Plugin Reviews


I started with wanting to install the akismet plugin that came with the WordPress install. I quickly realized I needed a subscription to go through with the activation of the plugin. I will stick with my spam filters in the Writing area of my settings for now, as I don’t want to pay for plugins at this point.

Then I went to download a few more plugins. I had to make my directories write-able before I could install directly onto my server through FTP. The plugins I chose were and Event Calendar, a Gallery and a forum plugin. I have activated the Event Calendar and Gallery so far. They are very easy to use and intuitive, and flow into WordPress very well. The Calendar plugin requires a shortcode, so I created a calendar page and added the short code   into the content of the page, thereby making it work.  (a left bracket with the word calendar and a right closing bracket is how I have to word what the short code is in this post, otherwise WordPress will read the shortcode and put a calendar smack dab in the middle of my paragraph) I added categories to the calendar that would reflect the types of events I would be posting about (music, art openings, hikes & nature). I look forward to adding more events to this plugin in the future. (

The gallery plugin seems like it would work great. Once it was installed, there was a sidebar menu item added to my WordPress Dashboard. The settings are all under that menu item and look kind of complicated to use. I am not sure I would recommend this gallery plugin. I am still figuring out how to make it work, but I have high hopes as it was the top downloaded. The album plugins available to WordPress have come a long way, I do believe.(


8 thoughts on “Plugin Reviews”

  1. Just so you know, there is a free version of Akismet. Until last night, I like you thought you had to pay for it. However, when you click to activate Akismet, you are taken to a page that has the different payment options. From there you click the “Choose your price” plan (it may be called something else). That will take you to a page where you can adjust the price you pay for the service. Just set it to zero and you’re ready to go!

  2. Just to let you know another good security plugin is Wordfence. Many options that could eliminate a lot of spam from auto loggers and bots. great plugin and is free.

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