Part 5… Man, my fingers are tired. This is a lot of typing, thank God I don’t write code anymore!
Oh wait… Maybe I do it now and again! This part of my wordpress series is all about writing code and some cool plug-ins. There are two major pieces that I’ll go over here.
- Widgetizing an existing plug-in
- My favorite wordpress plug-ins
After those two topics, I’m sure my fingers will be spent for the day so I’ll go into the creation of my own plug-in in part six – (is this ever going to end?)
Widgetizing an existing plug-in
Widgets are cool! Unfortunately not every plug-in has been setup to be a widget. The thing about widgets that I like so much are that they give you lots of flexibility with the items in your sidebar. If you’re working on a new site and have yet to decide what the sidebar order should be, the widgets make it simple to move things around and get things just right. Granted, moving function calls around in php is pretty simple as well!
Okay, so off to the widgetizing world. If you want to make it really, really easy – go download this tool. If you want to go and do it the long way and actually create a widget, I’m going to help my tired fingers out and send you to some really good tutorials / resources – so here they are:
- WordPress Widgets – Automattic
- Simple widgets – from wpbits
- How to Create WordPress Widgets – from lonewolf
- WordPress Widgets Codex
Why didn’t I write my own tutorial? Simple, these ones are really good! Personally, I used the files from Automattic, pulled up the Google example and started to hack away. The rest of the resources I found while I was hacking around after building the site.
My favorite plug-ins
Okay, so here are the plug-ins that I think totally rock!
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Inline Tag Thing
- SEO Title Tag
- Tag Managing Thing
- Tag Suggest Thing
- Tiger Style Administration
Okay, now that I’ve listed them all down lets run through why I love em…
This is just a really cool plug-in. You can configure your adsense ad units in the config pane and then reference them in the theme or directly in an article. Pretty nice if you have adsense running on your blog.
Google XML Sitemaps
If you don’t know about Google Sitemaps you need to do a bit of research. Once you’ve gotten with the times and have decided that they are important for your site and search rankings, then download this plugin to have them created automatically!
Inline Tag, Tag Managing, and Tag Suggest Things
These are awesome. The ultimate tag warrior looked like a phenominal plug-in prior to native tag support in wordpress. Now these three plug-ins provide all of the extra tag management that you could ask for!
SEO Title Tag
Title tags are very important. Download this now.
Tiger Style Administration
I’ll admit it, I’m very picky about the way my tools look. This plug-in fixes the hideous default wordpress admin style. It has a few quirks, but it’s much nicer than the regular style.
Backup, backup, backup… I can’t say it enough. You must have backups. This will take care of it for you.
I wrote a whole post about this thing… it is quite possibly the reason that I switched to wordpress.
I wrote it! I better like it!
This is a pretty cool tool. I tweaked it quite a bit for my site. The original is nice and does everything you would need.
So there you have it. Links to some great widgetizing resources, and my list of favorite plug-ins. Next time I’ll talk about the creation of my plug-in the InlineStockQuote.