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    Week 5 - Introduction to plug-ins and widgets Week 5 - Introduction to plug-ins and widgets Presentation Transcript

    • CA274 - Web Content Management Systems and Strategy* [email_address]
      • Class website ca274.beekeeperdev.com
      • Google Group – Sign up from the class website
      • Physical class resumes next week (10/5)
      Week 4 Recap
    • Week 4 Recap Thoughts on Homework
      • Very impressed with effort put in the websites that were turned in
      • Very pleased with use the Google group to ask questions and help one another find solutions.
      • Please try to ask for help before Tuesday when the homework is due.
    • Install WordPress (10 Minutes) *Practice makes perfect Week 4
    • Introduction to Plugins & Widgets Week 5 - Introduction to Plugins & Widgets
      • Program/module (built in PHP)
      • Independently developed
      • Adds/extends WordPress functionality
      • Free/paid
      What is a Plug-in in technical terms?
      • A website gadget designed to do something that WordPress doesn’t do on it’s own.
      • A prepackaged tool for users.
      • A tool that makes configuration simple.
      What is a Plug-in in plain in English?
    • Where to find Plug-ins in dashboard
      • Typically is accompanied by a Plugin
      • Used to control and/or ad additional features to specific areas
      • Uses the drag and drop feature
      • NOT ALL PLUG-INS HAVE WIDGETS
      What is a Widget?
    • Where to find widgets in the dashboard?
    • Where to find a plug-in?
    • Where to find a plug-in?
    • How to choose a plug-in
      • Function – What function are you looking to get done? will it do the job?
      • Ease of Use - requires code?
      • Compatibility - WordPress vs. plugin
    • How to choose a plug-in
      • Popularity
        • Ratings/Stars
        • # of downloads
      • Support – documentations/FAQs/Forums
      • Extras - requires an API key?
    • How to install in a plug-in
      • Step 1:
      • Login to your WordPress dashboard and scroll down the menu bar on the left hand side to find plugins and click on Add New .
    • How to install in a plug-in
      • Step 2:
      • Search for a plug-in by typing keywords into the search box and click search plug-ins.
    • How to install in a plug-in
      • Step 3:
      • Read The plugin description, version and rating will appear in the results.
      • Click on name of plug-in if you want to go to their homepage or learn more.
      • Click Install to add this plug-in to your site.
    • How to install in a plug-in
      • Step 4:
      • Click Install or Install Update Now (if you have previously installed this plug-in you can upgrade)
    • How to install in a plug-in
      • Step 5:
      • Next you will be prompted to activate the plug-in.
      • To control the settings of the plugins return to your dashboard under settings to control individual plugins (NOT ALL PLUG-INS HAVE SETTINGS)
    • How to install in a plug-in
      • Step 6 (optional):
      • Put it widget on your site and have fun
    • Week 5 - Homework
      • Download, install and test 2 plug-ins on your local machine.
      • Write summary about functionality of each plug-in and share with the class on the Google Group ( include the links to the plug-in in your post).
      • YOU CAN NOT CHOOSE A PLUG-IN THAT ONE YOUR CLASSMATES ALREADY REVIEWED. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE
    • Cited sources
      • http://www.slideshare.net/3greenangels/wordpress-plugins-installation-101/
      • http://www.slideshare.net/goingbigger/wordpress-plugins-for-beginners-7225467
      • http://www.slideshare.net/roohimoolla/wordpress-plugin-basics/