Week 5 - Introduction to plug-ins and widgets

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  • 1. CA274 - Web Content Management Systems and Strategy* [email_address]
  • 2.
    • Class website ca274.beekeeperdev.com
    • Google Group – Sign up from the class website
    • Physical class resumes next week (10/5)
    Week 4 Recap
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Install WordPress (10 Minutes) *Practice makes perfect Week 4
  • 5. Introduction to Plugins & Widgets Week 5 - Introduction to Plugins & Widgets
  • 6.
    • Program/module (built in PHP)
    • Independently developed
    • Adds/extends WordPress functionality
    • Free/paid
    What is a Plug-in in technical terms?
  • 7.
    • 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?
  • 8. Where to find Plug-ins in dashboard
  • 9.
    • 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?
  • 10. Where to find widgets in the dashboard?
  • 11. Where to find a plug-in?
  • 12. Where to find a plug-in?
  • 13. 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
  • 14. How to choose a plug-in
    • Popularity
      • Ratings/Stars
      • # of downloads
    • Support – documentations/FAQs/Forums
    • Extras - requires an API key?
  • 15. 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 .
  • 16. 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.
  • 17. 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.
  • 18. 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)
  • 19. 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)
  • 20. How to install in a plug-in
    • Step 6 (optional):
    • Put it widget on your site and have fun
  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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/