Google recently let their +1 button loose upon the masses. I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to implement it here on VoodooPress. We already have everything in place that we need. If you followed along with this tutorial you are already all set up too! If not, check it out. You don’t need to do exactly what we did there, just follow along with the concept. We’re just going to insert the +1 button into the code to display it at the bottom of our posts.
I’ve had a URL shortener set up for a while. it was go.rvoodoo.com. Not the best starting point for a URL shortener. So I decided to start over. No worries, I have a bunch of URLs all over the web using the old method, those will stay in effect. I’ll keep the old service in effect for now, I may eventually just use some redirects for it, but either way the URLs will be good. Anyway, I just set up the cool new vudu.me service. For now it’s front facing, we’ll see if it gets abused. Let’s check out what I did to get vudu.me working.
I think a nice feature to have in a theme is a list of related posts on the single post view. It gives the reader another way to find your content. We are going to use the same method we used before for adding content under a post. This way you can just add this into your functions.php, once again keeping things simple so we don’t have to modify any parent theme templates.
Over the weekend I installed Simple Twitter Connect (STC) and Simple Facebook Connect (SFC) here on VoodooPress. They are my favourite plugins for total integration with each service. And out of the box they work great. You can have them just plop the ‘Like’ and ‘Tweet’ buttons under all your posts, and it works, and looks good. But I’m picky. I really only want my buttons manually placed exactly where I want them. I’m using a twentyten child theme I made, and I wanted to insert the buttons only on single post views. But I didn’t want to copy single.php from twentyten to use my own for just this. I prefer to keep the original templates in use from the parent, and place any extra stuff through functions.php whenever possible. I ran across several options, all of which worked in some fashion. So let’s check out various ways to get content added under your post. You can use the techniques here for pretty much any post, I’m just focusing on a twentyten child as that’s what I’m using.