Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Roundup of plugins for this course, part of WordPress DIY: Freelance/Independent Website.
- To identify which plugins we need for our site, we need to look no further than the site itself. You'll remember early on in the course we listed out a list of requirements to meet our goals and also for the site itself. Now that we have the site built out with all the content and the presentational layer in the form of the theme, it's time to figure out exactly what features are missing. On the front page we have our call to action at the top and easy navigation to the different types of content. However, if we go into an individual post, you see there are a few things missing.
First of all, there are currently no Social medial sharing buttons anywhere on the site. So the user can't easily share the Victorian Sponge Cake recipe on Pinterest or Twitter or Facebook or anywhere else. So we need to add Social media sharing. Scrolling down, you'll see currently we have image galleries. But if I click on the gallery, it just opens the image itself. We have now navigated away from the content of the site. So I need some form of gallery or lightbox plugin that pops the image out in a nice, big box instead of taking us away from the context of the page.
On the Contact page I've put in some text in, put some sort of Contact form here. And we need to add in proper Contact form functionality so that the user can enter their information quickly on the website and send it to us. You never want to put your email address on a website in plain text because then computers or bots on the web will find your email address and then just inundate your inbox with spam email about free printer cartridges and travel to places you've never heard of. Instead, you want to place a Contact form on your page.
So we need to add that as functionality. And finally, because we're focused on Social sharing, we have to make sure when content is shared on Social media, we control what is actually shared, meaning the image that is featured and also the short description that is featured. All of this can be done with plugins. So let's go through the plugins we're gonna use specifically for this site. First of all, for the image popup functionality of the galleries, we're gonna use a plugin called PhotoSwipe. Now, PhotoSwipe is a fairly new entry into the modal image gallery functionality on the web.
So if the theme has specific support for a specific plugin, it's usually a good idea to use that plugin as opposed to other plugins that do the same thing. For Social sharing, there are lots of different plugins available. We're gonna use the plugin called Digg Digg because it adds this vertical bar on the right or left hand side of our site which will work very good for this particular layout we're using. And finally, to control the Social sharing information that's being pushed out, we're gonna use the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin.
This is the most powerful SEO in Social sharing plugin available. And it's very advanced, so we're only gonna look at very small details within that plugin in this course. All right, now you know what plugins we're gonna look at. And in the next couple of movies we'll walk through each of them step by step.
Find more courses in this series in our WordPress DIY playlist.
- Establishing the goals for the site
- Making a content inventory
- Adding custom menus
- Installing and activating themes
- Customizing the front page
- Setting up a contact form and social media buttons
- Controlling SEO and social sharing text
- Securing your site and managing spam