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Your Guide to Wonderful WordPress Plugins


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WordPress Plugins add new functions to your site: contact forms, social sharing, SEO tweaks, and more. Learn about how to select plugins and learn about some leading plugins too. Includes a valuable list of WordPress resources.

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Your Guide to Wonderful WordPress Plugins

  1. 1. @tonycecala Your Guide to Wonderful WordPress Plugins Tony Cecala, Ph.D. Digital Media Consultant
  2. 2. What’s the Big Deal about Plugins? Extend the functionality of WordPress. Connect external services/data to your site. Make your site faster (slower). Make your site more secure (insecure). Build a web application, not a static brochure.
  3. 3. How Do I Know if a Plugin is Wonderful? Use the Repo How old is the plugin? Has it been maintained? Look at the Star rating Read the reviews Is the documentation is well-written? Read the “Changelog”
  4. 4. Finding Plugins Searching for plugins in the WordPress Repository is easy, but tedious.
  5. 5. searching… 399 super cache results
  6. 6. searching… 1000+ cache results
  7. 7. How Do I Know if a Plugin is Awful? It’s pretty easy to see which plugins haven’t been getting any love. Those updated >2 years will be flagged. Note the version of WordPress it was last tested on.
  8. 8. An old, old plugin.
  9. 9. An abandoned plugin.
  10. 10. Old plugin. Better alternative exists.
  11. 11. Mostly obsolete favicon plugin.
  12. 12. No longer supported on
  13. 13. “Abandoned” plugin.
  14. 14. Ancient 4 y.o. plugin.
  15. 15. What about Third-Party Plugins? and Reviews/Comments Is the documentation well-written? What is their History of abandoning Code?
  16. 16. List of Quality Plugins What makes these plugins special? Longevity Quality Functionality
  17. 17. Contact Form 7 Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
  18. 18. WordPress SEO by Yoast Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast's WordPress SEO plugin.
  19. 19. Google Analytics by MonsterInsights Track your WordPress site easily with the latest tracking codes and lots added data for search result pages and error pages. wordpress
  20. 20. Widget Logic Widget Logic lets you control on which pages widgets appear using WP's conditional tags. It also adds a 'widget_content' filter.
  21. 21. Widget Logic Widget Logic lets you show and hide Widgets based on page types and other if/then rules logic/
  22. 22. Soliloquy The best responsive WordPress slider plugin. Made lite and free.
  23. 23. Recent Posts Widget with Thumbnails Displays more informations about the posts like e.g. thumbnails, excerpts and assigned categories. The thumbnails will be built from the featured image of a post or of the first image in the post content. If there is neither a featured image nor a content image then you can define a default thumbnail.
  24. 24. Call Now Button Inserts a calling button on the bottom of your website when displayed on mobile devices Automatically dials your number when the button is pressed
  25. 25. Activity Log The Activity Log plugin does one thing and it does it very well: it keeps a detailed list (or log) of almost every single action that occurs within your WordPress site. We’re not exaggerating either – the plugin tracks updates, new comments, login attempts, WooCommerce sales, and more.
  26. 26. Stream
  27. 27. Sucuri Scan The Sucuri WordPress Security plugin is a security toolset for security integrity monitoring, malware detection and security hardening.
  28. 28. Disable Title Disable the title per page/post
  29. 29. Three Special-Use plugins… Special use cases Travel Photography User Interface Mods
  30. 30. Nomad World Map Create your own custom travel map. Link locations on the map to blog posts and share your travel plans. map/
  31. 31. Twenty20 Image Before-After Show before-and-after pictures in your blog, with an interactive slider that allows users to compare them. wp/twenty20/
  32. 32. Menu Image Adds a field to load the image in a menu item and displays the image inside the link in the menu before the text.
  33. 33. More Bonus plugins…
 for Optimization Too many plugins and features can impact server performance and make a site load slowly. So, of course, there’s a plugin for that!
  34. 34. WP Super Cache
  35. 35. W3 Total Cache Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.
  36. 36. WP YouTube Lyte High performance YouTube video, playlist and audio-only embeds which don't slow down your blog and offer optimal accessibility.
  37. 37. Autoptimize Aggregates and minifies all the JS, HTML, and CSS code in any given site
  38. 38. Better WordPress Minify Allows you to combine and minify your CSS and JS files to improve page load time.
  39. 39. Lazy Load for Videos Speed up your site by replacing embedded Youtube and Vimeo videos with a clickable preview image. Visitors simply click on the image to play the video
  40. 40. More Quality Plugins
  41. 41. Jetpack Increase your traffic, view your stats, speed up your site, and protect yourself from hackers with Jetpack.
  42. 42. Facebook Messenger LiveChat
  43. 43. Advanced Custom Fields
  44. 44. WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates
  45. 45. UberMenu
  46. 46. Essential Grid
  47. 47. Subtitles add subtitles easily and elegantly
  48. 48. Flow Flow Social Stream
  49. 49. WordPress Social Stream
  50. 50. UberGrid UberGrid is a powerful responsive grid / gallery builder for WordPress that can build nice looking walls of square items defined manually or pulled automatically using your WordPress posts includi WooCommerce products and custom post types created by third party plugins or themes. You can use UberGrid to present your portfolio, team, products, photos, blog posts, or anything else that can be presented with square cells. Its unique customisability will adopt to almost any needs.
  51. 51. Logos Showcase - Multi-Use Responsive WP Plugin logos-showcase-multiuse- responsive-wp-plugin/4322745
  52. 52. Gravity Forms
  53. 53. Justified Image Grid
  54. 54. CMS Tree Page View
  55. 55. BackWPup plugins/backwpup/
  56. 56. Edit Flow plugins/edit-flow/
  57. 57. Enhanced Media Library Media Categories for categorizing and filtering media items in WordPress admin. This feature alone will save you hours of searching through a media library with even as few as 100 images.
  58. 58. Revive Old Posts plugins/tweet-old-post/ Plugin to share about your old posts on twitter, facebook, linkedin to get more hits for them and keep them alive.
  59. 59. Worth The Read A little adjustable progress meter showing how much of the post the user has scrolled through.
  60. 60. Social Share Buttons - Social Pug Social share buttons with style that will increase your social shares and user interaction with your website.
  61. 61. LocateAnything - 
 Searchable map Plugin
  62. 62. Inline Related Posts variable positioning for related posts
  63. 63. Automatic Alternative (“Alt”) Text how about adding some AI to your blog? automatically determines the image contents and adds the alt text to new uploaded images requires a free key to Microsoft's Cognitive Services Computer Vision API
  64. 64. Learn more about Plugins
  65. 65. Learn more about Plugins
  66. 66. One more thing… New plugin directory is coming soon.
  67. 67. WordPress Plugins: Resources How to Enable Automatic Updates for WordPress Plugins 16 Best WordPress Plugins for Marketers How to Create Beautiful Long Form Content in WordPress with StoryBuilder 9 Best PDF Plugins for WordPress 10 LinkedIn WordPress Plugins to Win New Customers 5 Best WordPress Ecommerce Plugins Compared – 2016 How to Easily Add CSS Animations in WordPress 11 Of The Best Premium Wordpress Plugins Worth Their Money SiteGround’s Recommended Plugin List 20 WordPress Plugins You Can Install Today for Easier Sharing, Better Posting, and a More Powerful Blog Which is the Best WordPress Slider? Performance + Quality Compared
  68. 68. @tonycecala Thank you. you can find this presentation online at: