Category Archives: How-To

New Plugin: Graceful Pull-Quotes

Pull quotes are common in many print and online publications. If viewing this post directly on the website, you should see an example of a pull quote to the right of this paragraph. With the addition of the Graceful Pull-Quotes plugin to our WordPress system now anyone can insert one in their own posts and pages. This plugin is easy to use but does require switching over to the HTML view to add the appropriate code. The trick is to wrap the text that you want quoted in an HTML span tag with the pullquote CSS class applied. For those of you who are not familiar with HTML that may sound difficult but its actually easy to do. Here are step by step instructions (after you have activated the plugin for your site):

  1. While adding (or editing) a post or page, switch to HTML view using the tab at the top right of your editing area.
  2. Insert your cursor at the beginning of the text that is to be turned into a pull quote and add the following HTML code: <span class="pullquote">
  3. Insert your cursor at the end of the text that is to be quoted and add the following HTML code: </span>

The Graceful Pull-Quotes plugin will generate a nicely formatted pull-quote for your post or page. If there are multiple pull quotes, they will by default alternate between the right and left sides. Information about customizing the look and behavior of the pull quotes can be found on the Graceful Pull-Quotes notes page.

If any Palomar College WordPress users have questions about using the Graceful Pull-Quotes plugin you contact me at cnorcross@palomar.edu.

New Plugin: Simple Footnotes

A new WordPress plugin called Simple Footnotes has been installed and is now available for use by any of the WordPress sites on the Pages system. As its name implies, the Simple Footnotes plugin makes it easy to add footnotes to any WordPress post or page. To use it, simply add the following shortcode to your text:

[ref]Add the text (or URL) you want in the footnote here.[/ref]

The code will insert a superscript number at the location of the shortcode and place the contents of the note at the footer of your page or post. Here’s an example of how it would look after publishing your content:

The superscript number at the end of this sentence is automatically generated because of the added shortcode. 1 The footnote at the end of this post is also automatically generated and placed in the correct location.

That’s all there is to adding a footnote in WordPress using the Simple Footnotes plugin. If you are interested in using it don’t forget to activate the plugin from your site admin Plugins area.

Notes:

  1. This is a footnote.