I am NOT a “techie” by any means. I mean, sure I can find my way around websites and make basic changes when required but when it comes to making changes beyond simple HTML I’m lost.
That’s why I love WordPress.
Even at my level of technical skills (or lack thereof) I can have a kick-ass site up and running in less than and hour (minus the content).
And then using free plugins I can add complex functionality that used to require custom programming.
So since I just launched our new website, causing me to spend a ton of time playing with WordPress, I thought I would share some of my favorite WordPress resources while they’re fresh in my mind…
Favorite WP Themes:
1. WooThemes: These guys offer a ton of very high quality, well built themes that you can completely customize with a few clicks. One of my favorite themes from them is the “Canvas Theme” because it’s very simple and very customizable.
2. Thesis Theme: Thesis is more of a Framework than a theme. It allows you to do some very cool stuff to WordPress very quickly and it is noted as one of the most SEO friendly themes but it does not come with the pretty graphics. That said, this site is built on Thesis.
Here are a few of my favorite WP plugins you should definitely consider:
1. All In One SEO Pack: If you don’t know much about ‘on site search engine optimization‘ just install this plugin, set it up and let it do its thing. You will have a site Google loves.
2. Exec-PHP: Natively WordPress does not allow you to run PHP inside posts, pages and widgets. By installing this plugin you can enable PHP and allow much more flexibility on your site.
3. JW Player For WordPress: If you want to easily insert video into your posts and pages and you host your own video files, then this is a great plugin.
4. TinyMCE Advanced: The standard WYSIWYG editor in WordPress is a little weak. Install this plugin to substantially increase the power of the editor giving you far m0re advanced features and options to make your posts and pages look great.
5. W3 Total Cache: Install this plugin to optimize and substantially increase speed of your WordPress site.
These are just a few of my favorites that immediately get installed on any WordPress site I am working on.
And remember, the WordPress ecosystem is massive. There are plugins for almost everything.
In fact, many email marketing and ecommerce companies actually offer plugins so that you can use to easily integrate their product with your WordPress site… making your life even easier!
Oh, and if you are a WordPress greenhorn, head on over to Lynda.com. They have some great WordPress training to get you up and running fast.
Have you got a plugin or theme you love? Post it below. I would love to hear about it.