WordPress Plugins and Reasons for using it

Plugins are the backbone of WordPress content management system. We can easily customize the performance of our blog according to our need. Plugins is one of the best reasons to use WordPress.

Basically, WordPress plugins are to add functionality and for managing the website. In the olden days, we have to hire a programmer or coder to implement the functions in our website. But now with the use of wordpress plugins, we can easily search anything online what we are trying to add to our website and there will be probably a plugin for it.

Many plugins in WordPress work to repeatedly optimize our business’ blog for the search engine optimization. These plugins are extremely valuable. We create some rich content using some necessary phrases and keywords (which serves as tags) and some plugins we installed help with our SEO which is definitely a boon to the people using business blogs.

Some of the WordPress plugins do cost money, so it is important for us to review each and every plugin , their functionality, merits and demerits before using it, because it is very important for us to decide which plugin is exactly needed for the website.

Reasons for using WordPress plugins:

Free or Less Cost

WordPress itself is free and using wordpress plugins is mostly cheap or the cost is less.

Easy to Use:

WordPress plugins are definitely easy to use when compared to any other content management system plugins or modules. Unlike Drupal, the interface of wordpress is very user friendly. Anyone who knows how to handle their mail, using online social media tools can use wordpress. See, It’s very easy as it sounds.

Multiple Users:

WordPress content management system offers more than one or two users, which means there are many users available to fix the website and you are not the only one. If you are in Toronto and your friend is somewhere in Texas, you both can work on the website from your respective places. To be precise, it can be accessed from anywhere.

Search Results

WordPress plugins also helps to optimize the search engine results. With the help of the wordpress plugins for search engine optimization and web master tools plugins, we can easily bring our website appear in the first page of search engine results.

 

The Top 10 wordpress plugins for November 2012 is as follows.

 

  1. Optin Revolution
  2. MobileChief
  3. About.me Widget
  4. Automatic Post Tagger
  5. Skin Login
  6. Ultimate Tables
  7. Wp-Monalisa
  8. Cleantalk
  9. BBQ: Block Bad Queries
  10. WP Content Copy Protection

There are many free plugins available for wordpress which does an amazing job and will work perfectly for the business blogs.

Installing and Managing Drupal Workbench Module

The Drupal Content Management System has a basic workflow structure.  Workbench Module in Drupal is used to create a dedicated interface for moderation, workflow and access control. The setting up of this module into the core of Drupal is not a difficult task.

What is Drupal Module used for?

If you submit a blog in a website or comment in a website, it goes through moderation before it gets published on the website. The moderating function was not available in the Drupal core. Workbench module helps Drupal to achieve this function. If you want to install workbench module in Drupal, you also need to install some other modules to make it fully functional. The other modules are discussed in the later section of this post.

How do you install Drupal?

To make the workbench module fully functional, there are some other modules need to be installed. They are as follows:

  • Workbench
  • Workbench Access
  • Workbench Moderation

After finishing the installation, you can see a new option on the toolbar which says “My Workbench”. Don’t get excited now. This is just the first step in setting up the Workbench Module. The next thing is to create a Taxonomy vocab, because we will need this to relate with the workflow.

Settings in Workbench:

While setting the Workbench Module, you have to mention which vocab you are going to use for sections. Once you do it correctly, you will be able to see a screen with something like Workbench Access —-> Sections.

How to create Users and their roles?

To demonstrate the workflow and permissions of Workbench, we have to create a few users and assign some roles to them. Every section must have a writer and an editor role.  Obviously, Writer is responsible for adding content to the website and Writer will review the content before publishing it. Editor is in the deciding place whether to publish an article or not. Editor goes through the article for corrections though it is already published, and it is not going to affect the article in any way.

About Workbench Moderation:

Workbench moderation is the most critical part in the whole workflow. The users have to follow the permissions set up for them and understand it clearly. This section is classified as two, which are

  • Workbench access
  • Workbench moderation

Below image is an excellent example for assigning the permissions to the users you have created.

To be precise, Workbench Module is very helpful in the workflow as it is used for creating users, assigning roles and permissions for them.

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Google Analytics – Drupal Module

Google Analytics module is one of the Drupal Modules which helps to track the statistics of your blog or website. It basically adds a JavaScript to your blog or website, which enables the website to be tracked by Google Analytics. It displays a lot of statistics about your blog such as the count of visitors, the duration of their presence and activities on your blog.

It helps the user to track the visitors by various categories as follows:

Demographics:

It classifies the tracked visitors of your blog by Location (Country) and Language. Example: 200 visitors from Ontario or 100 visitors using en-us as their language

Behavior:

Here the users can track the behavior of the visitors such as ‘New Vs Returning’ visitors and the ‘Frequency’ of the visitors (the count of visits and Page views)

Technology:

This is the place where the person who owns the blog or website can check the type of Browser, Operating System and Network used by the visitor to check the blog.

Mobile:

It helps the user to track the type of mobile devices used by the visitor to check the blog.

How it works:

Google Analytics is used to measure the count for visits and website visitors. Visits are the ones which represent the amount of individual visit duration for overall traffic to the blog. Anything which follows a not active duration of thirty minutes is recognized as a new visit. Whenever a visitor leaves this website and returns back within half hour, the activity is considered to be a single visit. A starting session by the visitor during any time is viewed as one more blog visitor. The next session of that visitor through the time is considered as an additional visit, but the visitor is not an additional visitor.

A blog page view is a look at a website and it is tracked by an Analytics or monitoring code. When the individual person who visits the blog refreshes that page after initial visit, the refreshed webpage is considered to be a different page view.

Advantages of Google Analytics Module:

It tracks multiple domains in a single account

It is one of the best web statistics tracking systems today

It monitors the type of links associated with the blog such as downloads and uploads.

It helps the user to track the statistics of his AdSense account

It tracks the type of devices used to visit your blog.

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I am basically from India. I have done my under graduation in Computer Science and Engineering. After my graduation, I wanted to do something where I can create something creatively. I took a course which is dedicated to Multimedia and learned to use a lot of tools like Adobe Photoshop, Flash, 3dsMax,etc.., And  also I learned many things through the online tutorials in the web, which helped me a lot when I faced trouble using the printing media soft wares. Presently, I am doing Interactive Multimedia Developer program in Algonquin College, Ottawa. I am glad I took this program and I am happy with what I am doing right now. Here, I was taught to have a different perspective towards Multimedia and came to know a lot of things related to Branding and handling the Clients.

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