Perfect Quotes – a WordPress plugin
Recently a family member asked me to help set up a WordPress site so they could start blogging and share with the world their thoughts about life. One of the things requested was a plugin that would allow them to put a quote they liked onto the sidebar. It seemed like a simple enough request. So I headed off to wordpress.org to look at their vast plugin library.
What started out as a simple plugin request, turned out to be somewhat of a disheartening dead end. Don’t get me wrong; there are tons of quote plugins out there. I just wasn’t able to find anything that was simple and straight forward.
Most of the plugins pulled quotes from external websites and displayed random quotes. Others were poorly written and confusing to implement, much less use. Here is what I wanted: to enter whatever quote I want, to add an author or source of the quote, and to show that quote where I want, when I want, and how I want. And then I had a thought, “I’ll just make it myself!”. And Perfect Quotes was born.
About Perfect Quotes
Perfect Quotes is a simple plugin designed to do only one thing: to display your quote where you want it, nothing more, nothing less. It is built around custom post types, which allows every quote you ever have added to be archived in the WordPress database. You’ll never wish you could remember that one quote, it’s still there! It has a widget function, so you can put the quotes on the sidebar of your site, or maybe the footer. It also has a shortcode which allows you to place whichever quote you want into and blog post or page you want! Let’s get started and put your quotes onto your site!
Perfect Quote Plugin Installation
The easiest way is to navigate in your WordPress admin area to Plugins > Add New. In the plugin search bar type in “Perfect Quotes” and press enter. Once you locate the plugin, install it. It will automatically download the plugin into your WordPress application. When it is complete, click Activate Plugin and your on your way!
How to write a Perfect Quote
You will notice a new menu at the bottom of the left hand menu that looks like this
Click on Add new and you will be taken to a new page where you can add your quote. Type in your new quote like this:
If you want to add an author or source for you quote you will need to use what is called a custom field. In the Name field type in “perfect_quote_author”. And in the Value field type in the name of the author or source. Then click Add Custom Field. Enter the info like this:
Once that is complete we are ready to save the quote. You can also have this post publish at a later date if you so choose, or you can save it as a draft. Your choice. Whatever you choose, click either the Save Draft button or the Publish button when you are done.
You have now entered your first quote. I am sure it won’t be your last!
The Perfect Quotes Widget
If you want to add the widget to your sidebar or other area on your site, follow the instructions here to accomplish just that. First you will want to navigate to the Widgets area. Look at this menu to see what I mean:
Once in the the Widgets area, drag the Perfect Quotes widget from the main area to the sidebar or area of you choice. For this example, I dragged it to the Main Sidebar.
After you have placed it in the area you chose, click the down arrow on the right side of the widget to show a few options. You can give it a title of your choice. If you leave it blank, it will default to Perfect Quotes.Here you can see I chose to title mine My Quotes. You can also enter how many quotes you want displayed at a time. The default for this is only one quote. Keep in mind, that this widget will always grab the newest quote first and work its way back. Then click Save and go view your site!
Here is what the finished Perfect Quotes widget looks like on the site.
Perfect Quotes Shortcode
What is a shortcode you might ask? It is a simple “code” or set of instructions that WordPress understands and which tells WordPress to do something. In this case, we are going to tell WordPress to grab a particular quote so we can show it in a post or on a page.
It is really quite simple. On the Perfect Quotes custom post overview page, find the quote you are looking for. Then locate the column title Shortcode and copy the corresponding short code. It should look something like [perfect_quotes id=”54″].
Once you have copied this, take it over to the post or page of your choice, or add a new post or page, then paste the shortcode where you would like it to appear.
Then Update or Publish your post or page, and go view it to see how it looks!
Congratulations! That’s all there is to it! Happy Perfect Quoting!