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Favorite
Plugins
A collection of my favorite plugins
and how to use them
Laura Hartwig
• WordPress Developer
• WPDecoder.com
• This presentation can be
found:
slideshare.net/LauraHartwig
/favorit...
Extend the
functionality of
your site
Not available in Wix, Weebly, or Square Space
A Word
of Warning
Conflicts
Security Issues
Updates
Types of Plugins
• Free Plugins
• Paid Plugins
• Freemium Plugins
Free Plugins can be found a thttps://wordpress.org/plugins/
Free Plugins
These plugins have been somewhat vetted
Free Plugins:
Things to look for
Rating
Installs
Last
Update
Author
Also look for support
Check for replies, number of requests and
if items have been resolved
And is there a
Freemium Option?
Freemium Plugins:
Things to look for
• Which features are paid?
• Support available?
• Include updates?
Paid Plugins:
Things to look for
• Author reputation
• Online reviews
• Support
• Longevity
• How long does subscription l...
Installing Free Plugins:
Installing Plugins
Plugins > Add New > Search for Plugin name
> Click Install > Click Activate
In...
Favorite Plugins
Comments
Social
SEOSecurity
Admin
1. Anti-spam
1. All in One SEO/ Yoast
2. Redirection (for redoing sites...
Security
This plugin can be
difficult to setup, but
if you just install it
and activate it “as is”,
your site will be
more secure.
...
Captcha by BestWebSoft
Simple math question
Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA)
by BestWebSoft
Easier, but sometimes
You also have to do this:
Social
For people to share
your content on THEIR
social networks
• Many social options
• Use their styled
buttons or your own
• C...
Simple Social Icons
• Bloglovin
• Dribbble
• Email
• Facebook
• Flickr
• Github
• Google+
• Instagram
• LinkedIn
• Pintere...
Comments
Anti-Spam
Upload it and it works
– no setup required.
Commenters don’t have to complete captcha
Note: Doesn’t work with Je...
SEO
All in One SEO/ Yoast
Both of these have
too many options to
go over today, but
basically they give you
a place to put the...
Redirection
If you are updating an existing site, this plugin is a MUST.
Don’t let customers suffer through 404 pages beca...
Google XML Sitemaps
This is the one for Google. It does an excellent job of making
sure the right pages are indexed.
Admin
BackupBuddy(Paid)
Creating backups of your site is essential. If you are a developer, BackupBuddy is well
worth the invest...
Coming soon and
Maintenance mode
This is great
for when you
want to start
getting some
SEO history on
your site, but
aren’...
What are
your favorite
plugins?
Questions?
Thank You
• This presentation can be found:
– slideshare.net/LauraHartwig/favorite-wordpress-
plugins-2016
– See all my fa...
Favorite WordPress Plugins 2016
Favorite WordPress Plugins 2016
Favorite WordPress Plugins 2016
Favorite WordPress Plugins 2016
Favorite WordPress Plugins 2016
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Favorite WordPress Plugins 2016

  1. 1. Favorite Plugins A collection of my favorite plugins and how to use them
  2. 2. Laura Hartwig • WordPress Developer • WPDecoder.com • This presentation can be found: slideshare.net/LauraHartwig /favorite-wordpress-plugins- 2016
  3. 3. Extend the functionality of your site Not available in Wix, Weebly, or Square Space
  4. 4. A Word of Warning Conflicts Security Issues Updates
  5. 5. Types of Plugins • Free Plugins • Paid Plugins • Freemium Plugins
  6. 6. Free Plugins can be found a thttps://wordpress.org/plugins/
  7. 7. Free Plugins These plugins have been somewhat vetted
  8. 8. Free Plugins: Things to look for Rating Installs Last Update Author
  9. 9. Also look for support
  10. 10. Check for replies, number of requests and if items have been resolved
  11. 11. And is there a Freemium Option?
  12. 12. Freemium Plugins: Things to look for • Which features are paid? • Support available? • Include updates?
  13. 13. Paid Plugins: Things to look for • Author reputation • Online reviews • Support • Longevity • How long does subscription last?
  14. 14. Installing Free Plugins: Installing Plugins Plugins > Add New > Search for Plugin name > Click Install > Click Activate Installing Paid Plugins: Pay for plugin and download it. Check to see if it is just plugin file or comes with documentation. You might need to extract the file. Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin > Click Install > Click Activate
  15. 15. Favorite Plugins Comments Social SEOSecurity Admin 1. Anti-spam 1. All in One SEO/ Yoast 2. Redirection (for redoing sites) 3. Google XML Sitemaps 1. AddToAny Share Buttons 2. Simple Social Icons 1. Wordfence 2. Captcha by BestWebSoft 1. BackupBuddy 2. Coming soon and Maintenance mode
  16. 16. Security
  17. 17. This plugin can be difficult to setup, but if you just install it and activate it “as is”, your site will be more secure. Some features include: • Firewall • Blocking of known attackers • Login security • Security scanning Note: anytime you install a security plugin, make sure you have cpanel or FTP access to your site. Wordfence Security
  18. 18. Captcha by BestWebSoft Simple math question
  19. 19. Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) by BestWebSoft Easier, but sometimes You also have to do this:
  20. 20. Social
  21. 21. For people to share your content on THEIR social networks • Many social options • Use their styled buttons or your own • Choose where to display your share buttons AddToAny Share Buttons
  22. 22. Simple Social Icons • Bloglovin • Dribbble • Email • Facebook • Flickr • Github • Google+ • Instagram • LinkedIn • Pinterest • RSS • StumbleUpon • Tumblr • Twitter • Vimeo • YouTube Add links to your own social media in colors that match your site. Limited to these sites:
  23. 23. Comments
  24. 24. Anti-Spam Upload it and it works – no setup required. Commenters don’t have to complete captcha Note: Doesn’t work with JetPack Comments
  25. 25. SEO
  26. 26. All in One SEO/ Yoast Both of these have too many options to go over today, but basically they give you a place to put the Google title & description and some meta tags.
  27. 27. Redirection If you are updating an existing site, this plugin is a MUST. Don’t let customers suffer through 404 pages because your .html endings no longer work.
  28. 28. Google XML Sitemaps This is the one for Google. It does an excellent job of making sure the right pages are indexed.
  29. 29. Admin
  30. 30. BackupBuddy(Paid) Creating backups of your site is essential. If you are a developer, BackupBuddy is well worth the investment. If you only have one or two sites, you might want to try UpDraftPlus
  31. 31. Coming soon and Maintenance mode This is great for when you want to start getting some SEO history on your site, but aren’t ready for people to see your unfinished site yet.
  32. 32. What are your favorite plugins?
  33. 33. Questions?
  34. 34. Thank You • This presentation can be found: – slideshare.net/LauraHartwig/favorite-wordpress- plugins-2016 – See all my favorite plugins: – wpdecoder.com/plugins/recommended-plugins/ Contact Me at LauraHartwigDesign@gmail.com

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