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Plug Ins For the People

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Geoff Campbell's WordCamp Hamilton 2015 Presentation.

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Plug Ins For the People

  1. 1. Extending WordPress with Plugins WordCamp Hamilton 2015 PLUGINS FOR THE PEOPLE
  2. 2. WHO IS THIS GUY?• GraphicSource.ca – web since 1998 • WP since 2006 • Hamilton Ontario #Hamont
  3. 3. WHAT IS A PLUG-IN? An extra piece of software that adds a specific function to your WordPress website.
  4. 4. NOT THE ONLY WAY TO EXTEND WP
  5. 5. HOW DO I FIND ONE? • WP Plugin Repository • Google It • Tidy Repo • Free • Freemium • Premium
  6. 6. WENT TO THE PLUGIN REPOSITORY FOUND 87 PLUGINS I HAD TO CHOOSE FROM WENT TO THE PLUGIN REPOSITORY
  7. 7. DANGER / BEWARE • Core Updates • Plugin Updates – or lack thereof • Plugin Conflicts
  8. 8. HOW DO I INSTALL A PLUGIN?
  9. 9. LET’S DEMO
  10. 10. Settings may appear in Different Places – you have to dig around a bit
  11. 11. THE FIRST PLUGIN YOU SHOULD INSTALL Plugin Central
  12. 12. MY DEFAULT INSTALL LIST • WordPress SEO - Yoast • WordFence • WP3 Total Cache • Contact Form 7 – Free
  13. 13. CONTACT FORM PLUG-INS • Jet Pack – Enables WordPress.com functionality • Gravity Forms – Paid • Contact Form 7 – Free
  14. 14. GALLERY PLUG-INS • Will be the most giant headache • Cactus Masonry Plugin – FREE • Global Gallery Responsive WordPress Plugin
  15. 15. ACCESSIBILITY PLUG-INS • WP accessibility • Gravity forms accessibility • Accessible Twitter feed
  16. 16. WHAT ELSE CAN PLUG-INS DO? • All kinds of widgets, photos, calendars, • Booking systems, ecommerce, donations • Sliders, galleries, contests, social media • Wordpress functionality tweaks • Site backups / moves - Duplicator • Podcasting – Blubrry Power Press • Blogging Tools – Inbound Writer (Premium) • Translation / Multi Language
  17. 17. MORE PLUGINS Maintenance – close site to outsiders while working on it No Longer in Directory – are your current plugins? CSV to SortTable – Sortable HTML table Invoice King Pro Customer Area – protected area for client files and invoices. Image Widget Insert Javascript and CSS Performance Monitoring – GTMetrix for Wordpress, WP system health.
  18. 18. FROM THE SPEAKERS
  19. 19. FROM THE SPEAKERS • Backup Buddy - PAID • Duplicator - FREE • Pixgridder – page grid composer – inside WP • Sidekick – real time, voice guided training • Adminimizer – simplify admin area • Shortcodes Ultimate - Shortcodelic • Responsive Menu • Leadin - marketing automation • Adminer – db management • All in one schema • Advanced Custom Fields • Author Avatar List • LivePress – live blogging - PAID
  20. 20. SECURITY PLUGINS  Better WP Security  WP Login Delay Plugin  Brute Protect  WordFence  Clef – www.getclef.com
  21. 21. RULES OF THUMB FOR PLUGINS • Careful with overloading too many plugins • Watch site performance • If not in use, disable • Troubleshooting? Start shutting them down one by one and test • Take some time to evaluate have a plan • Check your site after installing one • Avoid mass installs/upgrades of unknown plugins
  22. 22. WPPLUGINSATOZ.COM • Podcast review of Plugins with Marcus Couch and John Overall
  23. 23. TIDYREPO.COM
  24. 24. [SHORTCODES] A small line of code that looks like [shortcode_name] And allows you to quickly add functionality Utilized by plugins
  25. 25. ALL THIS GREAT POWER…. FOR FREE • Leave feedback • Contact developers about conflicts • Make a donation to the developer
  26. 26. DON’T FEAR CODE • HTML / CSS • www.w3schools.com • Why? • Style your text • Move things around • Add some space around text • Jazz it up • <p style=“color:red; font-weight:bold;”> Hello </p>
  27. 27. BONUS DESIGN TIP GIVE YOUR TEXT SOME SPACE
  28. 28. THAT’S ALL FOLKS… geoff@graphicsource.ca Twitter: @graphicsource www.graphicsource.ca For this presentation: Graphicsource.ca/wch2015

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