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WordPress and Flash 10x Cookbook

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WordPress and Flash 10x Cookbook

Overview of this book

WordPress is much more than just a blogging platform now. This flexible CMS is the power behind millions of URLs, including blue-chip companies, small business, and personal websites. Flash is a world-famous multimedia platform. This book will show you the best of the proven and popular strategies and techniques to deliver rich multimedia content, which will let you sail through the world of Flashy Wordpress with ease.This book will take you through clear well-formed and comprehensive recipes, through the most essential and useful Flash multimedia tools for Wordpress available today including plugins for images, audio and video, as well as projects you can do yourself in Flash. It helps you to create a Wordpress website full of Flash content. We show the big picture by providing context, best practices and strategies. Detailed instructions are provided for each section. This book provides you with the shortlist of the most essential Flash tools for creating a dynamic and media-rich website or blog, and shows you how to implement these on your site. The sections on Flash are intended to give you the option to create custom .swf files, giving you an alternative to plugins that already exist. The book will show you how to configure Flash content in your WordPress site/blog for maximum SEO, introduce Flash content to your Wordpress with and without plugins, import image feeds, use lightbox effects, and much more.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Wordpress and Flash 10x Cookbook
About the Authors
About the Reviewers
WordPress Resources
Flash Resources

Aesthetic Requirements

How should the site look? Each site has unique requirements: an online scientific or literary journal will have rather different constraints when compared to an e-commerce site or a user community.

It's always a good idea to keep your essential content "above the fold," or viewable without any vertical scrolling. Some sites keep all the content above the fold, though this is very different than the traditional blog format that lists many posts (or excerpts) on the homepage.

Additionally, take time to address each of the following design elements:

  • Colors: Pick out colors and get the hexadecimal values. For a chart of colors, see:

  • Image sourcing: Gather and prepare your images, resizing and saving your photos in .jpg format. If you need images, see the following stock photography website:

  • Fonts: What fonts will you use? Remember that users must have the font installed on their computer. For this reason, a best practice is to specify font families via CSS—a list of the fonts to be used, in the order specified, if available. Choose from the safe web fonts (which exist on all computers), specify fonts for Mac, Windows 95 to XP, or Vista. To use a non-standard web font, seeChapter 6: WP sIFR Plug-in. For help picking out your fonts, see:

  • Graphic assets: In order to customize your theme, you will need to organize and prepare graphic assets such as a logo, header, backgrounds, buttons, ads, etc. These should typically be in .gif or .png format. Consider working with a graphic designer or a WordPress consultant, if necessary.

  • Multimedia: Audio and video assets will almost always need to be resized, compressed, or exported to be optimized for the Web. Gather your source files and consider working with a Video editor, if needed.