Here are the slides from my presentation at this weekend’s Orange County Wordcamp. I presented on “Fun With Gravity Forms”. Gravity Forms is a premium WordPress plugin that is worth paying for! Since much of my presentation was a live demonstration, the slides don’t cover everything, but there are some good resources included, and links to great examples of a diverse use of Gravity Forms.
If you’re a blogger, you’ve no doubt heard that you want your readers to be ‘engaged’ with your blog. What does that actually mean? Well basically it means you want to keep people on your site longer, you want them to explore your site, find more posts they are interested in and read more than the one post they perhaps initially landed on. ‘Related posts’ plugins can help with this because in various ways, shapes and forms, they create lists of related content at the bottom of any given blog post, to provide the reader relevant recommendations and an easy next click that keeps them on your site.
The problem with some related posts plugins is that they create these recommendations automatically ,on the fly, every time someone is viewing a blog post. In layman’s terms this just means that your database and server are doing way more work than they have to, and this inefficiency can slow down your site.
Many WordPress users like to use a custom permalink structure which includes the blog post category in their url for additional SEO value. If you create relevant, keyword-rich category names for your blog, having them in the permalink can be useful. If you are one of these people, you NEED this plugin in your life!
I had a client recently who needed to create private, password-protected sections on her WordPress site. She wanted each of her clients to have a private page with information related to what they were working on together. Easy! Password-protection is an in-built feature of WordPress, in case you didn’t know.
When creating a page, you simply click “Edit” next to Visibility in the Publish box on the right. Choose “Password protected” and set the password as you choose.
Need a Twitter plugin that does a little more than simply display your own Tweets in the sidebar? Tweet Blender does a ton of stuff:
Tweet Blender is tag-aware and has support for multiple authors, lists, hashtags, and keywords all blended together. The plugin can show tweets from just one user or a list of users (as all other Twitter plugins do); however, it can also show tweets for a topic which you can define via Twitter hashtag or keyword. But there is more! It can also show tweets for multiple authors AND multiple lists AND multiple keywords AND multiple hashtags all blended together into a single stream.
Why you need it
Related post plugins allow you to present your reader with other content they may find useful or interesting. This helps keep your reader browsing your site and also provides additional internal links, which help search engines discover all your content.
Microkids Related Posts plugin provides a simple, effective solution.
Ease of use
The options are very easy to configure but has advanced capabilities for those that need them.