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.
Easy WP SMTP
You should never, ever, ever rely on your web server to send email on your behalf.
Anti-spam for handling WordPress comments. Requires a WordPress.com account.
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.
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.
Contact Form 7
Creating forms is harder than it sounds. Use a plugin that creates them for you, emails the submissions to you, etc.
The Events Calendar
Manage events. Sell tickets.
Actually accept payment when selling books or event tickets.
As a programmer, I can’t tell you how often this has saved my bacon.
This allowed me to create things for Geof like:
I’m not fussed which file manager I use. But gee it’s handy to directly access files from WordPress.
WP Simple Revisions Delete
Adds a link to delete revisions of your WordPress posts, pages, etc. Multiple backups of old posts waste space.
Simple Google reCaptcha
Reducing spam is essential. Akismet is good at filtering. Preventing it is betterer.
Search Engine Optimization helps people find your website. I’m not sure I like this plugin yet.
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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