Settings / options

The are several options for the Qwiz plugin that you can specify with the Qwiz Settings menu page.

You access the Qwiz Settings menu page by navigating Dashboard > Settings > Qwiz.

Here are brief notes on the available options.

Mobile-device full-screen option/icon

On small-screen devices, the default is that users automatically see a full-screen view of a quiz or flashcard deck once the user starts that quiz or deck. Also, an icon allows the user to switch the full-screen view off and on. You can disable the full-screen views and icon.

First-card Qwiz icon/link

By default the first “card” of a flashcard deck or the first page of a quiz show a “Q” icon in the bottom-left corner, which provides a link to the Qwiz web site.  You can hide the icon, or show the icon without a link.

Free-form input options

You can specify several default settings for questions and flashcards with free-form input (where the user types a few letters and selects from a list of suggestions).

Default for use_dict.  Whether an English-language dictionary will be used for suggestion words.  You can override this default on a quiz- or flashcard-specific basis by adding a “use_dict” attribute to the [qwiz] or [qdeck] shortcode.

Default for use_terms.  Whether a list of biology terms will be used for suggestion words.  You can override this default on a quiz- or flashcard-specific basis by adding a “use_terms=” attribute to the [qwiz] or [qdeck] shortcode.

Time till “Hint” button shown.   How long before the “Hint” button automatically appears.

Hangman hint options

You can change how many hints (letters) may be given.  You can also customize this for individual questions or flashcards by adding a “hint=” attribute to the hangman shortcode.

Customize button labels, etc.

You can change the text that appears on buttons, or anywhere else.  For example, you could change the flashcard button, “Need more practice,” to “Try card again later”.  The Qwiz Settings page has instructions.

HTML element that contains quiz and flashcard content (shortcodes, etc.)

Normally, WordPress page content is within a div having class “entry-content”.  Some themes change this, however, and then the Qwiz plugin won’t work (it leaves your shortcodes showing, rather than turning them into quizzes and flashcard decks).  You can change where the Qwiz plugin will look for the page content with this option.

Beta version of Qwiz plugin

Occasionally a new version of the Qwiz plugin is made available for testing.  You can download and test the current beta version.  You may also “deploy” (move into production) the beta version.  When testing, the beta version is only active for your current (admin) login.  In addition, when testing the beta version, the Qwiz icon in the lower left corner of the first page or card of each quiz or flashcard deck has a red background as a reminder that you are using the beta version.  (This does not occur when the beta version is put into production.)

Revert to an earlier version of Qwiz plugin

If you have a problem with an update, you can go back to a previous version.  (Note: available versions are listed here.)  Caution: recently-created quizzes may not work properly with older versions of the plugin.



18 thoughts on “Settings / options

  1. David

    Hi Dan,
    this is great! As a hint to others, I had a problem with some images overflowing the flashcard box. That went away when I removed all styling. So I had width =100% and then was playing with height to try to make the box big enough for my images. When I removed all sizing information, everything started working both on my PC and on my telephone screen. The only shortcode I have now on my deck is… [qdeck card_back=”white”]

    1. Dan Kirshner Post author

      Sorry, we don’t have such an option. Nothing will be done with unused accounts (no emails or notifications, for example), so it shouldn’t make any difference.

    1. Dan Kirshner Post author

      Log in via the black down-triangle on any quiz or flashcard deck. Once you’re logged in, hover on the green down-triangle and click “My account – settings”.

  2. Tom

    Hey Dan,

    Using all the strings I translated all I needed on the flashcards. Thanks so far.
    But one thing will not translate:
    Even though “tries” was translated and shows translated in other positions, it is not changed at the end of the stack when one or more topics were not answered the first time.
    Topic: 2 Karten (was “cards”), 8 tries;

    I tried to go through the code but my knowledge is just basic.

    Thanks so much for your plugin and help!

    1. Dan Kirshner Post author

      Hello Tom: Thanks for bearing with us on this! That’s a bug – that output wasn’t tagged for translation. There are three ways you can fix this:
      1. We’ve updated the current version — 3.32. You’d have to delete and reinstall the Qwizcards plugin to get the update.

      2. On the Qwizcards settings page, at the bottom you could “Revert to an earlier version” — entering version 0.00 will actually get you “beta 1 for 3.33” which includes the update.

      3. You could update the code on your site. On Dashboard > Plugins > Plugin Editor, choose Qwizcards from “Select plugin to edit” at the top right. Then click “qwizcards.js” in the list on the right (I found it as fifth from the bottom). Finally, on line 3741, change


      at the end of the line to

         T ('tries');

      and finally click “Update File” at the bottom.

