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Wordpress plugins



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As a Small Business owner, you have taken the first step and decided that WordPress is the engine for your online business. But customizing your business website can be difficult – especially if you don’t know which are the right plugins to use to maximum effect. This presentation will help you find what types of plugins to use for which type of business, and how to customize them.

Heather Wilde is a Coach, Speaker and author of Fundamentals of Evernote as well as the CTO of ROCeteer.

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  1. 1. The Plugins That Will Make Your Business Sink or Swim Heather Wilde Unicorn Whisperer ROCeteer cc: mkhmarketing - @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc #WCLV
  2. 2. AGENDAAbout Me What are Plugins? How to use Plugins Essential Plugins cc: - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  3. 3. And a Disclaimer About Me cc: Neal. - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  4. 4. A Brief Bio First foray into computing in 1982 Instantly an IRC/BBS Junkie Became a game designer Played MUDs, wanted to make them better Coded from scratch Wait, people care about what we have to say? WordPress in 2003 – “Takes too long. I’ll do it myself”. WordPress in 2015 – “This saves me so much time!” cc: victor_nuno - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  5. 5. Disclaimer There are currently over 40,000 WordPress Plugins. I am a Business Strategist – not a WordPress Expert. cc: Moonrhino - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  6. 6. What are Plugins? cc: Stéfan - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  7. 7. Have dependent components Add features to an existing application Enable customizations cc: oskay - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  8. 8. Plugin Example cc: Tracy Hunter - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  9. 9. How to Use Plugins cc: Theen ... Dad getting worse - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  10. 10. Finding Installing Configuring Adding code (if necessary) cc: - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  11. 11. • 40,177 plugins available • WordPress plugin search • Star ratings in search results • Featured, Popular, Favorites, or Beta Testing tabs • Google • “best plugins for food bloggers” • “best seo plugins” • Recommendations from other bloggers • Las Vegas Food Blogger Alliance • Las Vegas Bloggers Facebook page • Las Vegas WordPress meetup cc: - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  12. 12. Free or Premium? Free WordPress Plugins Over 22,000 available Easily Found on Are they supported? When was last update? Premium Plugins Must be purchased for a One-time fee or Subscription Not always found on Usually supported Usually updated cc: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  13. 13. Essential Plugins cc: Terminals & Gates - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  14. 14. Force Strong Passwords Clef Two Factor Authentication Wordfence cc: Schweiz-Russland - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc SECURITY
  15. 15. SEO Yoast SEO* Jetpack Related Posts for Wordpress* Better Internal Link Search cc: Tracy O - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  16. 16. Sales WooCommerce cc: harold.lloyd - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  17. 17. Images Foo Gallery Simple Image Widget RICG Responsive Images Force Regenerate Thumbnails IMSanity cc: Fly For Fun - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  18. 18. Duplicate Post Page Builder by SiteOrigin Restrict Content SearchWP* Content Aware Sidebars cc: yoghaert - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc Backend
  19. 19. cc: Werner Kunz - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc Comments Commenter Emails Disable Comments Disqus Comment System
  20. 20. Gravity Forms* Custom Field Suite MailChimp for Wordpress cc: Jeff Kubina - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc Communication
  21. 21. Reviews Google Places Reviews Yelp Widget Pro Yellow Pages Reviews Good Reviews for Wordpress cc: - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  22. 22. VaultPress* WP Rocket* Safe Redirect Manager cc: Jeff_Werner - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc Database Stuff
  23. 23. • EasyRecipe • Editorial Calendar • Seamless Donations • PressBooks • Wiziapp cc: SachaZufferey - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc Specialty
  24. 24. SumoMe Disable WP Toolbar Removal RSS Post Importer Quick Featured Images ExpressCurate Perfect Pullquotes Google Analyticator cc: Iñaki Otsoa Etxeberria - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc Miscellaneous
  25. 25. Installing plugins is easy! From the Plugins page, click Add New. Search for the plugin you want to add (or upload the file). Click “Install Now” Click “Activate Plugin”. cc: Daniel Dionne - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  26. 26. Some plugins require adding a bit of code to your template or uploading a file to your website Some require adding short codes to your template Example: [donate] adds a Donate button cc: clickykbd - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  27. 27. Tips Use a test environment of WordPress to test any plug-ins before adding them to your blog Backup WordPress before activating any plugin Keep WordPress and all plugins current Only use plugins tested with the version of WordPress you are using Become familiar with the “White Screen of Death”and how to fix cc: Theen ... - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc
  28. 28. Want to know what plugins a site is using? • BuiltWith • Is It Wordpress • WPThemeDetector • WPPluginChecker • View source code • Search for the word “plugin” Ask the site owner!!! cc: Stephen Begin - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc Tips
  29. 29. cc: heanster - #WCLV @heathriel @ROCeteer_inc Questions? #AskMeAnything @heathriel @roceteer_inc

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  • Some plug-ins have plugins
    BuddyPress – Provides an entire ecosystem for groups communications
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  • - Yoast SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you're writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere. - customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools. - Related Posts for WordPress offers you the ability to link related posts to each other with just 1 click! Premium Full Styling Control With Our Configurator - iimproves the default internal link searching feature in a number of ways, making it faster and easier to find the content you want to link up.

    WooCommerce is a free eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything, beautifully. Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, WooCommerce is the world’s favorite eCommerce solution that gives both store owners and developers complete control.
  • Foo Gallery allows for better image gallery (masonry) management within WordPress. Built to be simple for users and highly flexible for developers. Simple Image Widget is what the name implies -- the easiest way to add images to your sidebars. Display advertisements, calls-to-action, or even build a slider based on image widgets. - This plugin works by including all available image sizes for each image upload. Whenever WordPress outputs the image through the media uploader, or whenever a featured image is generated, those sizes will be included in the image tag via the srcset attribute. Force Regenerate Thumbnails allows you to delete all old images size and REALLY regenerate the thumbnails for your image attachments. - Imsanity automatically resizes huge image uploads down to a size that is more reasonable for display in browser, yet still more than large enough for typical website use. The plugin is configurable with a max width, height and quality. When a contributor uploads an image that is larger than the configured size, Imsanity will automatically scale it down to the configured size and replace the original image.

    Imsanity also provides a bulk-resize feature to selectively resize previously uploaded images to free up disk space.

  • -this plugin allows to clone a post or page, or edit it as a new draft. - It makes it easy to create responsive column based content, using the widgets you know and love. Your content will accurately adapt to all mobile devices, ensuring your site is mobile-ready - Restrict Content to registered users only. This is a simple plugin that will allow you to easily restrict complete posts / pages to logged in users only. Levels of restriction may also be set. For example, you can restrict content to only Administrators, Editors, Authors, and Subscribers. - Instantly Improve WordPress Search
    Native WordPress Search ignores important site content…
    Ecommerce product detailsCustom FieldsPDF and document contentShortcode-generated contentRelated post dataTaxonomy terms - allowing you to build complex relationships between posts, pages, Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies, and sidebars. display a list of resources in the sidebar that are specific to the course content on that page.

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  • - Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building. Select your fields, configure your options and easily embed forms on your WordPress powered site using the built-in tools. Build Complex, Powerful Contact Forms in Just Minutes. No Programming Knowledge Required
    Custom Field Suite (CFS) allows you to attach custom fields to posts types.
    CFS lets you visually create an manage custom fields. You first create a Field Group, which contains one or more custom fields. You're able to easily add custom fields through the admin UI. There's over 12 field types to choose from, include text, date, wysiwyg, file upload, relationship, user, loop (repeatable fields), etc. - Add subscribers to your MailChimp lists from your WordPress site, with ease.
  • - Display Google Places Reviews on your WordPress website and help boost consumer confidence and search engine optimization. - Yelp Widget Pro makes it easy for you to add business listings to your website or blog via an easy-to-use and intuitive widget. - Yellow Pages Reviews makes it a breeze for you to add reviews to your WordPress website. Displaying business reviews boosts conversion rates. - Add reviews and testimonials to your website and easily display them in posts, pages or widgets using search-engine-friendly Schema markup.

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