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Wordpress Essentials: Useful Plugins

Enhance the functionality of your Wordpress website with some key Plugins for Admin, SEO & Analytics, Design & more!
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In this course, we'll go through some Wordpress Plugins to enhance the functionality of your Wordpress website in specific areas, including administration, design, navigation and the all important topic of SEO.

Take Your Wordpress Website to the Next Level

Starting with your standard Wordpress Website and off-the-shelf theme, by completing this course and the accompanying activities, you'll have picked up some tips and tricks to help enhance the appearance, functionality, usability and discoverability of your Wordpress website.

  • Learn what Plugins are and why you should consider using them.
  • Learn how to locate, install and activate Plugins.
  • Identify useful Wordpress Plugins for Admin, SEO, Design, Navigation, Sharing & Maintenance.
  • Modify key Plugin settings for each of the Plugins covered in this course (where applicable).
  • Use each of the Plugins to enhance the appearance, search engine visibility and user experience & engagement of your Wordpress website.
  • Keep your site updated with the latest versions of installed Plugins.

Complete the course activities as you progress through the course to get the most out of the Course Materials and enhance your own site.

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for bloggers and small business owners in particular, to help you get your Wordpress website functioning smoothly and enhance the user experience for visitors to your site without employing a web developer.

Learn from a self-taught small business owner and blogger - for people who want to keep it simple, building a website without getting too technical.

What Do You Need to Get Started?

All you need is a working Wordpress Installation with administrator access. If you're not sure how to get set up, take a look at our other courses.

The course starts with learning how to locate, activate and install Plugins using the Wordpress Platform. The next stage is Plugins to assist with administrative tasks such as Backups, followed by Analytics.

Then we move on to more user-centric Plugins focusing on design, navigation and user Experience, including the Wordpress Jetpack Plugin. Finally, we learn about Spam Protection and Updates.

Course sections feature activities to help you put the knowledge you've picked up throughout the course to use.

By the end of the course you'll be equipped with Plugin-related Tips & Tricks to enhance and improve your Wordpress Website!

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Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for you if you have some knowledge on the topic of building a Wordpress website, for example, if you've already completed the course Wordpress for Beginners: Build Your Own Website and wish to take your knowledge to the next level.
  • This course probably isn't the best place to start if you have no knowledge of the Wordpress Content Management System.
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What Will I Learn?
Locate, install and activate a range of Wordpress Plugins
Identify useful Wordpress Plugins for Admin, SEO, Design, Navigation, Sharing & Maintenance
Modify Plugin settings for each of the Plugins covered in this course (where applicable).
Use each of the Plugins to enhance the appearance, search engine visibility and user experience & engagement of your Wordpress website.
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  • Access to a Wordpress Install with administrator privileges
  • Beginner-level knowledge of the Wordpress platform, such as completion of the course "Wordpress for Beginners: Build Your Own Website".
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 01:05:43
Course Introduction
1 Lecture 00:59

An overview of the learning objectives and main course content.

Preview 00:59
Introduction to Plugins
2 Lectures 03:23

A brief overview of what plugins are and what they do.

Preview 00:30

Learn how to locate, install and activate Wordpress Plugins from within the Plugins section of your Wordpress Dashboard.

Preview 02:53
Admin Plugins
2 Lectures 04:05

Learn how to back up your core Wordpress files using the Wordpress Backup to Dropbox Plugin.

Preview 01:34

Wordpress contains inbuilt functionality to export your wordpress content so this lecture covers how to make use of those exports with the Wordpress Importer Plugin.

Preview 02:31
SEO & Google Analytics
3 Lectures 14:26

Learn how to quickly add your Wordpress website to your Google Analytics Account. This lecture also includes an alternative plugin in the course resources which works in a similar way and allows access to Google's upgraded Universal Analytics system.

Preview 02:31

Install the Yoast SEO Plugin for Wordpress and adjust basic settings.

Yoast SEO - Basic Setup

Use the Yoast SEO Plugin as a guide to optimise the key elements of your Wordpress Posts for relevant keywords. You can also use the same method to optimise your Wordpress Pages.

Yoast SEO - Optimise Your Posts
Design Plugins
3 Lectures 12:02

Format your content into up to six responsive columns using the Column Shortcodes Plugin.

Column Shortcodes

Add a basic portfolio-style layout to your website using the Catablog image plugin.


Change the icon that appears for your website at the top of your web browser tab.

Content & Navigation
4 Lectures 10:43

Add a linked list of recent posts from another website you control to a widget area of your Wordpress website.

Better RSS Widget

Direct your site visitors to content on external websites directly from post index pages and category archive listings, bypassing the Wordpress URL.

Useful for directing your Wordpress site visitors to course pages for Udemy courses or e-commerce stores!

Page Links To

Add a widget to your Wordpress website that showcases the most popular posts from your site. Learn how to exclude pages from the list, as well as specific posts and categories.

Wordpress Popular Posts

Encourage users to browse other content from your site with the Wordpress Related Posts Plugin.

Wordpress Related Posts
Jetpack Plugin
6 Lectures 14:10

This lecture provides a brief overview of the Wordpress Jetpack Plugin and runs through how to connect it to your Wordpress website.

What is the Jetpack Plugin?

Learn how to use the Publicize and Sharing features of the Jetpack Plugin.


An overview of the Site Stats section of Jetpack.


Access the CSS Editor provided by the Jetpack Plugin.


Beautify your image galleries using Jetpack Carousel and Tiled Galleries settings.


Installing the Jetpack Plugin may cause site speed issues for some Wordpress Themes. Address these by installing the WP Super Cache Plugin.

Site Speed - WP Super Cache
Spam Protection
1 Lecture 02:46
Ongoing Maintenance
1 Lecture 02:42
Updating your installed Plugins
Let's Review
0 Lectures 00:00

Let's review some of the plugins we've covered on this course.

Review Quiz - Useful Plugins
5 questions
1 More Section
About the Instructor
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Blogger and small business owner sharing the knowledge

I started a music blog in 2009 and have since set up my own freelance business.

Rather than incur the costs of employing a web developer, I decided to invest time in teaching myself the basics of wordpress using various online resources. This enabled me to build both my own wordpress sites from scratch by installing and customising standard wordpress templates to suit my own personality and business.

I've since helped other small businesses navigate their own website customisation, and hope to share the knowledge and skills garnered through my own experience with fellow bloggers and business owners.

I've included a link below to my business blog, Storyboard Music which is based on the template, Modern Portfolio Pro. I made the decision to significantly customise the look and feel of my business web presence to reflect my own style as well as include features and plugins that are relevant to my business and industry.

This will be the main focus of the courses I'll be contributing, along with some other tools I've found useful along the way.

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