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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!

WordPress.org users – lets all be Sociable – Woodie Knows WordPress

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceGreetings boys and girls – Woodie here with more fun stuff you can do with WordPress! Today, we’re going to show the WordPress.org users how they can add social media to their posts. WordPress.com users? Go ahead and check out last weeks post on sharing.

Okay WP users, we’re going to add a plugin to our repertoire, this is simple and painless. Promise!

On your dashboard go to Plugins>Add New

In the search box type the word Sociable.

At the very top of the page, the Sociable plugin will appear, with an Install Now button below it.

Click install and say yes when it asks if you are sure. You’ll have a few seconds here where you can run for a potty break or grab a quick snack while it installs….

And we’re back.

Now you’ll see this on your screen

Go ahead and click activate plugin.

Now on your dashboard, just below settings you have Select Sociable Plugin. Mouseover that and click on Select Sociable Plugin. Now you’ll have two choices – one gives you a “skyscraper” with the icons listed down the side of your post. The other is the classic view that you can put at the bottom (or top) of your posts. Lets go through the classic view.

Underneath the above icons you can click get Classic View.

Now we’ve got some options.
Preview – shows how it will look on your screen
Tagline – it’s set to say Be Sociable, Share! But you can change it or delete it entirely. I also unclicked the box that links to Sociable, but I like less clutter.
Icons to include – Be careful here. The more you choose, the more cluttered your layout. Start with a few and see how it looks. Uncheck any you don’t want to use.
Icon size – mine are 16×16 but experiment
Icon Style – again, a personal preference and easy to change

Locations – Aruba! The beach! The sand! The – ahem. Sorry, got carried away for a sec…..=) Ok, locations is all about where you want those buttons to go. On mine, I clicked the first four, but again – click some, then go check and see what it looks like! You’re the boss!

General options – if you’re uncomfortable with styling your own buttons, just leave this as is.

Active Sociable Classic – make sure this one is checked then click the big green box that says SAVE CHANGES.

And that’s it. You are now up and running to share your posts with the world. Isn’t that a good feeling?

=)

I’m off for the rest of the day, there’s a certain young woodchuck I can see behind the hedges over there. I think she’s giving me “the look.”

Hubba Hubba.

A Good Woodchuck Always Shares – Publicizing Your WordPress.com Posts

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceWhen my brothers were little, mom always made us share the petunia flowerpot. “Don’t be piglets!” she’d yell, if one of us tried to get more than our fair share. Since even back then I was buff, I could generally butt my bros out of the way and dig in.

But a good woodchuck always shares.

And a good WordPress blogger always shares their posts.

Nice segue eh? =)

On wordpress.com, there’s quite a few places you can share your blog once you’ve posted it to your site. Facebook, twitter, Google+ to name a few. When you’ve written that fantabulous post about Great Great Aunt Lilly’s silver being stolen by the Yankees, you want to share it with the world.

Well, let’s see how we can do that!

On your dashboard go to Settings>Sharing.

It should look something like this:

Wowsers.

Okay, claws out, lets dig in.

Let’s say we want to connect our blog to Facebook. Anytime we add a new post to our blog, POP! it’s going to appear on FB as well.

Click Connect to Facebook.

And this window will pop up:

Click authorize, and your next window will look like this:

Click “Go to App”

In the next window..

click allow.

Now when you’re back in WP, you’ll see the Facebook link has changed, saying it is now connected. Underneath is a “Set Options” link, which allows you to direct where you want your blog posts to be shared with – if you have a fan page instead of a FB page, say.

Now if you scroll down a bit, you’ll see these settings

You can set your button style, change the sharing label, etc. Play a bit with these settings until you have it looking juuuuust riiiiight. (My friend Goldilocks says that ALL the time!)

Don’t forget to save your changes before moving back to your posts.

Now when you go back to your dashboard and make a new post, you’ll see this:

Click authorize….

And choose where you want your post to go. Don’t forget to click SAVE!

And now you’ve connected your blog to Facebook. If you’re still feeling the power, go ahead and connect to Twitter too….maybe LinkedIn.

In no time at all, you’ll be famous.

Sort of like moi.

Super Woodie – The Spam Fighter!!!

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceSpam has GOT to be one of the most annoying parts of owning a WordPress site. Drives me bonkers.

GNAW THROUGH MORE WOOD THAN YOUR NEIGHBORS!

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WIN PETUNIAS FREE FOR A YEAR!

Yeah, yeah. Everything a woodchuck could want. Pfffft.

So Woodie’s here to show you how to eliminate some of that spam. Tie on that cape, tug up your tights, and lets get to work.

First, on your dashboard, go to Settings>Discussion. Under Other Comment Settings it says Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days. Check that. Set the days for whatever you want, I have mine set for 7. After that, almost any post you get on those older posts? It’s going to be spam. If you keep getting spam on your older posts, you’ll have to manually go back to each post and edit it to no longer accept comments.

Uncheck those, no more spam on those posts! Further, check Comment author must have a previously approved comment. Yes, it takes a little moderation, but in the long haul, it’s less spam and therefore less stress for you!

A few inches below that, is Comment Moderation. There’s a box there, where you can put in words you don’t want to appear on your site. Putting in Viagra is mostly fine – but, if one of your friends posts a Viagra joke – and seriously, who doesn’t know one? – it’ll end up in spam. If you blacklist the word ass – well that’s fine. Except you’re then also blocking assumption, associate and smartass (noooooo!!!!). Choose wisely, my friend.

Akismet is an awesome spam fighter. It’s automatically installed on any WP site. If you have WP.org, there’s plenty more plugins out there that will further help eliminate spam. If a spammer tries to post something with a lot of links or various “keywords”, it’ll toss ’em right in the spam folder. Be cautioned however, that if YOU are posting links in YOUR comment post on someone else’s site? You might end up in spam yourself!

There ya go my WP buddies! A little lighter in the spam folder now I’m hoping!

High Paws!



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