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WordPress – the best plugins, themes, training and SEO to create an efficient website

WordPress  – the best plugins, code, themes advice and tips and tricks to create a stunning website with CMS

Advice and tutorials

Themes

WordPress.com compatible themes

  • Delicious Theme | Set up for food, but would work well with any news/magazine content.
  • Mystique Theme | Easy to set up and very simple to customise.

A good set of ‘core’ plugins for an efficient WordPress site

  • Advanced Excerpt | Control all aspects of your excerpts – within the blog and in the feeds. Get around the default 55 word length.
  • Akismet| This plugin eats spam for breakfast.

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  • BM Custom Login | Customise the login screen – add a company logo.
  • Compfight – a plugin which auto suggests creative commons and free to use images based on the post/page content and/or tags/keywords. The plugin automatically inserts the correct attribution for the copyright license. This can be custom styled for your theme. This plugin tends to pick more attractive images than Zemanta – due to better sources, and in particular use of the Flickr API.
  • Contact Form 7 | The best and most powerful contact form for WordPress.
  • Cookillian | Comply with the recent EU cookie directive law with this WordPress customizable plugin. Needs php 5.3 or higher.
  • Different Posts Per Page | Control the number of posts displayed on the homepage, archives pages, category pages and tag pages.
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com | Stats, sharing, forms, spelling & grammar checker, backup, maths symbols, sidebar widgets and real time distribution. Bring the best of WordPress.com to your WordPress.org website.
  • Fancybox for WordPress | Great free image zoom and popup plugin.
  • Google sitemap generator | Automatically create sitemaps an submit to Google.
  • Page Links To | Create automatic in site SEO links.
  • Postie | Set up email posting to your blog for all your website’s users.
  • SEO Friendly images | Improve the SEO of your website by adding useful data to every image.
  • Simple Facebook Connect | Allow users to connect to your site via Facebook.
  • Smart YouTube | Add shortcodes for common Youtube viewing possibilities.
  • Theme Test Drive | Try out your theme – in it’s entirety – before you activate.
  • TubePress | Showcase your videos in a customizable portfolio format.
  • W3 Total Cache | Possibly the best and quickest caching plugin. Supercharge your website’s load time.
  • WordPress.com Popular Posts | Add a sitebar widget to display your site’s most popular posts. Automatically updates.
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast or Platinum SEO pack | The two best SEO packages for WordPress. The one by Yoast is the best – it allows you to concentrate on writing content first, then fine-tuning SEO afterwards, keeping your content ‘natural’ and the way Google likes it.
  • WP Audio Player | Simple and efficient html5 sound player. Handles multiple files and ipads.
  • WP-DBManager | Vastly improve the efficiently of your site’s performance and automatically optimise and backup your database.
  • WP Customer Reviews | Allow your website visitors to add reviews. The star ratings and a snippet will be picked up by Google improving your SERP.
  • WP Page Navi | Improve the appearance of page / post navigation at the bottom of the posts screen. Add numbers. Customizable.
  • WP Smush.it | Made by Yahoo this plugin strips out any unncessary data from image files and reduced the file size automatically without resulting in any loss of image quality.
  • WP Table Reloaded | Make well designed tables easy in WordPress.
  • Zemanta | This plugin suggests free to use content, links and images for your blogs.

Useful Plugins and addons

Code and tools

  • HTML Color Picker – find the HTML colour code for your desired colour scheme.
  • UI Cloud – find creative commons and free to use buttons, elements, drop downs, menus, scripts, progress bars, calendars and much more.

Tom Tolkien has been designing website for over 10 years. If you require website design, development or repairs or customisations carried out to your existing website, please contact him via this website or Linkedin. Based in Yorkshire – on site visits are also possible – see rates here. Tom Tolkien can also be hired on PeoplePerHour by clicking here.

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