'Call to action' plug-in

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    I would like to add a ‘call to action’ plug-in to my blog site. I see that you have to be self-hosted to do this. As a computer illiterate, I don’t know what this means. Is this like signing on to Hostgator or GoDaddy? If so, can I do this now that I’ve already set up my blog site? Thanks!!!!

    The blog I need help with is vegetariancookingforcarnivores.wordpress.com.


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    We cannot use plugins on wp.com. They are bits of code you can add to wp.org self hosted sites that do various things beyond the basic design of the template. Here we can use widgets and shortcodes to do quite a few of the things plugins will do.

    You could decide to self-host, but you would be responsible for paying a host, buying a name, and maintaining and fixing whatever goes wrong with your site.

    Here is the difference between different sorts of wordpress:

    By the way, domain mapping would mean you still have a wp.com blog: it is just sort of a roadsign pointing your domain name to your blog. People see the domain name, but you are still using wp.com as a host with its restrictions.

    What sort of code does your plugin have? What exactly do you want it to do? Perhaps there is a work-around.



    It’s almost like “call out” text. As long as you are happy putting such text within the body of your post or in a text widget, you could use the tips here: http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/list-of-posts/3/

    Some themes do have a widget area or greeting area in the header, but Yoko, the theme you are presently using, is not one of them.

    Otherwise, perhaps you could add the “call to action” as a part of your header image?


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    Yes, I did take a look at the plugin later.

    A theme with a working excerpt function could even use a formatted bit of text to look like a “call out” box on category and archive pages. There are a few themes where the custom excerpt works on the front page.


    (I think Yoko is too new: it’s not on either of Panos’ lists and I haven’t experimented with that theme.)


    I found a way to do kind of a call to action. In the text of a post I highlighted ‘view video’ then pressed the ‘link’ button. I was then able to type in the URL. So even though ‘view video’ isn’t in a box, it’s still highlighted for the viewer – so it does what I want. Thanks.


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    You are welcome.

    If you like, I can give you code to put a border around that.

    Or did you know that you can embed a YouTube video right in your post?


    I would like to put a border around it. Can you give me the code, please? How do I get to the area where you put the code? Click on ‘text’?


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    Yes, put the code into your text (html) editor. You can save this snippet of code to use for other boxes.

    <div style="border:1px solid #000000;padding:2px;width:200px;margin-left:260px;">
    <a title="How to make vegetarian CORN DOGS" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QOP5zT8Z8U"><strong>VIEW VIDEO</strong></a> for Corn Dogs!

    This is the model:

    <div style="border:1px solid #HEX_CODE;padding:2px;width:WIDTH_NUMBER px;margin-left:ADJUST LEFT TO RIGHT LOCATION px;">

    HEX_CODE = change color of border (leave the # and the ;)
    WIDTH_NUMBER = how wide the box is
    ADJUST LEFT TO RIGHT LOCATION = if you make the box wider or narrower you will have to adjust this number


    Thank you SOOOO much! It worked. I even figured out how to get rid of the extra words and change the border size. Wow! You’re amazing!


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    I am very happy to help. Especially when you say you learned how to do it. Big smile on my face: happy blogging!

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