Commentpress lets readers comment on each paragraph of a document or respond in-line to other comments. Developed by the Institute for the Future of the Book, it is a terrific way for writers to solicit and track critiques of their work, from either a controlled or open group of readers:
Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with Commentpress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. It can be applied to a fixed document (paper/essay/book etc.) or to a running blog.
The documentation for CommentPress (written using Commentpress) shows how documents can be structured (title page, table of contents, pages, posts, numbering, etc.) and is a great resource once you’ve got the tool up and running.
Getting Started with CommentPress
CommentPress is a WordPress plugin. To get started, activate CommentPress Core on the Commons. Once activated, your theme will automatically switch to the CommentPress Modern theme. We recommend using this theme. (Your other choices are the Default CommentPress theme and the Flat CommentPress theme.)
CommentPress will only work with themes created by CommentPress.
If you deactivate CommentPress Core, your theme will switch back to the Commons default theme (currently, Twenty-Twelve).
To configure CommentPress, go to Settings>>Commentpress. Be sure to check the box to “Create All Special Pages.” All the other default settings are fine to begin with. You can always come back to the setting page to fine tune your site. By default, CommentPress uses pages as chapters for its Table of Contents.
Readers may comment on an entire page or post, or on a specific paragraph within the page or post. There is no approval process for comments, but members must supply their name and email address (and optionally, their website’s URL) to comment. To avoid spam, make sure to install and configure Akismet or some other spam filter. To control the pool of responders, you might want to set up your site as private, and invite the readers you want to join.
A CommentPress Example
by Mitchell Stephens, Professor of Journalism, New York University
“This paper is designed to be a conversation. I am presenting a collection of some of the more controversial ideas from the early chapters of my book on the history of disbelief. The ideas are organized loosely around a single theme: the Roman leader Pompey’s forced entry into the most sacred place of the Jewish temple. At issue are the origins and prevalence of doubt, even at the heart of religion.
The paper is also an experiment. The Institute for the Future of the Book has devised a new format, through which readers can engage with me and with each other, directly alongside the text. This site is a rough prototype. Each of the paper’s twelve sections has a dynamic margin to the right of the text. There, you can post responses to individual paragraphs, and also annotate the text with links and references to related materials. … “
If your site is not attached to a group and you want to notify members of new posts and comments, you can install the JetPack plugin.
Learn More About Jetpack And How To Activate It
The Jetpack plugin is actually a bundle of plugins that have been developed for WordPress.com.
Please don’t be fooled! All the plugins are free to use. Many times along the installation process, you will be encouraged to pick a premium plan and pay money to WordPress.com for features that will not be available on the Commons. Make sure to choose the free version of this tool when activating Jetpack.
Please note that you will need to create a WordPress.com account to use JetPack. You do not need to have a WordPress.com site. Just register here, get your id/password, and you are ready to activate Jetpack.
After installing the Jetpack plugin on your site in the Plugins area, Jetpack will be added to the Dashboard menu (screenshot, right). Visit this Jetpack area in the Dashboard and go through the process to activate Jetpack.
When activating JetPack, you will see the various paid options but you do not need to pay for this tool. Scroll down all the way and click on “Start for Free” (image below).
If you have a WordPress.com account and are logged in, once you click “Start for Free” you will activate Jetpack and re-routed back to your Commons Site.
If you need to create an account, click on the option highlighted above.
Once you click “Approve,” you should see the following:
Then you will see the following section added to your Dashboard. Click on Settings to get started with JetPack.
Highlighted below are the Settings for the various plugins in the JetPack bundle. Click on each tab to explore the possibilities.
JetPack provides a nice stats plugin that you can use to track your readers. It also provides Latex support for mathematical notation, and a bunch of other plugins, many of which are similar to other plugins on the Commons. Many members use JetPack’s “Subscription” plugin to allow people to subscribe to their sites and receive email notifications when a post is published. See more about Subscriptions.
