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Plugins and You: Finding that Perfect Plugin

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A high-level, beginner, presentation given to the Ottawa WordPress meetup on August 9, 2017, as well as WordCamp Montreal 2017, in the lightning talk category.

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Plugins and You: Finding that Perfect Plugin

  1. 1. Plugins and You Finding that perfect plugin WordCamp Montreal 2017 Miriam Goldman @mirigoldman
  2. 2. What is a plugin? ● Functionality, not design ● Enhances your website ● Independent of your theme
  3. 3. Where to find plugins ● Screen that comes up when you click “Add New” plugin (repo: https://en- ca.wordpress.org/plugins/ ) ● Google Search (not recommended!)
  4. 4. What to look out for ● When was the plugin last updated? ● How responsive is the developer to issues? ● How many active installs does the plugin have? ● How highly rated is the plugin? ● Reviews
  5. 5. Free vs. Paid ○ Free is good for basic functionality, “what’s in the box” ○ Can have limited support from the developer ○ Freemium: Has a free version, but additional features require you to pay ○ Paid: Fully paid, often quite robust, good support from developer So what’s best? Whatever your needs are, and budget is.
  6. 6. Plugin Recommendations Contact Forms ● Gravity Forms ● Contact Form 7 SEO ● Yoast Multi language ● WPML (paid) ● q translate-x / polylang (free)
  7. 7. Plugin Recommendations continued Social Sharing ● Jetpack ● Share Buttons by AddThis Backups ● Backup Buddy
  8. 8. Thank you! Miriam Goldman Twitter: @mirigoldman Email: miriam@miriamgoldman.ca Web: http://www.miriamgoldman.ca Slides: http://bit.ly/wcmtl2017

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