Two of the more popular plugins used on Georgetown Commons’ WordPress course blogs are the AdminWidget and AuthorWidget plugins. Instructors often want a list of students in their class, and with the AuthorWidget plugin, that list is added to the sidebar of their course blog. Additionally, each name in the list links to a list of that student’s posts on the site. Additionally, if the instructor posts, the AdminWidget creates a link with their name as the text, and links to a list of their posts.

Please noteā€”for these widgets to function in this way, students will need to be assigned as Authors, and instructors as Administrators. An additional technical detail: we recommend that both plugins are installed together as they both share code.

We recently made both plugins available on Github, open-sourced and free for anyone running a multi-site installation of WordPress to use. We plan on modifying these plugins for single-install WordPress sites soon!

Here’s how to install and use each plugin on your WordPress multi-site installation:

AuthorWidget

This plugin is available at:

https://github.com/CNDLS/authorwidget/

After installing and activating this plugin, a new widget (simply called “Authors”) will appear in your WordPress dashboard in the Appearance >> Widgets menu. Drag the widget to your sidebar (or other widget area) and give it a title. Most instructors will call this “Students.”

After it’s added, all students (and any other users assigned the role of Author on your site) will appear in the sidebar. After creating posts, their names will be followed by the number of posts written, and will link to their posts.

AdminWidget

This plugin is available at:

https://github.com/CNDLS/adminwidget

Similarly, after installing and activating this plugin, a new widget (called “Admins”) will appear in your WordPress dashboard in the Appearance >> Widgets menu. Drag the widget to your sidebar (or other widget area) and give it a title. Most instructors will call this “Instructos” or “Professors.”

After it’s added, all instructors (and any other users assigned the role of Administrator on your site) will appear in the sidebar. After creating posts, their names will be followed by the number of posts written, and will link to their posts.