Plugins

The GSU Website Platform includes several plugins to help you manage events, leverage analytic and social media and much more from within your site dashbaord.

Events

The Events Plugin supports the following features:

•  Create and categorize events for your organization
•  Set up a Calendar Feed from a GSU calendar
•  Place Upcoming Widgets in the Left Sidebar
•  Show Upcoming events in a home or landing page by placing an [events] shortcode in a page content area

Social Marketing

Several tools are available to for social sharing on your website including the Social Toolbar Pro and Social Marketing plugins. Please contact GSU Web Services for more information on leveraging Social Marketing tools.

Thumbs Up

The Thumbs Up allows you to embed a “rating” option in a post to allow your users to indicate whether the information was useful. This can be an effective way to gather feedback.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

The SEO Plugin  will help you not only increase rankings but also increase the click through for organic search results. Using the snippet preview you can see a rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results, whether your title is too long or too short and your meta description makes sense in the context of a search result. Learn how GSU Web Services can also help you with your SEO.  

Slicker Flicker

The Slicker Flicker plugin allows you to embed a gallery of pictures in your posts, pages and left sidebar.

Google Analytics Dashboard

The Google Analytics Dashboard gives you a snapshot of your site analytics from within the WordPress Dashboard.

Google Maps

The Google Maps Plugin allows you to embed a Google Map with a directions link in your posts and pages.

Page Links To

The Page Links To plugin allows you to redirect a page in your site to a url. This can useful, for example, if news articles on your site are summaries with links to an external article.  When a user clicks on the title of a news article on a page of summaries, they will be taken directly to the external article.

Forms

The Gravity Forms Plugin provides a drag and drop interface to create forms to capture information from your website users, send notifications and review and download the information captured.  Forms work best when you need to capture information from the user in a linear set of a small number of steps. If your forms are more complex or steps depend on previous steps, you may need to create an application.  Here are some criteria to help you decide whether you need a form or a more interactive application:

  • Complexity of requested information. If the requested information is a something that people can complete at one time, use a form. If users need to come back to the form multiple times to complete it and/or refer to supporting materials, use an application.
  • Number of steps. If the steps are few, use a form. If they are many, structure them into a natural workflow split across multiple steps.
  • Conditional areas. If all questions and options are always the same, use a form. If the users’ subsequent entries depend on their actions in previous steps, use an application and present only the options relevant for each step.
  • Linearity. If users clearly proceed in a linear sequence and never need to revisit or revise previous steps, use a form. If steps don’t depend on each other, use a form. If users need to jump between steps or complete steps in an unpredictable sequence, use an application.

Wikis

The Wiki Plugin provides a great tool to create and maintain a simple knowledge base for your organization.  Learn more about the Wiki Plugin