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  • 1. Getting more out of WordPress with Plugins
    Lachlan MacPherson
    sennza | (07) 3040-1545 | lachlan@sennza.com.au | http://www.sennza.com.au/ | Twitter: @sennza
  • 2. Why Plugins?
    No one WordPress install the same?
    What I want might not be what you want
    Features vs Plugins
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 3. Akismet
    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
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 4. Akismet
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 5. 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
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 6. 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.
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 7. Forms made easy!
    What does it do?
    Makes forms easy to implement
    Validated fields
    Tracking
    Import/Export
    Why use it?
    Every designed HTML forms before?
    Save time
    Alternatives
    cforms II
    Contact Form 7
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 8. 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
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 9. NextGEN Gallery
    I like pictures
    What does it do?
    Bulk upload folder of images
    Auto Resize
    Shortcode for slideshow
    Why use it?
    Photography websites
    Add photo albums easily
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 10. 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 
    Alternatives:
    VaultPress
    WP-DB-Backup
    Backupify
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 11. Let’s go Shopping
    rethink | redesign | results
    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
    Just add Forums
    What does it do?
    Adds a forum to you website
    Why use it?
    Organised Discussion
    Support
    Knowledge Base
    * Almost a plugin
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 13. Beyond WordPress…
    What does it do?
    A lot!
    Why use it?
    That’s really up to you 
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 14. Tips
    • Check out the authors page
    • 15. Check compatibility
    • 16. 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/
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 17. Prize Draw
    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/
    rethink | redesign | results
  • 18. http://www.sennza.com.au/
    Twitter: @sennza
    rethink | redesign | results