We got a lot of hands-on work done this evening………..That’s good.

We spent time looking at the standard WP theme and how we could change background colors and other things. That lead us to how do you go about figuring out color codes in a world of mass coloration. Most themes use a color picker built into the theme in those areas where we can change colors.

Under Resources and Links 2 look for the page titled Hex Color Codes or just follow the blue link right here. After you try them out use the contact form if you have any questions.


We then moved on to Plugins, spent time discussing where to find them and how to perform basic validation work on a plugin before deciding to download it. The example we used was for a Event Calendar plugin. At the site we did a search on EVENT CALENDAR. We turned up a bunch of calendars, even one for events. As we clicked on them and went to the plugin site, we used the plugin description, star ratings, and # of downloads to help us decide if a plugin was worth consideration. Since we were doing a raw search without anyone’s recommendation we would then have to download what we considered to be the top 3 to our Dashboard. Once we did that it’s purely a matter of testing each one and then making a decision to go with one of them. The value factors I apply at this point are 1) do the features work as advertised and 2) its ease of use.

Under Resources and Links 2 is a new page for your review…….Plugins Basic. This blue link will take you right there. It lists the plugins I believe each site should have at this stage and the links to go after the download page in

While at an Internet Meetup in Dallas last night after the Clinic, I learned of a security plugin I hadn’t known about. It came with high recommendations and I have included it in the list of basic plugins every site should have. No one wants to get hacked.

While we’re on Plugins, after activating one, check the Plugins line of data in the Plugin section of your Dashboard. If it has  SETTINGS listed, then click on it to see what your supposed to do. Also look down the left hand column for something new being added, like the name of the Plugin. It could be anywhere along the left column, or even under the Settings feature. If you find something new click on it; you may need to do something additional.


Next week I will continue with loading up and activating the basic plugins. We’ll talk about each and then see how they work. We will also address Plugins that go in Sidebars. They are no longer called Plugins…..but Widgets, but like plugins, they increase the functionality of your website. Last we will talk about the RSS feature on WordPress Blogs. That should be a full night.

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Tom (TR) Ryan