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  • 1. Keep Your Wordpress Site “Plugged In” Lewis Southwick, Vice President For The Art Institute of Houston Date: September 20, 2011Page 1
  • 2. What You Are In Store For Keeping Your Wordpress Site “Plugged In” – Why Should You Listen To Me – WordPress Overview – Plug Ins To Make Your Site Perform Better – Plug Ins That Are Really Cool – View The White Paper Page 2
  • 3. Forward Marketing – Reboot Your Marketing Who Is Lewis Southwick and Why Is He Talking To Me Right Now – Began in Internet Marketing in 1996 – Marketing Director For Largest E-tailer of Eyewear Until 2008 – Financial Services Industry Until 2010 – Private Consulting Since 2006 Forward Marketing – Joined in 2010 – VP & Director of Marketing Research – Full Service Internet Marketing Firm Specializing In The Following: Market Research Brand Management Website Design SEO & SEM Content Management Website Analytics Social Media Marketing Mobile Marketing & Development Page 3
  • 4. WordPress Overview “WordPress” – the new buzz word – An open source content management system and publishing platform – Used by 14% of Alexa’s top 1 million websites – Ever evolving, ever changing – It’s FREE! Plugins: – Software component added to a site to enhance the functionality of the site – Thousands of Wordpress plugins – Custom plugins can be made for you at a very low cost – There’s a plugin for that! The Most Important Lesson In Choosing The RIGHT Plugin for your client Page 4
  • 5. Choosing Your Wordpress Plugins The Most Important Lesson In Choosing The RIGHT Plugin for Your Client – Pay attention to the ratings and reviews – Stay within the designs of your industry/client voice/site design Page 5
  • 6. IT Wordpress Plugins W3 Total Cache – W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download times and improves conversion rates. – Improves site performance by 10X – Up to 80% bandwidth savings via minify and HTTP compression of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and feeds – "Instant" subsequent page views: browser caching – Mobile support enables faster browsing on mobile devices Page 6
  • 7. IT Wordpress Plugins Wordpress Backup to Drop Box – WordPress Backup to Dropbox has been created to give you piece of mind that your blog is backed up on a regular basis.Item – Customized settings so that you can schedule your back up SMEStorage Multi-Cloud WP Backup – Back your WordPress blog up to any one of 10 storage clouds – Scheduled back up features – A few of the cloud based storage services that work with SME: Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files,, Microsoft SkyDrive, Microsoft Live Mesh, Google Docs, DropBox, Mezeo, FTP, and any WebDav enable cloud Page 7
  • 8. Website Analytics Wordpress Plugins Google XML Sitemap Generator – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and to better index your blog. – Simplifies web spiders ability to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently – The plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages as well as custom URLs – Notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content. – Customized settings to designate how frequent search engines visit your site Page 8
  • 9. Website Analytics Wordpress Plugins Google Analyticator – Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics. Includes widgets for Analytics data display. – Eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging data. – Includes an admin dashboard widget that displays a graph of the last 30 days of visitors, a summary of site usage, the top pages, the top referrers, and the top searches – Supports outbound link tracking of all links on the page, including links not managed by WordPress – Google Analyticator also includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data in the admin and on your blog. Page 9
  • 10. Website Analytics Wordpress Plugins All in One Webmaster – Sitemap submission to Google,Bing,Yahoo & Ask. – Webmaster option for Google,Bing,Alexa,Yahoo,, Quantcast, Facebook & BlogCatalog.Item – Adds your requested meta tags into header and java script code to footer of your blog.Item – Provides Warning/Success/Failure messages on sitemap submission Page 10
  • 11. Post/Page Editing Wordpress Plugins TinyMCE Advanced Editor – Enables the advanced features a WordPress WYSIWYG editor – Imports all CSS classes from the main theme stylesheet and add them to a drop- down list. – Support for making and editing tables. – In-line css styles. – Advanced list and image dialogs that offer a lot of options. – Search and Replace while editing. – Support for XHTML specific tags and for (div based) layers. Page 11
  • 12. Post/Page Editing Wordpress Plugins WP Super Edit – WP Super Edit is a wysiwyg visual editor that adds functionality with more buttons and customized editing plugins – Drag and Drop interface for arranging the WordPress visual editor buttons. – Access to built-in WordPress visual editor buttons and functions. – Options for allowing users to configure visual editor settings; One editor setting for all users, role based editor settings, and individual user editor settings. Page 12
