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Oct
17

Essential Plugins for WordPress

Posted by: Char | Comments (5)

One of the features that makes WordPress so powerful and popular is the sheer number of plugins (chunks of php code that make WordPress do fancy things) that are available for free that will do just about anything your imagination can come up with.

I love comparing notes with other designers and bloggers to see what everyone else is using. Here are just a few of the favorites that have been mentioned recently:

My list of essentials you ask? I like All in One SEO, Yet Another Related Posts Plugin, Akismet, WP Super Cache, and Comment Luv (which I will be implementing soon)

Testing info – Compiling questions for 640-822 or 70-236 can be hard for a 70-640 student who has only heard of complex tests like 640-863 and 642-436.

So, what plugins do you consider essential for your site? Join the conversation because I always love comparing notes with others in the field!

Categories : WordPress
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WordPress makes a great CMS thanks to its easy to use interface. As a designer it is a relatively quick way for me to put together a scalable, easy to maintain, and attractive web site for clients. For my clients, WordPress offers an interface that most of them can handle based on their experience with the basic MS Office products.

I have one client who like tables – not the HTML-based tables – but tables to display data. She needed to be able to add a table of data to a page without having to know anything special. The current TinyMCE interface doesn’t accommodate tables so I headed to the WordPress Codex to find out if there was a plugin to make adding tables easier. I found TinyMCE Advanced and it works GREAT!

TinyMCE Advanced plugin

When you install and activate the plugin, you can then go through and add the additional WSIWYG buttons that you or your clients use or rely on most.  The table buttons were essential to my client’s needs – now she can easily insert a table, add rows, merge cells, and display her data the way she is most comfortable with.

The other additions include: Advanced hr, Advanced Image, Advanced Link, Context Menu, Emotions (Smilies), Full Screen, IESpell, Layer, Media, Nonbreaking, Print, Search and Replace, Style, Table, Visual Characters and XHTML Extras.

What other plugins have you discovered that give WordPress additional usability for the non-HTML fluent user?

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