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Plugins and Widgets, Oh My!

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Baltimore WordCamp 2018 Session 6 of the Beginner WordPress track. My favorite useful plugins.

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Plugins and Widgets, Oh My!

  1. 1. Plugins and Widgets, Oh My! Kerch McConlogue @kerchmcc WeFixBrokenWebsites.com WordCamp, Baltimore 2018
  2. 2. About Widgets • Add content and features to sidebars or other “widgetized” parts of your theme • Some are available as part of WordPress Core • Some come with plugins
  3. 3. Find widgets in • Customizer | Widgets • Appearance | Widgets
  4. 4. Part 1: Evaluate Plugins (and Themes) Step 1: Be very clear about exactly you want either to do. Write it down before you start or you WILL be overwhelmed. @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  5. 5. Step 2: Research: Search Google for what you think you want Read the Reviews (not the ones that list 50+ things) @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  6. 6. Step 3: Find something @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  7. 7. Step 4: Check it out @kerchmcc
  8. 8. @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  9. 9. @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  10. 10.  Step 5: Install  Step 6: Activate  Step 7: Test  Step 8: Keep or delete @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  11. 11. WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  12. 12. Part II: My Favorite Plugins These are NOT the only choices. But these are plugins I have used and like (unless otherwise noted). I am not getting any $$ from recommending any of these. WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  13. 13. img.wikinut.com/img/1nplwdse.t083vph/jpeg/0/woman-screaming.jpeg BACK UP YOUR SITE OFT EN! @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  14. 14. Security Plugins
  15. 15. Forms Plugins $
  16. 16. Managing your site
  17. 17. Other plugins I like
  18. 18. $
  19. 19. For a little more control
  20. 20. Getting help @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018 Help is here as long as you don’t freak out before you find it.
  21. 21. Write this stuff down Step 1: What exactly did you do? Step 2: What did you expect would happen? @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  22. 22. Step 3: What did happen? Write down Error Messages READ the Error Message Where did you look for help before? Step 4: Then send a support ticket or call @kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
  23. 23. About Kerch @kerchmcc Phone: (443) 255-3401 Kerch@WeFixBrokenWebsites.com Twitter @kerchmcc FaceBook.com/kerch Linkedin: kerch-mcconlogue slideshare.net/kerch Tweet if you liked it Tweet if you hated it Tweet if you have questions WordCamp Baltimore 2018

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