We aim to provide a starting point for you, by offering lists of great themes, useful plugins, and resources for online training. We aren’t saying these are the best, but it tends to be products and services that our group are familiar with. If you have anything new to add to the list, or a negative comment about something on the list then we’d like to hear that too and get lively discussions going about the pro’s and con’s.
When choosing a theme you really need to consider your content foremost. It’s all too easy to get taken in by the latest beautiful and feature rich themes. If you’re armed with a plan of your content, the menu structure, and the functionality you need your site to perform then you’ll be able to consider each theme more carefully before making this decision.
Plugins add functionality to any WordPress website. Plugins, and what they can offer are probably the biggest lure away from a WordPress.com site to a self-hosted site. Let’s just say once you’ve had a taste of plugins you really don’t want to go revert to anything other than self-hosted.
Plugins come in all shapes and sizes and at there are over 40,000 plugins in the WordPress repository. Not that this is the exhaustive list of plugins, there are many more that aren’t even in the repository. However, having plugins listed in the repository does offer users easy access, viewable download stats, and a rating system.
There is a huge resource online for help with WordPress. However, sometimes it’s more productive to talk to people in-the-know and have that face to face interaction. It’s all very well learning online (and I’m a huge proponent to watching and learning from videos online) when you want to learn a topic from start to finish. It’s the problems we encounter that we find difficult to sometimes find an answer to online. We all know that in order to find what you’re looking for online you need to type your search for something specifically and, especially true for newcomers to WordPress, it’s knowing how to word that search that leaves you with fruitless results.