Add functionality and special features to your WordPress website. You may need help setting these up.

Plug and Play

There are over 55,000 plugins on the official WordPress repository and even more floating around outside it.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/

Hints on choosing a good plugin:

  • Make sure it has been updated this year
  • Check the number of active installations.
    • The more people there are that use a plugin, the larger the community help forums are and the more likely it will be to find a solution when you have a problem.

Easy WP SMTP

You should never, ever, ever rely on your web server to send email on your behalf.

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Akismet

Anti-spam for handling WordPress comments. Requires a WordPress.com account.

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Dashboard Notepad

An exception to the “hasn’t been updated this year” rule, is when the plugin is incredibly simple, does one thing, does it well and still works. I use this plugin all the time to write notes to myself.

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ShortPixel

Copy/paste the API Key from the account you’ll need to create. You get a certain number of free image and pdf compressions each month.

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Contact Form 7

Creating forms is harder than it sounds. Use a plugin that creates them for you, emails the submissions to you, etc.

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The Events Calendar

Manage events. Sell tickets.

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WooCommerce

Actually accept payment when selling books or event tickets.

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Query Monitor

As a programmer, I can’t tell you how often this has saved my bacon.

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Pods

This allowed me to create things for Geof like:

  • Books
  • News

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File Manager

I’m not fussed which file manager I use. But gee it’s handy to directly access files from WordPress.

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WP Simple Revisions Delete

Adds a link to delete revisions of your WordPress posts, pages, etc. Multiple backups of old posts waste space.

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Simple Google reCaptcha

Reducing spam is essential. Akismet is good at filtering. Preventing it is betterer.

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Squirrly SEO

Search Engine Optimization helps people find your website. I’m not sure I like this plugin yet.

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AddThis

Makes it easier for visitors to share to their social media. You’ll need to sign up for a free account.
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