In Jetpack’s “Sharing” menu, you can add new widgets to your site to pull in Twitter an other social media feeds.
After activating JetPack, go to Settings>>Discussion..
Once you enable Subscriptions, all members of your site should receive email notifications of new posts and comments.
You can also optionally add a widget that would let non-members subscribe to your site. These will not become members of the site but will be added to a list of emails to are sent out.
Go to Appearance>>Widgets and drag the Blog Subscription (JetPack) widget to a sidebar or other widgetized area. You can customize how it appears on your site:
Started in 2011, Hypothes.is is a non-profit, open source project whose goal is to create a “conversation layer over the entire web.” It is designed to work everywhere, without the implementation of any software. Using sentence-level annotation, anyone with an account can add their own public or private notes or critiques “on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and more. ”
This type of open annotation has numerous applications in education, journalism, research, and publishing. Currently to use Hypothesis you need to install an extension (if using Chrome) or a Hypothesis “bookmarklet” for other browsers.
The Hypothesis WordPress plugin makes it even easier to use Hypothesis when using the Commons for teaching. Students only need to create a Hypothesis account and perhaps join the private group you set up for your class. No need for extensions or bookmarklets. And you as the admin of the site determine which pages and posts can be annotated.
After activating the plugin, go to Settings>>Hypothesis. You should see the settings below:
By default none of the check boxes are selected. These settings let you configure which pages and posts are open to annotation and which are not. You can provide page or post IDs to narrow down your options (each page or post has a numeric ID which can see when you edit it – i.e. post.php?post=7274&action=edit).
If you elect not to have the sidebar open by default, users will need to click the Hypothesis icon to see annotations. Or they can simply click on the yellow highlighted text and they will be taken to that particular annotation or highlight.
All annotations and highlights are done on the front end. Use your mouse to select the phase (or sentence, or paragraph) and you can select either the highlight or annotate icons that popup. You can choose your public account or one of the groups that you belong to. Annotations can include images and links to other resources (both within your site or to any web url). You can aggregate annotations via tags, share via social networks or email.
“As the pace and volume of scholarly communication increases, teachers and researchers are confronted with the need to find and share relevant, current content with their students and colleagues. PressForward, developed by the Roy Rozensweig Center for History and New Media–the creators of Zotero (http://zotero.org) and Omeka (http://omeka.org)–improves your ability to find, curate, and share content from the web. By adding an RSS / Atom feed reader and editorial workflow directly into the WordPress dashboard, PressForward makes it easier for academic communities to develop edited collections of content. Available for download from the WordPress.org Directory and on the CUNY Academic Commons, PressForward is designed to help you find, filter, and share open access resources among communities of learners and scholars.”
PressForward aims to “centralize digital media into a single online resource.” Users can gather open web content either through RSS feeds or by a “Nominate This” bookmarklet button installed in their browsers. If a RSS feed is gathered, the user can search through the articles and pick which ones should be put in “nominated” status. (Articles that were nominated via the bookmarklet automatically go into the nominated status.) Nomination is the beginning of the curation process.
As can be seen in the screenshot below, there are a number of things you can do to organize nominated articles: retrieve its metadata, favorite it, comment on it, keep track of its nomination counts, archive it, and “amplify” it (i.e. tweet about it). But the most important thing you can do is to generate a WordPress post from it. When you click on “Draft” the entire article is copied into a post and is saved as a draft. Without leaving your WordPress dashboard, you can read, review and select articles, and use folders to group your content.
The last step is to publish. The WordPress post has all the metadata needed to backtrack to the content’s source. PressForward pulls together recent and relevant content from many different sources and is an ideal tool for research and teaching.
WordPress plugins extend the functionality of your site. They are add-on bits of code that let you do neat things. Follow this link for general information about plugins, and see Tweaking Your Site for a listing of popular WordPress plugins currently installed on the Commons, each with a link to a details page.
