/drywall Twitter: @drywall