  • 13. Email Marketing Wordpress Plugins Contact Form 7 – Fully customizable email contact form – Manages multiple contact forms – Integrates custom fields, drop box menus, check boxes, radial buttons, text fields, required fields, captcha verification, quiz, and file upload features – 55 different language translations – Allows for multiple recipients to receive email from contact form – Supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering Page 13
  • 14. Email Marketing Wordpress Plugins Constant Contact Wordpress Widget – Constant Contact wordpress plug-in adds a constant contact widget signup form to your website sidebar – Very easy and no need any coding language knowledge to use this plug-in. Once the widget is ready, entered email addresses are automatically stored into your constant contact account. – Add Constant Contact widget email subscribe form to your sidebar with Custom title, Custom text box caption, Custom button style, Custom text box style – Option to send auto thanks mail to subscriber – Option to set from email address – Auto mail to admin when new email subscribed – Option to update email subject & email content Page 14
  • 15. Email Marketing Wordpress Plugins SMS Text Message – Allows a reader to submit their phone number through a sidebar widget. – Periodically send alerts, updates, etc via SMS to all contacts at once – Easy, simple administrative management interface – Support for all the major wireless carriers – Allows website to easily and quickly begin a new marketing channel ~ SMS Messaging – SMS text messaging is one of the fastest growing marketing methods due to the spread of mobile marketing Page 15
  • 16. Email Marketing Wordpress Plugins Thank Me Later – Automatically send a thank you e-mail to those who comment on your page – Prompt visitors to further engage with your blog – Create multiple e-mail messages and to send the message after a pre-defined amount of time, making messages appear more unique and people-friendly Reply Me – Send a email to author automatically while someone reply his comment – 100% Customizable content that is sent to commenter – 4 languages available Page 16
  • 17. RSS Wordpress Plugins Open In A New Window – Opens external links in a new window, keeping your blog page in the browser so you dont lose surfers to another site – Automatically finds links generated in scripts or pasted into posts and comments – Powered by javascript, so this will not work in iframe pages RSS Footer – Makes it easy to add a line of content to the beginning or the end of all the articles in your feeds, for instance to display a back link – Choose to position the sentence before your content instead of the default after Page 17
  • 18. RSS Wordpress Plugins WP RSS Import – Import and display Feeds in your blog, use PHP, a Widget or the Shortcode – 39 different parameters can be set to customize your RSS feed for optimal content and visual appeal – 7 languages available for download Page 18
  • 19. Image & Video Display Wordpress Plugins Shadowbox JS – Online media viewing application that allows enlargements of images, text links to images, video enlargements, and – Supports all types of media. – Highly customizable and anchor can be text, video, or image Page 19
  • 20. Image & Video Ultimate Carousel FREE Video Gallery – Nice 3D carousel for flash video galleries and YouTube videos – YouTube ads minimized. – Plugin size autoeditable. – Video size customizable Page 20
  • 21. SEO Wordpress Plugins SEO by Yoast – All in one SEO solution for your WordPress site: SEO titles, meta descriptions, XML sitemaps, breadcrumbs, and robot directions – Post title and meta description meta box to change these on a per post basis for ultimate SEO – Focus keyword testing. – Full page analysis functionality: see what you need to do to further SEO optimize your post content, page title, headings, images etc. – Meta Robots configuration: Easily add noodp, noydir meta tags. Easily noindex, or nofollow pages, taxonomies or entire archives Page 21
  • 22. SEO Wordpress Plugins Automatic SEO Links – Choose a word and a URL and this plugin will replace all matches in the posts and pages of your site – For each link, you can set: Title, Target, and Rel – In case the plugin finds same word in a post, it will only change the first one. This is to avoid black seo and inconveniences to the users Page 22
  • 23. SEM/Bookmarking Wordpress Plugins Sexy Bookmarks – Adds an attractive social bookmarking menu to your posts, pages, index, or any combination of the three Page 23
  • 24. SEM/Bookmarking Wordpress Plugins Meet Your Commenters – Displays web pages and social networks profiles of your commentors in the dashboard – Displays web pages and profiles of those users in the dashboard, so you can add them as friends if you are in the same social network Page 24
  • 25. SEM/Bookmarking Wordpress Plugins Meet Your Commenters – Displays web pages and social networks profiles of your commentors in the dashboard – Displays web pages and profiles of those users in the dashboard, so you can add them as friends if you are in the same social network Page 25