The Commons Plugin Director lets you Use keyword searches to discover the plugins that are available on the Commons and what they do.
For example, enter “slider” if you are looking for slider plugins, or “rss” if you are looking for plugins that use RSS. (Other suggestions: “twitter”, “categories”, “email”, “social”, “columns”, “tables”, “citations”, “templates”, “link”, “pages”…) Our search will return any plugins that contain these words.
Adjust the number of search results or click “Next” to page through results.
3D FlipBook - Lite Edition
Interactive 3D FlipBook Powered Physics Engine WordPress Plugin Go Pro
Acunetix WP Security plugin is the ultimate must-have tool when it
comes to WordPress security. The plugin is free and monitors your
website for security weaknesses that hackers might exploit and tells you
how to easily fix them.
RSS Feeds to your template header for Firefox and other browsers to
detect automatically. Plugin facilitates adding your comments feed,
per-post comment feed and allows for custom RSS feeds to be added. Configure >> Feeds
are not excluded to local RSS feeds of your site. Forexample you can
add your Twitter or Pownce feed just as easily as adding a comments
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam.
It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started:
activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to
set up your API key.
Widget shows the list or cloud of the authors, with the number of
posts, link to RSS feed next to their name, avatar. It is useful in a
multi-author blog, where you want to have the list in the sidemenu.
XML sitemaps for your WordPress website with ease. This plugin comes
with support for sitemap index, multisite WordPress and Google News
sitemap. It also provides a powerful and flexible system for any
is the No. 1 Podcasting plugin for WordPress. Developed by podcasters
for podcasters; features include Simple and Advanced modes, multiple
audio/video player options, subscribe to podcast tools, podcast SEO
features, and more! Fully supports Apple Podcasts (previously iTunes),
Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Blubrry Podcasting directories,
as well as all podcast applications and clients.
plugin allows you to add a Terms of Service (TOS) to the
signup/registration page in BuddyPress so that they user must check that
they agree to the TOS in order to register. BuddyPress must be
installed for this to work.
plugin allows you to easily make CartoDB maps with your WordPress data.
Simply connect to your CartoDB account and set your options in the
settings, and CartoPress will automatically sync your WordPress data to
your CartoDB account. Utilize the intuitive CartoDB user interface to
visualize and style maps with your data. Publish on your site using
CartoDB's powerful and customizable publishing options.
offers unparalleled flexibility in deploying contact forms across your
blog. Features include: comprehensive SPAM protection, Ajax support,
Backup & Restore, Multi-Recipients, Role Manager support, Database
tracking and many more. Please see the VERSION HISTORY for what's new and current bugfixes.
This plugin allow comments to be posted without leaving or refreshing the page as well as a number of other enhancements. Please note: this plugin only works with the official Commentpress theme. For Wordpress MU: only activate this plugin sitewide if you have activated Commentpress sitewide.
a sidebar widget to display random videos of your own choice. You can
mix Google, Myspace and YouTube videos. Make your own videolist in the
widget-control-panel. Syntax: [MySpaceID/Google video ID/YouTube
ID]@[Title*]@[Link*]. * Is optional. Do not add a after the last video in the list.
Retrieves your DandyID
online identities and displays them as clickable links in your sidebar.
After activating this Plugin: (1) Go to Settings -> DandyID Services
to configure the required settings, then (2) Go to Design -> Widgets
to add DandyID Services to your sidebar.
a dynamic gallery of images for latest or featured content selected
from one or more normal post categories, pages, Custom Post Type posts,
or a mix of these. Highly configurable options for customising the look
and behaviour of the gallery, and choice of using mootools or jquery to
display the gallery. Compatible with Network-enabled (Multisite)
Wordpress. Requires WP version 3.0+.
search and use CC-licensed images for WP helps you search millions of
CC-licensed images using the Creative Commons Catalog API and insert the
original image into content or set as featured image very quickly.
