A big thank you to everyone who attended last nights, WordPress 101: Back to the basics with Q&A. We covered an incredible amount of info, and I have summed it all up below, as requested.
If I have missed anything please let know.
WordPress News Sources:
Most Popular WordPress plugins
- http://plugintable.com/ – This table showcases the 108 most popular WordPress plugins, ranked by the number of active installs.
- Please keep in mind the number of installs a plugin has and the last time it has been updated. Google, the Meetup discussion page (here) are two great places for finding good plugins.
- JetPack (Requires a WordPress.com account) https://wordpress.org/plugins/jetpack/
- Akismet Spam Protection (also requires a WordPress.com account) https://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/
- Google Analytics by Monster Insights https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/
- Simple Analytics by Jason https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-analytics/
- Paid Plugin: Gravity Forms – Hands down the best forms plugin available http://www.gravityforms.com/
- Yoast SEO https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
- iThemes Security https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-wp-security/
- Ninja forms https://wordpress.org/plugins/ninja-forms/
How do I shrink images down?
- https://imageoptim.com – Mac Only / Web Service
- http://www.jpegmini.com/ Mac, PC and web service
How do I speed up my websites load time?
Recommend Hosting Companies
- https://wpengine.com/plans/ – For business websites, or websites with higher traffic
- https://www.siteground.com/ – Shared hosting for everyone
What Membership Plugin is right for my site?
- Start here and with other blog posts on Chris Lema’s site to determine which WordPress Membership plugin is right for your business http://chrislema.com/best-wordpress-membership-plugin-2015/
Create Your own Social Network for an Event
What payment processor do you recommend for taking credit card payments?
How do I secure my site? Stop brute force attacks? Block people logging in with admin?
How do I backup my website?
What should I use to sell physical goods on my website
How can My Non Profit collect donations to save animals?
Privacy Policies & FCC Affiliate Disclaimers
- FCC Disclosure site https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/ftcs-endorsement-guides-what-people-are-asking
Affiliate Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links to products I love and use.
Where can I find free stock photos?
How to Use Google Search to find images you can use in your blog
- How to search for commercially available images with Google. 1. Search for the image in Google Images. 2. Click Search Tools 3. Click “Usage Rights” 4. Click “Labeled for reuse”
Public Service Announcement:
- If you are using ADMIN as your username, please delete it immediately
- Also avoid easy to guess passwords like these below, source: http://wpengine.com/unmasked/
- Chrome / Google: will add a Security Warning to HTTP Sites Beginning 2017. Consider setting up a SSL Cert before then. Below is what your audience may see. (Not Secure)
How do I create a child theme in one click?
- Always use a child theme. Learn more about what it is here https://woocommerce.com/2015/07/why-child-themes-matter/
- November 5, 6 2016 Downtown Denver
- More Info https://2016.denver.wordcamp.org/
Thanks again for attending the Colorado Springs WordPress Meetup! If you have additional questions please ask here or on the Colorado Springs WordPress Meetup group discussion page http://www.meetup.com/ColoradoSpringsWordPress/