What The Heck Are Wordpress Plugins?

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Wordpress already makes blogging pretty easy but there is a single feature that makes it stand out from the other blogging platforms website development solutions.

I explain why plugins are great and how to add them to your Wordpress install at Wordcamp Boston, January 23rd, 2010


Plugins!

These little, useful creatures make it easy to add functionality to your blog without knowing any programming or html.

You can embed photo galleries, pull in your Twitter feeds, sell things from your site and well, just about anything you can imagine!

Plugins are easy to install. You sign into your self-hosted Wordpress account, go to "Plugins", click on "Add New" and you are presented with a list of popular, new plugins! You can also search the repository as well.

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  • What The Heck Are Wordpress Plugins?

    1. 1. What The Heck Are Wordpress Plugins? Wordcamp Boston 2010 Adria Richards Twitter @adriarichards http://butyoureagirl.com
    2. 2. Hello Wordpress Plugins! • What are plugins? • How they relate to Wordpress • How plugins work • Where to get them • Supporting plugins Twitter @adriarichards
    3. 3. What is Wordpress? Twitter @adriarichards
    4. 4. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging Twitter @adriarichards
    5. 5. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging • Get a domain name Twitter @adriarichards
    6. 6. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging • Get a domain name • Sign up for hosting Twitter @adriarichards
    7. 7. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging • Get a domain name • Sign up for hosting • Setup Wordpress Twitter @adriarichards
    8. 8. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging • Get a domain name • Sign up for hosting • Setup Wordpress • First post Twitter @adriarichards
    9. 9. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging • Get a domain name • Sign up for hosting • Setup Wordpress • First post • Now what? Twitter @adriarichards
    10. 10. Wordpress plugins • Small bits of code • Extend functionality of Wordpress • Created by independent developers • Over 8,000 plugins available • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins Twitter @adriarichards
    11. 11. Plugin Directory Twitter @adriarichards
    12. 12. Types of Plugins • Plugins for your sidebar • Plugins for writing your posts • Plugins help boost SEO • Plugins pull info to your dashboard • Plugins to control blog navigation Twitter @adriarichards
    13. 13. Plugins = Kitchen Appliances • Different functions • Not everyone needs the same ones • Used in different ways Twitter @adriarichards
    14. 14. Your Microwave Twitter @adriarichards
    15. 15. Your Microwave • Heat up your dinner Twitter @adriarichards
    16. 16. Your Microwave • Heat up your dinner • Make popcorn Twitter @adriarichards
    17. 17. Your Microwave Twitter @adriarichards
    18. 18. Your Microwave Twitter @adriarichards
    19. 19. Your Microwave Twitter @adriarichards
    20. 20. How To Add A Plugin (Demo) Twitter @adriarichards
    21. 21. Boarding Now Plugins know where to appear just like when you are called to board a plane Twitter @adriarichards
    22. 22. Parts of a Theme Twitter @adriarichards
    23. 23. Plugins Rock! • More flexibility • Simplified management • Better SEO • Increased traffic • Customized layout Twitter @adriarichards
    24. 24. 5 Plugins For The Road • WPTouch iPhone Theme http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/ • My Page Order http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/my-page-order/ • After The Deadline http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/after-the-deadline/ • Maintenance Mode http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/maintenance-mode/ • Audio Player http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/audio-player/ Twitter @adriarichards
    25. 25. Wordcamp Boston • Attendees save 50% off February’s Live, Online Wordpress Training http://freshworkshops.com/wcbos Twitter @adriarichards
    26. 26. Connect With Me • Adria Richards • Twitter: @adriarichards • 612-246-4568 • adria.richards@butyoureagirl.com • http://butyoureagirl.com • http://freshworkshops.com Twitter @adriarichards
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