Visualization Tools for WordPress is a powerful plugin enabling you to
easily create Charts, Maps, Graphs and Infographics. The plugin contain
Google Chart Tools API and Google Analytics, Google Maps and Flip
Allows the site editors to send an e-mail to the blog users. Credits to Catalin Ionescu
who gave me (Vincent Pratt) some ideas for the plugin and has made a
similar plugin. Bug reports and corrections by Cyril Crua, Pokey and
Mike Walsh. Development for enhancements and bug fixes since version
4.1 primarily by Mike Walsh.
Any Document WordPress plugin lets you upload and embed your documents
easily in your WordPress website without any additional browser plugins
like Flash or Acrobat reader. The plugin lets you choose between Google
Docs Viewer and Microsoft Office Online to display your documents.
plugins embeds a Facebook Page Album photos into wordpress content.
Just get the Album Id and use [fbphotos id=x] anywhere in your post. If
you would like to embed User and Friends Albums or Facebook Timeline
then consider Facebook Walleria which you can get on Codecanyon
Google Forms to a WordPress web site. Display a Google Form directly
into your posts, pages or sidebar. Style the Google Form to match your
existing theme and display a custom confirmation page after form
is an open platform for the collaborative evaluation of knowledge. This
plugin embeds the necessary scripts in your Wordpress site to enable
any user to use Hypothesis without installing any extensions.
the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress.
Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to
use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com
vertical accordion menus from any Wordpress custom menu using jQuery.
Add menus using either widgets or shortcodes. Features include - handles
multiple levels, saved state using cookies and option of selecting
"click" or "hover" events for triggering the menu.
is a premium multi-purpose content creation and animation platform.
Easily create sliders, image galleries, slideshows with mind-blowing
effects, popups, landing pages, animated page blocks, or even a full
website. LayerSlider empowers millions of active websites on a daily
basis with stunning visuals and eye-catching effects.
most comprehensive & user-friendly mapping solution for WordPress
(Attention: Leaflet Maps Marker has earned its retirement - existing
users get a parting gift: a 50% coupon code for an unexpiring Maps
Marker Pro license - for a limited time only, get yours now! Read more
& get 50% coupon code at https://www.mapsmarker.com/v3.12.3)
Introduces the [list-pages], [sibling-pages] and [child-pages] shortcodes for easily displaying a list of pages within a post or page. Both shortcodes accept all parameters that you can pass to the wp_list_pages()
function. For example, to show a page's child pages sorted by title
simply add [child-pages sort_column="post_title"] in the page's content.
and audio plugin for WordPress built on MediaElement.js HTML5 video and
audio player library. Embeds media in your post or page using HTML5
with Flash or Silverlight fallback support for non-HTML5 browsers. Video
support: MP4, Ogg, WebM, WMV. Audio support: MP3, WMA, WAV
more privacy(visibility) options to a WordPress Multisite Network.
Settings->Reading->Visibility:Network Users, Blog Members, or
Admins Only. Network Settings->Network Visibility Selector: All Blogs
Visible to Network Users Only or Visibility managed per blog as
Link Order allows you to set the order in which links and link
categories will appear in the sidebar. Uses a drag and drop interface
for ordering. Adds a widget with additional options for easy
installation on widgetized themes.
newsletter software allows users to subscribe to mutliple mailing lists
on your WordPress website. Send newsletters manually or from posts,
manage newsletter templates, view a complete history with tracking,
import/export subscribers, accept paid subscriptions and much more.
amazing NS Cloner creates a new site as an exact clone / duplicate /
copy of an existing site with theme and all plugins and settings intact
in just a few steps. Check out NS Cloner Pro for additional powerful
add-ons and features!
very simple way to quickly password protect your WordPress site with a
single password. Please note: This plugin does not restrict access to
uploaded files and images and does not work with some caching setups.
