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WordPress Top Plugins

Brandon Corbin

Find and install the best plugins for generating and sharing content, building communities and generating revenue
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849511407
Paperback252 pages

About This Book

  • Learn WordPress plugin basics for both Macs and PCs
  • Focuses exclusively on 100% free and open plugins
  • Screenshots for each plugin
  • Organized by complexity to install and manage
  • Search Terms for automatic installation of plugins
  • Instructions on configuring and setting up the more complex plugins

Who This Book Is For

Regardless of whether this is your first time working with WordPress, or you’re a seasoned WordPress coding ninja, WordPress Top Plugins will walk you through finding and installing the best plugins for generating and sharing content, building communities and reader base, and generating real advertising revenue. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Plugin Basics
Safety first
Automatic install versus manual install
Automatic plugin installation
Manual installation
Creating a bookmark with WinSCP
Activating your plugin
Finding a plugin's settings
How plugins work
Managing plugins
Keeping your plugins up-to-date
Troubleshooting plugins
Editing plugins
Chapter 2: Generating Content
GD Star Rating
Better Tag Cloud
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
My Page Order
Get Recent Comments
Viper's Video Quicktags
WP Greet Box
NextGen Gallery
CForms II
MapPress—Google maps
Search unleashed
WP Web Scrapper
Chapter 3: Sharing Content
WP Download Manager
Twiogle Twitter Commenter
Wibiya Bar - Beta
WP Facebook Connect
Twitter Friendly Links
Feedburner Feedsmith
Chapter 4: Style and Function
About Me Widget
Category Posts Widget
After the Deadline
WordPress Mobile Pack
Theme Switcher
Image Widget
Post Layout
Breadcrumb NavXT
Chapter 5: Building a Community with BuddyPress
Before setting up BuddyPress
BuddyPress features
BuddyPress themes
BuddyPress plugins
Setting up your Community Groups
Tips for driving traffic to your community
Chapter 6: Generating Revenue
Donation Can
Zazzle Widget
Advertising Manager
iTunes Affiliate Link Maker (iTALM)
WP e-Commerce, FREE Version
Web Invoice—invoicing and billing for WordPress
My Ad Manager
Chapter 7: Working with Multiple Authors
Authors Widget
Author Spotlight
Blog Metrics
Cimy User Extra Fields
Pre-Publish Reminder
Edit Flow
Audit Trail
WP-CMS Post Control
Guest Blogger
Subscribe to Author Posts Feed
Author Advertising
Co-Author Plus
Private Messages for WordPress
Chapter 8: Security and Maintenance
Security basics
Secure WordPress
Bad Behavior
WP Security Scan
WordPress Backup
Maintenance Mode
Quick Cache
Error Reporting
Chapter 9: Power Admin
Fluency Admin
404 Notifier
Shockingly Big IE6 Warning
Admin Links Widget
WordPress Admin Bar
Code Editor
WordPress Admin QuickMenu
Email Users
Broken Link Checker
Admin Management Xtended
Menu Manager
Simple Tags
Widget Logic
Chapter 10: Time for Action
The open source business model
WordPress for prototyping
Real business models with WordPress
Continuing education

What You Will Learn

  • Install, manage, and edit plugins automatically and manually for both Macs and PCs
  • Create new blog posts from RSS feeds and pull external content from any website
  • Create rich and engaging photo galleries
  • Embed video from YouTube, Google, Vimeo, and more
  • Embed Google Maps with custom markers
  • Make your blog mobile by sending notifications to users' mobile phones, by letting users pick their theme, inserting dynamic content in to posts and pages, and so on
  • Learn the basics of starting an online community with BuddyPress plugin
  • Leverage other Social Networks to drive traffic
  • Generate Revenue by collecting donations with PayPal, including Amazon related products on a post, working with Google AdSense, selling digital goods with your own shopping cart, invoicing clients, and selling ad space on your site.
  • Promote your authors, track an author’s performance, and share Google Adsense revenue with your authors
  • Protect your website from common hacking practices by eliminating comment spam, and also by creating backup of your database and entire blog
  • Make your WordPress Administration beautiful and usable by keeping track of visitors’ activities, accessing links to your Admin from your blogs frontend, adding powerful CMS-like features, and so on
  • Customize your blog's appearance by using customization plugins

In Detail

Bloggers, authors, coders, photographers, moms, dads, big companies, small companies, and even kids use WordPress to manifest their personas online. WordPress is used in every market, in every country, and continues to grow everyday. This explosive growth and international open source love affair was ignited the day WordPress announced the simple idea of a 'plugin'

A WordPress plugin is a collection of files (PHP, javascript, css) that creates a small feature or modification to your WordPress blog. WordPress Top Plugins will teach you to add these plugins to an already built base WordPress site, and customize them where applicable.

This book will walk you through finding and installing the best plugins for generating and sharing content, for building communities and reader base, and for generating real advertising revenue.

There is literally a plugin for almost anything you want to achieve in WordPress.
This book will show you how plugins work, and more importantly, how to install and activate them on your blog without you having to touch a single line of code, unless of course, you want to.

Content is king, and it’s pretty hard to generate. This book will cover some of the best plugins available on WordPress to generate unique and dynamic content.

Once you have your blog loaded chock full of juicy content, you will learn how to turn your blog in to an overnight sensation by helping your readers to share it, using tools to retweet, post on Facebook, and so on.

This book will teach you how to build a community with one single killer plugin, namely, BuddyPress—the best community building plugin available for WordPress.

Once you are through with plugin basics, content, and building a community, this book will show you how to generate revenue! It will cover the top plugins for turning your blog into a money making machine!
This book will also cover plugins focused on tweaking and perfecting your blog’s overall look and feel, and functionality.

Nothing helps build a powerful online blog brand than a horde of talented writers to contribute their ideas and content – as well as their social network. This book will cover a bunch of plugins that will make working with multiple authors easy, efficient, and effective.

Last but not the least, it will cover the best plugins for ensuring that your blog is secure, the database is running optimally, and in the case of an emergency, you have a full backup copy of your blog.
While most plugins in this book are focused on a blog’s frontend, this book will also cover some great 'non-public' facing plugins that make our lives so much easier and make your WordPress site a productive powerhouse.


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