The 7 Essential Wordpress Plugins (Wordcamp SLC 2014)

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There are literally thousands of themes and plugins available to help you customize your WordPress website to do almost anything you need it to do. However, navigating this sea of plugins can often be a daunting task. During this session, we’ll go over the best practices for finding the right plugin for your needs, and talk about the 7 WordPress plugins I believe are essential to every WordPress-powered site.
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  • 1. @brentjacobsen #WCSLC
  • 2. WITH MORE THAN 30,000 PLUGINS IN WORDPRESS DIRECTORY LUCK ISN’T ENOUGH
  • 3. WP 4.0: A Huge Help
  • 4. 7 RULES OF THUMB
  • 5. 7 RULES OF THUMB 1. Star Rating 4+
  • 6. 7 RULES OF THUMB 1. Star Rating 4+ 2. # of Ratings (100+)
  • 7. 7 RULES OF THUMB 1. Star Rating 4+ 2. # of Ratings (100+) 3. # of Downloads (10k+)
  • 8. 7 RULES OF THUMB 1. Star Rating 4+ 2. # of Ratings (100+) 3. # of Downloads (10k+) 4. Last Updated (recent)
  • 9. 7 RULES OF THUMB 1. Star Rating 4+ 2. # of Ratings (100+) 3. # of Downloads (10k+) 4. Last Updated (recent) 5. Compatible?
  • 10. 7 RULES OF THUMB 1. Star Rating 4+ 2. # of Ratings (100+) 3. # of Downloads (10k+) 4. Last Updated (recent) 5. Compatible? 6. Staging
  • 11. 7 RULES OF THUMB 1. Star Rating 4+ 2. # of Ratings (100+) 3. # of Downloads (10k+) 4. Last Updated (recent) 5. Compatible? 6. Staging 7. Test!
  • 12. 7 ESSENTIAL PLUGIN TYPES
  • 13. 1
  • 14. 1 COMING SOON
  • 15. Coming Soon & Maintenance Mode Plugins Ø Seedprod (paid) – www.seedprod.com – $49 developer license Ø Easy Coming Soon (free)
  • 16. 2
  • 17. 2 DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
  • 18. Site Development Plugins Ø Beginner – Duplicate Post (free) – Template Overide (free) – Page Scroll to ID (free) – Visual Composer (paid - CodeCanyon) Ø Advanced – Post Snippets (free) – Advanced Custom Fields (free)
  • 19. 3
  • 20. 3 LEAD CAPTURE
  • 21. Plugins for Capturing Leads Ø Basic Lead Gen – Contact Form 7 (free) – Gravity Forms (paid - $39-$199) Ø Intermediate Lead Gen – Email Before Download & Download Monitor (both free) – SumoMe (sumome.com - free with paid upgrades) Ø Advanced Lead Gen – OptinMonster (paid - $49-$399) – LeadPages (paid - $37-$97 per month)
  • 22. 4
  • 23. 4 SHARING & SOCIAL
  • 24. Sharing & Social Plugins Ø Sharing – Simple Share Buttons Adder (free) Ø Displaying Social Feeds – Juiz Last Tweet (free) – Facebook Widget (free) – Instagram Feed (free)
  • 25. 5
  • 26. 5 P E R F O R M A N C E
  • 27. Plugins for Performance Ø Use Google Libraries (free) Ø W3 Total Cache (free) Ø Scripts to Footer (free) Ø Better Wordpress Minify (free) Ø Wordpress SEO by Yoast (free) https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
  • 28. 6
  • 29. SECURITY6
  • 30. Backup & Security Plugins Ø Security – Wordfence (free with paid upgrade) Ø Backup – UpdraftPlus Backup and Restoration for Wordpress (free with paid upgrades) – Vaultpress (paid) – BackupBuddy (paid)
  • 31. A note on Performance and Security 3 BIGGEST FACTORS: 1. Get high-quality hosting 2. Use a well-coded theme 3. Use only reputable, well-developed plugins (and uninstall ones you aren’t using)
  • 32. A note on Performance and Security 3 BIGGEST FACTORS: 1. Get high-quality hosting 2. Use a well-coded theme 3. Use only reputable, well-developed plugins (and uninstall ones you aren’t using)
  • 33. A note on Performance and Security 3 BIGGEST FACTORS: 1. Get high-quality hosting 2. Use a well-coded theme 3. Use only reputable, well-developed plugins (and uninstall ones you aren’t using)
  • 34. A note on Performance and Security 3 BIGGEST FACTORS: 1. Get high-quality hosting 2. Use a well-coded theme 3. Use only reputable, well-developed plugins (and uninstall ones you aren’t using)
  • 35. 7
  • 36. 7 PAYMENTS
  • 37. eCommerce & Payment Plugins Ø eCommerce – WooCommerce (free) – Striper – Stripe Integration for WooCommerce (free) – Easy Digital Downloads (free) Ø Payments – WP Stripe (free, but limited) – WP Full Stripe (paid - CodeCanyon) – Simple Stipe Checkout (paid)
  • 38. BRENT’S ESSENTIAL 7
  • 39. Brent’s Essential 7 Ø Contact Form 7 Ø Template Overide Ø SumoMe Ø Duplicate Post Ø W3 Total Cache (varies by host) Ø Visual Composer Ø Stripe – WooCommerce & Striper –or- – WP Full Stripe –or- – Simple Stripe Checkout
  • 40. Brent Jacobsen Partner – FDEV.com Founder - WPUtah.org ! @brentjacobsen @wputah @fdev ! FDEV is Hiring! Email brent@fdev.com for details
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