Constant Footer Documentation

This plugin is no longer supported and won’t be updated because, let’s face it, this one is much cooler.

This is the documentation for the Constant Footer Plugin.  If you’re looking for the homepage for the plugin, go here.

Description

This plugin inserts a jQuery powered footer bar basedon the jQuery plugin by Steve Fenton.  The footer is always visible, regardless of where the user scrolls on your site.  The purpose of this plugin is to allow the WordPress admin to display important information or prompts to the user such as a Twitter link or announcement.

License

This plugin is released under the GPLv2 which means it is free to use, modify and distribute as long as you give Pingable credit for the original work.

Disclaimer

How to install the plugin

  1. Download the .zip file
  2. Extract the contents and upload into your wp-content/plugins directory
  3. Activate the plugin in your WordPress Dashboard

Or

  1. In your WordPress dashboard, navigate to “Plugins > Add New”
  2. Search for “Constant Footer” and find this plugin in the WordPress plugin directory
  3. Click “Install”

How to edit the plugin settings

In your WordPress Dashboard, on the left side under “Settings” is a link called “Constant Footer”.  Clicking this will bring you to a settings page.

Here you can change the settings of the plugin including the opacity, color and height of the bar.

Opacity is how much you can see through the background.  Setting the opacity to .80 will mean 80% of the color will block the background.  Setting the opacity to 1.0 will make the background solid.  Setting the opacity to 0.0 will make the background invisible.

Color is set with a six digit HEX code.  Clicking in the box will bring up a color block for you to choose from.  You may also type in the HEX code directly.

The height of the footer is set in pixels.  You may choose any setting for this, the default is 50px.

Changing what appears in the footer

On the same screen, there is a field for HTML.  This HTML will appear in your footer.  The code is inserted raw, meaning there is no styling associated with it.  By default, anything you insert will be centered vertically and horizontally.

You can use inline CSS styling to change how the content appears such as color and size of text.

Feel free to use images or links in this space as well, anything goes. (pretty much)

FAQ

I have installed the plugin and activated it, but nothing is showing up on my site.

The plugin looks for a div ID of “footer” which is included with 95% of all WordPress themes.  If the footer is not showing up, view the source of your site.  If there is no div ID of “footer”, the plugin will not appear.  You can simply insert this code to make it work:

[code]<div id=”footer”></div>[/code]

Why is there a DashBoard widget with updates from Pingable?

This plugin was released for free as a means of helping our readers and to promote Pingable.org.  We would love it if you kept the widget in place and browsed our content from time to time.  However, if you don’t want the widget, find the code in the plugin files that says “Begin Dashboard RSS Widget”.  You can remove this segment of code without harming the other functions of the plugin.

How much does this plugin cost?

Nothing! It is completely free as our gift to you.  However, it took lots of time and a little $$ to develop so if you would like to show your appreciate by sending a small donation, it will help to further the development of the plugin and Pingable.org.  Simply click the button below to send us a small donation.  And thank you in advance!

This plugin took a lot of time to develop. If you find it useful, we would really appreciate a small donation.

I can’t get to the settings page!
Make sure in the file constant_footer.php, the plugin directory is listed as “constant-footer” not “constant_footer”.  If these mismatch, you won’t be able to access the settings page.  This answer is courtesy of Kurt at http://www.biomarker.tv

7 thoughts on “Constant Footer Documentation”

  1. I’ve installed the plugin and had a couple of errors with it. First one is that I can’t seem to edit the CSS and add html to the footer without having the bar ‘disappearing’ from my page. I’ve settled with just placing an image in the footer. However, the other error, I can’t ‘ignore’. I’ve installed the FV Player plugin on my blog and whenever I activate the Constant Footer plugin, it disables the functionality of the FV Player. Any ideas on how to have both plugins running and working simultaneously?

    Thanks

  2. Hello,
    this works great! Im just having a hard time customizing it with different fonts and logos.
    What is the best way to do that.
    Thanks for your time

  3. Hi,
    I tried your plugin (which puts in practice a good idea btw)and experienced a small problem: the original footer of my website disappeared (the one saying ‘website powered by WP, copyright blah blah…)
    I’ll try again checking wheter my theme’s footer.php file has any missing closing (I’m using the Lightword theme, fairly used), and if such was not the case, I was wondering whether you had any feedbacks concerning the compatibility of your plugin with the new version of WP (3.1.1 at this point).
    Keep up the good work anyway.
    Cheers.

  4. I have seen some sites that it works great on and a few that makes the site worse. Some sitesm have it to large and some actualy slow the site down with twitter or other prompts. I like the idea but i would check it on different browsers also.

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