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So Many
Plugins
~~~
So Little
Time
September 22, 2017
Reiko Beach
TRB DESIGNS.COM
About me
Is there
an app for
that?
Is there a plugin for that?
Plugins extend and expand the functionality of
WordPress.
WordPress.org: 52,200 plugins are at...
Along with the theme you
choose, plugins add
functionality to your
WordPress site.
Plugins vs. Widgets
• A Plugin is software/code to add
extra or extend the functionality to
WordPress
• Widgets are small ...
Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress
Add new menus
& configurations
(post types,
navigation)
1
Add new
features t...
Free plugins
Freemium plugins
Premium plugins
What to
do???
Why is it
important to
choose the right
plugin?
White screen of death
While updating
plugins/themes
It is probably a plugin
issue
White screen of death
Plugin Repository - FREE
WordPress.org
https://wordpress.org/plugins/
Plugin Resources
Go directly – or
better yet,
through your
WordPress
website.
1
WordPress website
Search for Plugins
What are we looking for?
• Compatibility
• Updates
• Support
• Installs
• Updates
• Reviews
Search for Jetpack
Details
Details 1. Author
Details
2. Last Updated
Details
Details
3. Compatible?
Details
4. Active Installs
Details
5. Ratings
Details
5. Reviews**
Details
6. More info
Details
Details
How to Install a Plugin
1. Search
2. Upload
How to Install a Plugin
Activate
Then see how it works
It will either appear in your
sidebar or it might be in your
tools
What functionality do you want?
• Buy Now (shop)
• Download
• Subscribe
• Contact us
• Social Share
• Security
• Backup
• ...
Plugins
Jetpack (already in most installs of WordPress)
JetPack
• Traffic and SEO Tools
• Security and Backup Services
• Content Creation
• Discussion and Community
• Expert Supp...
Plugins - Forms
• Captain Forms
• Formidable Forms
• Contact Form 7
• Gravity Forms (from $39p/y)
Why Social Media
Plugins ?
• Present an opportunity for your
articles to reach hundreds or
even thousands of people
instan...
Plugins – Social Media
Social Sharing Plugins:
Social Follow Plugins (“Stay connected” or “follow us”)
• Social Media Widg...
Plugins – Social Media
Social Feed Plugins:
• Twitter Widget Pro
• Jetpack Extra Sidebar Widgets
Social Media Publicizing ...
Plugins – Social Media
Social Comment Plugins:
Social Login
Disqus Comment System
Plugins – Social Media
Learn more:
http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/integrating-social-media-with-wordpress-the-ultimate-pl...
Plugins
Testimonials:
Testimonial Widgets
Easy Testimonials
Events:
The Events Calendar
Events Manager
Plugins – Shopping Cart
WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart
WooCommerce
eCommerce Shopping Cart by WP EasyCart
Plugins – AntiSpam
Akismet (already in most installs of WordPress)
WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam – All-in-One Spam Protection
An...
Plugins – site speed
Advanced Database Cleaner
or WP Optimize
WP Super Cache (Automatic) or W3 Total Cache
Smush Image Com...
Plugins – Site Security
Plugins – Security
Login Lockdown
Wordfence
Ithemes Security
Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner
and Security Hard...
Plugins
SEO:
• Yoast SEO
• All in One SEO Pack
Analytics:
• Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
• Google Analytics for WordP...
Plugins - Backup
UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin
Jetpack by WordPress.com (VaultPress)
Duplicator – WordPress Migratio...
Plugins – Other
PAGE BUILDERS
SLIDERS
WIDGETS
NAVIGATION & SEARCH
CUSTOM POST TYPES
IMAGE MANAGEMENT & RESIZING
TOOLS: Red...
Plugins – Other
BUDDY PRESS OR BBPRESS
MEMBERSHIP
TRANLATIONS - WPML
In conclusion...
• Pay attention stats, support, and documentation
• Only purchase plugins from well-known, community-
sup...
Questions?
»Twitter: Reikob
»Linkedin: ReikoBeach
»Reiko@trbdesign.com
»phone: 781.987.1655
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  1. 1. So Many Plugins ~~~ So Little Time September 22, 2017 Reiko Beach TRB DESIGNS.COM
  2. 2. About me
  3. 3. Is there an app for that?
  4. 4. Is there a plugin for that? Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. WordPress.org: 52,200 plugins are at your (as of this morning 6am).
  5. 5. Along with the theme you choose, plugins add functionality to your WordPress site.
  6. 6. Plugins vs. Widgets • A Plugin is software/code to add extra or extend the functionality to WordPress • Widgets are small blocks that perform a specific function. Widget- ready areas. They can be drag-and- dropped into areas on your site – so visible – front end interface (sidebars, footers)
  7. 7. Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress Add new menus & configurations (post types, navigation) 1 Add new features to the frontend of your website (social sharing tools) 2 Change the way your site is displayed (mobile) 3 Collect stats (analytics) 4 Automate tasks (backup, security) 5
  8. 8. Free plugins Freemium plugins Premium plugins
  9. 9. What to do???
