Must use WordPress plugins by RocketWP founder Erkan Yildiz


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WordPress "Must Use" plugins for any type of website.

These plugins will increase the functionality, security, and value of your personal or business website.

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Must use WordPress plugins by RocketWP founder Erkan Yildiz

  1. 1. Must Use WordPress Plugins North Jersey WordPress Meetup 3/27/2014 Erkan Yildiz Managing Director RocketWP WordPress Agency
  2. 2. Agenda ● Presenter Intro ● What are WordPress Plugins? ● Pre-Installed Plugins ● Must Use WordPress Plugins ○ SEO ○ Backup ○ Comment ○ Cache ○ Security ○ Forms ○ Bonus
  3. 3. Erkan Yildiz ● Organizer at North Jersey WordPress meetup ● Managing Director at ● Consultant at Avanade (Accenture/Microsoft) ● MS Computer Science, Montclair State University ● 14 years experience as a Software Engineer ● Love web and startups. Future plans for the meetup: -Guest Speakers -More face to face meetups - but will do webinars too -Min: 1 meetup/month -Please send out your ideas
  4. 4. Terminology ● Plugins: Think of extra options to your car or upgrades to your computer ● Themes: Kind of like the body of the car. It is the look and feel ● Widgets: Placeholders for different functionality.
  5. 5. Demo - Demo ○ Install WordPress ( lab/pg ) ○ Show pre-installed plugins
  6. 6. Pre-Installed Plugins Plugins that come with a WordPress v3.8 install: (Demo) Akismet: Blocks Comment and Trackback Spams. Free for personal sites. Starting from $5/Month for commercial ones. Keep this if your site is personal - if not use Disqus -FREE- (Disqus uses its own anti-spam software to smartly combat comment spam) Hello Dolly: Random lyrics - plugin by WordPress founder WP Super Cache: Can do the job - but there is a more popular one. Will go in detail on the “Cache” slide
  7. 7. Pre-Installed Plugins JetPack by A plugin pack by They called it : “Super Plugin” - 3.9/5 stars from 1300 reviews. ● It is a heavy multipack plugin and keeps getting bigger with new modules making the site slow ● All modules auto activated - deactivating them is a process ● Possible conflicts with other plugins ● Requires a account ● Marketing banners are annoying Instead of going on the super plugin path, picking the best individual plugins on every area (SEO, cache etc.) is a better idea
  8. 8. Demo - Demo ○ Delete all pre-installed plugins (Select all/Deactivate/Delete) ○ Delete all pre-installed sample content (Pages,Posts) ○ Install Responsive Theme ○ Import dummy data ■ Tools->Import->WordPress->Enable ■ Import Dummy content ( WP Unit Test Data includes Pages,Subpages, Post, Page Markup And Formatting, Categories,Sub Categories ) WordPress Unit Test Data XML File: test-data.xml
  9. 9. Search Engine Optimization WordPress SEO by Yoast (Free) ● WordPress out of the box is already technically quite a good platform for SEO ● This plugin first and foremost helps you write better content by forcing you to choose a focus keyword. ● Using the snippet preview you can see a rendering of what your post or page will look like in the search results ● Page Analysis, Auto insert meta tags,SiteMaps, Breadcrumbs and more WordPress SEO Tutorial • The Definitive Guide • Yoast Demo: Install/Tour/Blog Post Optimization
  10. 10. Database and File Backup UpdraftPlus (Free) ● Easy complete backups and restore ● Manual or automated backups ● Backup locally or backup to cloud ○ Amazon ○ Google Drive ○ Dropbox and more ● Premium support and add ons available (migration etc.) Demo: Install/Activate/Overview
  11. 11. Comments Disqus (Free) ● SEO Friendly ● Supports login with multiple platforms (FB, Twitter, Google, Disqus) ● Aggregated comments and social mentions ● Fights with SPAM ● Instructions: Demo:
  12. 12. Caching W3 Total Cache (Free) ● Trusted by countless companies like: AT&T, etc. ● Improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. ● Browser Caching, Minification, CDN, Database, Search Results caching ● Advanced config needs testing. Do little by little as you scale your website
  13. 13. Security WordFence ● Free enterprise class security plugin that includes a firewall, virus scanning, real-time traffic with geolocation and more. ● Real-time blocking of known attackers ● 2 factor auth (Cellphone+Password) ● Block IPs ● More at: There are other aspects of securing your website - learn more here: wordpress-security-tips-will-save-website/
  14. 14. Forms Contact Form 7 or Gravity Forms ● Contact Form 7 is a free plugin with satisfactory features ● Gravity Forms is the #1 Forms plugin for WordPress ( $39 Personal License/ Year support) ● Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms ● You can customize the form and the email contents ● Flexibly with simple markup. ● Supports Ajax-powered submitting, ● Supports CAPTCHA ● Supports Akismet spam filtering Demo:Design a simple contact page Demo:
  15. 15. Bonus Tips Plugins that will help drive traffic and improve User Experience ● Visual Composer: Page Builder $30 - Demo ● Sociable: ● NinjaPopups: Convert Visitors. $21 - Demo ● Social Slider: Increase fan base. $15 - Demo ● FooBar: Notification Bar. $14 - Demo
  16. 16. Thank you For any questions contact: