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WordCamp Kent 2019 - WP 101: Themes & Plugins: What are they, and where do I get them?

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How to find WordPress Themes and Plugins, how to test, local development.

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WordCamp Kent 2019 - WP 101: Themes & Plugins: What are they, and where do I get them?

  1. 1. WP 101: Themes & Plugins:What are they, and where doI get them? Joe Querin – www.joequerin.com WordCamp Kent – June 15, 2019 @joequerin joecue joecue
  2. 2. { Overview } • Finding Plugins and Themes • Testing & Trialing • Questions
  3. 3. { Plugin vs Theme } • What is a Plugin? • Plugins add additional functionality to your site. • What is a Theme? • Themes control the look of your site content, can also add functionality • How? - Discuss more in later sessions.
  4. 4. { Word of Caution } • On-going debate within the community • My rule of thumb (not really mine, since I borrowed the ideas from the community) • If the functions will create content dependencies, place the functions in a plugin. • A content dependency would be a custom post type, custom fields. Things the site needs to function, without these the site will break. • If the functions are more suited for theme needs (custom image sizes, excerpt length, filter or action that effects content display), then place those functions in the theme. • If in doubt, create a plugin
  5. 5. { Sourcing Plugins & Themes } • WordPress.org Repository • Themes • Themify • Elegant Themes • StudioPress • Plugins • What are you looking to do?
  6. 6. { Sourcing Plugins & Themes } • NEVER EVER search for “Free WordPress Themes/Plugins” • Should you feel the need to do this, please download from reputable sources. • Run the theme in your development area first
  7. 7. { Tips on Finding } • Wordpress.org – Active Installs – Last Updated – Version Compatible – Ratings – Support Forums
  8. 8. { Plugins } • What are problem are you looking to solve? • What feature do you want to add? • What plugins do you already have installed?
  9. 9. { Plugins } • Use different search terms • Look for tutorials • Look for plugins from authors you are all ready using plugins/themes from • Review options in currently installed plugins
  10. 10. { Dev Sites } • Install a local development platform • WAMP • Desktop Server • Local by Flywheel • Check with your host, a remote development server may be an option
  11. 11. { Dev Sites } • Why? • Check out new plugins or themes before installing. • Will they provide the functionality/features you need for your site. • Practice with WP before going live. 
  12. 12. { Thanks! } Joe Querin www.joequerin.com @joequerin joecue joecue

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