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What Wordpress Plugins should I install?

Wordpress plugins are developed from many different sources, sometimes trial and error is the best way to test and see if you have found one that will do exactly what you need.

Ways to make sure you have a good plugin

  • Use Wordpress approved plugins – if you find a plugin by Googling, search for it in the official Plugins Directory as well
  • Look to see when it was last updated – anything updated more than 6 months ago may be dead
  • Look at “Compatible up to” and make sure it is up to date
  • Look at ratings and reviews
  • Trial and error

Wordpress Plugins List

Some plugins we have used here at Schipul. Note that these plugins are always changing and not maintained by us, so the same rules of thumb as above apply when using these plugins.

For contact forms

Contact Form 7 http://contactform7.com/ - highly customizable (you can even customize the email)
If you want to add a CAPTCHA to a contact form using this plugin, you will also need to download "Really Simple CAPTCHA" - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/really-simple-captcha/

For a blog where contributors create posts and then submit them for review, with one or a few people as admin moderators - try the following plugins:

Capabilities Manager  - allows you to customize out of the box Wordpress roles. Use this to allow contributors to upload media files (images, etc.) - this is not default - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/capsman/
Pending Post Indicator - shows on the dashboard if posts are pending - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pending-posts-indicator/

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