Photo: j / f / photos on Flickr
Assumptions• You have great taste in session choice• You know what a WordPress plugin is• You know how to install & activa...
WP Plugin Directory   http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
However, it’s not all                it seems to be...Recent investigation of the current state ofthe WordPress plugin rep...
Changes are comingPlugins not been updated in past twoyears will be hidden both in the repositoryand in the WP admin plugi...
Do your homework•   Check compatibility,•   When last updated•   Average rating•   Others’ comments/issues
A word aboutbundled plugins          Akismet  http://akismet.com/wordpress/
A word aboutbundled plugins      Jetpack    http://jetpack.me/
My plugin criteria• I have used it (or someone I trust has)• It solves a specific problem• Proper resource usage (won’t slo...
Essential plugins      #1 - EZPZ One Click Backuphttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ezpz-one-click-backup/
Related plugin  VaultPress (Paid)   http://vaultpress.com/
Essential plugins #2 - Contact Form 7    http://contactform7.com/
Essential plugins #2 - Contact Form 7    http://contactform7.com/
Essential plugins    Contact Form 7 reCAPTCHA Extensionhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7-recaptcha-extens...
Related plugin Gravity Forms (Paid)  http://www.gravityforms.com/
Essential plugins #3 - After the Deadline  http://www.afterthedeadline.com/
Essential plugins    #4 - Yet Another Related Posts Pluginhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-pl...
Essential plugins          #5 - WPtouchhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
Related plugin     WPtouch Pro (Paid)http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
Essential plugins  #6 (Tie) - ShareThis      http://sharethis.com/
Essential plugins  #6 (Tie) - ShareThis      http://sharethis.com/
Essential plugins  #6 (Tie) - ShareThis      http://sharethis.com/
Essential plugins  #6 (Tie) - AddThis     http://www.addthis.com/
Essential plugins    #6 (Tie) - Sharebarhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sharebar/
Essential plugins             #7 - FV Simpler SEOhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fv-all-in-one-seo-pack/
Essential plugins             #7 - FV Simpler SEOhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fv-all-in-one-seo-pack/
Essential plugins#8 - Slidedeck (Free & paid)      http://www.slidedeck.com/
Essential plugins#8 - Slidedeck free version     http://www.slidedeck.com/
Essential plugins  #8 - Slidedeck (Paid)    http://www.slidedeck.com/
Essential plugins  #8 - Slidedeck (Paid)    http://www.slidedeck.com/
Essential plugins      #9 - Google Analyticatorhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analyticator/
Essential plugins       #10 - Search Unleashedhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-unleashed/
Essential plugins       #10 - Search Unleashedhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-unleashed/
Essential plugins        #11 - Exclude Pageshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/
Essential plugins        #11 - Exclude Pageshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/
Essential plugins     #12 - Google Calendar Eventshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-calendar-events/
Essential plugins     #12 - Google Calendar Eventshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-calendar-events/
Essential plugins          #13 - FeedBurner FeedSmith     http://www.google.com/support/feedburner/bin/answer.py?hl=en&ans...
Essential plugins        #14 - Tweet Blenderhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-blender/
Essential plugins        #14 - Tweet Blenderhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-blender/
Essential plugins      #15 - Maintenance Modehttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/maintenance-mode/
Photo: Adam Holloway on Flickr
WP Free Themes Directory         http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/  • Not very helpful  • Hard to determine quality
Get recommendationshttp://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition/
Anatomy of a great theme • Customizable - can add your own logo,   color scheme, change layout, etc. • Flexible - can hand...
Mix of free & paid themes      Graph Paper Press       http://graphpaperpress.com/
Mix of free & paid themes          NattyWP       http://www.nattywp.com/
Premium/paid themes         StudioPress     http://www.studiopress.com/
Premium/paid themes   Thesis Theme Framework        http://diythemes.com/
Premium/paid themes   Thesis Theme Framework        http://diythemes.com/
Premium/paid themes     Headway Themes     http://headwaythemes.com
Premium/paid themes     Headway Themes     http://headwaythemes.com
Premium/paid themes     Headway Themes     http://headwaythemes.com
Thank   you!          Mykl Roventine          designer of things          myklroventine.com          @myklroventine
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Plugins and themes are the power under WordPress’ hood. Are you using the latest and greatest? In this session you’ll get a rundown of today’s must-have plugins, why they’re important and how to use them.

Bonus: In addition I’ll review some free and paid themes that make customization a breeze.

Presented at the Minnesota Blogger Conference 2011.

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15 Essential WordPress Plugins

  1. 1. Photo: j / f / photos on Flickr
  2. 2. Assumptions• You have great taste in session choice• You know what a WordPress plugin is• You know how to install & activate one• You want to know more about how to find good ones & which ones can make your blog better
  3. 3. WP Plugin Directory http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
  4. 4. However, it’s not all it seems to be...Recent investigation of the current state ofthe WordPress plugin repository found: • More than half of the plugins in the repository are not compatible with WordPress 3.x. • Only 32% of those 15,000+ plugins have been updated in 2011!Source: http://wpmu.org/what-lurks-in-the-wordpress-plugin-repository/
  5. 5. Changes are comingPlugins not been updated in past twoyears will be hidden both in the repositoryand in the WP admin plugin search. - Announced by Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp San Francisco in August 2011This is awesome!
  6. 6. Do your homework• Check compatibility,• When last updated• Average rating• Others’ comments/issues
  7. 7. A word aboutbundled plugins Akismet http://akismet.com/wordpress/
  8. 8. A word aboutbundled plugins Jetpack http://jetpack.me/
  9. 9. My plugin criteria• I have used it (or someone I trust has)• It solves a specific problem• Proper resource usage (won’t slow things down)• Updated/supported• Easy to use/configure• Free (mostly)
  10. 10. Essential plugins #1 - EZPZ One Click Backuphttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ezpz-one-click-backup/
  11. 11. Related plugin VaultPress (Paid) http://vaultpress.com/
  12. 12. Essential plugins #2 - Contact Form 7 http://contactform7.com/
  13. 13. Essential plugins #2 - Contact Form 7 http://contactform7.com/
  14. 14. Essential plugins Contact Form 7 reCAPTCHA Extensionhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7-recaptcha-extension/
  15. 15. Related plugin Gravity Forms (Paid) http://www.gravityforms.com/
  16. 16. Essential plugins #3 - After the Deadline http://www.afterthedeadline.com/
  17. 17. Essential plugins #4 - Yet Another Related Posts Pluginhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/
  18. 18. Essential plugins #5 - WPtouchhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
  19. 19. Related plugin WPtouch Pro (Paid)http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
  20. 20. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - ShareThis http://sharethis.com/
  21. 21. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - ShareThis http://sharethis.com/
  22. 22. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - ShareThis http://sharethis.com/
  23. 23. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - AddThis http://www.addthis.com/
  24. 24. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - Sharebarhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sharebar/
  25. 25. Essential plugins #7 - FV Simpler SEOhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fv-all-in-one-seo-pack/
  26. 26. Essential plugins #7 - FV Simpler SEOhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fv-all-in-one-seo-pack/
  27. 27. Essential plugins#8 - Slidedeck (Free & paid) http://www.slidedeck.com/
  28. 28. Essential plugins#8 - Slidedeck free version http://www.slidedeck.com/
  29. 29. Essential plugins #8 - Slidedeck (Paid) http://www.slidedeck.com/
  30. 30. Essential plugins #8 - Slidedeck (Paid) http://www.slidedeck.com/
  31. 31. Essential plugins #9 - Google Analyticatorhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analyticator/
  32. 32. Essential plugins #10 - Search Unleashedhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-unleashed/
  33. 33. Essential plugins #10 - Search Unleashedhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-unleashed/
  34. 34. Essential plugins #11 - Exclude Pageshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/
  35. 35. Essential plugins #11 - Exclude Pageshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/
  36. 36. Essential plugins #12 - Google Calendar Eventshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-calendar-events/
  37. 37. Essential plugins #12 - Google Calendar Eventshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-calendar-events/
  38. 38. Essential plugins #13 - FeedBurner FeedSmith http://www.google.com/support/feedburner/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=78483&ctx=cb&src=cb&cbid=-1adh3dwxzdmhr&cbrank=2
  39. 39. Essential plugins #14 - Tweet Blenderhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-blender/
  40. 40. Essential plugins #14 - Tweet Blenderhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-blender/
  41. 41. Essential plugins #15 - Maintenance Modehttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/maintenance-mode/
  42. 42. Photo: Adam Holloway on Flickr
  43. 43. WP Free Themes Directory http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ • Not very helpful • Hard to determine quality
  44. 44. Get recommendationshttp://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition/
  45. 45. Anatomy of a great theme • Customizable - can add your own logo, color scheme, change layout, etc. • Flexible - can handle a variety of different post types • Adaptable - can grow with your needs • Ongoing support and upgrades
  46. 46. Mix of free & paid themes Graph Paper Press http://graphpaperpress.com/
  47. 47. Mix of free & paid themes NattyWP http://www.nattywp.com/
  48. 48. Premium/paid themes StudioPress http://www.studiopress.com/
  49. 49. Premium/paid themes Thesis Theme Framework http://diythemes.com/
  50. 50. Premium/paid themes Thesis Theme Framework http://diythemes.com/
  51. 51. Premium/paid themes Headway Themes http://headwaythemes.com
  52. 52. Premium/paid themes Headway Themes http://headwaythemes.com
  53. 53. Premium/paid themes Headway Themes http://headwaythemes.com
  54. 54. Thank you! Mykl Roventine designer of things myklroventine.com @myklroventine
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