Pages, Posts or Custom Post Types to another location quickly (for
internal or external URLs). Includes individual post/page options,
redirects for Custom Post types, non-existant 301 Quick Redirects
(helpful for sites converted to WordPress), New Window functionality,
and rel=nofollow functionality.
plugin adds a shortcode that allows to include contents in your posts
and pages from a remote markdown-formatted file. It supports Github
Flavored Markdown and is meant to synchronize your app documentation
from your GitHub or Bitbucket repo to your website, without having the
need to update both.
search functionality without modifying any template pages: Activate,
Configure and Search. Options Include: search highlight, search pages,
excerpts, attachments, drafts, comments, tags and custom fields
(metadata). Also offers the ability to exclude specific pages and posts.
Does not search password-protected content.
Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites. Configuration options are here. Questions on configuration, etc.? Make sure to read the README.
spam trackbacks by (1) checking if the IP address of the trackback
sender is equal to the IP address of the webserver the trackback URL is
referring to and (2) by retrieving the web page located at the URL used
in the trackback and checking if the page contains a link to your blog.
plugin provides unlimited completely customizable modal windows
(welcome popups), each modal window have their own styles, content,
settings, popup can be display on page load or can be trigger by
clicking on specefied link id.
Slider Shortcode is a WordPress Plugin for creating dynamic slider for
posts and pages. You can place the slider to any post(s) or page(s) you
want by placing the slider shortcode. Powerful features includes
searchable photo upload, show/hide images in slider, and each image can
be customize with different animation.
subscription option icons for your RSS Feed; your FeedBurner Email
Service; your Twitter Stream and even your Facebook page. Thousands of
colour options. Totally user-defined. Also available: The Subscription Options Add-on Pack!
Events Calendar PRO, a premium add-on to the open source The Events
Calendar plugin (required), enables recurring events, custom attributes,
venue pages, new widgets and a host of other premium features.
embedded in webpages and other apps. This plugin provides a widget
interface for adding any Google Gadget. Choose from thousands of Google
Gadgets for your Webpage from the Google Gadget Directory -
an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a
poll into your WordPress's blog post/page. WP-Polls is extremely
customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options
for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It
now supports multiple selection of answers.
you to automatically display most commented posts, either by category
or tag. Optional: You can choose manually the category or tag you want
to display its most commented posts. It has several configuration
options, and can list your comments with color bars. It has a widget to
add it easily to your sidebar. See this plugin in action in
you to embed content within your blog post via WordPress ShortCode API
and toggling the visibility of the cotent via a link. By default the
content is hidden and user will have to click on the "Show Content" link
to toggle it. Similar to what Engadget is doing for their press
releases. Example usage: [showhide type="pressrelease"]Press Release goes in here.[/showhide]
Custom Category Pages lets you turn your category pages into useful
landing pages that are good for SEO by adding custom content. Transform
your category pages from thin pages full of duplicate content to user
focused and SEO friendly landing pages.
Outputs your Blogroll links to a Page or Post. Add [wp-blogroll]
to a Page or Post and all your Wordpress links/Blogrolls will be
rendered. This extremely simple plug-in enables you to create your own
Links page without having to write a custom template. The output can
easily be styled with CSS. Each category with its links is encapsulated
in a DIV with a classname called "linkcat". All the links are
attributed with the class "brlink".
plugin modify on the fly the translation of the theme depending the
language of the post or other blog elements - a way to create a real
multilanguage site (cms or blog). Numerous template tags and three
widgets are included. It introduce a new taxonomy - here language - to
describe posts and pages. To complete with tags, use also xili-tidy-tags
plugin. To include and set translation of .mo files use xili-dictionary
plugin. Includes add-on for multilingual bbPress forums.
Fancybox is an easy to use plug-in that gracefully enlarges images in your posts and pages when a reader clicks on them.
When you upload an image to your blog using the “Media>>Add New” tab in the dashboard, WordPress automatically saves that image in up to four different sizes: thumbnail, medium, large, and full-size, depending upon the image’s original size. (When you “Insert into Post,” you can see which sizes are available.)
