2 WordPress Plugins You Should Be Using

Beyond getting into very specific individual needs or requirements most sites don’t need a whole lot but there are two plugins every site needs to have installed. These 2 plugins are packed full of features that you can control to a somewhat granular level. What’s even better about these is that they are free.

JetPack

JetPack in a few words is a miracle worker. JetPack is what provides site statistics, automates social network publication, security enhancements, site enhancements and a few SEO must haves.

Social Network Publication

If you are a blogger JetPack allows you to automatically publish/announce to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Tumblr when you publish an article.

Security Enhancements

No longer do you have to disable comments everywhere which also disables a huge key in SEO which is user engagement. JetPack in conjunction with Akismet will automatically block suspicious activity and spam riddled comments.

Site Enhancements

JetPack has a feature to speed up site images and take the load off your hosting. As an awesome bonus they also include Image Galleries and Sliders as add on features.

Feedback

JetPack delivers another must have which is a Contact Form. Another feature that prevents you from having to source another plugin to meet this need. It doesn’t stop there the Feedback feature also lets you manage your Feedback messages from the Administration Interface.

SEO

In addition to the Social Network publication and Comments enabled using the Security Enhancements JetPack has a few more features to bring to the table. JetPack can create your XML SiteMaps for Search Engine Indexing. If you don’t know what those are we should talk. JetPack can also automatically show related articles below an article. Showing related articles increases the chances of a visitor viewing more of what your site has to offer or User Engagement.

Statistics

If you are anything like me you like knowing that something you took time to create is paying off. How do you know if an article is? Site stats! JetPack tracks site statistics and provides insights to how well your content is doing. Want to know what days of the week, hours of the day and potentially what topics are your most popular? JetPack’s statistics are fantastic for this.

Akismet

Akismet is an anti-spam service that is really good at what it does. Mentioned above JetPack utilizes Akismet for some of its security features. Again I will mention that Spam prevention allows you to turn back on your comments and begin to increase your user engagement.

 

If you need help with these features or you are interested in having site built and/or hosted or just need a consultation contact us using the form below.

Is WordPress is right for you?

I’ve heard and been told the following so many times and it drives me up the wall. A developer, associate, friend, uncle, brother, cousin told me that real websites don’t use WordPress or that a real developer doesn’t use WordPress. They are simply ill-informed or are not experienced enough to know why they are wrong.

Built in Support

While there are many developers who build from scratch platforms and do a very good job at doing so they are either a single developer or a small team of developers. What they are not is a company of approximately 500 employees backed by a community that contributes to a significant portion of the code base which WordPress is. This means constant testing, feedback, improvements, security patching and modernization. Is your single developer or small team of developers going to deliver the same level of work and fast enough to keep up with today’s level of cyber threats? 

Industry Adoption

According to BuiltWith.com https://trends.builtwith.com/cms WordPress makes up 52% of the content management sites on the internet making WordPress the most widely adopted platform.

Beyond saying there is a widespread adoption of WordPress and more specifically there are several Fortune 500 websites that trust in WordPress as a platform. Among these Fortune 500 companies are Sony Music https://www.sonymusic.com/, The Walt Disney Company https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/, the PlayStation Blog https://blog.us.playstation.com/, Target Pulse Blog https://pulse.target.com/, TechCrunch https://techcrunch.com/, The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/, BBC America http://www.bbcamerica.com/, The Star Wars blog http://www.starwars.com/news, AMC’s The Walking Dead site http://www.amc.com/shows/the-walking-dead and Beyonce’s website http://www.beyonce.com/ uses WordPress to name a few. Source: WordPress.org and we verified each of the ones listed here.

What does WordPress offer?

  • The WordPress platform is free
  • WordPress empowers everyday users to edit and create their own content
  • A well designed intuitive Administration and Authoring User Interface or UI
  • In addition to Blogging WordPress is great for a Simple Web Presence
  • An enormous library of Plugins https://wordpress.org/plugins/ and Themes https://wordpress.org/themes/
  • An E-Commerce solution with the use of plugins
  • A Podcasting platform with the use of plugins
  • An automation platform for Social Media or to enable Marketing
  • Scalability
  • An extensive taxonomy
  • An API for those that want to create mobile or data as a service driven apps

Final Words

All that said you may have an ongoing relationship with a developer or a development team in which a heavy investment and/or other needs in some way outweigh or prevents the use of WordPress but it couldn’t hurt to sit down and have the discussion.

If you are interested in having a new website or updating an old one we can help. We offer design, custom WordPress plugins, hosting and desktop application development. Use the contact form below to find out more.

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automattic

https://trends.builtwith.com/cms

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress

https://wptavern.com/sixty-three-percent-of-wordpress-core-committers-are-not-employed-by-automattic

 

Minor update to Instructables Plugin

There was an issue with the ShortCodes putting itself before all content in a Page or a Post. I echoed when I should have returned. Sorry for any confusion that may have caused.

WordPress Plugin Page

GitHub Code Repository

Instructables Plugin

All new version of the Instructables plugin for WordPress is out!

This plugin allows you to display Instructables as posts/tiles on your site linking to the projects on Instructables.com. You can display projects by username, group name, keywords, latest or featured.

You can define and save your feeds

You can insert your feeds into Pages and Posts

Then display them as posts

Or Display them as Tiles