WCSD: Taking Your WordPress Site to the Next Level

WCSD: Taking Your WordPress Site to the Next Level

From WordCamp San Diego 2016

You’ve set up your blog with WordPress and you’re pretty happy with how easy it is to add new posts, add images to those posts, and publish them to your site.

But now what? You might think that it would be nice if you could notify your Twitter or Facebook followers when you make a new post on your blog. What about selling your cooking e-book to your readers? What to do with all this spam and how do you make sure your site is backed up in case anything happens?

There’s an answer to all these questions (and even more you didn’t ask): use plugins!


Carolyn S.

April 23, 2016


  1. plugins. taking your WordPress site to the next level

  2. info. Happiness Rocketeer at Automattic Support for the Jetpack plugin

    Find me online: Twitter: @carolynsonnek Web: carolynsonnek.com Carolyn Sonnek
  3. your website.

  4. plugins.

  5. Plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality

    that already exists in WordPress. what is a plugin?
  6. 44,207

  7. how to choose. Choose plugins from reliable sources: • WordPress.org

    Plugin Directory • Community Recommendations • Trusted Authors or Companies
  8. how to choose. Recently Updated Good Support Is It Necessary

    Downloads & Ratings
  9. now what?

  10. spam.

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  12. Filters out your comment spam. Catches an average of 7.5

 pieces of spam per hour. Most used WordPress plugin. Free.
  13. i want it all!

  14. • Install over 30 popular plugin features with one click.

    • Engage millions of WordPress.com users, allowing
 them to interact with your site. • Boost your site’s performance by taking the load of
 certain features off your servers.
  15. • Get regular updates, enhancements, and
 troubleshooting from the same

    folks who build
 WordPress.com. • Work seamlessly with Akismet to stop spam from
 your comments and contact forms • Customize your site using CSS without affecting your 
 theme files.
  16. • View/Visitor Statistics • Site uptime monitoring • Beautiful galleries/slideshows

    • Comments using social media • Extra sidebar widgets • Social media sharing • Auto-publish to social media • Brute force security monitoring • Plugin/update management • Subscriptions Plus amazing support!
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  19. VaultPress protects and backs up your site with: • Automated

    backups with easy restores. • Daily security scans with one-click repairs. • Help from the WordPress experts.
  20. hello?

  21. • Edit .htaccess + robots.txt file • Social Integration •

    Multi-Site Compatible • Import & Export functionality • Multilingual support • Great documentation + support • Page Analysis • Advanced WordPress SEO 
 configuration • Meta & Link Elements • XML Sitemaps • RSS Optimization
  22. moar speed.

  23. WP Super Cache Creates static HTML files from your site.

    Saves your server from processing heavier PHP files. Helps protect your site from spikes in traffic.
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  25. Easily sell your digital content. No license restrictions. No expensive

    hidden costs. Free.
  26. Perfectly integrates into your WordPress site. Free for the basic

    version. Free & Premium extensions to do even more. The sky’s the limit!
  27. get in touch.

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  29. Drag and drop form builders Simple, Advanced, Post, and Pricing

    field options Conditional Logic Customization via API Works with your theme and with custom CSS Shortcodes, Functions, Widgets, and more
  30. “Gravity Forms is the best WordPress plugin ever because it

    never stops getting better.” ~ Chris Lema
  31. photo. there’s more?

  32. extra credit.

  33. Regenerate Thumbnails

  34. Editorial Calendar

  35. Edit Flow

  36. CMS Tree Page View

  37. Featured Image Column

  38. i am not the expert.

  39. questions?

  40. thanks! Carolyn Sonnek @carolynsonnek carolynsonnek.com speakerdeck.com/csonnek