If you activate Fancybox, and a reader clicks on the image, a popup will display the image in its largest available size.
The plug-in will automatically convert all images in your blog that don’t have pre-existing links. If you don’t want the Fancybox effect on some images (perhaps you are displaying them in their largest size already), you can delete the link, and the popup will not appear. (This can be done best in the HTML view).
The plugin has a page with many customizable settings to change the borders, zoom rates, overlay color and opacity, but the default settings work fine for starters.
One warning: Fancybox does not work well with posts that use WIKI Inc plugin to “include” wiki page content. If the wiki page that you include has images in it, the Fancybox effect will not work.
Here is a post with a thumbnail image:
And when you click on the thumbnail, Fancybox does its magic:
Have fun with this useful and easy to use plugin!
The Q & A WordPress plugin lets you easily add a configurable question & answer dialog on your site. First you create individual “FAQ” custom posts, where the post title is the question, and the post content body is the answer. You can assign categories to each FAQ post, and when you want to display your questions and answers, you use a simple short code. This is a neat way to provide a quick, compact Q&A dialog for your readers to quickly get onboard with new concepts, or create a review page that re-enforces important concepts.
When you activate the plugin, you’ll see a new section (“FAQs”) added to your dashboard (see image, above). Click on “Add New” to add a new Question & Answer. Here you can create a list of questions and answers that will appear on a single page:
Or you can use short codes. Remember – the title is the question, the content is the answer. You’ll need to repeat this process for each Q & A you add. To display your compiled list of questions and answers, use the following short code in any page or post:
Optionally, you can qualify the short code with a category, which will display only the Q&A’s in that category. That code looks like this (where “faq1” is the name of one of your categories):
Short codes can be sensitive to copy/paste operations – so if you have troubles (like I did), retype the short code rather than pasting what you copied.
The answer to your question is the post content, and it can contain images, links, text, and embedded video – anything that a normal post or page can contain.
If you go to your Dashboard and click Settings>>Q&A, you should see the following options that help you configure how you want your FAQs to appear. If you want, you can create a FAQ page dedicated to questions and answers. Or you can simply integrate your Q&A’s within posts and pages. (Hover over each question mark in your dashboard for handy tooltips that let you know what each option does).
Here are a couple Q & A’s to show what the plugin can do:
The mechanism by which cats purr is ambiguous. This is partly because the cat has no unique anatomical feature that is clearly responsible for the sound.One hypothesis, backed by electromyographic studies, is that cats produce the purring noise by using the vocal folds and/or the muscles of the larynx to alternately dilate and constrict the glottis rapidly, causing air vibrations during inhalation and exhalation. Combined with the steady inhalation and exhalation of air as the cat breathes, a purring noise is produced with strong harmonics. Purring is sometimes accompanied by other sounds, though this varies from cat to cat; in the audio samples that accompany this article, the first cat is only purring, while the vocal production of the second cat contains low level outbursts sometimes characterized as “lurps” or “yowps”. Domestic cats purr at a frequency of 25 to 150 vibrations per second. Eklund, Peters & Duthie (2010), comparing purring in a cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) and a domestic cat (Felis catus) found that the cheetah purred with an average frequency of 20.87 Hz (egressive phases) and 18.32 Hz (ingressive phases), while the much smaller domestic cat purred with an average frequency of 21.98 Hz (egressive phases) and 23.24 Hz (ingressive phases). Schötz & Eklund (2011) studied purring in four domestic cats and found that the fundamental frequency varied between 20.94 and 27.21 Hz for egressive phases and between 23.0 and 26.09 Hz for ingressive phases. Schötz & Eklund (2011) also observed considerable variation between the four cats as regards relative amplitude, duration and frequency between egressive and ingressive phases, but that this variation generally occurred within the same general range. For film clips of purring waveforms, see purring.org. In a follow-up study of purring in four adult cheetahs, Eklund, Peters, Weise & Munro (2012) found that egressive phases were longer than ingressive phases in four cheetahs. Likewise, ingressive phases had a lower frequency than egressive phases in all four cheetahs. Mean frequency were between 19.3 Hz and 20.5 Hz in ingressive phases, and between 21.9 Hz and 23.4 Hz in egressive phases. Moreover, the amplitude was louder in the egressive phases in four cheetahs.
