there’s a
Plugin
for that!
Alex Ruaux
alex@molecularcodewebdesign.com
@molecularcode | #wcottawa
There’s a Plugin for that!
• What is a plugin?
• Why would I use them?
• How do I choose a good plugin?
• Plugins to make ...
Plugins are self-contained bits
of code that can extend
WordPress to do almost
anything you can imagine.
Note: plugins are...
Why would I use a Plugin?
image galleries
fonts
ecommerce
multilingual
social
media service
integration
store locator
favi...
How to choose a good Plugin
Caveats!!!
Plugin bloat and security risk
Know what you want from the plugin
How to choose a good Plugin
Imagine we want to have greater control over our
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
We might wan...
search engine optimization
Read the description
- does it do what I need?
Read the FAQ
- is there anything else I need to know?
Check the screenshots...
Warning!!!
Finding the perfect plugin is a
bit like online dating...
... you may have to kiss a few toads before you
find ...
Install Plugins
Plugins to make WordPress
more awesome
Plugins can extend either the frontend or
the backend of WordPress by adding
featur...
Popular Plugin Uses:
image galleries
multilingual
social
media
newsletter
Search Engine Optimization
Easy to use
Kept up-to-date
Compatible with other plugins e.g. WPML
Has advanced options beyond...
Multilingual Site
Well supported
Comprehensive
Supports many languages
Compatible with other plugins e.g.
Yoast SEO, wooCo...
Security
Comprehensive
Easy to use
Goes that bit further, with features such as:
change default wp_ DB table prefix
sugges...
Security
Minimal config
Sends an email at a set interval with info
about any files that have changed
Security
No setup
Customizable
Prevents brute force attacks
Whilst we’re on the topic of security:
disable editors, strong...
Jetpack
Social Media – sharing content
/
Many networks
Subtle appearance
Customizable
Auto-publish new content to
social networks
...
Image galleries
/
Integrated with WordPress
A few gallery options
Clicking image brings up
slideshow of full-size
images
(...
Caching
/
Minimal config
Advanced options
Compatible with other plugins
Backups
/
Free
Comprehensive
Variety of delivery methods - email, dropbox
Backs up files and database
Can set schedules
Contact Form
/
Customizable
Emails info
Build you own form and email
Compatible with Google Tag Manager
Well supported and...
Newsletter
/
Customizable
Stores signups
Easily include content from posts
Schedule repeating mailout with most
recent con...
My Top Picks
The plugins that make my life easier:
Multiple Post Thumbnails
Featured image column
Duplicate post
All-in-On...
Multiple Post Thumbnails
/
Enables 2 different featured
images for posts and pages
Does require some php
editing of files
Featured Image Column
/
Adds a
thumbnail of
the featured
image
against the
post or page
Duplicate Post
/
Clone a page or post.
All-in-One Favicon
/
Easily add
favicon and iOS
icon
Intuituve Custom Post Order
/
Drag and drop pages or posts to
re-order them
Collapse-O-Matic
/
Enables collapsible
sections in a page or
post, via a shortcode
Questions?
Alex Ruaux
alex@molecularcodewebdesign.com
@molecularcode | #wcottawa
Recommendations?
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  1. 1. there’s a Plugin for that! Alex Ruaux alex@molecularcodewebdesign.com @molecularcode | #wcottawa
  2. 2. There’s a Plugin for that! • What is a plugin? • Why would I use them? • How do I choose a good plugin? • Plugins to make WordPress more awesome • My top picks...
  3. 3. Plugins are self-contained bits of code that can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. Note: plugins are not available on wordpress.com
  4. 4. Why would I use a Plugin? image galleries fonts ecommerce multilingual social media service integration store locator favicon newsletter countdown ... and over 30,000 other reasons
  5. 5. How to choose a good Plugin Caveats!!! Plugin bloat and security risk Know what you want from the plugin
  6. 6. How to choose a good Plugin Imagine we want to have greater control over our SEO (Search Engine Optimization) We might want to edit how the page titles appear in Google, or change the meta description.
  7. 7. search engine optimization
  8. 8. Read the description - does it do what I need? Read the FAQ - is there anything else I need to know? Check the screenshots - does it look user friendly? Browse the support and reviews - what are other users saying?
  9. 9. Warning!!! Finding the perfect plugin is a bit like online dating... ... you may have to kiss a few toads before you find the right one!
  10. 10. Install Plugins
  11. 11. Plugins to make WordPress more awesome Plugins can extend either the frontend or the backend of WordPress by adding features and functionality
  12. 12. Popular Plugin Uses: image galleries multilingual social media newsletter
  13. 13. Search Engine Optimization Easy to use Kept up-to-date Compatible with other plugins e.g. WPML Has advanced options beyond the essentials Shows ‘Google search’ preview Rates your SEO and suggests improvements
  14. 14. Multilingual Site Well supported Comprehensive Supports many languages Compatible with other plugins e.g. Yoast SEO, wooCommerce, Events Calendar
  15. 15. Security Comprehensive Easy to use Goes that bit further, with features such as: change default wp_ DB table prefix suggested file permissions traffic light warning system
  16. 16. Security Minimal config Sends an email at a set interval with info about any files that have changed
  17. 17. Security No setup Customizable Prevents brute force attacks Whilst we’re on the topic of security: disable editors, strong passwords, auth keys, limit no. admins...
  18. 18. Jetpack
  19. 19. Social Media – sharing content / Many networks Subtle appearance Customizable Auto-publish new content to social networks (jetpack-publicize)
  20. 20. Image galleries / Integrated with WordPress A few gallery options Clicking image brings up slideshow of full-size images (jetpack-tiled galleries)
  21. 21. Caching / Minimal config Advanced options Compatible with other plugins
  22. 22. Backups / Free Comprehensive Variety of delivery methods - email, dropbox Backs up files and database Can set schedules
  23. 23. Contact Form / Customizable Emails info Build you own form and email Compatible with Google Tag Manager Well supported and translatable
  24. 24. Newsletter / Customizable Stores signups Easily include content from posts Schedule repeating mailout with most recent content
  25. 25. My Top Picks The plugins that make my life easier: Multiple Post Thumbnails Featured image column Duplicate post All-in-One favicon Intuitive custom post order Collapse-O-Matic
  26. 26. Multiple Post Thumbnails / Enables 2 different featured images for posts and pages Does require some php editing of files
  27. 27. Featured Image Column / Adds a thumbnail of the featured image against the post or page
  28. 28. Duplicate Post / Clone a page or post.
  29. 29. All-in-One Favicon / Easily add favicon and iOS icon
  30. 30. Intuituve Custom Post Order / Drag and drop pages or posts to re-order them
  31. 31. Collapse-O-Matic / Enables collapsible sections in a page or post, via a shortcode
  32. 32. Questions? Alex Ruaux alex@molecularcodewebdesign.com @molecularcode | #wcottawa Recommendations?

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