February 2013 Meetup – WP Plugin Panel


We had a pretty great turn out this month, and we owe it to our panel members. It has been exciting to see the community grow a little at a time, and I think meetups like this one have a way of confirming that to the community.

February 2013 Meetup - WP Plugin Panel


Below you will find an outline of the panel members, a link to their meetup account and the list of plugin they brought to share. I have also included a number of different plugins that were mentioned through out the talk. Let us know if there was something we missed I’m sure we can dig it up for you.

Panel Members Plugin Suggestions

Dale Liszka

  1. Quick Cache:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quick-cache/Speed up your site ~ BIG Time! – If you care about the speed of your site, Quick Cache is a plugin that you absolutely MUST have installed.

    • Requires: 3.2 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.3.2
    • Last Updated: 2011-12-4
  2. Exploit Scanner:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exploit-scanner/Search the files and database of your WordPress install for signs that may indicate that it has fallen victim to malicious hackers.

    • Requires: 3.3 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.5.1
    • Last Updated: 2013-1-30
  3. Facebook Comments:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook-comments-plugin/The Facebook Comments WordPress plugin makes it easier for you to setup, administer and customise Facebook comments from your WordPress site.

    • Requires: 2.7 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.5.1
    • Last Updated: 2013-1-12

MaAnna Stephenson

  1. BackupBuddy:
    http://ithemes.com/purchase/backupbuddy/Back up your entire WordPress installation. Widgets, themes, plugins, files and SQL database – the entire package! Just like your laptop or desktop computer, you should be doing regular backups of your website.
  2. WishList Member:
    http://member.wishlistproducts.com/WishList Member™ is a powerful, yet easy to use membership solution that can turn any WordPress blog into a full-blown membership site.
  3. TinyMCE Advanced:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tinymce-advanced/Enables the advanced features of TinyMCE, the WordPress WYSIWYG editor.

    • Requires: 3.5 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.5.1
    • Last Updated: 2012-12-13

Nathaniel Schweinberg

  1. Posts 2 Posts:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/posts-to-posts/Efficient many-to-many connections between posts, pages, custom post types, users.

    • Requires: 3.5 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.5.1
    • Last Updated: 2013-2-17
  2. Developer:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/developer/A plugin, which helps WordPress developers develop.

    • Requires: 3.4 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.5.1
    • Last Updated: 2013-1-29
  3. wpMandrill:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpmandrill/The wpMandrill plugin sends emails that are generated by WordPress through Mandrill, a transactional email service powered by MailChimp.

    • Requires: 3.0 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.4.2
    • Last Updated: 2013-2-13
  4. Debug Bar Extender:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/debug-bar-extender/screenshots/Extends the debug-bar plugin with additional tabs to measure runtimes between checkpoints and lookup variable content.

    • Requires: 3.1 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.2.1
    • Last Updated: 2011-9-2

Kenneth White

  1. Gravity Forms
  2. WP Page Navi
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pagenavi/Adds a more advanced paging navigation interface.

    • Requires: 3.2 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.4.2
    • Last Updated: 2012-8-24
  3. CMS Page Tree View
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cms-tree-page-view/Adds a tree view of all pages & custom posts. Get a great overview + options to drag & drop to reorder & option to add multiple pages.

    • Requires: 3.4 or higher
    • Compatible up to: 3.5.1
    • Last Updated: 2013-2-13

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