On December 28, 1917, an article titled “A Neglected Anniversary” by H. L. Mencken was published in the New York Evening Mail. It claimed that the bathtub had been introduced into the United States as recently as 1842, the first ones having been made of mahogany lined with lead. The article went on to describe how the introduction of the bathtub initially was greatly discussed and opposed until President Millard Fillmore had a bathtub installed in the White House in 1850, making the invention more broadly acceptable. The article was entirely false but was still being widely quoted as fact years later, even as recently as January 2008 when a Kia TV ad referenced the story with no mention of its fictional nature.
Interested in showcasing your social media networks on your site? We recommend using “Social Stickers,” a simple plugin that allows you to show which social networks you use. There are over 50 social networks to choose from, including: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube. You can also select from one of five themes, which change the visual style of the social network icons.
Follow these steps to display social networks on your CUNY Academic Commons WordPress site:
Click on the “Plugins” menu in your WordPress dashboard, search for “Social Stickers” in the directory, then click “Activate” under the Social Stickers plugin.2. Customize the settings in Settings>Social Stickers (*Please note – you will need to enter your username(s) before you can pick your theme).
Add the widget to one of your sidebars or footers in Appearance>Widgets
Your social networks should now display on your site and look something like this:
Meta Slider plugin is simple to use and lets you choose between four different “types” of sliders – Flex, Nivo, Coin, and Responsive. Each type is responsive, and gracefully changes sizes for different types of devices, and offers various features for layering and transitions. You can easily swap between the four types to find the one that suits you.
If your theme does not include functionality for a slider, you previously had only three choices:
Rotating Post Gallery – this is the plugin the Commons uses on its Home page. It has many great features, but it has several drawbacks: it is not responsive, and it is a widget-only plugin – you need a widgetized area to display it. It also only allows one slideshow per site.
Revolution Slider – This plugin is great on a single site, with powerful layering functionality. It allows multiple slideshows per site, using convenient shortcodes, and offers many different types of sliders and effects.
EasyRotator for WordPress – this is also a great plugin, but it requires that maintain your slides using an external Adobe Air application, which you need to install on your computer. It also allows multiple slideshows per site, using convenient shortcodes.
The Meta Slider addresses the shortcomings highlighted above. It allows multiple slideshows per site, using convenient shortcodes. It doesn’t require any external application, and you can layer your slides with rich text formatted with HTML. It’s simple to quickly set up an attractive slideshow on any page or post, or on a text widget in one of your sidebars.
First, decide on the dimensions of your slider for non-mobile devices.
Add the images to your media library that correspond to these dimensions. Meta Slider does a good job scaling up and down – but to avoid distortions and loss of sharpness, it’s best to get your image sizes close to your full size.
Click on the Meta Slider tab to create a slideshow.
Click on the “Add Slide” button to see the images in your media library. (You can also upload more images at this stage as well.) Choose the ones you want to include. Hold down the shift key and select multiple images. You will see them checked. Save and preview. (You can always add or remove more slides later.)
Choose a slide type (i.e. Flex, Nivo, Coin, and Responsive) – each has a list “Advanced Settings” for further configurations.
Enter the slide dimension you’ve decided upon. (this should be the largest size you expect to display on your page – it will scale down on different devices)
Optionally, add some caption heading and body with links – certain slider types are better for this (Nivo, Flex). Some HTML is parsed, so you format as needed.
To create another slideshow, simply click on the “+” sign in the Slideshow tab.
Each slide will have a automatically generated shortcode. Simply copy and paste into your post or page.
This five minute tutorial should get you up and running quickly: