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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 …

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: (It also covers the XML sitemap aspect.)
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  • 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
  • 2. Too Many Fish in the Plugin Directory today: 19,075 plugins and counting
  • 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. 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. 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. I Propose…We use speed dating criteria:•  Looks•  Personality•  Promiscuity
  • 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. 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. Promiscuity•  It it easy (to use)?•  How many downloads?•  Is it rated well?•  Does it satisfy your needs?•  Is it… sexy?
  • 10. Most ImportantlyA plugin has to meet the criteriain less than 5 minutes or be kickedto the curb. Photo: wwarby on Flickr
  • 11. Meet theCandidates
  • 12. After the Deadline
  • 13. Search Unleashed
  • 14. The Slide
  • 15. Editorial Calendar
  • 16. AdRotate
  • 17. Duplicate Post
  • 18. Digg Digg
  • 19. ShareThis
  • 20. ShareThis
  • 21. WordPress Backup to Dropbox
  • 22. Contact Form 7
  • 23. Contact Form 7 reCAPTCHA Extension
  • 24. Search Unleashed
  • 25. Dynamic Widgets
  • 26. Find Replace
  • 27. Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin
  • 28. Customizable Post Listings
  • 29. MailChimp List Subscribe Form
  • 30. Subscribe to Comments
  • 31. Stats
  • 32. Google Analyticator
  • 33. Exclude Pages
  • 34. Adminimize
  • 35. WordPress Download Monitor
  • 36. FV Simpler SEO
  • 37. Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps
  • 38. Maintenance Mode
  • 39. Sometimes,you have topay for it…
  • 40. Akismet
  • 41. VaultPress
  • 42. WPtouch Pro
  • 43. Gravity Forms
  • 44. Nivo Slider
  • 45. UberMenu - WordPress Mega Menu Plugin
  • 46. Premise
  • 47. Thank You! Questions? @myklroventine Background Texture: rubyblossom on Flickr WordPress Heart Icon: