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Plugins and Widgets, Oh My!
Kerch McConlogue @kerchmcc
WeFixBrokenWebsites.com
WordCamp, Baltimore 2018
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
Find widgets in
• Customizer | Widgets
• Appearance | Widgets
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.
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Step 2:
Research:
Search Google for what you think you want
Read the Reviews (not the ones that list
50+ things)
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Step 3:
Find something
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Step 4: Check it out
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 Step 5: Install
 Step 6: Activate
 Step 7: Test
 Step 8: Keep or delete
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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.
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BACK UP YOUR SITE OFT EN!
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Security Plugins
Forms Plugins
$
Managing your site
Other plugins I like
$
For a little more control
Getting help
@kerchmcc WordCamp Baltimore 2018
Help is here
as long as you
don’t freak out
before you find it.
Write this stuff down
Step 1:
What exactly did you do?
Step 2:
What did you expect would happen?
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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
About Kerch @kerchmcc
Phone: (443) 255-3401
Kerch@WeFixBrokenWebsites.com
Twitter @kerchmcc
FaceBook.com/kerch
Linkedin: kerch-mcconlogue
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Plugins and Widgets for WordPress Sites

Editor's Notes

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