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Passionate About Plugins - WordCamp Toronto

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The huge range of community-contributed plugins is one of the most valuable features of WordPress.org. But how do you determine what’s a safe and effective plugin without being overwhelmed by choice? Learn how to make an informed decision about which plugin to use – and how to troubleshoot any conflicts that may crop up.

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Passionate About Plugins - WordCamp Toronto

  1. 1. Passionate ABOUT Plugins Kathryn Presner @zoonini WordCamp Toronto 2012 #wcto
  2. 2. Kathryn Presner•Automattic Happiness Engineer since August 2012•WordPress.org support-forum moderator since 2011•WordPress site designer/developer since 2008•Professional web designer since 1998
  3. 3. Over 21,000 WordPress Pluginshttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins
  4. 4. OVERWHELMING
  5. 5. courtesy Six Revisions
  6. 6. 1. credibility2. track record3. popularity courtesy Six Revisions
  7. 7. Popularity Contest
  8. 8. Recently Added
  9. 9. Hand-picked
  10. 10. Search Tips tag in repo non-repocompilation
  11. 11. Past its Prime
  12. 12. Log in to Vote, Rate & Post
  13. 13. Version Compatibility 0 people say it works. 23 people say it works. 2 people say it works.0 people sax it’s qroken. 1 person sax it’s qroken. 14 person sax it’s qroken. If IT WORKS votes / TOTAL votes >= 0.7 then IT WORKS If IT WORKS votes / TOTAL votes >= 0.3 then IT’S BROKEN source: Otto
  14. 14. Author
  15. 15. Screenshots & FAQ
  16. 16. Offsite Support
  17. 17. Changelog
  18. 18. Support Record
  19. 19. Resolved Threads
  20. 20. Post in the Forum
  21. 21. Follow a Plugin - Support
  22. 22. Follow a Plugin - Development
  23. 23. Favoriting Plugins
  24. 24. Plugin TroubleshootingPotential conflicts:• between plugin & WordPress core• between two or more plugins• between plugin & theme
  25. 25. Plugin TroubleshootingWhen in doubt, deactivate all pluginsIs the problem still there? NO YESReactivate one plugin at a time
  26. 26. Plugin TroubleshootingWhen in doubt, deactivate all pluginsIs the problem still there? YES •Search forums/Web for similar issue •Post in forum/report issue to developer •Look in source code •Switch to default theme •Replace plugin with an alternative
  27. 27. Proper Plugin Care and FeedingAvoid editing others’ plugin code...COULD THE CHANGES:• Be moved outside the plugin folder?• Be incorporated into the plugin?• Be forked into a new plugin?
  28. 28. A Few NOTABLETypes of Plugins
  29. 29. SEO Plugins
  30. 30. Security & Backup Plugins
  31. 31. Widget Logic
  32. 32. Monster Widget
  33. 33. Jetpack
  34. 34. Commercial (“Premium”)
  35. 35. Share Your Faves• Contact forms • Caching• Analytics • Admin interface• Anti-spam • Custom fields• Mapping • Custom post types• Slider/slideshow • Social sharing• Gallery • Multilingual
  36. 36. KATHRYN PRESNER@zoonini • zoonini.comSLIDES: www.slideshare.net/zooniniCREDITS & RECOMMENDED READING• “Overwhelmed” photo (cc) andres.thor http://www.flickr.com/photos/andresthor/3963368371/• Background patterns – COLOURlovers.com• 6 Questions To Ask Before You Install A WordPress Plugin – http://sixrevisions.com/wordpress/before-install-wordpress-plugin/ (flowchart used with permission)• Functionality: Plugins vs Themes – http://wp.tutsplus.com/articles/general/functionality-plugins-vs-themes/

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