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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Tony Cecala, Ph.D.
Digital Media Consultant
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.
How Do I Know if a Plugin is Wonderful?
Use the WordPress.org/plugins/ 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”
Searching for plugins in the WordPress Repository is easy, but tedious.
What about Third-Party Plugins?
Themeforest.net and CodeCanyon.net
Is the documentation well-written?
What is their History of abandoning Code?
List of Quality Plugins
What makes these plugins special?
Contact Form 7
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but ﬂexible.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and
have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast's
WordPress SEO plugin.
Google Analytics by MonsterInsights
Track your WordPress site easily with the latest tracking
codes and lots added data for search result pages and
Widget Logic lets you control on which pages widgets
appear using WP's conditional tags. It also adds a
Widget Logic lets you show and
hide Widgets based on page types
and other if/then rules
The best responsive WordPress slider plugin. Made lite
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.
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
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
The Sucuri WordPress Security plugin is a security toolset
for security integrity monitoring, malware detection and
Disable the title per page/post
Three Special-Use plugins…
Special use cases
User Interface Mods
Nomad World Map
Create your own custom travel map. Link
locations on the map to blog posts and share
your travel plans.
Twenty20 Image Before-After
Show before-and-after pictures
in your blog, with an interactive
slider that allows users to
Adds a ﬁeld to load the image in a menu item and
displays the image inside the link in the menu before
More Bonus plugins…
Too many plugins and features can impact server
performance and make a site load slowly.
So, of course, there’s a plugin for that!
W3 Total Cache Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using
caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and
content delivery network support.
WP YouTube Lyte
High performance YouTube video, playlist and audio-only
embeds which don't slow down your blog and offer
Aggregates and miniﬁes all the JS, HTML, and
CSS code in any given site
Better WordPress Minify
Allows you to combine and minify your CSS and JS
ﬁles to improve page load time.
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
add subtitles easily and elegantly
Flow Flow Social Stream
WordPress Social Stream
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
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.
Revive Old Posts
Plugin to share about
your old posts on twitter,
facebook, linkedin to get
more hits for them and
keep them alive.
Worth The Read
A little adjustable progress
meter showing how much
of the post the user has
Social Share Buttons - Social Pug
Social share buttons with style
that will increase your social
shares and user interaction with
Inline Related Posts
variable positioning for related posts
Automatic Alternative (“Alt”) Text
how about adding some AI to
automatically determines the
image contents and adds the alt
text to new uploaded images
requires a free key to Microsoft's
Cognitive Services Computer
Learn more about Plugins
One more thing…
New plugin directory is coming soon.
WordPress Plugins: Resources
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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
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 +
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