15 Essential WordPress Plugins

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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 …

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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  • 1. Photo: j / f / photos on Flickr
  • 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. WP Plugin Directory http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
  • 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. 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. Do your homework• Check compatibility,• When last updated• Average rating• Others’ comments/issues
  • 7. A word aboutbundled plugins Akismet http://akismet.com/wordpress/
  • 8. A word aboutbundled plugins Jetpack http://jetpack.me/
  • 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. Essential plugins #1 - EZPZ One Click Backuphttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ezpz-one-click-backup/
  • 11. Related plugin VaultPress (Paid) http://vaultpress.com/
  • 12. Essential plugins #2 - Contact Form 7 http://contactform7.com/
  • 13. Essential plugins #2 - Contact Form 7 http://contactform7.com/
  • 14. Essential plugins Contact Form 7 reCAPTCHA Extensionhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7-recaptcha-extension/
  • 15. Related plugin Gravity Forms (Paid) http://www.gravityforms.com/
  • 16. Essential plugins #3 - After the Deadline http://www.afterthedeadline.com/
  • 17. Essential plugins #4 - Yet Another Related Posts Pluginhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/
  • 18. Essential plugins #5 - WPtouchhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
  • 19. Related plugin WPtouch Pro (Paid)http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
  • 20. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - ShareThis http://sharethis.com/
  • 21. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - ShareThis http://sharethis.com/
  • 22. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - ShareThis http://sharethis.com/
  • 23. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - AddThis http://www.addthis.com/
  • 24. Essential plugins #6 (Tie) - Sharebarhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sharebar/
  • 25. Essential plugins #7 - FV Simpler SEOhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fv-all-in-one-seo-pack/
  • 26. Essential plugins #7 - FV Simpler SEOhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/fv-all-in-one-seo-pack/
  • 27. Essential plugins#8 - Slidedeck (Free & paid) http://www.slidedeck.com/
  • 28. Essential plugins#8 - Slidedeck free version http://www.slidedeck.com/
  • 29. Essential plugins #8 - Slidedeck (Paid) http://www.slidedeck.com/
  • 30. Essential plugins #8 - Slidedeck (Paid) http://www.slidedeck.com/
  • 31. Essential plugins #9 - Google Analyticatorhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analyticator/
  • 32. Essential plugins #10 - Search Unleashedhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-unleashed/
  • 33. Essential plugins #10 - Search Unleashedhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-unleashed/
  • 34. Essential plugins #11 - Exclude Pageshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/
  • 35. Essential plugins #11 - Exclude Pageshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/
  • 36. Essential plugins #12 - Google Calendar Eventshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-calendar-events/
  • 37. Essential plugins #12 - Google Calendar Eventshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-calendar-events/
  • 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. Essential plugins #14 - Tweet Blenderhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-blender/
  • 40. Essential plugins #14 - Tweet Blenderhttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tweet-blender/
  • 41. Essential plugins #15 - Maintenance Modehttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/maintenance-mode/
  • 42. Photo: Adam Holloway on Flickr
  • 43. WP Free Themes Directory http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ • Not very helpful • Hard to determine quality
  • 44. Get recommendationshttp://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition/
  • 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. Mix of free & paid themes Graph Paper Press http://graphpaperpress.com/
  • 47. Mix of free & paid themes NattyWP http://www.nattywp.com/
  • 48. Premium/paid themes StudioPress http://www.studiopress.com/
  • 49. Premium/paid themes Thesis Theme Framework http://diythemes.com/
  • 50. Premium/paid themes Thesis Theme Framework http://diythemes.com/
  • 51. Premium/paid themes Headway Themes http://headwaythemes.com
  • 52. Premium/paid themes Headway Themes http://headwaythemes.com
  • 53. Premium/paid themes Headway Themes http://headwaythemes.com
  • 54. Thank you! Mykl Roventine designer of things myklroventine.com @myklroventine