Photo credit to Teresa Rosche Ott
Last night, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Atlanta WordPress Users Group where we talked all about plugins. I had a killer time hanging out, meeting everyone, and participating in the discussions we had after each talk.
To recap, here are all of the WordPress plugin resources that I discussed, shared, and used during the meetup:
An Introduction To WordPress Plugins
In this talk, we defined exactly what a plugin is:
A piece of software that adds functionality to WordPress.
Next, we covered…
- Where to find plugins and some tips on how to vet their quality
- Recommended plugins for all blogs
- How to determine if you’re running too many plugins
- …and a number of other topics
Advanced Topics For WordPress Plugins
During this part of the meetup, we talked about everything that you can do with plugins:
You can do almost anything and everything with plugins (but not everything is right for everybody!).
We also discussed:
- Things to look for when downloading plugins for your personal blogs and/or client projects
- Suggested plugins for people who are serious about digital publishing
- How to correctly modify a plugin so that updates don’t overwrite your changes
- …and more.
We broke open an existing plugin, modified it to make it our own, and even talked about a few resources for people that are interested in getting into plugin development (which I thought was pretty awesome).
Here is the slide deck for this presentation. The assets that I used during the presentation are also available for download.
- My notes from the discussion
- The sample WordPress data I used for the blog we reviewed during the meetup
- The WordPress Importer plugin (which is also available here)
- The entire slide deck
Thanks to Judi for inviting me to speak – I enjoyed hanging out with everyone and look forward to meeting up at future events.