Tips and Tricks for using the foxmis community

plugin

Google Calendar Widget & Short Code

Adds a widget and short code to display/embed Google Calendars in WordPress.

To embed a Google Calendar to your blog select Appearance>Widgets. When in your widgets, Drag the Google Calendar Widget, into your desired Widget Area. Click the drop down arrow to change the appearance.

To embed and link your Google Calendar click on the link under “Embed Code:” under Google Calendar drop down. This will redirect your to Google Calendar helper to update your calendar attributes.

 

Broken Link Checker

Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found!

From the plugin site:http://w-shadow.com/blog/2007/08/05/broken-link-checker-for-wordpress/

Features

  • Detects links that don’t work, missing images, deleted YouTube videos and other problems.
  • Periodically checks links in posts, pages, comments, custom fields and the blogroll.
  • New and modified entries are checked ASAP.
  • Notifies you on the Dashboard if any problems are found.
  • Lets you edit all instances of a specific link at once.
  • Gives you a list of all links ever posted on your site, with the ability to search and filter it.
  • Lets you apply custom CSS styles to broken and removed links.
  • Highly configurable.

The broken links show up in the Tools -> Broken Links tab along. If any invalid URLs are found a notification will also show up on the Dashboard widget. To save screen real-estate, the widget can be configured to stay closed most of the time and automatically expand when broken links are detected.

Create a Poll Using PollDaddy

To use the plug-in, register a new user account at http://polldaddy.com.

This will allow you create your own polls. You can register for a free account or choose to upgrade, dependent on the amount of responses that you need.

Steps to Follow:

  1. Create a Poll Daddy account
  2. Activate the Widget and enter your user email and password
  3. Create a Poll
    1. You can create a poll at http://polldaddy.com and then use the short code and embed it into your post or page.
    2. You can also create the posts in your WordPress Dashboard.

i.      Select the question, answer, and themes.

ii.      Save

  1. Then click on the link that says Polls (a widget on the left side of dashboard) and under the Poll you are referring to, select “Share-Embed” and then copy and paste the short code into any post or page.

On the Poll, you also have the option to edit the poll, review the results, preview, delete, and close the poll

  1. Difference between creating the poll on the WordPress dashboard and creating it on polldaddy.com is that the site has the capabilities of building out the polls to a survey structure.  Creating a poll in WordPress is typically one question and then the desired answers.

Embeding Your Google Calender

Activation of the plug-in gives you the option to add a widget to the sidebar. The widget is importing a Google calendar.

To embed a calendar that you want, do the following:

1)      Use “Google Calendar Embedded Helper” and log in to your Google account.

2)      Fill in all the information on the left side of the page and select “update HTML”.  Note: Height should be 200 and width should be 200 (you can change to different pixels depending on your experience with coding). A Code should be in the textbox that you will copy( highlight and press CTRL “C”)

3)      Go back to your WordPress sidebar and paste the code in:

4)      The other fields are automatically updated. You can use these you do not paste the code in yourself and manually insert the information.

5)      The Calendar will be displayed in the sidebar of your pages.

How to use the Slideshare plugin

A presentation plug-in tool for WordPress blogging sites.  The plug-in will allow your presentation or document to present on the community site without the need to be downloaded. In order to use follow these steps:

1)      Go to the slide share site at http://www.slideshare.net and register for an account.  Supports both free and paid versions depending on the amount of space that you require.

2)      You can up load any form of documents that you would want to present.  If the material you are using is copy righted and/ or privilege, then upload and set as private. You will need to adjust a setting so that you can embed into your community site page. To adjust the settings on a private upload, do the following:

  • Click on Edit Presentation
  • Check the two boxes under privacy (Give me a Secret URL and Allow embedding outside Slideshare) shown here
  • Click on update

3)      You have two ways to embed the presentation to your WordPress page or post.

  • Long Coded it (self-hosted blog)-No need to use
  • The Short Code (hosted blog)

                              Click on the WordPress Icon to get the long/short code for the presentation
                              Highlight the short code (hosted blog) and copy (ctrl C)

4)      Place the short code in your page/post for the presentation to appear.  You can upload these types of files:

 pdf, ppt, pps, pptx, ppsx, pot, potx (Powerpoint); odp (OpenOffice); key, zip (Apple Keynote), doc, docx, rtf, xls (MSOffice); odt, ods(OpenOffice); Apple iWork Pages.