15 Essential WordPress Plugins (and 5 That Will Just Blow Your Mind)
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Plugins are the power under WordPress’ hood. Are you using the latest and greatest? In this session you’ll get a rundown of 15 must-have plugins and why they’re important. You’ll also discover ...

Plugins are the power under WordPress’ hood. Are you using the latest and greatest? In this session you’ll get a rundown of 15 must-have plugins and why they’re important. You’ll also discover 5 more that go from essential to mind-blowing. Presented at Minnesota Blogger Conference 2012.

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15 Essential WordPress Plugins (and 5 That Will Just Blow Your Mind) 15 Essential WordPress Plugins (and 5 That Will Just Blow Your Mind) Presentation Transcript

  • Photo: j / f / photos on Flickr
  • Photo: jrbrubaker on Flickr
  • My Assumptions (And yes, I know the risk)•  You have great taste in session choice•  You know what a WordPress plugin is•  You know how to install & activate one•  You’re not here to hear about wordpress.com or multisite installs
  • “Plugins are really the heart and soul of WordPress for many people.” - Matt Mullenweg
  • But…which onesshould you use?
  • Best WordPress Plugins 31,400,000 resultsEssential WordPress Plugins 1,770,000 resultsMust Have WordPress Plugins 6,280,000 resultsVital WordPress Plugins 1,660,000 resultsDesert Island WordPress Plugins 2,170,000 results Source: Google search results 9/22/12
  • It’s ridiculously subjective Photos: dev null & waltarrrrron Flickr
  • “The WordPress plugins you can’t live without are the WordPress plugins you can’t live without.” - Lorelle VanFossen, Lorelle on WordPress
  • WP Plugin Search Results default to relevance
  • My CriteriaI’ve included plugins that:•  I have used (or someone I trust has)•  solve a specific problem or meet a need•  are updated & supported•  are easy to use & configure•  are free (for the most part)
  • Plugin Directory Plugins in the “official” directory are only bydevelopers who have agreed to play by the rules
  • Updates toDirectory Listings Spring 2012
  • Updates toDirectory Listings Spring 2012
  • Do Your Homework•  Check compatibility•  Last updated•  Rating•  Support
  • How Many is Too Many?Depends on if your plugins:•  Are extremely large•  Utilize 3rd party resources•  Are out dated or poorly coded
  • Beware ofObsolescenceKnow when to say goodbye
  • Keep WordPress Updated
  • Keep WordPress UpdatedEven minor versions. They contain bug fixes and security patches.
  • Keep YourPlugins Updated
  • Or else… Photo: kevin.is.a.sadpanda.eu
  • Changelog TabMakes it easy to view what has changed in new version
  • 1. AkismetDuh, right? But it is vital.
  • 2. WordPress SEO by YoastSEO smart so you don’t always have to be
  • 3. ShareThisClean, simple sharing + analytics
  • 4. After the Deadline Spelling, style & grammar police
  • 5. Yet AnotherRelated Posts PluginEncourage deeper dives into your content
  • 6. WP-PageNaviPage navigation as it should have been
  • 7. Social Media WidgetAll your social links, all in one place
  • 8. BackUpWordPress Um… backs up your stuff
  • 8b. VaultpressAlternate premium option ($15+)
  • 9. WP-DBManager Database care & maintenance
  • 10. Contact Form 7 Easy, feature-rich, submission options,3rd party integration/add-ons, customizable
  • 10b. Gravity Forms Alternate premium option ($39)
  • 11. Find ReplaceBecause sometimes you need to
  • 12. RedirectionQuick, easy, can be a life-saver
  • 13. GoogleAnalyticatorStats on your dashboard
  • 14. Maintenance Mode In case of emergency, activate plugin
  • 15. Easing SliderSimple, easy, clean slider solution
  • Photo: jrbrubaker on Flickr
  • +1: liveblogMake any post a liveblog, viewers get new entries instantly & automatically with no refresh
  • +2: editorial calendar Drag & drop post scheduling
  • +3: widget contextShow or hide widgets based on page/post type
  • +4: wp google fonts Crazy easy to add & use Google fonts
  • +5: fluid video embeds YouTube auto-embed fix, full-width
  • Now It’s Your Turn What are your favorites? Which do you hate?Need other recommendations? Have questions? Photo: a2gemma on Flickr
  • Thank you! Mykl Roventine designer of things myklroventine.com @myklroventine Headshot: Glimpses of Soul Photography