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Creating a Cool Slideshow with the Slidedeck Plugin – Woodie Knows WordPress

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceHello my wordpress buddies! Life is grand here in Woodchuck Land – the sun is shining, the wind is gentle and Carrie’s got eight, count ’em EIGHT new planters just FULL of petunias right there on her front steps! Suh-weet!

Today, we’re going to add a new type of slideshow to our repertoire – Slidedeck. It’s easy to configure and looks might snazzy in one of your just-got-back-from-vacation posts!

First, go to your dashboard, then go to plugins> add new. Type in slidedeck. There’s only the one! Now click install, and go back to your dashboard. You’ll see a new button on your dashboard titled Smart Slidedeck. Hover over it and choose Add Smart Slidedeck.

I kept most of the settings, just so I could see what they looked like, and play with it from there. I clicked on save, then preview. Well holy cow. Is this just awesome or what???

A cool slideshow featuring five of my most recent posts. That is SO COOL!

I went back in, changed the slider so it would show pictures from my most popular posts and only in a few chosen categories. Then, when I clicked preview, I changed the size of the slideshow and clicked update.

Now I click on the yellow bar at the top of the screen where it says insert your SlideDeck into a post.

This takes me back to the posts page. From there, I choose the post I want the slideshow to appear in, and click on it. Now on the right hand side is this widget, and I choose Insert Slide Deck where I want the sliders to appear. I can change the dimensions here if I so choose, or feature the post I’m posting right now in the slide show.

[SlideDeck id=’2203′ width=’100%’ height=’200px’]

voila, the code is inserted for me, I don’t need to do anything else!

The only thing that reaaaaaally bothers me about slidedeck is that the widget takes over the side panel. So I closed it by clicking the little arrow, and drug it below the publish box. I can drag it even farther down (and will!) later, as it’s something I’ll only use occasionally.

Want to learn some more sidedeck tricks? Check out this website here..

Make Use of – SlideDeck

Enjoy!

How to make an Image Gallery – Woodie Knows WordPress

Have you ever wanted to make an image gallery? No? But what about all of those photos you took on your vacation? Or honeymoon? =) Your daughters graduation, your sons first steps? Instead of just a long line of photos, lets make an image gallery – shall we?

First title and save your post. Otherwise none of this will work! Next click on the upload image button and you’ll get this screen

Upload your images, or drag them into the box, then click save changes

Now your gallery will show, and underneath the photos you’ve just uploaded are the settings we’ll need to make our gallery.

I’ve chosen to link my thumbnails to a larger image, display them in random order and have 3 columns.

Next click Insert Gallery.

Voila!

If you need to edit any of your photos, simply go to Visual View, click on the landscape looking graphic that pops up when you hover over your gallery, and you can edit each picture, save the changes, and your gallery is good as new.

Easy peasy right? Right. =)

I’m off and running, Wilemina is making buckwheat pancakes for breakfast! yum!

Adding a form to your WP.com page – Woodie Knows WordPress

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceOh spring is in the air and so are massive thunderstorms! I’m typing as fast as my little paws will go…then it will be time to burrow in and have some popcorn with Wilhemina…by candlelight! *wink*

Last week, we added a form to our WP.org site..this week, we’re going to add one to our WP.com site. Ready? Let’s dig in!

When you go to make a post or a page on WP.com, at the top, next to the media uploader is a form button. That’s exactly where we’re headed.

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Click and up pops this screen

So, this is your basic contact form. With just this information, someone can contact you to ask a question, leave a comment without having your email address posted on your website.

BUT

We can customize it a bit. Click on the right hand side where it says – Can I Add More Fields? or at the bottom of the form where it says Add a New Field

Now we can add a dropdown box, a checkbox, a radio box – you name it, it’s all in there…

Here’s what I did..

The rest of the form is entirely up to your imagination.

Now click on Add This form to my Post

This will insert the shortcode into your post. Don’t mess with this code! =) I mean it!

Now when you hit Publish – your post or page will show the form.

Voila! If you need to edit your form, just go to the same Add A Form button as before and your form will appear. Make your changes, then click save.

Now, if you’ll excuse moi, the lights are flickering and the thunder is crashing. Sounds like a good night for a little woodchuck snuggling! =)

The World’s Easiest Form to add to WordPress – Woodie knows WordPress

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceGreetings all! I barely had time to sneak in a post today – Wilhelmina and I have been down by the river, playing in the water. Later we’re headed over to her folks burrow for a picnic! Lots of goodies – snap peas, petunias and broccoli!

Since I’m running short on time – due to my hachacha date – I’m going to show you the easiest form in the World to add to your WordPress.org site.

First, go to your dashboard go to Plugins>Add New

In the search box type the word Formidable. If you aren’t sure how to install a plug-in, check this post.

Now on your dashboard, you’ll have a new plugin called Formidable. Go ahead and click on it, then choose Forms.

Now we’ll click on Add New

If you want a quick contact us form, choose that on the left hand side. Want to build your own? Choose Blank form, then create.

In the top box, add a title to your form. Like Want a free Bookmark? In the small box below, you can add in instructions to anyone who might want to email you for a free bookmark.

On the right hand side are a collection of items you can drag onto your form. The top ones are for the freebie version. Here I chose single line text.

In the drop down box I marked that it was required information, I put in the field size (how many letters wide I think it should be) and titled it, First Name, Last Name. Then, click update.

Here I’ve used a single line, followed by a paragraph for their mailing address and checkboxes as to which type of bookmark they’d rather receive.

After that, I’ll click update, and move on to settings.

Here, I want my submit button to say Submit, so that’s good, and the confirmation message is ready to go. The only other buttons I would check under that tab is emails to make sure it arrives in the correct email box. If you’ve made changes here, click update and lets look at Entries.

Under here, you can see a variety of ways to publish your new form. The easiest is to go to option #3. This is shortcode. You can use any of these 3 items listed here and just copy and paste the code in a blank page and voila. Your form is complete. Don’t believe me? Go look at preview, you’ll be shocked what that little bit of shortcode will do!

This is Woodie signing off – I’ve got just enough time to grab a handful of tulips from Carrie’s garden for Wilhemina’s mother!

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