  10. 10. Why is it important to choose the right plugin? White screen of death
  11. 11. While updating plugins/themes It is probably a plugin issue White screen of death
  12. 12. Plugin Repository - FREE WordPress.org https://wordpress.org/plugins/
  13. 13. Plugin Resources Go directly – or better yet, through your WordPress website. 1
  14. 14. WordPress website
  15. 15. Search for Plugins
  16. 16. What are we looking for? • Compatibility • Updates • Support • Installs • Updates • Reviews
  17. 17. Search for Jetpack
  18. 18. Details
  19. 19. Details 1. Author
  20. 20. Details 2. Last Updated
  21. 21. Details
  22. 22. Details 3. Compatible?
  23. 23. Details 4. Active Installs
  24. 24. Details 5. Ratings
  25. 25. Details 5. Reviews**
  26. 26. Details 6. More info
  27. 27. Details
  28. 28. Details
  29. 29. How to Install a Plugin 1. Search 2. Upload
  30. 30. How to Install a Plugin Activate Then see how it works It will either appear in your sidebar or it might be in your tools
  31. 31. What functionality do you want? • Buy Now (shop) • Download • Subscribe • Contact us • Social Share • Security • Backup • SEO • Analytics • Faster site • Mobile • Sign-in - membership • Translation • Testimonials ???
  32. 32. Plugins Jetpack (already in most installs of WordPress)
  33. 33. JetPack • Traffic and SEO Tools • Security and Backup Services • Content Creation • Discussion and Community • Expert Support Free – just sign up + added features $3.50 - $29 p/m
  34. 34. Plugins - Forms • Captain Forms • Formidable Forms • Contact Form 7 • Gravity Forms (from $39p/y)
  35. 35. Why Social Media Plugins ? • Present an opportunity for your articles to reach hundreds or even thousands of people instantly • Behind search engine traffic, social media traffic will be the second biggest source of visitors to your blog.
  36. 36. Plugins – Social Media Social Sharing Plugins: Social Follow Plugins (“Stay connected” or “follow us”) • Social Media Widget • Social Media Widget by Acurax Paid $89 p/y ++
  37. 37. Plugins – Social Media Social Feed Plugins: • Twitter Widget Pro • Jetpack Extra Sidebar Widgets Social Media Publicizing Plugins: • Jetpack Publicize • Twitter Tools
  38. 38. Plugins – Social Media Social Comment Plugins: Social Login Disqus Comment System
  39. 39. Plugins – Social Media Learn more: http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/integrating-social-media-with-wordpress-the-ultimate-plugin-guide http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/plugins-social-sharing/ 1000+ # of free Social Media Plugins on WordPress.com Not counting individual plugins for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.
  40. 40. Plugins Testimonials: Testimonial Widgets Easy Testimonials Events: The Events Calendar Events Manager
  41. 41. Plugins – Shopping Cart WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart WooCommerce eCommerce Shopping Cart by WP EasyCart
  42. 42. Plugins – AntiSpam Akismet (already in most installs of WordPress) WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam – All-in-One Spam Protection Anti-spam
  43. 43. Plugins – site speed Advanced Database Cleaner or WP Optimize WP Super Cache (Automatic) or W3 Total Cache Smush Image Compression and Optimization
  44. 44. Plugins – Site Security
  45. 45. Plugins – Security Login Lockdown Wordfence Ithemes Security Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Security Hardening
  46. 46. Plugins SEO: • Yoast SEO • All in One SEO Pack Analytics: • Google Analytics Dashboard for WP • Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
  47. 47. Plugins - Backup UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin Jetpack by WordPress.com (VaultPress) Duplicator – WordPress Migration Plugin Backup Buddy ($80 Blogger p/y) Snapshot Pro ($49 p/m – lots of other pluses)
  48. 48. Plugins – Other PAGE BUILDERS SLIDERS WIDGETS NAVIGATION & SEARCH CUSTOM POST TYPES IMAGE MANAGEMENT & RESIZING TOOLS: Redirect/broken link checker/search & replace
  49. 49. Plugins – Other BUDDY PRESS OR BBPRESS MEMBERSHIP TRANLATIONS - WPML
  50. 50. In conclusion... • Pay attention stats, support, and documentation • Only purchase plugins from well-known, community- supported developers • Keep your plugins up to date and delete unused or outdated plugins • Don’t over do it
  51. 51. Questions? »Twitter: Reikob »Linkedin: ReikoBeach »Reiko@trbdesign.com »phone: 781.987.1655
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