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  • 1. Getting more out of WordPress with Plugins Lachlan MacPherson sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
  • 2. rethink | redesign | results Why Plugins? Features vs Plugins No one WordPress install the same? What I want might not be what you want
  • 3. Akismet rethink | redesign | results Say GoodBye to comment spammers What does it do? Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. Why use it? Keep you blog spam free 17,888,843,758 spams caught so far 7,594,451 so far today 84% of all comments are spam
  • 4. Akismet rethink | redesign | results
  • 5. rethink | redesign | results Commenting on Steroids What does it do? Twitter/Facebook login Reactions Threaded Comments Subscribe to comments Moderation/Blacklisting Why use it? Removes the moderation process Makes commenting more social easier to interact Easier to manage Alternatives
  • 6. rethink | redesign | results From Web to Mobile with a plugin What does it do? Transforms you Blog into a iPhone friendly format Customise: Colour and style options Calendar icon/post thumbnails Why use it? Mobile web use is only going to increase. Make it easy for your readers.
  • 7. rethink | redesign | results Forms made easy! Alternatives 1. cforms II 2. Contact Form 7 What does it do? Makes forms easy to implement Validated fields Tracking Import/Export Why use it? Every designed HTML forms before? Save time
  • 8. rethink | redesign | results Play nice with Google What does it do? Advanced Canonical URLs Fine tune Page Navigational Links Automatically optimizes your titles for search engines Generates META tags automatically Why use it? Help Optimise for Search Engines
  • 9. rethink | redesign | results What does it do? Bulk upload folder of images Auto Resize Shortcode for slideshow Why use it? Photography websites Add photo albums easily NextGEN Gallery I like pictures
  • 10. rethink | redesign | results Alternatives: VaultPress WP-DB-Backup Backupify What does it do? Backup your entire WordPress install Restore your WordPress site fast Migrate a WordPress site to another domain or server easily Backup Scheduling Why use it? Live stress free 
  • 11. rethink | redesign | results Let’s go Shopping WP-ecommerce What does it do? Payment Options:Google Checkout, Paypal, and many other Payment Gateways Inventory Management Variations ie. S/M/L Digital Downloads Why Use it? Ummm...
  • 12. bbPress rethink | redesign | results Just add Forums What does it do? Adds a forum to you website Why use it? Organised Discussion Support Knowledge Base * Almost a plugin
  • 13. rethink | redesign | results Beyond WordPress… What does it do? A lot! Why use it? That’s really up to you 
  • 14. Tips rethink | redesign | results • Check out the authors page • Check compatibility • If the plugin is free be kind to the author if/when asking for help Resources Plugin Directory http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ 7 reasons for malfunctioning plugins (and their fixes) http://yoast.com/plugin-not-working/
  • 15. Prize Draw rethink | redesign | results Video User Manuals – Video Demo http://www.videousermanuals.com/ sennza – Give away a copy of Beginning WordPress 3.0 by Stephanie Leary http://www.sennza.com.au/
  • 16. http://www.sennza.com.au/ Twitter: @sennza rethink | redesign | results