Intro to WordPress Plugins

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An intro to WordPress plugins, and some plugins that I have created.

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Intro to WordPress Plugins

  1. 1. Introduction to WordPress Plugins If WordPress can’t do it, it will be able to soon! kristarella.com
  2. 2. Plug-what now? • Plugins are addons for WordPress that add features and functions to your website • For example...
  3. 3. Contact Forms Lightboxes Sliders Backup
  4. 4. What are widgets? • and how are they different to plugins? • The word widget comes from “Window Gadget” • In WP Widgets are extra sections of content or navigation • Often placed in the sidebar or footer • Some widgets are plugins, but not all plugins are widgets • i.e., you can install a plugin to provide your website with new types of widgets • plugins can do lots of other things too
  5. 5. Pros & Cons of Plugins ✔ • Plugins keep WordPress from becoming bloated • Provide flexibility & extensibility • Provide choice • e.g., Mailchimp, Aweber, Campaign Monitor • Open Source (GPL) ✘ • Too many might slow your site down • Might need to be updated to stay compatible • May be dependent on plugin developer for updates
  6. 6. Exifography • Enables import of extra metadata from photos • Displays photo metadata (EXIF) in posts & pages Available on WordPress.org by kristarella
  7. 7. Taxonomy Converter by kristarella • Built from Category to Tag Converter • Copy or convert any taxonomy term to another taxonom(y/ ies) Available on WordPress.org
  8. 8. Post Table of Contents by kristarella • Automatically detects headings & subheadings in posts & pages • Lists ToC linked to each heading
  9. 9. Recipe Markup • Automatically detects ingredients list & directions in recipe posts • Creates needed markup for rich snippets in Google by kristarella

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