Before We Begin•  Please participate (this is an  unconference after all)•  Jump in, ask questions, share your  experience...
Too Many Fish in the SeaWordPress.org Plugin Directory today: 19,075 plugins and counting
Lots of “Helpful” AdviceEssential WordPress Plugins - 2,380,000 resultsBest WordPress Plugins - 12,600,000 resultsMust Hav...
Your Needs Are Unique“The WordPress plugins you can’t live without are the WordPress plugins you can’t live without.” - Lo...
How to Find Your Perfect MatchAsk yourself:•  What goal or specific task are you trying to achieve?•  What are the desired...
I Propose…We use speed dating criteria:•  Looks•  Personality•  Promiscuity
Looks•  Will it integrate naturally into your   site’s design?•  Can it’s design be easily changed?•  Has any attention be...
Personality•  Does it play well with other plugins?•  Is it open to change (updated recently)?•  Is the documentation clea...
Promiscuity•  It it easy (to use)?•  How many downloads?•  Is it rated well?•  Does it satisfy your needs?•  Is it… sexy?
Most ImportantlyA plugin has to meet the criteriain less than 5 minutes or be kickedto the curb.                          ...
Meet theCandidates
After the Deadline
Search Unleashed
The Slide
Editorial Calendar
AdRotate
Duplicate Post
Digg Digg
ShareThis
ShareThis
WordPress Backup to Dropbox
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 reCAPTCHA Extension
Search Unleashed
Dynamic Widgets
Find Replace
Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin
Customizable Post Listings
MailChimp List Subscribe Form
Subscribe to Comments
WordPress.com Stats
Google Analyticator
Exclude Pages
Adminimize
WordPress Download Monitor
FV Simpler SEO
Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps
Maintenance Mode
Sometimes,you have topay for it…
Akismet
VaultPress
WPtouch Pro
Gravity Forms
Nivo Slider
UberMenu - WordPress Mega Menu Plugin
Premise
Thank You! Questions?  @myklroventine  myklroventine.com                      Background Texture: rubyblossom on Flickr   ...
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Have you been hurt by a plugin in the past? Don't know where to start looking for your perfect match? We'll simplify the selection process to reveal the must-haves, the most useful and the next great WordPress plugin to capture your heart. Presented at MinneBar, April 2012

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  • Great collection of plug-ins! (It would be handy if the slide linked to the actual plugin download page.) Not enough people know about WPtouch for instant mobile-friendliness.

    For SEO I'm curious why you selected the 'FV Simpler SEO' option. The 'WordPress SEO by Yoast' is uber comprehensive and easy to use: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/. (It also covers the XML sitemap aspect.)
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Word press plugins speed datingWordPress Plugin Speed Dating

  1. 1. Before We Begin•  Please participate (this is an unconference after all)•  Jump in, ask questions, share your experiences (good or bad), disagree with me, bring it•  This presentation (with LINKS to all the plugins) will be available after the session at myklroventine.com
  2. 2. Too Many Fish in the SeaWordPress.org Plugin Directory today: 19,075 plugins and counting
  3. 3. Lots of “Helpful” AdviceEssential WordPress Plugins - 2,380,000 resultsBest WordPress Plugins - 12,600,000 resultsMust Have WordPress Plugins - 20,500,000 resultsVital WordPress Plugins - 45,900,000 resultsDesert Island WordPress Plugins - 59,700,000 results
  4. 4. Your Needs Are Unique“The WordPress plugins you can’t live without are the WordPress plugins you can’t live without.” - Lorelle VanFossen, Lorelle on WordPress
  5. 5. How to Find Your Perfect MatchAsk yourself:•  What goal or specific task are you trying to achieve?•  What are the desired features of the plugin?•  Are there any undesirable features? Can you live with them?•  What would be nice extra features?•  Does is need to work as a sidebar widget, on posts/ pages, or both?•  Will it improve your site, your workflow or maintenance tasks?
  6. 6. I Propose…We use speed dating criteria:•  Looks•  Personality•  Promiscuity
  7. 7. Looks•  Will it integrate naturally into your site’s design?•  Can it’s design be easily changed?•  Has any attention been given to the look and feel of the settings page?•  Will it’s function improve the appeal of your site?
  8. 8. Personality•  Does it play well with other plugins?•  Is it open to change (updated recently)?•  Is the documentation clear?•  Can you get help or assistance if needed?•  Is it well-supported?
  9. 9. Promiscuity•  It it easy (to use)?•  How many downloads?•  Is it rated well?•  Does it satisfy your needs?•  Is it… sexy?
  10. 10. Most ImportantlyA plugin has to meet the criteriain less than 5 minutes or be kickedto the curb. Photo: wwarby on Flickr
  11. 11. Meet theCandidates
  12. 12. After the Deadline
  13. 13. Search Unleashed
  14. 14. The Slide
  15. 15. Editorial Calendar
  16. 16. AdRotate
  17. 17. Duplicate Post
  18. 18. Digg Digg
  19. 19. ShareThis
  20. 20. ShareThis
  21. 21. WordPress Backup to Dropbox
  22. 22. Contact Form 7
  23. 23. Contact Form 7 reCAPTCHA Extension
  24. 24. Search Unleashed
  25. 25. Dynamic Widgets
  26. 26. Find Replace
  27. 27. Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin
  28. 28. Customizable Post Listings
  29. 29. MailChimp List Subscribe Form
  30. 30. Subscribe to Comments
  31. 31. WordPress.com Stats
  32. 32. Google Analyticator
  33. 33. Exclude Pages
  34. 34. Adminimize
  35. 35. WordPress Download Monitor
  36. 36. FV Simpler SEO
  37. 37. Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps
  38. 38. Maintenance Mode
  39. 39. Sometimes,you have topay for it…
  40. 40. Akismet
  41. 41. VaultPress
  42. 42. WPtouch Pro
  43. 43. Gravity Forms
  44. 44. Nivo Slider
  45. 45. UberMenu - WordPress Mega Menu Plugin
  46. 46. Premise
  47. 47. Thank You! Questions? @myklroventine myklroventine.com Background Texture: rubyblossom on Flickr WordPress Heart Icon: halfblog.net
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