The MegaList of WordPress Resources – Part 2

Last time, we looked at WordPress.org resources, themes and tutorials. Now it’s time to delve into a few more areas that are important for those working with WordPress.

SEO Plugins

One of the essential areas for anyone running a website, whether it’s built on WordPress or not, is search engine optimization (SEO). A lot of themes are already well optimized so your content gets the best possible search engine position. That’s especially true of some of the premium themes listed last time. But then there are the others. Some people find it best to manage SEO independently of the theme and there are several plugins that cover this area. Here are three that I have used:

  1. WordPress SEO by Yoast de Valk is by far the most comprehensive, covering titles and meta descriptions, XML sitemaps, permalinks, internal linking, RSS and social. There are a lot of options here which some people might find a bit overwhelming if they are new to this area. You also have to update a few more fields when you create a page or post.
  2. The All-in-One SEO Pack is another popular plugin. While you do need to do some configuration, there are some features that work automatically.
  3. Even simpler is FV Simpler SEO which generates meta tags automatically and does not require you to input keywords.
  4. It’s also worth looking at Scribe which includes both SEO and content marketing tools.  And if you start with one SEO plugin and move to another you will need SEO Data Transporter. I’ve used this plugin successfully to migrate my SEO data from All in One SEO to Thesis to Genesis and to WordPress SEO.

Read Joel Rivera‘s answer to What are the most used and your favourite wordpress plugins? on Quora

If you don’t like any of these options, check out other SEO plugins on WordPress.org.

More Advice on SEO for WordPress

Since optimizing your site is one of the most important tasks you can do, it’s worth looking at some of the tips in these articles:

  1. 7 Popular Free SEO Plugins For WordPress – this article reviews some of the top SEO plugins for WordPress.
  2. New To Using WordPress? 3 Must Have Plugins To Power Your SEO – find out what else you need besides the normal SEO plugins.
  3. 8 Excellent WordPress SEO Plugins – this post includes a few other SEO plugins worth considering
  4. 10 Out-Of-The-Box WordPress SEO Tips to Dominate the Front Page of Google in 2012 – this article provides tips on optimizing your site, including looking at on-page SEO for WordPress.
  5. WordPress SEO Tips – Ultimate Guide – there’s a lot of information here on everything from choosing domain names to using a CDN, structured data and microformats.

Other WordPress Plugins

Of course, it’s not all about SEO when it comes to WordPress. You can do lots of different things with this blogging package as you’ll see later in this article. For now, here are some other people’s views on top WordPress plugins. Be warned, too many plugins will slow your WordPress site down, so be choosy about the ones you install.

  1. Popular plugins on WordPress.org – if a lot of people are using and reviewing plugins, you know they have to be worth a look.
  2. 80 Best WordPress Plugins – Want Unfair Advantage? – a huge list from TripWire magazine.
  3. The 25 Best WordPress Plugins – want to supercharge your site? That’s what PCMag offers with its list.
  4. The 10 best WordPress plugins for designers – this post looks at the best plugins for more creative types, including options for slideshows and videos.
  5. The 15 Best WordPress Plugins to Use in 2012 – starting with popular plugin W3TotalCache, this delivers what it promises.
  6. The Best WordPress Plugins – MakeUseOf offers screenshots and descriptions on this plugin roundup page.
  7. The 25 Best WordPress Plugins Ever – this includes plugins for managing comments, adding forms, giving your site a mobile interface and more.

WordPress Videos

Some people are more visual learners. If you fall into that category, then check out these sites and links with helpful WordPress videos.

  1. WordPress TV – this site by Automattic has more than 400 WordPress videos from the WordCamp conference
  2. WP Beginner videos – these are free but you have to subscribe to gain access to them.
  3. WP101 – there are some free videos but you will have to subscribe if you want access to all of them.
  4. 30 Excellent WordPress Video Tutorials – Six Revisions’ WordPress video collection
  5. 110+ Massive WordPress Video Tutorial Collection – a huge selection of WordPress videos from 1st Web Designer.

Hacking WordPress

If you want to do a bit more with WordPress, then check out these sites and tutorials with tips on hacking WordPress. Many of them have been around for a while, but people are still finding the tips useful.

WordPress Inspiration

Finally, to round out the series and provide some inspiration, let’s look at how people are using WordPress.

