PLUGINS: THE WORDPRESS BOX OF CHOCOLATES (from Grand Rapids 2017 WordCamp speech)
“Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Obviously, if you live on the planet Earth you know that is a quote from Forest Gump. It sounds even better because I have a Southern accent, doesn’t it?
And Plug-ins are like boxes of chocolates. You never know what you’ll get. They promise you language translation and you get some sort of mysterious cream you can’t quite identify. Or maybe you’re expecting little chocolate turtles and you get the ones with the cherry in the middle.
You get the idea. I’ve taken a bite of many chocolates. And I can save you the time and trouble – if chocolates were WordPress plug-ins. To me, they are. I’m that nerdy, and obsessive, in a good way, and it really matters to me that my clients are happy. And not just happy. Fed. Their websites put food on the table. So it’s a big deal to me that everything functions extremely well
So what is a WordPress plug-in? Last time I checked, there were 51,000 (fifty one thousand) in the WordPress repository. I think a new one is born every 7 seconds. Well, they’re kind of like apps. There’s an app for everything, right? Weather, Social, Banking, anything.
Likewise, there’s a plug-in for all the things in the WordPress world. There are the usual amazing suspects: Woo commerce, Yoast SEO, Easy Digital Downloads, and powerful stuff like that… Then there are the ones you hear less about: Chat support, Image Cropping or Job Managers…
I think it’s important to go beyond the deliverable. You know how you feel in a store when they take the time to do that little something extra that makes all the difference in the world? These plug-ins are that extra something.
What is a WordPress plug-in? It’s code. That’s all. Code. We all know what code is. The plug-ins code adds functionality or features to our site. Or integrates them. And Extensions super power the core functionality of plug-ins and trick out their capabilities.
I want to point you in the direction of some things that I’ve learned about WordPress plug-ins that I think can make your life a little bit easier. Searches can yield hundreds of results. But if you know how to spot some subtleties, it’ll save you a lot of time and trouble.
*In the interest of transparency, I do not receive any compensation and am not an affiliate for any of the plug-ins we discuss. An updated list for 2018 plug-in selections here shortly! I can’t wait!