What a wonderfully simple way to highlight areas of content, using the free plugin Drop Shadow Boxes.
Using this means your WordPress admin can now add boxes with drop shadows to posts, pages and widget areas.
What is the Drop Shadow Boxes Plugin?
Drop Shadow Boxes provides an easy way to highlight important content on your posts, pages and widget areas.
You can personalise the box with drop shadow effects like raised, lifted and perspective and also choose whether the box has an inside shadow,outside shadow and rounded corners
The plugin includes a widget and shortcode builder with a preview,so you can test your box before adding it.
The shadows will display correctly on most browsers – some older versions of Internet Explorer may not – but they will display the box with the content so nothing will be missing from the page.
The Drop Shadow Boxes Post or Page Option
The plugin offers two main interfaces. If you want to use it inside blog posts, or on pages – all you have to do is go to the post editing screen and click the Add Box button which will be next to your ‘Add Media' button in your toolbar once the plugin is installed
You'll see a simple customization screen [ See Below ] where you can set the details of your box (colors, edges, shadows, etc.), plus you can take a look at the preview.
The Drop Shadow Boxes Widget Option
The other way to use it is through a widget. The options available on the Widgets screen are pretty much the same. Just look in the widget area of your dashboard, and one will be waiting for you to drag into your sidebar – you can see what it looks like below
Why use Drop Shadow Boxes?
All round, the plugin is a great solution for everyone who wants to shed some more light on a given piece of content and make it extra visible.
It works extremely well for all kinds of call to action buttons, quotes, links and downloads.
Download from – http://wordpress.org/plugins/drop-shadow-boxes/
The plugin itself doesn’t require any configuration. There isn’t a settings page.
You can access the widget from the Widgets dashboard page – drag, drop and configure as you would any other widget.
The shortcode builder allows you to add Drop Shadow Boxes to posts and pages. You can access from the media toolbar while you’re editing the post/page by clicking on the box icon next to the upload/insert media button.
This is a quick one I did to demonstrate
[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”horizontal-curve-both” width=”250px” height=”” background_color=”#e1dcdd” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]”I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou[/dropshadowbox]
Are you Shortcode Familiar?
If you prefer not to use the shortcode builder, or if you’d like to modify an existing drop shadow box then you can find the Shortcode Reference guide on this page, half way down.
Drop Shadow Boxes Plugin….. Frequently Asked Questions
Will the shadows work in all browser?
It will work on the latest versions of all browsers. Some older browsers may not display the shadows – but they will display the box with the content. Please see this page for examples to see how it performs on your browser.
How do I add a Drop Shadow box to a page?
You can use the widget for widget areas or use the shortcode builder on posts and pages.
How do I open the shortcode builder?
While you’re editing a post or page you can open the shortcode builder by clicking on the box icon next to the upload media button above the toolbar.
How do I add links and other formatting inside the box?
Once you’ve added the shortcode to the page/post you can edit the contents just like any other content.
How do two or more boxes side by side?
Align the second box left.
Can I edit the shadow effect?
The shortcode builder offers quite a few options. If you need further customisation you’ll need to over-ride the css classes in your theme (usually style.css).
Will the css file be loaded on all pages or only when it’s needed?
The css file will only be loaded when it’s needed – when there’s a shortcode on the page or post or a widget in a widget area.
Are images used to display the shadows?
No. It uses CSS3 only.
Thanks for reading!
Do let me know if this is a useful tool for you 😊