Do you use wordpress plugins? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!

biting wordpress plugin developers

If you have a WordPress blog, there is a 99% chance that you use wordpress plugins. If you develop your own sites, you already know what they are, and you probably are familiar with at least a handful. If someone does your web development for you, you still enjoy the benefits of plugins that do everything from managing comment spam to generating forms pages.

What are WordPress plugins? In simple terms, they are chunks of code that are uploaded to your web server. There are hundreds of them, and they are free! They add an incredible amount of functionality and make life easier for professional web developers and amateurs alike. They are fabulous contributions made by programmers who devote time and energy to making WordPress better and better.

Recently, I ran into a post on a WordPress training site that was a bit disconcerting. The author was grousing about the plugins. Here is a direct quote:

Truthfully I would rather deal with the marketer that has a vested interest in supporting and improving their plugin than with the person that creates a great plugin and has no reason other than kindness or ego to support it.

I couldn’t disagree with this statement more. I use dozens of plugins in my sites. I have no trouble with them. If WordPress comes up with an update, I just wait a couple of weeks before I install the update. By that time, the plugins are updated, and I have never had an issue with any of them. They save me huge programming tasks, time, and costs. They also open up possibilities to things I never would have thought about.

Since when is kindness a bad thing? There are plenty of folks who will take your money for inferior products and poor customer service. Ego? The plug-in developers who I have spoken to don’t seem very egotistical.

So what if you do have problems with the plugins? They were FREE! You can always hire your own programmer to make plugins for you, if you prefer. You could also pay them to keep them updated.

A Big Thank You

Thanks to all of the WordPress plugin developers who have made my life easier. Some of them take donations for their work, but I know that the receipts are scant. Sometimes I donate, and sometimes, I have to admit, I don’t.

Here are a few plugins that I use. This is not the entire list, but these seem to stand out in my mind:

Askimet – If I did not have this one, I would be drowning in comment spam. This program really knows how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Subscribe to Comments – Would I want to develop this one on my own? Are you nuts? If this plugin were not available, many of us would not be following up on comments we have left on other sites.

WordPress Database Backup – This little gem was built by Austin Matzko. I can also tell you from experience that if you ever have severe problems with a website, he is the guy to call. His fees are reasonable too. Undoubtedly, this plugin will save me from future disasters. Who remembers to backup anything? I am lucky if I can remember to change my oil in my car.

Dagon Design Sitemap Generator- This one makes beautiful sitemaps that are visitor-friendly. They update automatically, too. What more do you want?

Smart Update Pinger – I can go back into a published post and change it without having it automatically re-publish. I won’t get spanked for ping-spamming.

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Comments

  1. Sire says:

    What a lot of BS that person was sprouting. I love my WP plugins and I know that a lot of guys who come with these marvelous utilities do, Like Andy Bailey’s commentluv, are continuously upgrading them. I know because every time I log into the dashboard I notice that there are updates available for one plugin or another.

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  2. Pete White says:

    Commentluv is a great plugin, one of the best for WordPress.

  3. I agree, these wonderful people who have developed these plug-ins and released them for free should be thanked and appreciated!

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  4. benwaynet says:

    Your link to Dagon Design Sitemap Generator is not valid, I did a quick search and it looks like it should be http://www.dagondesign.com/articles/sitemap-generator-plugin-for-wordpress/

    I like your site, I’ll have to add it to my RSS reader.

  5. Kermit Johnson says:

    Ben,

    Thanks for stopping by and letting me know about the bad link to Dagon Design Sitemap Generator so I could fix it.

  6. One of the reason why I choose WordPress over other blogging platforms is the vast availability of plugins to extend and expand the functionality of it. I couldn’t imagine what would I be without it.

    Now I don’t bite the hands that feed me but I don’t hold the hands either…:-) I love the way you come up with such a catchy title. Great blog, Kermit.

    Yan

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  7. benwaynet says:

    Odd looks like the commentluv plugin in didn’t great my latest post.. Guest I have something to look into myself :-)

  8. Thanks for the post! I just signed on for a non-hosted WordPress account. I look forward to exploring the plugin possibilities.

  9. Yes, I remember when I first started blogging, I was shocked at how many things were available for free. I even found a service where web-savvy people would install WordPress on your website for you for free, just because they really believe in WordPress. Same for themes and plug-ins. It’s great that people create those things because they genuinely feel there is a need for them rather than them just wanting to take your money. It’s refreshing!

  10. Kermit, I have seen many plugins developed for free that are no longer supported. The guy made a valid point.

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  11. I don’t suppose theres an easy way to move all the work you have done over the last year onto WordPress? I feel like I chose Betamax over VHS.

  12. I have to agree, I love all my WordPress plug ins and the people who built/maintain them. I don’t know where my website would be without them in fact!

  13. One of the principle advantages of WordPress is that you are in control. Unlike remote-hosted scripts such as Blogger and LiveJournal, you host WordPress on your own server. Installation is very simple, as is the configuration.

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  14. Yes, these developers of plug-ins have worked their tail. The plugin saves oodles of time through automation. They make the blog more professional and smooth running. Every blog owner should have a plug-in 101 training course first before running their blog.

  15. Yes, all blog owners should get the plug-in 101 training course before constructing their site.

  16. I mean it’s like anything else, right? Loads of wordpress plugins out there are super useful and well maintained and definitely an asset. But, there are definitely some that are best avoided because they wind up being more trouble than they are worth. Personally, I generally stick with the more popular well known plugins and don’t have any problems. I especially appreciate some of the plugins out there for displaying images. Images are obviously important to many different kinds of sites, and the built in image functionality in wordpress is somewhat limited. There are plugins out there that make it really easy to display images in a professional manner, and that also really make it easy for even a beginner to manage libraries of images.
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