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Working With WordPress Widgets

Working With WordPress Widgets



Overview of widgets with hosted WordPress

Overview of widgets with hosted WordPress



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    • WordPress Widgets
      Kathy E Gill
      1 February 2011
    • What Are Widgets?
      A “configurable code snippet" that makes it possible to modify function and appearance
    • Widgets & WordPress Themes
      Not all themes are widget-capable
      Themes vary in widget options, location
    • Single Widget Area
    • Multiple Widget Areas
    • Where Are Widgets?
      Access the widgets page from the Appearance Menu in your Dashboard.
    • Default Appearance - Single
    • Default Appearance - Multi
    • Monotone: No Widgets Supported
    • Editing Appearance
      Note: once you edit a widget area, the default widgets disappear
      Recommendation: before editing, take a screenshot of your theme
      Tip: if you don’t want anything to show up in a widget area, try adding a blank text widget.
    • Adding Widgets
      To add a widget, drag from the Available or Inactive Widgets area on the left onto the Sidebar area on the right.
      When you see a dashed line appear, you can drop the widget into place.
      Single widget area; image from WP.com
    • Multiple Widget Locations
    • Configuring Widgets
      Each widget has configuration options.Click on the triangle on the right side of the widget to configure.
      You’ll need to save only if you edit.
    • Ordering, Deleting Widgets
      Change the order of the widgets by dragging and dropping them in the sidebar area.
      Delete by dragging to the left or clicking the “delete” link on the configuration box.
      Note: design change is immediate – no “save” required
    • Screencast
    • Important Widgets (1/5)
      ArchivesNavigation. Provides access to old posts; a key characteristic of blog as a genre
      CategoriesNavigation. Provides access to posts by topic; a key characteristic of blog as a genre
    • Important Widgets (2/5)
      LinksAs Blogroll, Background. Provides insight into blog content, author; a key characteristic of blog as a genre
      Tag CloudNavigation, Background. Provides access to posts by keyword; requires reasonably large corpus to be useful.
    • Important Widgets (3/5)
      PagesNavigation. Provides access to pages; essential if sidebar is primary navigation.
      Category CloudNavigation, Background. Provides alternative access to posts by category; requires reasonably large corpus to be useful.
    • Important Widgets (4/5)
      Recent PostsBackground. Highlights most recent posts; useful when “more” tag not employed.
      Recent CommentsBackground. Highlights most recent comments; requires reasonably large corpus/frequent comments to be meaningful.
    • Important Widgets (5/5)
      TextMay be the most important widget; can hold text or HTML but no javascript.
      RSS LinksProvides access to post and comment RSS feed using orange button. Essential if there is no other RSS subscription link in the design.
    • Interesting Widgets (1/3)
      TwitterBackground. Displays tweets by handle.
      FlickrBackground. Displays photos from Flickr based on an RSS feed.
      DeliciousBackground. Display Delicious links by handle.
    • Interesting Widgets (2/3)
      Box.netFunctionality. Share files with your readers.
      MeeboFunctionality. Enables private IM chat.
      SocialVibeFunctionality. Support a charity.
    • Interesting Widgets (3/3)
      Blog SubscriptionFunctionality. Enables email alert when there are new posts.
      SocialVibeFunctionality. Support a charity.
    • Widgets That Require Content
      SearchUseless unless there is a large corpus.
      Top ClicksUseless unless there is a large corpus.
      Top Posts and PagesUseless unless there is a large corpus.
    • WordPress Widgets
      List and descriptions at WP.com: http://en.support.wordpress.com/topic/widgets-sidebars/
      Even more widgets available for self-hosted WP accounts: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Widgets
    • For Portfolio Sites
      Consider adding links to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
      You will use Text Box. We’ll do one of these on Thursday.
    • Widgets Are Not Plug-ins
      • WP.com has no user-configurable plug-ins
      • Widgets = content (more or less)
      • Plug-Ins = functionality (usually are back-end, such as Akismet, statistics or Google analytics, but may provide short-code functionality or easy content sharing)
    • Credits
      Kathy E Gill, @kegill
      Creative Commons: share-and-share alike, non-commercial, attribution