Week 5 - Introduction to plug-ins and widgets


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Week 5 - Introduction to plug-ins and widgets

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