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Column Shortcodes

column shortcodesColumn Shortcodes is a plugin that lets you divide your post or page content into columns wherever you want, using easy to use shortcodes.  You can swap in and out of various column layouts (there are eleven to choose from).

column icon2Once installed, the plugin adds an icon to your edit dashboard.  Click on the icon and choose a layout.  Enclose the content between the two parts of the automatically generated shortcode, and continue across the row.  If you choose, you can end the row with the “(last)” shortcode.

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This is an easy way to create interesting layouts for your pages and posts.  The plugin also provides a way to add padding to columns.  Be sure to enter the padding first (put your cursor on the box, and add a pixel value for the padding) if you need it, and then select a column shortcode.

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EasyRotator for WordPress

easyrotatorThe Easy Rotator for WordPress plugin provides an easy way to add a customizable slider to a page or post, or to a widget area.  You can add as many distinct sliders as you want to your site, and use many different template styles.  Animation can be customized for each separate slider, and depending upon the template you choose, text and links can be added to suit your needs.  This is a great plugin to use if you’re using a basic theme like Twenty Twelve and want to embellish your content with some dynamic images.  Pictures can be selected from your computer, your WP media collection, or from the images you set as “featured” on your posts.

In case you are wondering, a slider is a set of images that cycle through your page, post, or most probably, your home page.  In most cases, you can configure your slider to fade or slide, and link to a page or post that is displayed.  You can configure how long the image stays on the page, and you can control what text should overlay the image (if any).   Sliders are a good way to showcase the contents of your site. 

Getting Started

Setup is a little different for this plugin.  Once activated, you should see the following box at the top of your dashboard:

easyrotatorInstall2Click on the install button, and follow the instructions to install EasyRotator’s editor application onto your computer.  This also involves installing Adobe Air.  This one time process takes a couple minutes to complete.  Once done, you will see a new icon when you go to edit a page or posteasyrotatorbutton.  Click on the button to add a new rotator or to edit an existing one.

Getting Help

easyrotatorhelp1This plugin comes with a great help panel which can be accessed from your dashboard menu under EasyRotator tab.  It includes screenshots of the various screens you’ll need to use to set up the API and to create and customize your sliders.  It may seem overwhelming at first, but I think you’ll find the plugin is fairly easy to use and awesome in what it can do.  The plugin comes with a premium “Pro” version which the Commons currently does not support.  And it also includes a widget that you can use in your sidebar.

Configurable Tag Cloud Plugin

Need a way to visualize word frequency? Create a cloud! The words you use the most in your tags are shown in large font, showing what your site does best.

The Configurable Tag Cloud plugin lets you control the number of tags you want to display in your tag cloud.  If you’ve got lots of tags, you may notice that the standard tag cloud widget does not display all of them.  Usually you only see 50 tags.  Configurable Tag Cloud lets you decide how many tags you’ll display in your cloud. Controls are set when you activate the widget.  See image to the right to see all the available options.

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