How to Use the Per Page Text Feature of the Weaver II Theme

The new Weaver II Theme Per Page Text feature allows the user to create unique sidebars on individual web pages. When we first started using this feature, we discovered that there was very little clear support or direction available.  It was through piecing together comments on forums that we were able to figure out how this feature worked.  This article provides general uses, as well as step-by-step directions on how to use this widget.

Note:  You must have the latest version of the Weaver II Theme.

General Uses of Weaver II Per Page Text

The Weaver II Per Page Text works great if you are using WordPress to build a website.  This widget allows you to set up custom sidebars (or other widget areas) on specific pages.

We recommend laying out the structure of your site first – creating shell pages and a menu system so you can determine what pages will be part of the site and where you want to have custom widget areas that may only appear on specific pages.  For example, the Home Page may have a feed from the photo gallery in the side bar, but when you’re on the Photo Gallery page you might want to have something different in the sidebar, such as links to relate content or some text about the photo gallery in general.

Wrapping your head around what exactly the Per Page Text feature is, can be a bit tricky.  Think of it as a new group of widgets that will only appear on the pages that you specify.   Like everything, once you get through doing it for the first time, you achieve a greater understanding for how it works and how you can use it to customize your WordPress website.

How to Set Up Weaver II Per Page Text

Step 1: In the Weaver II Theme Admin under Main Options, Widget Areas, all the way at the bottom, you will find an input box labeled “Define Per Page Widget Areas”.  In this box you will add labels of widget areas that will go on specific pages of your WordPress website. For example, if you want to set up a custom widget area for the Home Page you might want to call it pp_home (pp stands for Per Page, and always use underscores instead of spaces). You will need to create a unique name for each custom widget area on your site.  Separate each label with a comma.  You don’t have to define all the custom widget areas at once –  you can come back to them and add them as you need them.

Weaver II Per Page Text Widget set up in theme admin

Step 2: Go into the Widget editing page of your WordPress admin console and drag the Weaver II Per Page Text widget into the widget area location you want.  For example, if you want it appear in the main sidebar, drag it into the Primary Sidebar bucket.  This tells Weaver II where to put this new group of custom widgets.

Weaver II Per Page Text Widget Location

Step 3: In the Widget editing page of your WordPress admin console you will see your new Per Page Text locations at the bottom of all the standard widget locations along the right side of the screen.  Open up the Per Page Text location you want to edit, and drag in the widgets you want to appear on that page, just like you would do with the standard widget locations.

Weaver II Per Page Text widgets in admin console

Add widgets to custom Weaver II Per Page Locations

Step 4: Now you have to go to the page in which you want the sidebar to appear.  Below the page editor under “Selective Display of Widget Areas”, there will be a text input area to specify a widget replacement.  Find the box that corresponds to the location you wish to replace with your new Per Page Text.  For example, if you want your Per Page Text to replace what is normally in the Primary Widget area, you would type in the same widget name you created in the Weaver II Theme Admin Widget page, in the box next to that label.  Based on our example, it would be pp_home.  Be sure to enter this name exactly how you have specified it in the theme admin- otherwise it will not display.

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Step 5: View your page and review how your new Per Page Widget looks!

 

NextGEN Gallery Styles

One of the main photo galleries we recommend to clients is the NextGEN Gallery.  It’s easy to use and allows for many different display styles. Below are some of the options.

Image List

 

Slideshow

In your admin console you can change the size of the slideshow (height and width) you can change the transition effect, transition time and even add music.

 

Image Browser

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Our Favorite Free WordPress Themes

We’ve spent some time to select some of our favorite themes from the free WordPress theme directory to share with you.  There are hundreds to choose from but sometimes it’s hard to weed out the duds and find the nugget you are looking for… so we’ve done some of the weeding for you!

You can read up on details on these themes and other free themes at WordPress.org.

Using YouTube Links in the JW Player Plugin

If you want to use YouTube video links in the WordPress JW Player, below are some simple instructions.  This article assumes that you have JW Player properly installed and configured correctly.

Click here fore installation and configuring support from the JW Plugin website.

1. From your page or post where you would like to insert the player, have your cursor where you want to insert the video player and click on any of the Upload/Insert icons along the top of the edit box.


2. Then you are going to click on the “External Media” tab.


3. You will enter the YouTube link in the box provided.  You will need to make sure your YouTube video is in the proper format for it to work properly.

In most cases your YouTube video link may look like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=iAfQhhmjfjY

However you need to have it look like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAfQhhmjfjY

 

The feature=player_profilepage& needs to be deleted from the link.

So the formula that you need to have is  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=(and the video code here)

5. After you have entered the correct URL clicked the “Add Media” button.  This will then take you an editing window where you can edit information about your video.  In most cases it will pull information from YouTube about the video and add it for you.


6. After you everything the way you want it you need to click the blue “Insert JW Player” button NOT the grey “Insert into Post” button.  If you don’t click this blue button the player will not work properly.

7.  The player will be automatically added to your post or page.

New Twenty Eleven Theme Review

The Twenty Ten theme was one of our favorites for it’s CSS flexibility.  However I think we have fallen in love with the new Twenty Eleven WordPress theme.  If you know CSS then this theme is for you.  It features CSS gradient menu backgrounds – very cool!  You can control and change every feature of the blog through the extremely well organized style sheet.  Other features include a showcase page to highlight your best content and a custom “Ephemera” widget to display your Aside, Link, Quote, or Status posts.  On the downside it doesn’t come with very many widget “extras” like social media or SEO but you can easily download a plugin to add that functionality to this theme.

Feature List:

  • Light or dark color scheme
  • Custom header images
  • Custom link colors
  • Custom menus
  • Three layout choices
  • Showcase page template that transforms your front page into a showcase to show off your best content
  • Widget support galore (sidebar, three footer areas, and a Showcase page widget area)
  • Custom “Ephemera” widget to display your Aside, Link, Quote, or Status posts
  • Print styles
  • Featured images
  • Organized, accessible style sheet

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Easy Privacy Policy

Automatically adds a privacy policy page that includes an Adsense compliancy
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GoCodes

Create shortcut URLs to anywhere on the Internet, right from your WordPress
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Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines
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HeadSpace2

This is an all-in-one meta-data manager that allows you to fine tune the SEO
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SEO Friendly Images

Automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images. Improves traffic from
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SEOPressor

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SEO Title Tag

Search engine optimize your blog’s title tags. Create a customized title tag for any
post, static page, category page, UltimateTagWarrior tag page – indeed, any URL! And will auto-insert the tag name into the title on tag pages generated by UltimateTagWarrior plugin. Admin allows for mass editing of title tags.

Ultimate Google Analytics

Enable Google Analytics on your blog. Has options to also track external links,
mailto links and links to downloads on your own site.

Google Analytics Dashboard

This allows you to see while in the administration section of your WordPress blog, your traffic to different posts.  You can get a feel for what people like the most and post more of it!

WordPress Duplicate Content Cure

Duplicate content cure is a very simple, yet effective, SEO plugin that prevents
search engines from indexing wparchives and category pages.