Guide To Using WordPress Plugins on Accountants Websites’ Blogs

Guide To Using WordPress Plugins on Accountants Websites’ Blogs


Not only are WordPress blogs incredibly beneficial for writers of all kinds and in all markets, but the accessibility of a few plugins adds varied tones of functionality in a number of ways. Other WordPress users build these plugins, which are then maintained and endorsed by WordPress.

Why Plugins?

WordPress allows each one of their users to install plugins into accountant websites‘ blogs that will help the user in some fashion. 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?

There are several places you can go to find plugins. 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! There is also a WordPress page that is devoted to listing plugin options. You can search for all different types to narrow down what you’re looking for, and you can also view the most popular plugins. (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/) Downloading plugins from here requires an extra step. You’ll need to locate the downloaded file, then unzip it before you can upload it to your 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 to do with your new 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. Some will appear in your widgets menu, and others will have further settings adjustments before the plugin works properly for you. You’ll know which method you’ll need to follow after you activate the plugin, and if you have any questions about what needs to be done, you can always check the plugin authors’ site which will be available from a link within the Plugins menu.

Verifying the plugin works;

After you install the plugin to your blog, you want to verify that the plugin is working correctly. 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!

If the plugin isn’t working, there’s a good chance that you may have missed a step or the plugin may not be compatible with your version of WordPress. You should also review the instructions on the plugin authors’ site.

What plugins should I install?

There are a lot of people that will tout the utility of certain plugins and of course if you have a specific goal in mind for your blog, there are plugins you will want to run, but everything is subjective. You should install what you feel is right for your blog.

In general I will always install Google XML Sitemaps, All in One SEO Pack, myEASYbackup, WP-reCAPTCHA, and Akismet. Each of these plugins work really nicely with my blog for different purposes, including usability and Search Engine Optimization.

I also don’t want to be left ‘high and dry’ if anything happens to my blog, so I run myEASYbackup to have a backup of my WordPress install emailed to me with another copy automatically saved to my server. 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.

What if I don’t want to bother with plugins?

The universal response is a general, “That’s up to you.” If you are content with the operation of your blog page and encounter an unobtrusive amount of spam comments, then there is no desperate need for you to look into installing piles of plugins. For users who want more functionality from a blog or for users who don’t have the time to write, the plugins granted to the WordPress society are a major energy saving tool.

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