The VeriteCo Timeline plugin is a powerful tool for creating visual timelines that can be embedded directly into your site’s pages and posts.  Each timeline entry can include (besides date and textual information), embedded images from Flickr, tweets from Twitter, video embeds from YouTube, DailyMotion, or Vimeo, articles from Wikipedia, sound from SoundCloud and map embeds from Google Maps.  You can easily control the width and height of your timeline using Verite’s API.  Before describing the process of creating a timeline, here is an example:

[timeline width=’520′ height=’650′ font=’Bevan-PotanoSans’ maptype=’toner’ lang=’en’ src=’https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgSpLtm5su3GdGx1WjNueU9GQ1NRS3UxNWJXR3RNRVE&output=html’]

Check out more examples of user created timelines at VeriteCo’s site to get some ideas of what you can do.

The easiest way to create your own timeline is to copy the Google Doc spreadsheet template into your Google Docs, and modify it.  To do this, first sign into Google Docs, then click on the box called “Google Doc Template” found on this page.  Save the spreadsheet template to your drive, and start changing it.  The spreadsheet has seven columns.  Only two are required, the start date and the headline.  Follow the pattern used in the template, and you should be good to go.

The next step is to publish your spreadsheet to the web and copy the url that is generated for you.  Then go to Verite’s “Embed Generator” and paste in your spreadsheets web url and check the box that says “WordPress plugin.”  Optionally, you can select the width and height of your timeline, which type of map, font, and language to use.  Once you are done, simply copy the embed code and paste it into a page or post on your site.

And of course, don’t forget to activate the VeriteCo Timeline plugin on your site.

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