Blogging as an IT Pro – What I Use: WordPress Plugins


Blogging as an IT Pro

wordpress-logoA few weeks back, (Ok… I really need to write more!) A few months back, I wrote my first Blogging as an IT Pro post and I’ve been planning several followups since then… Better late than never, right!?!?!

I tend to get a lot of questions about how to get started blogging: what software I use, how I decide what to write on, etc.  I have a tendency to give different answers depending on the conversation or I forgot something and remember hours later and have to track the person down (which tends to drive me crazy… I hate giving partial or incomplete answers when people take the time to ask questions!).

I think the WordPress vs. $OtherBloggingPlatform discussion has been had so many times that I probably can’t add much to the discussion.  Since I’m a big fan of WordPress (which runs this site), I’ll be covering which WordPress plugins I use and why you might want to consider using them on your blog if you decide to go with WordPress as your platform.

 

VaultPress (Backup)

https://vaultpress.com

VaultPress is a subscription service that provides regular backups of your WordPress site.   VaultPress has the ability to perform automated restores in the event an update, plugin, attacker, or something you do breaks your site.  True, it isn’t free, but for $5 a month, you can have the security of knowing a daily backup of your site is being taken and stored in a different location than your web hosting provider.

Screenshot of VaultPress

JetPack

http://jetpack.me

JetPack has so many features that it isn’t possible to fully do it justice in just a few sentences.  It’s basically 30+ plugins rolled into one.  It adds enhancements like Related Posts, Infinite Scroll, Publicize (automated sharing to social networks), Sharing buttons, spell check, and much, much more.

 

Crayon Syntax Highlighter

https://wordpress.org/plugins/crayon-syntax-highlighter/

If you’re going to have any kind of code (PowerShell anyone?) and you’re using WordPress, you need to have Crayon installed.  See:

My favorite feature is the ability to set a default language so I don’t have to remember to set PowerShell every time I insert code.  Crayon gives you all sorts of different ways to display your code and makes it very easy for visitors to copy/paste your code and re-use it.

 

rublon-logoRublon (2-Factor Authentication)

https://wordpress.org/plugins/rublon/

Rublon adds two-factor authentication to user accounts on your WordPress site.  The biggest thing I like about Rublon over other 2FA providers for WordPress is that they have an app for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.

 

Organize Series

https://wordpress.org/plugins/organize-series/

You can see what the Organize Series plugin does at the top of this page.  It gives you the ability to link similar posts so that your blog visitors can see that there are other posts that may be of interest to them.

 

Lightbox Plus (Image Presentation)

https://wordpress.org/plugins/lightbox-plus/

If you’re going to posting images like screenshots, Lightbox Plus allows you to show the images in an overlay instead of having to pop-up a second window/tab or force visitors to navigate away from the site.  See:

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Click me to see what Lightbox does!!!

 

All in One SEO Pack

https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

If you want your content to be found on search engines, All in One SEO Pack makes the process of getting your content noticed way easier.  It does things like generating XML sitemaps, adding Google analytics, meta tags, optimizing titles, and much, much more.

 

Starbox

https://wordpress.org/plugins/starbox/

Starbox generates the really swell Author Box you’ll see at the bottom of the posts.  (Scroll down and see for yourself!)  Starbox allows you to show the author’s picture, recent posts, bio, and social media links.  It’s a very cool way to put a face with the content.

 

WP Bitly

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-bitly/

WP Bitly uses the Bitly API to automatically create Bitly links for posts on your blog.  You can also plug in your authorization token to get analytics on links to your blog.

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What about you?  Do you have any WordPress plugins you can’t live without on your technology blog???

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Kyle Beckman

Kyle Beckman

Kyle is a Systems Administrator with 15+ years of experience. He currently works in Higher Education supporting everything from smartphones to desktop PC's to Hyper-V Failover Clusters. (If it has a IP address, he probably supports it!) He has also worked in Small Business IT consulting supporting a wide variety of businesses and non-profit organizations.

Kyle is also the Vice President of the Atlanta Windows Infrastructure and Virtualization User Group (WINVUG).You can find additional articles he's written on 4sysops.com.
Kyle Beckman

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  1. Good post Kyle! I just swapped my code highlighter!

    I use Compress PNG for WP to get my screenshots a lot smaller (automatically).

  2. We are glad to hear that you consider StarBox is a must try AuthorBox plugin. – Squirrly Team

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