WordPress Plugins and Other Site Concerns

In the world of blogging and managing websites, there can be a lot that goes on behind the scenes.

As I check out my Cpanel once again to do some occasional maintenance, I often reflect on how much time and energy that is spent managing a site, and the tasks that no one actually sees.

WordPress Plugins

As of now, I think I have more than 30 wordpress plugins, and I’d like to go over each and every one of them, but I’ll have to save that for another post. I think it would be good to post my Top 10 Useful WordPress Plugins. But for now, off the top of my head, Quick Adsense and Facebook Share Statistics plugins are very good. Also, the Audio Player plugin is another good one.

The Little Things That Could Make a Difference

Other than the usual grammatical issues that are bound to creep up as one becomes a bit more prolific with blogging, I always have issues with the following:

  • The About Page – Is it just me, or do many of you have issues with your about page? For one, I’ve never been quite happy with my own About Page, and I know that this is a popular landing page for first-time visitors who want to see what the site is all about, and who the author is. It seems I’m always changing my About Page, but I’m never happy with it.
  • The Search Field – I just recently placed (and returned) my Search Field near the top of the web page. At first I thought it was in the way, and it makes my RSS, Facebook and Twitter buttons stand out more. But, people probably like the Search Field to be near the top so that it’s easy and convenient to search the whole site.
  • The Archives – I’m REALLY happy with the WP-Archives plugin. It’s simple and fast. And it organizes my archived posts well. For the longest time I was searching for a good archives plugin and in the past have experimented with a couple of elaborate ones. Only to find out they had problems once I upgraded to the newest version of WordPress.
  • The Categories – In the past, I have created huge collections of categories. Then, I tried to deal with as little as possible, mainly to try and build on a few niche topics to blog about. And now, I’ve been adding more categories again. One day, I hope to get all this sorted out, but I confess I tend to be a category hoarder! I think it helps to at least note specific categories that are talked about the most here, and mention them in the about page.

Putting It All Together

I try to let the site serve a dual purpose. To allow for literary expression through blogging and writing, as well as to serve as a vehicle to publish my musical side. Hopefully, the two separate parts of the site don’t get in the way of each other, and do not cause any confusion.

I’ve been writing online for more than 10 years now, beginning with my first online journal. You’d think by now that I’d be an expert at this; a professional blogger. But, there is still a lot to learn. There is always something new to implement on the site.



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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