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WordPress and Plugins

May 19, 2010

As a new blogger, I was intimidated and admittedly a little afraid that learning to use the manager would prove difficult. My daughter, Brandi, set out to find the best tool for the job though, and we chose WordPress. What a wonderful choice! This publishing tool is simple for even me. Before long, I learned how to upload and install the many cool features and became confident.

After a few weeks of using WordPress, I became curious how others were adding things to their blogs and began clicking on links. I discovered the world of the plugin! A plugin is a great way to add the little touches to your blog. My first plugin was Tweetmeme and from that point, I ventured into the search section of plugin within WordPress Dashboard.

Most of you reading this probably already know, but for those who are unfamiliar with WordPress, here is a little about it. In the Dashboard, you can click on plugin and then add new. You will see these menu options at the top: (below this, is a search box and popular tags).

 

Search | Upload | Featured | Popular | Newest | Recently Updated

 

After you find a plugin that meets your needs, you have two alternatives. You can install it and let WordPress to do it for you by hitting install now. You can download a zip file to your computer and then go to the upload feature within the above menu and word press will upload, unzip and install. It will present a message asking if you want to activate the plugin. WordPress is simple, even for us new comers.

After I discovered how uncomplicated WordPress was to use and learned how to install a plugin, I began to look at other blogs. Recognizing the plugin they used and the ones I desired to have on my blog. I think we can have too many on a blog, and it slows the load time or overwhelms the blog. However, the best ones are essential to our blog and make it more user-friendly!

 

CommentLuv Plugin 

The CommentLuv plugin is one of my favorites! You can download it from the website here: http://comluv.com/ (they have a plug-in for Blogger too). Here is the WordPress link to follow http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/commentluv/ or you can do a search for CommentLuv within Word Press and install it from there.

I really like the features of this plugin as it gives your commentator opportunity to share their blog. Visitors have the opportunity to share one of their latest links at the end of the comment. Just as some of us like seeing our pictures on a site (I am working on this for Give & Get), we also like seeing our link! Some may hesitate to use the CommentLuv and uncheck the box. They are concerned about what the blogger may think. They cannot have you imagining that maybe they are only commenting to include one of their most recent posts to your blog. I encourage you to utilize it anytime you comment, that is why I installed it!

Andy Bailey is the creator of the CommentLuv plugin and ComLuv Network. He created the plugin with bloggers in mind. Andy believes that creating a sense of community is important and found a small way of doing this, with his awesome programming skills! I personally would like to thank you, Andy, for your persistence in improving the CommentLuv plugin and for being such a great human being!

  

3 Comments to “WordPress and Plugins”

  1. Julie says:

    I wish, wish wish wish, I could figure out WordPress. Congratulations on getting it done! It seems I’m hopeless when it comes to technology. But the way you’ve outlined some of the steps, here, Sandra, just might help. I’ve not given up on the idea of a full website one day, one that includes my blog and more. Thanks for sharing your confidence!! :)

    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Bright Moments =-.

    • Sandra says:

      Hi Julie,

      I appreciate your comment on my blog and for the pun you left on Facebook! I must confess Brandi did all the initial setting up of WordPress. It took some for her, to understand how to integrate our design. She eventually asked her intelligent boy friend, Drew, to rescue us, and I imagine they were pulling their hair out at one point.

      I am still trying to get the gravatars to show up. They show up in the publisher and they are enabled, but sadly they are not showing up on comments. I have tried several plugins for them, and have combed the web for information. I think I have a solution and I will share my excitement when I accomplish the goal. In my search for information I found this awesome blog. You may find it useful, as it has lots of information on WordPress. Visit the blog, ThemeLab – Free WordPress Themes and WordPress Tutorials. Leland does an awesome job explaining code! He also has a YouTube Channel with some WordPress Tutorials that you may find useful.

      If there is ANYTHING I can help with, please let me know. I do hand coding so I generally can understand what someone is talking about when it comes to coding. Any questions you have I will help you find the solution if I can. Come back soon Julie, it is nice to have you here!

  2. Brandi says:

    You’re so adventurous!