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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. …

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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    • 1. What The Heck Are Wordpress Plugins? Wordcamp Boston 2010 Adria Richards Twitter @adriarichards http://butyoureagirl.com
    • 2. Hello Wordpress Plugins! • What are plugins? • How they relate to Wordpress • How plugins work • Where to get them • Supporting plugins Twitter @adriarichards
    • 3. What is Wordpress? Twitter @adriarichards
    • 4. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging Twitter @adriarichards
    • 5. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging • Get a domain name Twitter @adriarichards
    • 6. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging • Get a domain name • Sign up for hosting Twitter @adriarichards
    • 7. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging • Get a domain name • Sign up for hosting • Setup Wordpress Twitter @adriarichards
    • 8. Getting Started with • Find out about blogging • Get a domain name • Sign up for hosting • Setup Wordpress • First post Twitter @adriarichards
    • 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. 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. Plugin Directory Twitter @adriarichards
    • 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. Plugins = Kitchen Appliances • Different functions • Not everyone needs the same ones • Used in different ways Twitter @adriarichards
    • 14. Your Microwave Twitter @adriarichards
    • 15. Your Microwave • Heat up your dinner Twitter @adriarichards
    • 16. Your Microwave • Heat up your dinner • Make popcorn Twitter @adriarichards
    • 17. Your Microwave Twitter @adriarichards
    • 18. Your Microwave Twitter @adriarichards
    • 19. Your Microwave Twitter @adriarichards
    • 20. How To Add A Plugin (Demo) Twitter @adriarichards
    • 21. Boarding Now Plugins know where to appear just like when you are called to board a plane Twitter @adriarichards
    • 22. Parts of a Theme Twitter @adriarichards
    • 23. Plugins Rock! • More flexibility • Simplified management • Better SEO • Increased traffic • Customized layout Twitter @adriarichards
    • 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. Wordcamp Boston • Attendees save 50% off February’s Live, Online Wordpress Training http://freshworkshops.com/wcbos Twitter @adriarichards
    • 26. Connect With Me • Adria Richards • Twitter: @adriarichards • 612-246-4568 • adria.richards@butyoureagirl.com • http://butyoureagirl.com • http://freshworkshops.com Twitter @adriarichards
    • 27. Porn + Tech Conference • Is not appropriate • Disrespectful to women attending • Reinforces stereotypes • Pornography objectifies women + men Twitter @adriarichards