What is a plugin and why do you want it for your site?
Plugins extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress theme.
There are so many plugins out there now that it can be overwhelming and confusing.
We are sharing today in PluggedIN our current favorite plugins and which ones we no longer use.
Favorite plugins for genesis theme with wordpress
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To install plugins is super easy. One great thing about having a wordpress site: they make it easy to do.
One thing to keep in mind about plugins is not to go too crazy with adding so many to your site.
We did that and realized it was hurting our site. Plugins can slow down your site. So proceed with caution with installing plugins to your theme.
Genesis (aff link) has a few really good plugins that they recommend using with their themes and we so far have really liked using a few of them.
Current active plugins:
CommentLuv – thinking of changing our whole commenting system to dysis
CoSchedule – this plugin you do have to pay for and actually we are thinking of canceling it
PilotPress – for email provider and membership
mPress Custom Feed Excerpts – allows you to create customize feed excerpts using the <!–more–>
OptimizePress – for membership and landing pages
WP Hide Post – we use to hide certain posts that we keep private for our online membership
ZipList Recipe Plugin – what we use to create a custom look for our recipes
Not currently using:
filament – like the social share buttons and the analytics part of it
Genesis Responsive Slider – we like the idea of having a slider but not sure if or when we will add that feature and if it worth it
Pinterest Pin It Button For Images – we liked this one but now we use SumoMe for pinning so no longer need to use it
Swiftype Search – we are still learning this one and hope to really start using it soon for our search button on our site
shareaholic – a simple to use plugin to add social shares to your site we liked it at first but overtime we found better ones
wp smushit – we tried to use this but weren’t sure if it was really working and helping our site, so we stopped
If you need help with maintenance of your site we have used Wp Curve and liked them a lot. Plan to use them whenever we have issues.
- Do your research on what and how the plugin is going to really help your site
- Ask around to see what other bloggers use to get their feedback
- Make sure your theme can handle the plugin as not all plugins are capable
- Make sure to keep plugins up to date
- Be careful about keeping deactivated plugins on your site as they are still considered “live” and can be a security threat
- Don’t go overboard with having too many plugins. If you have too many they can actually conflict with each other
We hope this has inspired you to take action with your blog or business.
What are your thoughts on plugins?
What are some of your favorite plugins for your blog or site?
Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments so we can all help and learn from each other.
We can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Thank you!
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