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WordPress Plugins: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

WordPress Plugins

WordPress Plugins add new functions to your site: contact forms, social sharing, SEO tweaks, and more. According the annual WordPress survey, plugins are the "Most Loved" and "Most Hated" aspect of the platform. 

You'll learn: 

1. Which are the most essential plugins. 
Every day new plugins are added, learn which ones are essential for today.

2. Which plugins you should avoid. 
 Old plugins become obsolete or unsupported.

3. How to vet a plugin for quality. 
 Learn the four warning signs of a bad plugin.

4. Who writes the best plugins. 
 Plugins are written by talented people. Some are masters of the art—discover who they are.

5. How to turn off a bad plugin. 
 Sometimes a plugin one stops working with a new version of WordPress. Learn how to turn it off when you can't get to the site admin screen.

6. How to update your plugins safely. 
 It seems that I'm getting plugin update notices every single day. How do I know a new update is not buggy? What can I do if it is?

Tony Cecala, Ph.D. — Digital Strategist

Tony is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and digital pioneer who brings successful high-tech strategies to local business niches. At Newsroom Ink, a brand journalism company, he develops online newsrooms for business, government, and non-profit organizations. Tony is a digital media consultant to Speakeasy and DMNmedia, architecting digital platforms using WordPress.

For the past 20 years Tony has pioneered digital approaches to local advertising, niche marketing, and event production. 

Before venturing forth as a consultant, Tony worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and Texas Instruments. At the dawn of the internet, he designed hypertext software systems for TI and presented strategic analysis to upper management on emerging trends in information technology.


• 6PM-6:45PM: Pizza Networking
• 6:45PM-7PM: Announcements
• 7PM-8PM: Presentation
• 8PM-8:30PM: Q&A and Networking

Thanks to Improving, Develare, WP Attendant, and WP Engine you can spend the afternoon eating pizza and co-working with the most talented internet professionals in the Metroplex.

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  • Kimberly C.

    TONS of great info! Thank you, Tony!


  • Lester H.

    Great information!!!


  • Bart M.

    Great meeting, Tony!! And thanks for the slides so quickly!

    1 · Yesterday

  • Tony C.

    Thanks, everyone who came out. We had a great time. You'll find the slidedeck on Slideshare:

    1 · Yesterday

  • Kris O.


    1 · 2 days ago

  • Kris O.

    Wow!! Tony always delivers exceptional information. Up to date on the cutting edge. I even implemented 2 suggestions right at the meeting! Phenomenal 👌❤️😀

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Marco

    Excellent info. It's a time saver to know what plugins he recommends and what he does not.

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Young Y.

    So informative as always! Tony rocks!

    2 · 2 days ago

  • Ken P.

    Sorry to miss tonight, Folks. Have had painters at the house all day. Wiped out from moving stuff around. Hopefully I can get the slide deck.

    2 days ago

  • Wayne C.

    Friday evenings are bad for anyone with a family, so is there any discussion of picking a different day? Or other WP meet-ups to explore?

    I moved from Austin in August and have yet to get connected in a WP community here (N.Dallas,Plano,Frisco). The Austin community was quite active, but I've not found an equivalent yet. My sites:

    4 days ago

    • Eric L.

      ANd since I hit enter instead of finishing my thought, we used to meet on Saturday but Improving does not offer that option anymore and we have a great relationship with them and would hate to leave for somewhere else. I run DFW WordPress Ninjas (http://dfw-wordpress....­), and am a member of several other groups in the area (you can find them by clicking on my name. Tony has the largest and best WP group in town with something for everyone sO try and make it if you can.

      1 · 4 days ago

    • Wayne C.

      Tks, Eric. I joined 2 related groups today.

      3 days ago

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