WordPress blogs very helpful for writers of all kinds and in all markets, but the handiness of just a couple of plugins adds additional functionality in many ways. Most plugins are coded, maintained, and distributed by WordPress users and could add various layers of functionality and style to the blog.
What is a WordPress Plugin?
Anyone with WordPress blogs for their accountant websites can add plugins, and there are a multitude of uses and benefits to installing them; both for yourself and for your readers. The plugin could do something as simple as adding a Google Search option to your site or something as advanced as backing up your WordPress directory automatically on a scheduled basis, ensuring you are covered in case of disaster. In general, they are used to add additional functionality to your blog and save you the hassle of having to build and code it yourself.
How do I find plugins?
Like anything, you can find plugins all over the internet. One of them is within the admin panel of your blog. Your admin panel has a menu item called Plugins. To install one, simply click install! Another highly suggested option is to go to the official WordPress plugin webpage to search. The only downside to this is that you have to download the plugin to your computer first, unzip it, and then upload it to your accountant website’s WordPress blog. Either option is entirely user friendly and basic. Rarely, people may need to modify security settings on their server to get a particular plugin to work.
What do I do with my plugin?
Once you have found the plugin you would like to use, and if you installed it via the WordPress interface, you will need to activate it under the Plugin menu item.
If you downloaded the plugin to your computer, you will have to unzip it and then upload it to the wp-content/plugins folder. Then just go to the plugin menu and click activate. WordPress has made the user interface very user friendly.
Some plugins will work immediately, others require that you add code to your template. Additionally, some others require different adjustments aside from coding that need to be completed before the plugin will work. The authors typically provide you with installation instructions on their site, so look for a link in your plugins menu if you need assistance.
Don’t forget to confirm that your plugin is working properly. This could mean visiting your blog and testing it out, or you may be able to run the plugin from the settings menu if you installed a plugin that provides an automated service, like a backup, temporary file remover, or a site map creation plugin.
Voila! If your plugin is working, feel free to move on to your next task or to even look into more plugins!
Of course, there is always the possibility that your plugin won’t work right away. If this happens, double check that you didn’t miss any steps, and you may need to upgrade to the latest version of WordPress for some plugins to work. You should also review the instructions on the plugin authors’ site.
Everyone will have different preferences and needs for their accountant website’s blog. Not all suggested plugins will be relevant to your blog and what you want to achieve with it, so feel free to search for plugins that work for you. In general I will always install Google XML Sitemaps, All in One SEO Pack, myEASYbackup, WP-reCAPTCHA, and Akismet. These serve a specific purpose for all of my blogs that I hope to make highly relevant, easily searchable and search engine friendly, and I’ve had the best luck with this “basic” package. I think it’s also very important to back up my blog, just in case. For that, I use WP-DBManager, which can even email my WordPress database to me on a daily basis. I also tend to keep the comments section of my blogs open because I’m always looking for feedback and opinions so I need a few plugins to help with comment spam.
Are they necessary?
The open-ended response is a resounding, “That’s up to you.” If you are happy with the operation of your blog comments and incur little to no commenting junk, then there’s no desperate need for you to look into installing piles of plugins. For users who demand further functionality from a blog or for bloggers who don’t know how to design, the plugins afforded to the WordPress society are a powerful time saving utility.