Plugin Recommendations from WordCamp UK in Edinburgh, Scotland

I’m decompressing in Nottingham, England with two great friends after WordCamp U.K.  It was such a great learning, givinTravel Blogger 101 WordPress pluginsg and networking event.  I was just looking at the #wcuk twitter feed and saw something I have to tell you about from one of the attendees.

In WordPress, there are some little things called Plugins.  From the site you can find the following definition:

Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress…Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs.

These little gems make your life easier when you set up your blog.  There’s always a lot of conversations about what plugins to use, which ones are better, etc.  We will talk about plugins some more in our upcoming travel blogger 101 course.

I told you in the “have you ever been to a WordCamp” post that I missed the Plugin Talk by Michael Kimb Jones at WordCamp U.K. in Edinburgh, Scotland, as I opted to go to the How To Create A Web Magazine” Talk instead.  Kimb have just tweeted about it as he’s posted the list on his blog (scroll down to the last entry).

I met Kimb after his WOW Plugins Talk and the guy is very personable and promised that he’d give a list of the Plugins and he has indeed in that post.  Apparently, he’s been doing this since WordCamp UK 2009 and have now created a Website called to showcase them.  This is a must view Web site in your arsenal once he gets it going.  Go check it out and let me know what you think and which plugins are you currently using or have heard others talk about.

From his list, I am currently using only two of the ones mentioned (you can use the search feature from the Dashboard in WordPress).  Are you using any of them?
  1. CTravel Blogger 101 - Contact 7ontact Form 7 – I use this one to handle my contact us page unless the theme I’m using has its own Contact us page that handles it. I’m actually using it for this blog. It’s very simple to use, just define the fields you want, it gives you a line of code to past into the Contact Us page you create and you are done.  There are some additional options as well, but you don’t have to get sophisticated at all.
  2. WP-Table Reloaded – I love this one as it heTravel Blogger 101 - WP-Table Reloadedlps me to create tables easily and also helps me to manage them.  Just say the number of columns and rows et voila.  Plus you can import a table from Excel which makes it so much easier to use.  It saves you from having to do all the html to format the table.  It even does the alternating colors for you ;-).



Have You Ever Attended A WordCamp Conference?

Wordcamp Edinburgh Castle with Olympic Rings

I’m currently at WordCamp UK in Edinburgh, Scotland, so its appropriate to write about why its important to attend your local WordCamps or one either close to you or in a city you are visiting.Entrance to WordCamp Edinburgh, Scotland

I’ve been going to WordCamps for a few years now, showing up in Boston, MA; San Francisco, CA and Victoria, BC Canada plus a local WordPress meetup in Portland, OR.

So how does one get started?  Start your WordCamp search at the Wordcamp Central Web site.  This is where all the Camps that are being held worldwide are listed.  The destinations are as diverse as the Australia, South Africa, Sweden and the U.S. plus more.  So perhaps you can incorporate a WordCamp in your next trip.

At the current Conference I am attending in Edinburgh, Scotland I’ve met some very passionate people who helped me out.  As it turns out my Hosting Company had turned off my Website (too much traffic they say and I’m on a shared offering) and the local UK folks at the Camp were able to help me make the site load faster and now more efficient.  Totally WordCamp Edinburgh's  Happiness Barunexpected at the Happiness Bar.  I’ve also made some great contacts who knows where to get travel advice if they ever need it and now I’ve got some WordPress resources as well.

They also had a session that deconstructed your Web site (Site Doctors); so they basically look at your site and tell you what they think you can adjust to improve it.  Very, very useful as everyone can learn from this one.

I also got a chance to take’s uncomfortable overnight bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Edinburgh, spend a 26 GBP night in a local Hostel, the Caledonian Backpackers [affiliate link], see one of my favorite cities again, check out two local pubs with the WordCamp Delegates (fun, fun, fun) and spend a night with a friendMega bus to Edinburgh from London of mine who is a local.  The sessions were also quite good and very diverse.  There was a conflict with two of the better sessions I attended; one on creating a magazine online and another about awesome WordPress Plugins.  So you get an idea of how cool this conference was; You can get a flavor of it all by going to the hashtag #wcuk on twitter.

All this directly related to attending a WordCamp.  Put one on your next trip calendar.  Off to the Standing Order for drinks with my new WordPress friends in the U.K.

Have you ever attended a WordCamp? If so, please let us know what you thought of it?  Or maybe you plan on attending one coming up.