We need sidebars. For this, we have already made room. But we need different sidebars. Presenting the tag cloud makes sense only on the sidebar of the search page. There it can shorten the search in the set of articles. On the other pages, it distracts the reader. Conversely, the other pages need a ‘more’ button in the sidebar that leads to the survey page. In other words, we need context-sensitive sidebars — another means to focus:
- Designing the sidebar for the post-survey page:
- Install the plugin ‘Custom Sidebars’ via the WordPress Backend.
Appearance/Widgetsand create a second sidebar
- Add a text field to the widget
myplpcontaining the messages addressed to the users of the search page.
- Add a Cool Tag Cloud instance to the widget
myplpas you did it for the standard sidebar
- In the widget
myplp, assign Sidebar Location/For Archives/As Sidebar for selected Archive Types/ to Post Index
- Designing the general default sidebar for all other pages:
- Select any new
more-image and load it up into the media library.
- Add an image field to the standard default sidebar now called theme sidebar
- Insert the uploaded image into that field and link it to the page
- Select any new
What’s the effect? The default sidebar is displayed on all pages, except on your post list page. Thus, your reader can reach the survey page with one click. And the tag cloud, by which you can easily get clustered sub-lists, is only displayed on the post-survey page.
And how does this …
… support our migration to bootScore? Well When the web designer has completed her work on good illustrations, she can relax and integrate tags and clouds into her site, improve her overview page and design her own landing page. Whether the resulting fullness really benefits her own reader, whether it can become slimmer and how, whether more discreet references and specific fonts also increase the readability, all this she should nevertheless consider while implementing these features. This post supports these steps towards a personalized bootScore site.