A little basic Information about WordPress and it’s plug ins

Let’s face it, even if you are new to blogging, there can’t be many that haven’t heard about WordPress
even if you haven’t used it. It’s not just a Blogging platform, but a fantastic and flexible content management
system for just about anybody needing to publish content-based sites on the internet.

It comes as no surprise to find that wordpress usage has grown hugely in the last 2 years or so.
This has also led to wordpress plug ins being created by their thousands.

so it’s a software program or simple script that extends the
WordPress platform’s functionality beyond that of the original developers. That’s what a plug in is
basically, without them you would only have the basic functionality such as the ability to create pages, posts, and edit basic
code.

Plugins are usually installed through the WordPress plugin administration area.
It can be done automatically through the plugin directory on WordPress or it can be installed manually,
using FTP or the backend upload on WordPress. Normally there’s no need to manually install
plugins.

There are plugins that are available free, and premium plugins also.
Free plugins are generally available in the WordPress
plugin directory. You can search by keyword(s). On the other hand premium plugins are found
out in the market and have a cost attached.

The only reason you would pay for WordPress plugins is if you require certain functionality that isn’t
available in the free plugins. This might be things like creation of close WordPress installs, code
tweaks, etc.

WordPress plugins can turn your WordPress into its own separate system(s). For example there
are membership plugins or shopping cart plugins that will turn your WordPress from a simple blog to a paid membership site.

Other plugins might turn it into a sales letter, a payment portal,
while other plugins will offer things like social media links, admin extensions, and backups.

Let’s have a look at the top WordPress plugins.

* Events Calendar – create custom events posts on your calendar.
* Urban Menu – a mega menu that’s highly customisable and ready to use right out of the box.
* uBillboard – develop sliders for your WordPress themes, a nicely polished plugin.
* Video Gallery – this stock video gallery is the most advanced in the world.
* WP Auctions – this plugin lets you host your own auctions. It’s one of the best out there.
* uPricing – this is a pricing table that’s nicely finished.
* Gravity Forms – you can build your own forms fast and effortlessly, configure them how you
want, and do it in just minutes.

Explore the World of WordPress Plugins

For those of you familiar with WordPress but not familiar with WordPress plugins it’s time to catch up. These software extensions, which we call plugins,
are designed to make your life easier, and they can make your browser carry out specific functions.

There are thousands of WordPress plugins each offering something that can make your blog more appealing and/or more attractive.
They offer you all kinds of assistance and expand your blogs functionality.

Its WordPress plugins that allow you to download, upload, publish, comment, translate, link to Twitter and Facebook, and the list goes on.
If you aren’t familiar with WordPress plugin here’s a few you might want to explore further.

Tweet Old Posts
If you’ve been building a Twitter following then this is a plugin that could be exactly what you need to help sprinkle your blog posts into your tweets.
It has several options such as leading text and hashtags to name a couple.

SEO Smart Links
If you aren’t interlinking your blog posts and articles, you should be. Linking from one article to another is a good way to build your page rank
throughout the site, and it helps your readers find other articles. This SEO plugin will interlink the keywords to other articles.

WordPress Editorial Calendar
This WordPress plugin offers a clean, crisp, editorial calendar where you can present and post. You can drag and drop your articles from one date
to the next, and a whole lot more. It’s a valuable tool that any serious WordPress user should use.

Widget Context
This handy little plugin lets you pick which pages you want in your sidebar widget. You can create a different sidebar for each different
page as well as for sections of the site.

Reply Me
This WordPress plugin will send an email to each person who leaves a comment, and when someone directly responds to their comment.
It’s an excellent tool for keeping conversations ongoing on your site.

Revision Control
The WordPress database can become really bloated really fast, slowing your site down. The revision control plugin limits the number
of post revisions stores in the database. You set how many that will be.

Artiss YouTube Embed
Lets you add videos to your posts simply by using a piece of code. It’s a simple and effective method.

WordPress Security Scan
This plugin scans your WordPress page protecting it and making sure your blog has the security that’s needed.

