WordPress plugins extend the capability of WordPress from a blogging platform to a full Content Management System (CMS). However, plugins present their own problems:
- There are so many WordPress plugins, how do you choose those you need?
- Some plugins can be more trouble than they are worth.
- You must keep your plugins updated to keep your website secure.
Given these issues, it is a good idea to keep your WordPress plugins to a minimum, and only use those that really help further your aims.
If you’re not already using WordPress as your CMS platform of choice, you owe it to yourself to take a look at it and see how it can help you to build and maintain your websites. But where do you start?
My friend Terry Anglin holds a free WordPress training webinar on Tuesday evenings, U.S. Time. This series deals with building a WordPress site from the ground up. If you are new to WordPress, he will be starting a new series, beginning with installing WordPress, on Tuesday, May 1: put May Day on your calendar and start learning!
With WordPress installed, he will walk you through the back office and teach you about the most useful WordPress plugins, one week at a time.
Yesterday evening, Terry introduced us to these two plugins:
- SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
- Shortcodes Ultimate
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
For a website to be interactive, and thereby generate increased traffic, it is vital to allow comments. However, once your site becomes popular – and maybe even before – it will attract spam. The spambots crawl sites and generate comments that you will not want to see on your site.
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam is a simple anti-spam plugin that requires a commenter to log in and enter a “Captcha” code. Spambots cannot do this, and most human spammers will not take the trouble. They will move on to an easier site instead.
Shortcodes Ultimate is powerful editing WordPress plugin. It include 37 different shortcodes allowing you to handle special formatting that would normally need a CSS stylesheet change. Shortcodes Ultimate is a giant step forward in allowing those of us who do not wish to become proficient in HTML, CSS and PHP the power to build elaborate websites quickly from simple templates.
The “across-the-page” headings in this post were generated using Shortcodes Ultimate.
If you want to build your own websites, but do not choose to spend time learning to program, then WordPress can most likely meet any need you could ever have. WordPress itself is free, and most of the useful plugins are also free, so apart from registering and hosting your domain there is no cost. And with Terry’s free training you can learn as you go.
Click Here for the training schedule – bookmark it now while you remember!