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
- Training on how to design and build a website using WordPress | Provided by the makers of WordPress.
- Integrating WordPress with Your Website « WordPress Codex | How to add a WordPress blog to your existing website.
- WordPress › Support » How to change line spacing? | Very useful guide. Changing the line spacing (leading) can radically alter the appearance and readability of your blog.
- David – Adding the image tag to WordPress’s rss headers | Improve your SEO and the effectiveness of your feed.
- Managing Your WordPress Database | How to efficiently manage your mysql database in WordPress.
- WordPress.com SEO | Yoast’s famous guide, and probably the only one worth reading.
- How to enable user registration and logins in WordPress | How to open up your blog to user participation.
- How to create pages which require a login in WordPress | How to create passworded areas in WordPress.
- Woothemes are very reliable, very robust and offer a number of free themes. There’s also WooCommerce – which is a really easy to implement and powerful e-commerce solution.
- Modularity Lite — WordPress.com | A great low profile easy to customise free theme.
- WordPress › Delicate « Free WordPress Themes
- WordPress › ColorWay « Free WordPress Themes
- WordPress › Brightpage « Free WordPress Themes
- DynamiX – Premium WordPress Theme Preview – ThemeForest
- Fenix – a great photography theme | Great for high impact images.
- Echoes – a lightweight and efficient photography / portfolio theme
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.
- 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
- Apple style slideout feedback or contact form | Stylish and simple contact / information form.
- Monitor your users’ activity and prevent hacking attacks | Keep an eye on suspicious activity on your website.
- Create social bookmarking and sharing buttons – wide short codes | Improve your SERP with social bookmarking.
- Improve the WordPress editor with a feel more like windows live writer. | Add wordprocessor functionality to the WordPress post and page editor.
- Install a private messaging system in WordPress | Add IM style functionality to your website for your users.
- Make improvements to your admin bar with this plugin | Lots of useful addons for your admin and user dashboards.
- Simple Sidebar Navigation Plugin for WordPress | Improve your theme’s sidebar navigation.
- SevenSpark Labs – UberMenu – Responsive Mega Menu WP Plugin | Great way of implementing large and complicated menus in an easy to follow format.
- Styles with Shortcodes for WordPress Preview – CodeCanyon | Better columns, tables, quotes and accordian tabs.
- Plugins – Menu Management Enhancer for WordPress | CodeCanyon | Manage multiple menus in WordPress.
- PBK Mega Menu for WordPress Preview – CodeCanyon | An alternative to Ubermenu. Slightly easier to impliment.
- WordPress › Geolocation « WordPress Plugins | Add map data to your site. Improve your Google local ranking.
- Titus Bicknell » WordPress Plugin: RSS in Page | Add RSS feeds within a WordPress page.
- WordPress › Photo Galleria « WordPress Plugins | A great photo gallery plugin.
- All in one event calendar system for WordPress plugin | Fantastic calendaring and events system for your WordPress website.
- WordPress backup scheduler | Automatically schedule complete backups of your website to FTP or a cloud source.
- Wibya bar plugin | A great way to add social media functionality to your WordPress site.
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.
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