Plugins are powerful
Plugins are code packages that extend WordPress to do almost anything you would wish to do.
Plugins either enhance features that were already available or add new features to your site.
There are more than 55,000 plugins in the WordPress plugin directory!
So no matter what you’re trying to do, likely there’s a plugin for that!
Some of our fave WP plugins
Here’s the list of some of our favourite plugins, plugins that we use today during our Toronto WordPress Workshops. This is an ever-changing list!
To see our latest faves browse plugins in the WordPress by going to Plugins -> Add New -> and select Favorites. You can enter our WordPress.org username learnwpca and click get favorites.
In addition to the added functionality that these plugins bring, we use them to illustrate different concepts about plugins.
Introducing plugins – Search | Install | Activate
SeedProd Coming Soon: This plugin will put up a splash page to let visitors know your site is under maintenance or being developed. Logged in administrators get full access to the front-end and the WordPress dashboard.
With this plugin, we teach students how to install and activate WordPress Plugins from the dashboard.
Plugins that need to be registered
Akismet: comes bundled with the WordPress core installation files. Akismet was created by the creators of WordPress to fight comment spam. You must register at the Akismet website and choose a specific plan to get access to an API key that will activate the plugin.
Other plugins may require a license key or an email address verification
Plugins that use a shortcode
Simple Sitemap – HTML sitemap to display content as a list of posts and pages.
Install and activate the plugin then create a new page called Sitemap. Grab the shortcode from the plugin settings page and paste it into the page. Voila! You have a sitemap that automatically updates as you publish pages and posts.
Plugins that can be highly customized
Formidable Forms for WordPress. Creates customizable contact forms.
We use the shortcode to embed the contact form on our contact page and then adjust settings to style and customize the form.
Plugins that add additional widgets
Plugins for image management
Plugins for search engine optimization
With so many plugins available and new ones coming down the pipe regularly this list will change. But for now these are the plugins we’re using. We would love to hear about your favourite WordPress plugins. Checkout our blog category WordPress Plugins for more posts.