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Common WordPress Plugins6:26 with Zac Gordon
After building a number of WordPress sites, you find that many sites use a common collection of plugins. In this video we go over examples of common types of plugins you may commonly use when building WordPress sites.
- VaultPress - Premium WordPress backup software
- Akismet spam prevention plugin
- WordPress Jetpack Plugin
- WordPress SEO Plugin from Yoast
- Gravity Forms plugin
- WooSlider Plugin
- Lightbox Plus ColorBox Plugin
- Custom Post Types UI Plugin
- Advanced Custom Fields Plugin
- Types Custom Post Types and Fields Plugin
- WYSIWYG Text Widget from Black Studio
- Display Widgets Plugin
- Google Analytics for WordPress
- Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
- Admin Menu Editor Plugin
Please make sure that you are using the latest version of plugins and keeping them up to date. We have had some students complain that their sites were hacked because of outdated plugins.
[Zac Gordon] Tons of blogpost out there list must have or must use WordPress plugins.
As you continue to build WordPress sites,
you'll eventually come up with a list of plugins that you tend to use on most of your sites.
In this last video here, I'd like to go over a few of these types of plugins.
Keep in mind that these might not work for all of your sites
and you might find plugins that you like more or less than the ones that I mentioned here.
However, in general, you want to have some sort of plugin that matches the type of functionality that I'll go over.
For example, let's start with backups. I'm a fan of the plugin backup WordPress.
It's quite simple and it gives you the option to set automated backups of all of your files or just the database or both
or led only manually backup your site when you need it.
If backing up your site is something that's really important to you, you may want to look into something like VaultPress
which is a service from the folks of automatic the folks behind WordPress and they will not only automatically back up
the content of your site but keep it safe on their own servers.
They have some great software for re-installing all versions of WordPress if you ever need to roll back to a previous version.
If you're using comments on your site, you'll definitely want to activate a Akismet.
Again, this one comes from the folks at automatic
and it's one of the most recommended plugins for preventing spam on your site.
Akismet comes installed in WordPress already.
All you have to do is go to the Akismet site, sign up for an API key, and then plug that in and you're good to go.
Jetpack is a combination of plugins that automatic uses on wordpress.com
One of the things I like it most for is for its social sharing options.
Rather than search for a bunch of different share this or tweet this or automatically post this,
you could just use Jetpack and go from there.
When it comes to optimizing your content for SEO, Yoast WordPress SEO plugin is one of the highest ranked.
It has more features than you're probably ever get to, but at the very least, it will let you create custom titles, descriptions, keywords,
and run tests to make sure that your content is optimized for the keywords that you want.
Gravity forms is currently the most popular plugin for creating forms on WordPress sites.
It's a premium plugin but well worth it.
Not only does it let you easily create contact forms but you could even create forms
that will let you edit and add content from the front end of your site.
WooSlider is a premium plugin from the folks of WooThemes.
It's definitely my favorite and if you need a solid WordPress slider plugin, I'd recommend it.
Although, WordPress has great photo galleries built in, I often find myself adding this lightbox plus plugin.
What this will do is go through your site and automatically add lightbox in places where it make sense
such as in photo galleries where you want to display a larger picture or on actual pages where you just want
to show a blown up version of that image rather than going to a page that only shows that image.
We looked in some previous video at custom post type UI as well as advanced custom fields.
These two plugins together are probably the go to solution for working with custom posts and customs fields in WordPress.
However, I also mentioned types which is an all in one solution that you may find easier to work with.
Along with the theme of custom content, if you're working a lot with text widgets, you may want to install a wizzy wig text widget
such as this one from black studio.
It gives you the whole visual editor inside of the text widget area which is great for adding images or links to other pages.
Another helpful widget plugin is display widgets.
What this does is let you control what widgets appear on what pages.
It has some really great customization options and if you're looking for control over what widgets display on what pages,
this will be a great solution for you.
More likely than not, you'll want to use Google analytics along with your site
and a plugin like Google analytics for WordPress again from Yoast, will help you do this quite easily.
However, you'll also want to install something like Google analytics dashboard for WP
which will let you see your analytics results
from within your WordPress dashboard.
I find this is a great solution not just for myself but for other clients.
Finally, if you're going to need to customize what menu options appear for your clients,
you might want to look into a plugin like admin menu editor.
This will let you control exactly what a user sees when they log in to editor site.
This is great if the admin role is a little bit too much to show but in editor isn't quite enough.
Of course, all of these plugins may come and go or change over time.
However, you'll usually want to have plugins that cover the top like backing up, sharing your content, and adding custom content.
If there are plugins that you really like, I'd encourage you to share them with other students on the forums
and if you're feeling like you want to step into some more advanced custom content with WordPress,
you could check out our videos on how to create your own custom plugin.
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