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Basic Plugin Recommendations to get your WordPress Website Started


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A WordPress 101 on plugins you might want to use when you first set up WordPress... works for most niche. WordCamp Kansas City 2014.

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Basic Plugin Recommendations to get your WordPress Website Started

  1. 1. Basic Plugin Recommendations To Get Your WordPress Website Started by Nile Flores @blondishnet
  2. 2. Objective ❏ Allow people to contact you ❏ Allow people to share your articles over social network sites ❏ Some plugins for search engine optimization ❏ Plugin suggestions for security ❏ … and a few other fun plugins in case you need them
  3. 3. You just installed WordPress… what next??? Depending on the type of site you want to have, you’re going to want to decide what you need your site to do. It could be adding a contact form to allow people to contact you, allowing people to easily share your posts, have a photo gallery, or more. To get this, you’re gonna need some plugins!
  4. 4. What is a plugin? A WordPress plugin is a series of functions, filters, hooks, and actions that add dynamic functionality outside the default bounds of the WordPress core.
  5. 5. Where Can I Get A Plugin OR From your own WordPress admin under Plugins
  6. 6. WordPress Plugin Directory
  7. 7. Wow, 32,000 plugins to choose from! Just because there are a lot of plugins available, doesn’t mean you need them all, especially when you’re starting out. So, that’s where this presentation comes into play.
  8. 8. Use your own judgement when installing plugins. You’ll know when you’ve had too many when your site is slow or doesn’t work correctly.
  9. 9. Contact Form Plugin Ninja Forms - Easy to create forms by only dragging, dropping, and saving fields.
  10. 10. Social Sharing Plugins ❏ Digg Digg ❏ JetPack
  11. 11. Search Engine Optimization ❏ WordPress SEO by Yoast - ❏ Google Analytics for WordPress - http://bit. ly/googleanalytics-wp
  12. 12. Optimize Site Speed ❏ W3 Total Cache - cache/ ❏ WP Super Cache - super-cache/ ❏ -
  13. 13. Security Plugin Wordfence - iThemes Security - security/ ❏ Helps block bad bots from attacking your site ❏ Helps against fake login attempts and much more. Note: iThemes offers more security features.
  14. 14. Security Plugin (continued) iThemes Security plugin allows you to: ❏ change admin user name ❏ change user ID with #1 to another ID# ❏ change wp database prefix ❏ change path of wp-content and much more.
  15. 15. Plugins For Comments ❏ Akismet - ❏ CommentLuv - ❏ Growmap Anti-Spam - http://wordpress. org/plugins/growmap-anti-spambot-plugin/
  16. 16. Don’t Forget- Backup Your Site! ❏ BackUpWordPress - http://wordpress. org/plugins/backupwordpress/ ❏ BackWPup - http://wordpress. org/plugins/backwpup/ ❏ BackUpBuddy (premium plugin) - http: //
  17. 17. Other Common Plugins ❏ NextGen Gallery (photo gallery) - http://wordpress. org/plugins/nextgen-gallery/ ❏ WooCommerce (shopping cart) - http://wordpress. org/plugins/woocommerce/ ❏ Sugar Events Calendar Lite (and Pro version) - https: //
  18. 18. Ask me! Not sure what plugin you need for your site, feel free to ask.
  19. 19. Thank You! Nile Flores - Make sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter!