Plugins and You
Finding that perfect plugin
WordCamp Montreal 2017
What is a plugin?
● Functionality, not design
● Enhances your website
● Independent of your theme
Where to find plugins
● Screen that comes up when you click “Add New” plugin (repo: https://en-
● Google Search (not recommended!)
What to look out for
● When was the plugin last updated?
● How responsive is the developer to
● How many active installs does the
● How highly rated is the plugin?
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.
● Gravity Forms
● Contact Form 7
● WPML (paid)
● q translate-x / polylang (free)
Plugin Recommendations continued
● Share Buttons by AddThis
● Backup Buddy