WordPress plugins are a great way to improve your blog in many ways. Don’t miss out on these great little tools.

How to Choose the Best WordPress Plugins

If you have a blog, it’s likely that it is a WordPress platform, since that’s the most popular blogging platform on the internet.
If you haven’t yet set up your blog there are plenty of reasons why you should use WordPress, and one of the main reasons is the number of
excellent WordPress plugins you have available to you.

When it comes to being ranked in the search engines WordPress offers a platform that is search engine friendly, and it’s very friendly to the user too,
making it very easy to set up a successful blog without any experience.

It’s a good idea to spend some time on choosing plugins for your blog, But to get you started we’ve chosen a few of the best WordPress plugins
that you should be using.

1. Akismet
Spam is one of the most annoying and frustrating things you’ll have to deal with on your blog. The Akismet plugin is a tool you won’t want to be without.
It automatically blocks spam comments from appearing on your blog, and that leaves one less thing for you to have to do.

2. MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
Every time you edit, update, or post a new blog the ping services get pinged. You don’t want your blog to ever become banned from any of the ping services,
which can happen if you are pinging them too often. MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer makes sure this doesn’t happen by monitoring the number of pings
that are being sent and stopping any further pings if you have maxed out your pings.

3. All in One SEO Pack
Every blog should place well in the search engines and using a plugin like All in One SEO pack to work its magic takes you that much closer to success.
This plugin is easy to use and it can help you rank for your specific keywords.

4. Remote Database Backup
You need to know that if something happens your blog is safe and having a current backup will do that for you
It does happen unfortunately, sites go down and if you haven’t created a backup, you could lose everything. With Remote Database Backup,
you can backup your blog whenever you like.

These four WordPress plugins are just a start. If you learn how to use plugins properly, your blog can do really well.
Good content, good layout and good plugins equal success.

The Must Have Plugins for Every WordPress Blog

For every WordPress blog there are plugins that could make that blog function better, bring more traffic in, and do better in the search engines.
With hundreds of plugins to choose from it can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide which ones you really need. We’re going to look at the 7 must
have plugins for every WordPress blog.

FeedBurner FeedSmith Plugin – Every blog should have an RSS feed because they do an excellent job of generating traffic.
The FeedBurner FeedSmith plugin lets you see the number of people that are actually following your RSS feed and you can also see the most popular posts.

Broken Link Checker Plugin – This is a nice little plugin that crawls though your blog posts and blog pages looking for links that don’t work any longer.
Google and other search engines penalize you if you have dead links. Using this plugin your blog won’t have any dead links to worry about.

Revision Diet Plugin – If you are the type of person that writes a post, saves the post, reads the posts, changes the post, then saves the post,
and you do this often, you can land up with too many versions of the same post kicking around and this can fill your database up quickly.
This plugin gets rid of all the extra versions you don’t need.

Limit Login Attempts Plugin – This is an excellent security plugin. If anyone attempts to hack your WordPress blog,
this plugin will detect the attack and stop it in its tracks. Then it will email you telling you what has taken place.

WordPress.com Stats – Everyone who is running a blog needs to know the amount of traffic the site is getting, where that traffic is coming from,
and what posts are getting read. WordPress.com stats can provide you with all the analytical information you’ll ever need.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – This WordPress plugin will provide a list of other similar posts to the reader.
So when they get to the bottom of the post they are reading they are presented with other blog post options that can keep them on your site longer.

Now that you know the 7 must have plugins for every WordPress blog your ready to get busy installing them.
Of course, you should still check out some of the many other WordPress plugins that could benefit your blog.

I hope this post is useful for you, of course I am still learning about the wonders of WordPress myself, and have found it a fantastic platform for starting my blog, it makes such light work of what could otherwise be quite tricky! If you are interested in learning from one of the best marketers online ever, like i am, why don’t you check out his webinar? I am learning how to be a marketer from scratch and John Thornhill makes it so easy! Have a look!


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