IBTC Tool of the Week September 9, 2014 WordPress

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When I started in this business, I had to learn enough HTML to setup paragraphs, headings, graphics, lists and such. Not any more. WordPress has removed all the drudgery out of publishing or updating a website.

WordPress is probably provided by our hosting company. If not, it is easy to download from the WordPress site. Once you have installed it, you can edit your web documents on the fly including posts and pages for our website.

pluginPlugins

Many plugins for WordPress are available and many are free to you. Plugins are easily accessed from WordPress. There are some paid plugins but I have not used them. I use plugins to provide formating, social marketing, pinning, adding video and to count my pages. I also use the standard SEO plugins. Here is my current list:

Akismet

Deactivate | Edit | Settings
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleepAkismet
. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.
Version 2.5.7 | By Automattic | Visit plugin site
There is a new version of Akismet available. View version 3.0.2 details or update now.

All in One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack
Deactivate | Edit
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. Options configuration panel | Upgrade to Pro Version | Donate | Support | Amazon Wishlist
Version 1.6.15.3 | By Michael Torbert | Visit plugin site
There is a new version of All in One SEO Pack available. View version 2.2.3.1 details or update now.
Select Exclude Pages from Navigation
Exclude Pages from Navigation
Activate | Edit | Delete
Provides a checkbox on the editing page which you can check to exclude pages from the primary navigation. IMPORTANT NOTE: This will remove the pages from any “consumer” side page listings, which may not be limited to your page navigation listings.
Version 1.92 | By Simon Wheatley | Visit plugin site
Select Google Analytics for WordPress
Google Analytics for WordPress
Settings | Deactivate | Edit
This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics to your WordPress blog, adding lots of features, eg. custom variables and automatic clickout and download tracking.
Version 4.3.3 | By Joost de Valk | Visit plugin site
There is a new version of Google Analytics for WordPress available. View version 5.0.5 details or update now.

Google XML Sitemaps

Google XML Sitemaps
Deactivate | Edit
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
Version 3.2.9 | By Arne Brachhold | Visit plugin site | Settings | FAQ | Support | Donate
There is a new version of Google XML Sitemaps available. View version 4.0.7.1 details or update now.

Pinterest “Pin It” Button Lite

Pinterest “Pin It” Button Lite
Settings | Deactivate | Edit
Add a Pinterest “Pin It” Button to your posts and pages allowing your readers easily pin your images. Includes shortcode and widget.
Version 1.4.3 | By Phil Derksen | Visit plugin site
There is a new version of Pinterest “Pin It” Button Lite available. View version 2.0.7 details or update now.
Select Pinterest Master

Pinterest Master

Activate | Edit | Delete
Pinterest Master adds the follow me on pinterest, pin it button, show pinterest profile and show pinterest board to your wordpress website.
Version 2.3 | By TechGasp | Visit plugin site
There is a new version of Pinterest Master available. View version 4.3.6 details or update now.

SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam

SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam
Settings | Deactivate | Edit
Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all. This prevents spam from automated bots. WP, WPMU, and BuddyPress compatible. Settings | Donate
Version 2.7.6.4 | By Mike Challis | Visit plugin site
There is a new version of SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam available. View version 2.7.7.4 details or update now.

Smart Youtube PRO

Smart Youtube PRO
Deactivate | Edit
Insert YouTube videos in posts, comments and RSS feeds with ease and full customization.
Version 4.2.0 | By Vladimir Prelovac | Visit plugin site
There is a new version of Smart Youtube PRO available. View version 4.2.6 details or update now.

Sociable

Sociable
Deactivate | Edit
Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.Version 4.3.4.1 | By Blogplay | Visit plugin site

Spam Free WordPress

Spam Free WordPress
Deactivate | Edit | Settings
Comment spam blocking plugin that uses anonymous password authentication to achieve 100% automated spam blocking with zero false positives, plus a few more features.
Version 1.9.2 | By Todd Lahman, LLC | Visit plugin site | Settings | Donate
There is a new version of Spam Free WordPress available. View version 2.2.4 details or update now.

Ultimate TinyMCE

Ultimate TinyMCE
Settings | Support Forum | Deactivate | Edit
Beef up your visual tinymce editor with a plethora of advanced options.
Version 5.1 | By Josh Lobe | Visit plugin site | Donate | Premium Addons | | | Ultimate Tinymce PRO
There is a new version of Ultimate TinyMCE available. View version 5.3 details or update now.Please Read Changelog Details Before Upgrading.

WP About Author

WP About Author
Deactivate | Edit
Easily display customizable author bios below your posts
Version 1.3 | By Jon Bishop | Visit plugin site
There is a new version of WP About Author available. View version 1.5 details or update now.

Wp Adsense Plugin

Wp Adsense Plugin
Deactivate | Edit
A simple WordPress plugin to easily insert Google Adsense into posts, pages, sidebars.Version 1.6.1 | By Naeem | Visit plugin site

WP Hit Counter Plugin

WP Hit Counter Plugin
Deactivate | Edit
Displays a hit counter on your blog. Visit Settings -> WP Hit Counter to configure the plug-in.
Version 1.0 | By jjonson | Visit plugin site

YouTube

YouTube
Deactivate | Edit
YouTube embed plugin with basic features and convenient defaults. Upgrade now to add view tracking and access to your very own analytics dashboard.
Version 3.7 | By EmbedPlus Team | Visit plugin site
There is a new version of YouTube available. View version 8.9 details or update now.

themeThemes

 

Some themes you must pay for but if you have a certain goal with your site, you can purchase a more suitable theme, but you will have plenty of free ones to get started and it is easy to change themes if you decide to do something more specific later.

John
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