WebMinistry 2.0 for Churches {A Step-by-Step Guide} Part 4: Top 10 WordPress Plug-ins

wordpress_biggerWordPress includes the unique option of adding small programs that modify and/or enrich its capabilities. They are called plug-ins. The newest version of WordPress includes a special part in the administration panel for these plug-ins as follows:

{1} Event Calendar – WordPress includes a built-in calendar, which can be used to announce future events on their respective dates. Additionally, the calendar helps categorize the stored information by date, which gives a chronological timeline of the events in your ministry.

{2} Akismet is also a built-in plug-in, which helps manage the unwanted comments in your WordPress based site. This is a helpful tool against blog spammers.

{3} Post-notification does not come with WordPress, but it could easily be installed. It is basically a mailing list, with which your website automatically notifies your subscribers each time a new post is published.

{4} Google Sitemaps is an advanced Google application that maps your website. A sitemap helps the search engines index faster and more accurately your published content, which secures higher internet ranking and faster finding.

{5} Database backup is a plug-in that backs up the database securing preventing its content from deleting. It is also very useful when websites are being moved from one hosting location to another.

{6} PodPress is a plug-in that automatically converts and publishes your news feed in iPod format. It is ideal for Mac users who still use Pod casts.

{7} FeedBurner is a service recently acquired by Google because of its effectiveness. It serves as RSS pool combining RSS feeds from millions of WordPress based websites in one unified location. This gives opportunity to users to find what they need, but most importantly gives the search engines your website’s information in a format ideal for quick indexing. And that is exactly what you need in order to get even more visitors forwarded to your ministry website.

{8} Tag Cloud has become the signature of the Web 2.0 revolution. It helps asear4ch engines to condense the text of your website to a few key words and which then they sort in their indexing process to give a more accurate find to the visitors.

{9} NewGen Gallery is the best picture gallery by far created to be used in a WordPress based website. If your ministry represents its work in pictures, this plug-in is ideal for your needs.

{10} Google Analytics is a holistic set of tools that helps you administer your website and provides detailed statistical and analytical information about the way its found and used by your visitors.