Introducing the Base Hook Widgets plugin for WordPress

Base Hooks plugin for WordPress

Base Hooks plugin for WordPress
Base Hook Widgets is a plugin for WordPress that adds nine new widgetized regions to the Base theme framework and Base child themes.  We created this plugin so users could utilize the various action hooks in the Base theme framework, without writing any PHP code at all.  Simply install the Base theme framework and this Base Hook Widgets plugin and you will have 13 areas where you can add widgets.  (A widget is a fancy word for tools or content that you can add, arrange, and remove from your WordPress site).

Why is this plugin useful, you ask?  Widgets can include things like:

  • Slideshows
  • Welcome Messages
  • About You
  • Social Icons
  • Videos
  • Client Testimonials

Here is the really, really good news:  We are building all of the widgets listed above as plugins that you can add to your site. Combine the Base theme, the Base Hook Widgets plugin and any one of the widgets listed above and you will have a seriously flexible theme design. Simply drag/drop any one of the widgets listed above into any one of the 13 available widgetized areas to build a custom theme in no time flat.  We will be releasing the plugins during the month of January, 2011.

Here are the various places that this plugin enables you to add widgets to:

  • Before Header
  • Header
  • After Header
  • Before Title
  • After Title
  • Before Sidebar
  • After Sidebar
  • Before Footer
  • After Footer

This plugin is free and can be downloaded from your member page here at Graph Paper Press.  If you don’t have an account, please sign up,  The Base theme framework is a paid theme and can also be downloaded from your member page if you have an active, paid account.

We would love to hear what widgets would be most useful for you.  Your comments will help us decide which widgets we build next.  So, speak up in the comments below!

13 responses to “Introducing the Base Hook Widgets plugin for WordPress”

  1. kyle Avatar

    coolness! are all the widgets available currently? can’t wait to try em out.

    1. Graph Paper Press Avatar

      Good to hear Kyle 😉

      Two widgets are currently available for download on your member page:

      * About You Widget
      * Welcome Message

      The Testimonials Widget should be ready for download later tonight 😉 The Slideshow and Social Icons plugins will be released in January. If there is anything else you’d like to see us develop, let me know!

      1. Graph Paper Press Avatar

        The Testimonial Widget is now available for download!

  2. scott Avatar

    Fantastic. I would vote for slideshows as the first available widget.

  3. Robert Berris Avatar

    Would it be possible to put up a wireframe of what the full on theme could look like? widgetized

  4. dg5 Avatar

    i think cool carousel widgets would be a nice option.

  5. scottAD Avatar

    Awesome! Keep up the great work!!

  6. kyle Avatar

    where do we find out about the updated hook widgets?

  7. Wes Mikel Avatar

    Great addition to the themework, guys. This’ll help both my clients and the students I work with in the future a great deal.

  8. The Designary Avatar

    I’m pumped to try it. You guys do such great work. I think it’s time I purchased one of your themes instead of taking the freebies.

  9. Jeff Avatar

    I’m helping a client and need to have a left-hand widgetized sidebar, at least on the home page, and probably on all pages/posts.  What widget area is this considered to be?  After Header?  Is there a visual widget area map?  I read another comment someone asking for a wireframe.  Something that just shows the areas in blocks would be great.

    1. Graph Paper Press Avatar

      Base has a file called “Base-Structure.html” which shows the hookable/widgetized locations:
      You could just add a widget to the gpp_base_above_content_hook() hook and float the containing div to the left.

      1. Jeff Avatar

        Awesome.  Thanks!!

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