Niche parent 13 Plugins to Enhance Your WordPress Blog


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Presentation done at the Niche Parent 13 Bloggers Conference by Blanca Stella Mejia, Jackie Jimenez and Karla Campos. In this presentation we talk about Wordpress plugins for security, site optimization, SEO, and blog appearance.

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Niche parent 13 Plugins to Enhance Your WordPress Blog

  1. 1. The Niche Parent Conference Plugins to Enhance Your WordPress Blog Blanca, Karla and Jackie #nicheparent13
  2. 2. #nicheparent13 Karla Campos @SocialMediaSass ● Founder/Chief Conspirator Social Media Sass: Social Media & Digital Marketing Training, Strategy & Management ● Board Member Social Media Club South Florida ● Founder The Real Women of Social Media - Internet reality show about Social Media ● Founder - Guest blogging platform ● Soon to be published author - The Chronicles of a Social Media Addict ● Small Business Influencer 2013 Nominee
  3. 3. #nicheparent13 Jackie Jimenez ● Marketing Director at Alcantara Media: Strategy for Integrated Marketing Campaigns ● avid blogger since 2008 - jackiej04 ● Blogging about business & life with a musical lyric twist – ● Marketing Consultant and Social Media Planning ● All-around happy to organize #WPMIA ● Twitter: @jackiej04 and @wpmia
  4. 4. #nicheparent13 Blanca Stella Mejia ● Founder of Inspirational blog ● Latism South Florida Co-Director ● Board Social Media Club South Florida ● Founder of - A digital & web development agency ● Community Mgr for Microsoft FUSE Labs - SO.CL ● social media & other musings. ● Twitter: @micaminar and @miamishines
  5. 5. #nicheparent13 Plugin Criteria for Setting Your Site up Right ● Security Plugins & Backup Options ● Site Speed & Maintenance ● SEO - Search Engine Optimization ● Sliders/Photo Galleries & Social Network Displays ● Misc Cool Plugins ● Social Media Sharing & Blog Commenting
  6. 6. #nicheparent13 Security Plugins
  7. 7. #nicheparent13 Security Plugin: Akismet ● Free for personal use, a bargain for your business ● Integrate key or create new account ● Protect from spam blog comments
  8. 8. #nicheparent13 Security Plugin: Better WP Security ● Easy to install, start protecting in seconds(free) ● Change the URLs for WordPress dashboard including login, admin and more ● Rename “admin” account – protect your site’s login
  9. 9. #nicheparent13 Premium Security Plugin: Sucuri ● Ultimate plugin for website monitoring, alerting and malware removal ● Integrated within ManageWP! ● Paid Plugin, suggested for websites with heavy customization and high traffic
  10. 10. #nicheparent13 Backup Plugins
  11. 11. #nicheparent13 Backup Plugin: ManageWP ● Create daily, weekly & monthly backups to Server, Dropbox or Google Drive ● Monitor website performance ● Also has Sucuri! ● Update plugins on multiple websites in one click! ● Mobile App (makes you & I happy)
  12. 12. #nicheparent13 Premium Backup Plugin: Backup Buddy ● Send your backups wherever you want! ● Set it on re-occurring backups ● Restore your site if anything happens ● Use for server or domain migrations ● Easy to set up
  13. 13. #nicheparent13 Backup Plugin: WordPress Backup to Dropbox ● Easy to use, integrate with Dropbox ● Choose how often to backup your site ● Set which files upload ● Secure integration
  14. 14. #nicheparent13 SEO Ultimate Plugin: Yoast All encompassing, fairly easy to use.
  15. 15. #nicheparent13 WordPress SEO by Yoast ● It makes on-page optimization easier ● Customize per page: title tags and meta description ● Create XML Sitemap ● Google authorship ● Overall, Best SEO Plugin!
  16. 16. #nicheparent13 Premium Sliders ● Len Slider ● Slider Pro ● Layer Slider WP
  17. 17. #nicheparent13 Photo/Content Sliders ● Alpine PhotoTile for Instagram ● Flickr Set Slideshows ● Dynamic Content Slider
  18. 18. #nicheparent13 Alpine PhotoTile for Instagram
  19. 19. #nicheparent13 Flickr Set Slideshows
  20. 20. #nicheparent13 Dynamic Content Slider
  21. 21. #nicheparent13 Misc Cool Plugins ● Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup ● Pricing Table & Pricing Table Ready! ● All-in-One Event Calendar ● Advanced YouTube Embed by Embed Plus ● MailChimp Form by
  22. 22. #nicheparent13 Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup
  23. 23. #nicheparent13 Pricing Table & Pricing Table Ready!
  24. 24. #nicheparent13 All In One Event Calendar
  25. 25. #nicheparent13 Advanced YouTube Embed by Embed Plus
  26. 26. #nicheparent13 MailChimp Form by
  27. 27. #nicheparent13 Site Maintenance and Speed Plugin: W3 Total Cache On Website Conversion, Performance is Key.
  28. 28. #nicheparent13 Brief Overview: W3 Total Cache ● Speed up your website’s load time ● Multiple plugins, high quality images & video can slow down a website ● Solution: cleans up the framework within your site ● Improves user experience overall = less bounce rate!
  29. 29. #nicheparent13 Optimizers ● EWWW Image Optimizer or WP - They optimize image files when they are uploaded. It makes them less chunky so quicker to load. ● Simple Optimizer - Optimizes the sites database to keep it compact. Removes spam comments, removes pingbacks/trackbacks & post revisions.
  30. 30. #nicheparent13 Social Media Sharing Plugins Good for SEO, even better for community engagement.
  31. 31. #nicheparent13 Shareaholic Plugin ● Clean integration into themes ● Social media stats on social bookmarks ● You May Also Like: cross promote posts ● Top Bar – Has Call to Action
  32. 32. #nicheparent13 Social Sharing Tool Kit ● Shares to many social networks including G+ & Pinterest. ● Has follow settings to display your social profiles on a widget ● Can configure Tweet sharing with hashtags or your twitter handle. ● Connects to Bitly API
  33. 33. #nicheparent13 Social Media Sharing: AddThis Plugin ● Access to over 300 Social Channels! ● Sign up for an account to see most shared content & analytics
  34. 34. #nicheparent13 Blog Commenting Plugins
  35. 35. #nicheparent13 Comments are Queen! ● In SEO content may be king, but social media and comments are queen! ● Options depend on goals within the site ● Disqus: is best for SEO ● LiveFyre: has easy integration into sites ● CommentLuv: good for other bloggers to comment & linkbacks
  36. 36. #nicheparent13 Misc. Content Creation ● Visual Form Builder - Drag/ drop form creation ● Ultimate Tiny MCE - content layout features ● WPBakery Visual Composer: Provides vastly improved page layout/design creation -premium ● Update Message Places notice messages above individual posts/pages ● Dynamic Widget - Can specify which pages use different widgets
  37. 37. #nicheparent13 Questions / Comments ● Tip: Try not to bloat your site with too many plugins, be wise and choosy! ● Twitter - @socialmediasass @micaminar @jackiej04