I always tell my clients that they need to celebrate their victories. So it’s time to follow my own advice. Building off my site launches from last year, I wanted to quickly recap some of the other exciting things I did and built in 2021.
I recently presented on “How to Pick a Plugin.” A lot of time went into thoughtfully walking people through the process, so I want to share the tips (and an exciting update to one piece of the presentation) with a broader audience.
It’s a big scary world out there, full of monsters, ghosts, faceless multinational corporations, and WordPress plugins THAT HAVEN’T BEEN UPDATED IN TWO YEARS!!! OH THE HUMANITY! Take a moment and review why you need to be careful about what plugins you use.
WordPress plugins are amazing. They’re one of the biggest reasons I use WordPress: Every time you install WordPress, you have a world of free and cheap plugins that make WordPress better—as long as you use good plugins, that is. But even the most amazing things are best in moderation.
It must be plugin month on the blog. (“Plug-vember?”) Last week, I showed you what plugins I use on this site. Next week, I’ll be talking about how to wrangle your plugins and keep them under control. But this week, I’m happy to announce the release of my second WordPress plugin, Feature a Page Widget.
If you know me, you know that I’m a maven. The one thing I like more than an easy-to-use tool is sharing that tool with someone else who needs it. And so in that spirit, check out the list of plugins that power MRWweb.com. You’ll get an idea of what powers this site, and, if you have a WordPress site of your own, hopefully you’ll find a useful plugin..
If I had to give people buying a WordPress theme one piece of advice, this would probably be it: Ignore most of the features, save yourself the headache of the “lock-in effect,” and learn to love plugins!
This past weekend, I built a site for an amazing student group and nonprofit in Grinnell, Iowa. As a former founding member of the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, I wanted to continue helping the group in an exciting time: They’re a finalist for an award from the White House! Read about the site I built, and please take a moment to vote for SEG.