      Whichever strikes you as easiest!

  3. Tom

    That’s what I kind of started but got frustrated with.
    But, now it seems to work for some reason. Great!

    Now I can pull all strings out of the PHP and translate as much I as I need to!


  4. Tom

    Hi, I just found this wordpress plugin. I could adjust everything I wanted to change so far, except that last page on the card after all cards are checked.

    Where can I adjust these two outputs?

    “This flashcard stack had 26 cards. It took you 29 tries until you felt comfortable enough to click “Kann ich!” for each card.

    This is the only topic for which you clicked “Später erneut üben”:
    abc: 24 cards, 27 tries.”

    I tried to change the strings_to_translate.php, but it does not seem to work.

    Many Thanks!

    1. Dan Kirshner Post author

      It looks like you were able to use the “Customize button labels, etc.” section of Dashboard > Settings > Qwizcards to change “Got it!” to “Kann ich!”. Good! The only trick to the rest is that it comes in pieces. “strings_to_translate.php” tells you what the pieces look like. The relevant strings are:

      This flashcard stack has %s cards.
      It took you
      until you felt comfortable enough to click
      for this card
      for each card
      This is the only topic for which you clicked

      Also, you’ll need to provide translations of “one, “two”, … “ten”!

      (There’s an elaborate WordPress procedure to process “strings_to_translate” before it takes effect — let’s stick with this if it works!)

  5. Mike

    Hello Dan Kirshner,

    Your product is so awesome.

    However, I have several questions I want to ask.

    1. Does your product work independently from your website? If your website has some problem like out of service, Can it still work?

    2. Can you combine together flashcard and quiz to make it more useful? For example, after several flashcard, it will turn to quiz mode so that it can check users if they remember the flashcard. We have a technique called Spaced repetition. I really want to make a flashcard deck to learn English.

    3. Can I create a deck in a page and call it in other page? For example, I want to create a page named flash card library. Whenever i need to use a deck for my user i just need to have some shortcode like [deck id=zzzzzz] and it will appear in my page.

    1. Dan Kirshner Post author


      1. Work independently from my website? Yes. Qwizcards depends only on your WordPress server — everything comes from there. In fact, once you’ve opened a page, no further communication with your WordPress host is needed. This assumes you’re not using the student progress recording/reporting functions — qwiz and flashcard results are indeed recorded on our website’s server.

      2. Flashcards/quizzes combined? It’s a good suggestion! We’ve thought about it a bit, and at this point it’s a little too difficult — we went down a different road (separate modules) a long time ago. You can always follow up flashcards with a quiz on the same page, and even include “Exit text” in the flashcards telling users to next take the quiz.

      3. Call a deck from another page? No, not yet. We are working on a “central database” of quizzes, questions, etc., which will provide the same functionality, as well as capabilities for mixing/matching questions, even on the fly (“use questions with topic _____”).

  6. Denis Slota

    Is there anyway to have the core of your program have the option of reading the [q] and [a]’s from

    a text file instead of from the page. The text file would be read into from the media library.

    This way, the header can be defined on the page and all I have to do is update the text file that

    contains the [q] and [a]’s. This would be an additional option, therefore the plug-in would work

    as normal with out this option.

    [i] This set of flashcards will test your knowledge of typical English words to their phonetic

    Korean equivalent.
    Here’s how it works:
    1. Click ‘Flip’ to see the answer to each card.
    2. If you know it, click ‘Got it.’
    3. If you don’t know it as well as you’d like to, click ‘Need more practice,’ and that card will

    go to the bottom of the stack so you can practice it again.
    4. ‘Shuffle’ lets you shuffle the deck.
    [q&a =

    What do you think?

    1. Dan Kirshner Post author

      I’ll add this to my “to-do” list, but I’ve got a number of things on the list already.

      The ability to cut-and-paste questions into an ordinary WordPress page/post seems to me to be an adequate substitute for now. In fact, that seems easier to me than creating/updating and uploading a separate .txt file. Am I missing something here?

      Thanks for the suggestion!


      1. Denis Slota

        I already have a source file that contains the [q] and [a] in a different format in Microsoft Excel. I wrote a quick VB macro to output in the format that you require. If I have a lot of questions, I thought it would be easier to reference a file in the Media Library then to cut and paste into the page. Also, if I wanted to change the [q] and [a] quickly, i could just change the one line on the page that references a different text file with [q] and [a] in the media library. I agree that I don’t need this feature because you can do the cut and paste to the page, but it would be a nice improvement (in my opinion).


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