Themesconstruction

Thousands of themes to choose from, where to go?! Here are my favorites.

Theme Forest: This is my new favorite site. You have to be wary, choose themes that seem to have good support (check if they have a support forum, and/or answer quickly in the comments section) and you often don’t really know what you are getting until you download and test the theme in terms of functionality. (so i choose only high ranked, purchased themes)… but so much variety your head will spin. This theme i’ve used for I/E is from theme forest.

Elegant Themes and Organic Themes  – are two other great sites, with quality themes, and stellar support. To me the success of a theme is in it’s flexibility, and support.

Plugins

There are literally thousands of plugins available for wordpress. It can take hours to find/test them. Here is a growing list of my favorite plugins tested and true!

WordPress Download Manager                                               

Creates a proper download link for files in wordpress. WordPress doesn’t allow you to set a link to a media file. You either get page not found, or you are taken to the file, but it simply plays. The only way to download it is to save the page, which isn’t always that intuitive for the user.

This plugin has a media manager that either allows you to upload the file, or search for it in your site files. So great for small and large files. It then also gives you an assortment of buttons to use for your download.

[wpdm_file id=1]

WP Twitter widget by rYokiNG

Twitter Feed (with API). Not crazy about the design on all sites, but it works well, and is easy to set up, good instructions about the api

Sample: http://www.askmamamoe.com/ (footer)

Pinterest Badge

Adds a nice pintrest widget graphic leading back to your pintrest account

Sample: www.askmamamoe.com (footer)

jQuery Pin It Button For Images

Adds the pinit button on all images. Works well, allows you to put your own pin button, on some sites it adds it too many places, but overall a good plugin

Sample: www.askmamamoe.com

Blogger to wordpress migration

When importing with Blogger Importer plugin, you should also use blogger image import, and one that converts the tags to categories Categories to Tags Converter Importer (says it hasn’t been updated I 2 years but did work well). Blogger To WordPress is used to map old blogger pages to new ones on wordpress once site is up

Duplicate Post

used on tonnes of sites

Good plugin for cloning pages/posts

Email Subscription

Used on this and askmamamoe.com and kiralybatist.com, a simple way for people to subscribe to your blogposts via email

Post Types Order

Good plugin to be able to move the order of posts, portfolio items, most common content types in wordpress. Used in many sites. It did cause conflict on one site with the theme so couldn’t use it there.

Social Media Widget

Used on knockknockbanners.com and suzannahbaum.com

Advanced Mortgage Calculator

Good little mortgage calculator for widgets. Used on themunsellegroup.com

 

Duplicate post

helpful plugin when needed cloned pages/posts etc.

Ultimate Coming Soon Page

helpful when you want to work on your site but not have it publically viewed. Once logged in you can see everything

Backup Buddy

A paid for plugin, but totally worth the price. Simple to use, very dependable, and pretty much always delivers the site and all content/settings exactly the way it was backed up. Great support.