Sam here from Creativeminds. In this video
we’re checking out the Blog Widgets plugin, which is a set of five new visualization tools
that highlight your WordPress site’s tags and categories in a fun and engaging way.
The tools offered include colorful blog tags, word clouds, dynamic clouds, bubble graphs
and random posts. In addition to the widgets, you also get shortcodes for this visualizations
so you can place them anywhere you like on your site. So the first thing that I’m going to show
you is who to add these new widgets to your site’s sidebar. If you navigate down to appearance
and go to widgets, this will show you all of your available widgets and over on the
right hand side are all of the areas where you can add widgets. On the left hand side
you can see after you have installed the add-on that the blog bubble chart, the blog color
cloud, the blog dynamic cloud, the blog single random post and the word cloud widgets appear
in this area. If you click on the name of an individual widget, you can automatically
add it to any of these widget spaces over on the right. Now let’s take a look at how
to customize the widgets. Let’s use the drop down menu for the bubble chart and you can
give you bubble chart a name, the maximum number of items that you want to appear in
the chart. For example we can make it ten instead of thirty since it’s going to be in
a smaller space in the sidebar. Next you will choose what the bubble is going to represent,
so instead of each bubble do you want there to be a link to a specific tag on your blog
or a specific category on your blog. You can choose either one. Now let’s take a look at
some of the customization options for the word cloud. Again you can choose a title,
the maximum number of items. Next you can choose the size of the words in the word cloud
and you can choose it to be a random size or you can have the size of the word correspond
to the occurrences of that category or that tag in the post. And of course you can choose
whether or not you want your word cloud items to be categories or tags. And we’ll see what
this looks like in just a minute. You can also drag and drop the widgets into the different
sidebar spaces. For example let’s drag the single random spot widget to our sidebar space.
For this widget you can choose the title of the widget and the number of words that you
want to appear within. And let’s also drag over the blog dynamic cloud. This widget has
a lot more customization options. In addition to a title, you can also choose how much you
want users to be able to zoom in on the cloud when they’re hovering over it, the maximum
number of items. You can also choose the background color, text color, border color. All of these
things are complete up to you and you can easily enter a color code in here and that
is the color that will appear in your widget. And like the other widgets you can choose
the tag size to either be random, or if it should correspond with the number of occurrences
of that category or tag in your posts. And you can choose for the cloud items to be categories
or tags themselves. The last widget is the blog color cloud and this is a lot like the
dynamic cloud. You can adda title, the maximum number of items, and you also have all of
these customization options for the colors that you want to appear in your widget. And
you can even choose up to three different item colors and a different color for when
a user hovers over an item in your color cloud. Finally, you can choose to show whether or
not to show the number of occurrences in each tag or category in your posts along with the
word. So now let’s take a look at what this actually looks like for your user. Here on our Creativeminds blog, over on the
right I’ve added a couple of those widgets in here on the sidebar. We have our bubble
chart and we also have a word cloud. The bubble chart has all of the different categories
in the blog, and if a user clicks on a specific category it brings you to that category page
on your blog. For example if you click CM Answers, it will bring you to the CM Answers
category. Now let’s take a look at the widget shortcodes.
Not only do these widgets go in the sidebar but you can also insert them directly into
posts and pages using the supported shortcodes. You can easily show these supported shortcodes
so I’ve created a page and it’s called Explore the Creativeminds Blog. And here we have our
widgets in shortcode form. The first one is the blog word cloud widget and I have the
width set at one hundred percent. The type refers to tags rather than categories. The
size of the words will correspond to the amount of occurrences in the blog. Next we have the
blog dynamic cloud. I have the width set at one hundred and fifty percent and it will
be especially large. We have ten terms included. The type will correspond to the category and
the size of the words in the dynamic cloud will be random. and finally we have our bubble
graph shortcode. It is going to be at one hundred percent width, thirty terms will be
included and the type will correspond to different categories in the blog and the size of those
bubbles will correspond with the occurrences of the words in the blog. Now let’s check them out on this new page.
Here we have the word cloud and as you can see we have twenty different tags from our
Wordpress blog appear here and the size of the words corresponds to the amount of occurrences
in the whole blog. So that plugin is a huge tag and if someone clicks on any one of these
tags for example, ad server, it will bring you directly to the ad server archives. The
users can see all of the blog posts that appear under that tag. Next let’s look at the dynamic
cloud. Here we have a rotating view of categories on the blog an the size of these categories
in the dynamic cloud is random. And again if someone goes ahead and clicks on one of
these categories for example, glossary scans, it will bring you to the glossary scans archive.
Finally, we’ve got the bubble graph. Here we have bubbles for different categories for
the WordPress blog and the size of these bubbles corresponds to the amount of posts that are
categorized in each one of the bubble categories. So this is exactly the same as the other widgets.
If someone clicks on one of the bubbles, for example blogging tools, it will bring you
directly to the blogging tools archives. Blog widgets are a fun way to highlight the
range of your site’s content and really engage your site’s users to explore that content.
Be sure to explore the CM Blog Widget Plugin on today.