Helpful Wordpress Links
Wordpress Themes
Library Website "Best Practices"

Some links to best practices in library web design - both structural and visual - and a link to a page that translates library "jargon" into terms your patrons will understand.

Aligning Images in Wordpress

Images in Wordpress posts have 4 options for alignment:

  • No alignment
  • Left
  • Center
  • Right

Both the No alignment and the Align Left will put the image on the left side of the post, the difference between the two is entirely in what happens to the text. For No Alignment, the text is forced down below the image and the area to the right of the image is blank. For Left Alignment the text comes up right to the top of the image and wraps around it (the same thing happens in Right alignment, though the image is against the right side and the text flows along the left side). Center aligned images never have text wrapping around them - the text goes from above to below the image with no text in the same area as the image.

If you have an image that text is wrapping around, but you don't want to set it to no alignment (meaning your text isn't as long as your image so that the comments and informational text that should be below your post come up to sit next to your image), you can enter a line of code in your HTML view. At the end of the too-short bit of text, enter:


This will clear the alignment and will send the text that should be below your post back to where it belongs. 

Embedding Widgets in Wordpress

Widgets

Wordpress provides a way for you to easily add stuff to your site. Images, text, code snippets, RSS feeds - if you can access it, you can probably add it to Wordpress via the Widget interface. It's pretty easy to do, too!

  1. Log into your KLOW site, go to the Dashboard (this is the first screen after you log in)
  2. Find the Appearance menu link on the left, hover your mouse over it
  3. Find the Widgets link, click it
  4. Find the kind of widget you want in the Available Widgets box
  5. Click and drag it to your sidebar 
  6. Enter your text, upload your image, paste in your embed code 
  7. Click Save
  8. Click on "Visit Site" under your Library's name (top left of the screen in the dark grey bar) and check that it looks right

If it doesn't look right, call or email me!

Specific Instructions for adding an image can be found on the NEKLS site at: http://www.nekls.org/nekls-services/technology/database-code-snippets-for-websites/. Those instructions are specifically for adding a Learning Express logo to your site, but will work for any logo. The instructions also show you how to install the Image Widget needed to make adding logos easy.

Adding Site Visitor Counter To Your Wordpress Site

There are two distinct steps in getting a good site counter on your website. The first step is to sign up for Google Analytics. After you have signed up and gotten your tracking code, you then need to install two different Wordpress plugins to get both the backend tracking set up and a pretty report for your Dashboard area of your Wordpress site. This is a sort of long and involved process, but it's not particularly hard - just follow the directions and you will have a web site visitor tracking system in place.

To get a Google Analytics account, you must first have a Gmail account. Most of you do, but if you don't or if you aren't sure, contact Robin to help you get one set up (or go to Gmail.com, click on Sign Up and follow the directions to create a free account yourself). 

Google Analytics:

  1. Go to http://www.google.com/analytics
  2. Click on Create An Account
  3. Follow the steps to create a new account
    a. Choose Web Site when asked what to track
    b. Enter your website name and URL then the Industry (Government) and Time Zone
    c. Name the account whatever you would like and choose whether to share data with Google 
  4. Copy the Tracking ID given to you on the next screen
  5. Click on Enter to finish the process

Getting Wordpress Plugins:

  1. Log into your Wordpress site
  2. Go to the Plugins menu on the left side of the screen and hover over it with your mouse cursor, choose Add New from the flyout menu that appears
  3. Search for Google Analyticator in the search box
  4. Find the Google Analyticator plugin and the Google Analytics for Wordpress Plugin in the results - you will install both of them
  5. Click on Install Now for the Google Analyticator plugin, then use your back button to do the same for the Google Analytics for Wordpress Plugin. 
  6. Once both are installed, go to the Plugins --> Installed page and find the Google Analyticator plugin in the list. Click on Settings
  7. You will be asked to sign into your Google Account (the one that you used to create the Google Analytics account in the first set of steps) and give permission for Wordpress to access that account.
  8. Enable the Analytics code and make sure that your Google Analytics Name is showing up, then click on Save Changes on the bottom of the page to enable that plugin.
  9. Go back to the Plugins --> Installed page and find the Google Analytics for Wordpress Plugin, click on Settings
  10. Find the "Manually Enter Your UA Code" and check that box
  11. Enter the code you made note of in the first set of instructions in the text box that appears (after that check box has been clicked)
  12. Click Update Google Analytics Settings and wait 24 hours for the first reports to begin to show up on your site's Dashboard.

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