WordPress Ravelry Designs Widget – A Review

Lindsay Lewchuk Designers, How-Tos Leave a Comment

Shellbot created an awesome new WordPress widget that filled a much needed hole on my site – Knit Eco Chic’s Previous Publications page. Her Ravelry Design Widget, available through wordpress, Shell’s website, or her Ravelry group (Giddy Knitters), populates your Ravelry patterns on your WordPress site!

I used a custom short code for the Previous Publications page.

Previous Publications Page Before
A rather boring before, and it was my page too!
Previous Publication Page with Widget
…and AFTER. A huge improvement!

Here’s the page at regular zoom

After Widget
The page at regular zoom.
Blog Sidebar with widget

I also added the widget to display on the side bar of my blog. I opted to preview 3 patterns to keep it short and sweet.

widget admin

The widget interface is extremely user-friendly! Even the novice wordpress writer shouldn’t have any problems with the selection of options.

The custom short code took a little more finagling. However, it’s more an issue of this being my first attempt at using short code, then the code’s fault. Shell’s been great with customer service & updating the code as errors are discovered.

So if you have a wordpress website and are looking for a simple way to show off all your hard work & published designs, check out Shell’s Ravelry Designer Widget & Short Code. I’m SO glad I did – Knit Eco Chic’s Previous Publications page is now complete! (And I have a nifty pattern preview sidebar for my blog too boot.)

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