Best Wordpress Plugins
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- Install and configure a range of "essential" Wordpress plugins that add features not found in the core Wordpress installation.
- Confidently search, install, activate and configure a range of Wordpress plugins for just about any feature you want to add to your site.
- Students will need a Wordpress website to get the most out of this course.
- Students should have a working knowledge of Wordpress and how it works.
Wordpress is a great site building tool but doesn't come with all of the features you need to create a vibrant, safe and search engine ready website. Fortunately, Wordpress was created in a special way, allowing third party programmers to create and integrate their own features in the form of Wordpress plugins.
The course covers my top 10 plugin recommendations, as well as some of the innovative plugins I use on special projects.
The top 10 plugins will cover the important aspects of your site:
- Search engine optimization - get your site visible in the search engines.
- Site security - stop hackers breaking into your website.
- Comments Spam - how to stop spammers so you don't even see their rubbish.
- Contact forms - giving your visitors a way to contact you.
- Page load speed - making your site faster so pages load more quickly. Visitors love fast loading pages, and so do the search engines.
- Backups - How to backup your website so that you can restore it if anything goes wrong.
- Advertizing - How to insert adverts into your site, just about anywhere you want them.
- Related posts - to keep visitors on your site longer, and spread the link juice around your site with valuable internal links.
- Image lightbox - to help showcase the images embedded in your content.
- Scheduling posts - using a drag-and-drop calendar to schedule your posts for automatic publishing in the future.
Besides these 10 essential plugins, I'll be including a number of innovative plugins that I use on some websites. These plugins will help with a wide range of tasks from internal page linking, adding a Google map to customizing the CSS of your site using a point and click plugin.
I have been building Wordpress websites for over a decade. During that time, I've refined my list of recommended plugins for features that all of my sites really need. This course will help you install, activate and configure these must-have plugins on your own website.
- If you are looking to extend the basic features offered by Wordpress using plugins, then this course is for you.
- This course is also for you if you want to learn about innovative, exciting plugins that can take your Wordpress website to the next level.
Wordpress is great, but you do need to be able to find your way around the plugins repository. This lecture explores what plugins are, and why they are necessary.
Plugins fill the gaps in the core Wordpress feature set. if there is anything you want to do on your site, but Wordpress doesn't have it covered, I bet a plugin will. This lecture briefly explores the ranges of features and functions provided by plugins.
Images can increase the time it takes for a web page to load. Load times are important, so anything we can do to decrease the time taken to load pages is a good thing. This video looks at a plugin that can optimize your images and make your pages load more quickly.
A related post section is really useful for keeping visitors on your site. Once the visitor has read one article, they see a list of related articles and click to read a different article. Search engines also like this type of internal site linking. There are a lot of related post plugins available, but I am going to recommend one you may not have heard of.
An image lightbox is a great way to show off the images on your website. Some themes have the lightbox built in, while others don't. In the latter case, you'll need a plugin to create the lightbox effect, and there are some great ones out there. This tutorial shows one that I use a lot, and how to set it up.
When a visitor moves from one area of your site to another, it would be nice if the sidebar widgets updated (especially adverts) so that they were always targeted to the topic of the page the visitor is viewing. This plugin can be used to put widgets only on certain sections of your site.
Sites like Wikipedia use a lot of internal linking to ferry visitors around the website. This type of internal linking can be difficult to maintain, but this Wordpress plugin makes it super easy. I was a consultant to the developer, to make sure it contained SEO safe mechanisms.