Step Four – WordPress Plugins

Plug and Play

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

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.


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

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Anti-spam for handling WordPress comments. Requires a 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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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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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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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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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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