Introduction to plugins and recommendations

When you first install WordPress, you get just a couple plugins included. The Akismet is for spam control and then the Hello Dolly plugin….well, let’s just say delete it.

What we will do here is give you some plugin recommendations to consider when setting up your website. Atlhough they are not required or endorsed, we are basing the upcoming list as simply…recommendations. You may have your own preferences, so you are free to use those instead.

What Are Plugins?

Plugins are installable scripts that adds or modifies features and functions for your WordPress and/or theme. They can be very small like adding the ability to hide a page title to very large ones that turns your website into a fully functional e-commerce shop. One example is the popular WooCommerce plugin.

WordPress in generall is very limited in features and functions, so we need to add plugins to make the site work for your needs. Everyone will require different plugins, and with the 1000’s of choices, it won’t be difficult to find the right plugin for you.

Our List of Recommended Plugins

Again, these are just recommendations.

  • Jetpack – Loaded with a variety of features, you basically get a suite of options that you can turn on or off, depending on your needs. The website uses Jetpack.
  • Akismet – We would say this is the standard for managing spam
  • Remove Widget Titles – This gives you the ability to show or hide widget titles from the front-end of your site.
  • Display Widgets – If you want to publish widgets to select pages, this plugin will do it. However, if you use Jetpack, it has it’s own version called Widget Visibility. By default, WordPress will show your widgets on every page that has the sidebar you published it to.
  • WP Editor – A nice editor with the ability to show actual HTML code in your post, plugin, and theme editors. This is ideal if you need to see the code and see it with line numbers and colour coded attributes. We use it on this site.
  • Simple Custom CSS – A great way to make custom CSS changes to your website.
  • bbPress – Although you have very little option in what forum plugin you use, bbPress is probably the most common and popular.
  • Image Widget – A nice widget that gives you the ability to upload an image, such as a banner, directly into a widget. Normally when it comes to showing an image or banner in a web page, we use the text widget with some HTML code, but this makes it easier because it does not require coding.
  • Smart Slider 3 – Top rated and free slider
  • Breadcrumb NavXT – Probably one of the most popular breadcrumb navigational plugins, this one can be coded into a theme, or use a shortcode, or a widget.

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