Proof that if you’re using WordPress, you’re not alone is in WordPress.com’s stats page. And there’s no need to wonder if you have made the right choice when brands like CNN, The New York Times and Reuters are among the notable users leveraging the WordPress platform. And there are some interesting stats on how people are using WordPress in this infographic.

That’s where we end our megalist today. We’ll be back soon with an update on other useful WordPress resources.

The MegaList of WordPress Resources – Part 1

Ever since I discovered WordPress, more than six years ago now, I’ve been a fan. Recently, I’ve been spreading the love to people I know who want an easy, quick way to create a website.

That got me thinking about the resources you need if you are starting your WordPress site from scratch or just want to get informed about what WordPress can do. Here’s part 1 of my mega-list of useful WordPress resources. Add yours if you think I’ve missed anything.

Resources from WordPress.org

The best place to start is with WordPress.org itself (after all, they are the experts, right? ) Here are some of the resources you will find there:

  1. WordPress Codex – This humongous wiki has everything you need to know about WordPress, including getting started tutorials. There are also resources for WordPress developers and theme and plugin developers.
  2. WordPress Forums – part of the Codex, this section is where you go to find answers about WordPress features. One thing to note is that in my experience the forum info is biased towards the WordPress.com sites but if you are using self-hosted WordPress you will still find it useful.
  3. WordPress Themes Directory – this is a good starting point if you want a design for your WordPress site. It features both free and commercial themes and you can use the tag and filter interface (the same one that’s in the WordPress dashboard) to refine your choices. Check out the most popular WordPress themes in the directory here.
  4. WordPress Plugins – this is a mega list of plugins (more than 22,000 at the time of writing). Plugins add additional functionality to your WordPress site, whether you want to tweak images, add social media buttons or more. You can also search plugins from the WordPress administrative dashboard.
  5. WordPress Mobile Apps – want to blog from your smartphone? Then you will need these apps, also available from your favorite app store. There are apps available for iPhone and Android, as well as other platforms.

WordPress Tutorial Sites

If you’re just getting started with WordPress, then you need some guidance on what to do. Here are some of the best sites around offering WordPress tutorials and tips:

  1. WPMU – run by a team of expert bloggers, educators and marketers, this site is a one-stop source for tips, plugins, themes (free & premium), news and tutorials about WordPress. It’s always worth a look.
  2. WP Beginner – the name says it all.  This blog aimed at WordPress newbies is chock full of basics including getting started in minutes, how to choose and tweak your theme, how to handle typical beginnersí hiccups and much more.
  3. ManageWP – if you manage multiple WordPress sites, ManageWP will give you resources and shortcuts for how to do so efficiently, and maximize the power of WordPress to your advantage. If you’re on-the-go, thereís ManageWP for iPhone, too!
  4. Hongkiat – from design inspiration to practical how-tos, you’ll find solutions and suggestions for how to supercharge your WordPress site.
  5. Noupe – a site targeted to designers and developers, with a special category dedicated just to WordPress. This helps you make the most of this user-friendly content management system.
  6. NettutsWordPress – the well known web tutorial site has a category dedicated to WordPress with videos, articles, tips and tutorials targeted to web developers and designers. Even if you’re not a developer or designer you can find useful help here.
  7. Smashing Magazine – intermediate-level tutorials and articles focusing on how to develop well-designed websites with clean code. It’s got a great collection of free themes, too!

WordPress Themes

To get the right look for your WordPress site, you need the right theme. Here are some popular themes and theme resources.

Popular Premium Themes and Tutorials

There are dozens of premium WordPress theme designers, but here are some of the most popular.

  1. WooThemes has a great selection of free and paid themes and is also known for the WooCommerce’s e-commerce framework and plugin. Get help with WooThemes with these tutorials.
  2. Brian Gardner’s StudioPress produces the Genesis theme framework, with a wide selection of child themes for every type of blog or business. Get help with Genesis with these video tutorials.
  3. Chris Pearson’s DIYThemes is known for the SEO-friendly Thesis theme framework. A wide range of designers produce child themes for Thesis. Get help with Thesis with these tutorials.
  4. Headway Themes features a drag and drop interface that some people may find easier than messing around with code. Get help with Headway with these tutorials.
  5. Catalyst allows you to control your theme design by selecting pre-prepared elements ñ and change the skins too! Get help with Catalyst with these tutorials.
  6. There are many other premium theme sites, including DesignerThemes and Lubith, if you don’t like the choice above. WeblogsToolsCollection also publishes regular  lists of new and updated themes.