Now for this last installment of this series we will talk a bit about Plugins.
Plugins are one of the coolest things about WordPress. In the admin area, click on the tab called
“plugins” on the left. A great plugin to install is called “Google Sitemap”. This plugin is important for search engine indexing. So let’s install it. Click on “add new” under the plugin menu.
Then in the search field, type in “google sitemap”. There you will see various plugins. Find the
one that says “Google xml sitemaps”. Then way over on the right – click on “install”.
A window will pop up giving your more information about this plugin. Click “Install Now” After it installs, it will take you to a screen where you can click “activate plugin”. Do that now.
Next, let’s configure the plugin. To do that click on the “settings” tab on the left side of your
admin panel. That’s where the settings of almost all your plugins will be at. This one says “XML
First you will have to build your sitemap – just click on the “click here” link. A sitemap is great to
use by the way because it helps index ALL the pages and posts on your blog so you get more
exposure to the search engines.
There are settings there you can tinker with if you wish, but really that’s all you have to do and
your site map is taken care of for you.
Here is a list of some other handy dandy plugins you can use:
WordPress Backup – Plugin that backs up your current WordPress theme,
WordPress plugins, images, and other non-database stuff.
All-in-One SEO Pack – The Ultimate SEO WordPress plugin.
WP-ContactForm – A way for people to contact you without actually emailing you, saves time, and is a great way to avoid spam.
Broken Link Checker – A plugin for WordPress that checks your posts for broken links, and lets you know if any are found.
TweetMeme Button – Adds the TweetMeme button into your posts and RSS
There is a lot of opportunity with WordPress. If you get good at it, you can actually make a small
fortune designing websites for others and using it to create your own money getting sites.
And we’ve just scratched the surface of WordPress’ potential with this short series of posts.
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