Essential WordPress Plugins

I currently have installed nine plugins. The experts say you should keep plugins to a minimum for performance reasons, but I consider all nine to be essential.

Here they are, in alphabetic order:

Antispam Bee

This is a simple, undemanding plugin that does what it’s supposed to do.

Graceful Pull-Quotes

For those longer articles, easy to use shortcode.

I’ve recently discovered Perfect Pullquotes, which is more attractive and flexible than Graceful Pull-Quotes, so I’ll be switching over to that soon.

Smart Maintenance Mode

When changing the structure of a […]

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Permalink is a Strange Creature

I’m told I should use post names in the URLs for this site instead of the default setting of /?p=123. 

Before trying it on a live site, I thought I’d better test it elsewhere first. I have a test site on my PC running in a wamp environment. It was set up with the default permalink. I’ve changed it to /postname/, /%postname%/, and /%category%/%postname%/, and when I click a post title it shows the correct URL in the title bar, but it […]

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Removed Banner

While I like WordPress’s Twenty Eleven theme, the amount of space taken up by the banner and header image all but pushed the content off the page. I discovered I could remove the banner simply by going to Appearance -> Header and scrolling to the bottom and deselecting ‘Show header text with your image’.

I modified a header image with my name and tagline, and I’m pleased with the

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Getting to Grips with WordPress

Any new software rewards effort in coming to grips with it, and so it is with WordPress. I’m still getting to know how to find and use its many features.

For a sizeable percentage of bloggers, using blog software straight out of the box provides immediate results, which is as it should be. Being a tech-head, I can’t just do that – I need to tweak and explore and try to present something more sophisticated. Time will tell how successful I […]

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The Elusive Welcome Page

I spent some time trying to figure out how to have a Home page that didn’t display all my posts, as they would be repeats of those on the category pages (e.g. Writing, Software). I also wanted the Home page to be a simple introduction to the site.

I stumbled on the solution by accident.

The first step was to create a page (I called it Welcome) but not to publish it. The next step was to make that page static. And […]

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