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. (http://oregonroute238.com/index.php/event-calendar/)
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.(http://oregonroute238.com/index.php/beauty-shots/)