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Widgets are the tools that bind the Social Web.
Widgets connect social media sites with blogs and websites; add interactivity and advanced features to websites; and help you share your content across the Internet.
And widgets are the first step toward a solid integration plan for your entire social media presence.
If you want to build a robust online presence, then you need to learn more than the basics about social media widgets.
Follow author and new media expert Deltina Hay as she discusses beginning and advanced topics on social media widgets, plugins, APIs, and more in an accessible way that anyone can follow.
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|Section 1: Introduction and Definitions|
This lesson provides an overview of the course.
This lesson provides an overview of buttons, badges, widgets, plugins, embed code, applications, and APIs – including what they are and how they are used in relation to your social media presence.
|Section 2: All About Widgets|
This lesson explores the different ways widgets are used in the social web and the types of widgets, including social networking widgets, RSS feed widgets, and sharing/subscribing widgets.
This lesson takes a closer look at what widgets are and the different ways they are implemented. The lesson also provides an introduction to plugins.
|Section 3: WordPress Widgets and Plugins|
In this lesson, we explore the widgets available on the WordPress.com blogging platform.
In this lesson, we look at the different types of WordPress plugins, and how plugins are used and implemented on a WordPress powered (self-hosted) website.
In this lesson, we look at how widgets are used an implemented on a self-hosted WordPress website; as well as how to create custom widgets.
|Section 4: Social Networking Widgets, Plugins, and Applications|
In this lesson, we have an overview of Twitter widgets and buttons, and demonstrate implementation methods.
In this lesson, we have an overview and demonstration of Facebook social plugins and Facebook Page applications.
In this lesson, we have an overview and demonstration of LinkedIn buttons, badges, and Company Page plugins; and explore Google Plus API tools and plugins.
|Section 5: Resources|
Deltina Hay is a developer, publisher, small business owner, and the author of four books on social media, the mobile web, and search optimization.
Her first book, The Social Media Survival Guide, is used as a text in colleges and universities worldwide. Her latest book, The Bootstrapper’s Guide to the Mobile Web, helps businesses optimize their mobile web presence. And her upcoming book, The Bootstrapper's Guide to the New Search Optimization, focusing on holistic and organic optimization techniques, will be released in 2015 as a web app.
For nearly 30 years, Ms. Hay has done custom programming, database management, web development, search optimization, and social media marketing consulting for businesses of all sizes. Some of her past clients include Real Simple Magazine, American Greetings, Nestle Toll House, Victoria's Secret, and Kraft. Ms. Hay's graduate education includes computer science, applied mathematics, numerical analysis, and psychology.
Ms. Hay’s working knowledge of social media tools and web development concepts make her courses some of the most thorough and accessible in the industry. She focuses on educating businesses on strategies, technologies and tools for creating an optimized presence in the traditional, social, and mobile web.
Ms. Hay developed the graduate-level Social Media Certificate program for Drury University, and contributes to many online sources, including Six Revisions, LinkedIn, Technorati, and SocialMediaBiz.
Ms. Hay is a lifelong learner who loves to share her diverse knowledge and give back to the industries she loves. She is a member of the International Marketing Standards Board and serves as the Board Chair of the Independent Book Publishers Association.