  • 26. SEM/Bookmarking Wordpress Plugins Meet Your Commenters – Displays web pages and social networks profiles of your commentors in the dashboard – Displays web pages and profiles of those users in the dashboard, so you can add them as friends if you are in the same social network Page 26
  • 27. YouTube Wordpress Plugins Smart YouTube – Smart Youtube plugin allows you to insert full featured YouTube videos into your post, comments and in RSS feed – Supports playback of high quality videos, works on iPhone, produces xHTML valid code (unlike YouTube embed code), allows you to view videos in fullscreen, supports YouTube playlists (normal/HD) and the new outube IFRAME embed code Page 27
  • 28. YouTube Wordpress Plugins DB YouTube RSS – Display widget with latest videos from user RSS channel. You can set up username, number of thumbnails and width of thumbnail – There are two way to display this list: activate widget DB YouTube RSS or place <?php if(function_exists(db_yt_rss_markup)) { db_yt_rss_markup(); }; ?> in your templates Page 28
  • 29. Facebook Wordpress Plugins Facebook Like Button – Add the new Facebook Like Button to your wordpress blog with ease. Fully configurable and customizable to your likings. – Configure where you want it to be visible or you can include it on single post with short code – Enables users to make connections to your pages and share content back to their friends on Facebook with one click Page 29
  • 30. Twitter Wordpress Plugins Twitter Feed For Wordpress – A simple Twitter feed that outputs your latest tweets in HTML into your page, template or sidebar widget – Customizable the number of tweets, and style of output Twitter Goodies – Shows your tweets on Page/Post/Widget area – Three main services in ONE plugin: – 1) Tweet Button Integration – 2) Twitter Goodies - Profile Widget – 3) Twitter Goodies - Search Widget Page 30
  • 31. Flickr Wordpress Plugins Awesome Flickr Gallery – Creates a photo gallery of your Flickr photos on your WordPress enabled website enabling you to customize it the way you like it – Aims at providing a simple yet customizable way to create clean and professional looking Flickr galleries – Fast and light - uses intelligent caching to load galleries instantly – 2 Powerful slideshow options with thumbnail slider navigation Awesome Flickr Gallery – A gallery generator / lightbox view combo. Very easy to add to your post or page using short tags or the text editor – can also load a photoset, load descriptions of your images on the lightbox, add images from the text editor, change image sizes of the lightbox. Page 31
  • 32. Mobile Wordpress Plugins WP Touch – WPtouch: A simple, powerful and elegant mobile heme for your website. WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application – WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices Page 32
  • 33. Mobile Wordpress Plugins Wordpress Mobile Pack – Complete toolkit to help mobilize your WordPress site. It has a mobile switcher, themes, widgets, and mobile admin pane – Select themes based on the type of user that is visiting the site, a selection of mobile themes, extra widgets, device adaptation and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit the site or write new posts when out and about – Device adaptation, including the rescaling of images, intelligent splitting of articles and posts into multiple pages, the simplifaction styles, and the removal of non-supported media Page 33
  • 34. Some Really Cool Stuff Image Sliders Featured Content Gallery & WP Cycle – Create a customizable rotating image gallery anywhere within your WordPress site – Choose your images and display categories, pages or posts with custom overlay text and a thumbnail carousel. Custom options include gallery size, color, style and more – Example: Page 34
  • 35. Some Really Cool Stuff Democracy Widget – Adds a sidebar widget poll or survey in just minutes qTranslate – Adds userfriendly multilingual content management and translation support into WordPress – qTranslate makes creation of multilingual content as easy as working with a single language AdRotate – Add and manage the ads from the dashboard and show a random banner, or multiple, on your site Page 35
  • 36. Some Really Cool Stuff Page Flip Image Gallery – Flipping Book WordPress Gallery plugin helps you to create Image Gallery with Page Flip effects on your site Page 36
  • 37. Some Really Cool Stuff WP Cumulus – WP-Cumulus displays your tags and/or categories in 3D by placing them on a rotating sphere – It works just like a regular tags cloud, but is more visually exciting Page 37
  • 38. Some Really Cool Stuff Membership Site & Ebay Feed WishList – Creates a membership site with tiered access, auto-renew, email marketing integration, PHPBay – phpBay Pro for WordPress is the best plugin on the market for adding targeted keyword rich Ebay auction listings to your pages or posts Page 38
  • 39. Keep Your Wordpress Site “Plugged In” Lewis Southwick, Vice President Ph: 713-449-2000 Email: info@forwardm.comPage 39