In this last part, i will give a short overview of WordPress Plugins and some General tips.

Plugins

WordPress has the possibility to be extended with several Plugins to enhance the experience.

Default Plugins

Hello Dolly!

This is a Plugin to simply delete and make you comfortable installing and removing Plugins

Akismet

Is an important plugin that prevents people spamming on your posts & pages. You have to register to fully use the plugin (free)

My Recommended Plugins:

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Jetpack is a collection of tools that are installed by default on wordpress.com. It adds basic functionality like statistics, as well as social network features, latex integration, advanced galleries etc.

Plugin Site: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/

Link Indication by Michael Wöhrer

Adds small icons at the end of links to indicate the type of file.

Plugin site: http://sw-guide.de/wordpress/plugins/link-indication-plugin/

SyntaxHighlighter Evolved by Viper007Bond

Adds the possibility to display source code in WordPress

Plugin site: http://www.viper007bond.com/wordpress-plugins/syntaxhighlighter/

wp-jquery-lightbox by Ulf Benjaminsson

Adds a neat box when displaying a single image

Plugin site: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-jquery-lightbox/

General Tips

About Page

Create and maintain your about page, it is one of the most commonly visited sites on a blog.

Updates

When logging into WordPress admin area it always notifies you if new security patches are out for WordPress. Always check first if your theme and plugins work with that new version, then make a backup and then update WordPress.

Google Stuff

Google provides many different tools for WordPress. However for everything there are also alternatives (well search google you’ll find something)

Feedburner

This allows your RSS feed to be handled by google and in essence you could change the location of your blog and all subscribers to your blog automatically get the feed from your new location. In addition it provides Statistics how many people are subscribed to your blog.

http://feedburner.google.com

Analytics

This is one of the more creepy plugins from google, in essence it keeps track how much time people spent visiting your site, what they click, where they are from, what kind of computer they use etc.

http://www.google.com/analytics/

Adsense

Well Adsense is one way to make money with your blog, in essence it is a banner controlled by google and whenever somebody clicks the ad you get some money like 5cents. Well you get a check when you should get 70bucks, so it could take some time.

https://www.google.com/adsense/

Personal reasons

It is always best to have your own personal reasons why you maintain a website or a blog. But always keep in mind that the site is there to enrich the internet in some way.

Be mindful that you always will receive negative comments on the internet, you can ignore them, however if they are constructive you should at least listen.

And as always remember to have fun.

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