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Plugins Are Cool!

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I’m Alex Vasquez •I run a marketing agency called DigiSavvy •I’ve been suckin’ at WordPress’n since 2009 •I consult with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) •I teach at Girl Develop It LA •I organize the Pasadena WordPress Meetup Group... •People say I have nice hair {He’s lying right now *editor’s note}

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The Agenda. ‣Plugins. What are they good for? ‣Things to consider? ‣Pros and Cons ‣My plugin picks and must haves ‣Questions and some Answers @alexjvasquez

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What’s a Plugin? @alexjvasquez

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WordPress plugins are bits of software that can be uploaded to to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site. Note: One of the primary advantages of using the self-hosted version of WordPress from is the ability to upload and use plugins on your WordPress site. @alexjvasquez

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Things to Consider @alexjvasquez

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Things to Consider... •What is your website’s primary goal? •What specific functionality does your WordPress website need to have. @alexjvasquez •Do your plugin choices make your website achieve your goals any more quickly?

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Pitfalls & Misconceptions @alexjvasquez

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YOU HAVE TOO MANY PLUGINS!!! @alexjvasquez

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@alexjvasquez There is no such thing as “too many” plugins. Many hi-traffic websites have well over 50 plugins. Quality matters over quantity.

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What is a “Good” Plugin? @alexjvasquez

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@alexjvasquez Actively developed plugins updated within last 2 years. Actively supported. Few open issues Responsive developers

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Where Do You Get Plugins? @alexjvasquez

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@alexjvasquez is a great free resources with several vetted plugins. Also is a solid resource. Look for reputable marketplaces that enforce support and code standards.

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What is a Bad Plugin? @alexjvasquez

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@alexjvasquez Plugins bundled with themes. Bloated plugins. Plugins with poor support. Plugins that haven’t been updated.

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Quick Tips @alexjvasquez

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@alexjvasquez Keep your plugins up to date. Check weekly. Remove inactive plugins.

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Best of Breed Plugins? @alexjvasquez

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@alexjvasquez It depends. What goal do you need to accomplish?

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@alexjvasquez Ecommerce Forms Content Promotion Content Site Management WooCommerce Easy Digital Downloads Related Posts for WP Co-Schedule* WP Notification Center Content Aware Sidebars Ninja Forms Gravity Forms * Jetpack Jetpack Kismet Jetpack Jetpack Yoast SEO

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Plugins I Install on Every Website I Launch @alexjvasquez

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@alexjvasquez Jetpack WP Notification Center Duplicate Post Yoast SEO WP Editor Widget Caldera Forms Beaver Builder Free iThemes Security

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Resources @alexjvasquez

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Got Questions?