Late last year I wrote a post about a great guide that I was referred to for setting up WordPress on Amazon Web Services. The guide was written by Jeff Reifman, who’s an extremely talented technology consultant living in Seattle, Washington. He’s a longtime ex-Microsoft Group Program Manager, freelance writer and activist.
I get a lot of emails asking for advice on which plugins or themes to use, or which hosting service is best. There’s a huge number of hosting services out there, some better than others, and at times it can be hard to distinguish between them before signing up. When it comes to themes and plugins, it’s even harder because there’s even more to choose from. With over 30,000 plugins in the official Plugin Directory, and over 2,500 themes in the Themes Directory, it can make for even more difficulties. And that’s not taking into account the thousands of theme and plugin shops that are all over the web.
So, to try and help you with this task, I thought I’d share with you some of the more common plugins, themes and services that I use on a regular basis, both on my own sites and when I’m building client sites.
It’s a little later than I would have liked, but it’s finally updated! Easy WP Guide version 2.7. Yay! This updated version covers all the new features and changes that came with the latest version of WordPress, version 3.9. As well as the updated content, there’s also a couple of new chapters, bringing the total page count to 132 pages. That’s an extra 9 pages of awesome and over 1100 more words from the previous version!
UPDATED: Prize winners announced below! Thanks everyone for entering and for supporting Easy WP Guide!
Well, I gotta say, when I first launched Easy WP Guide back in May 2011, I never thought I’d see the downloads tick over to 100,000! A big thanks to those folks who have supported & shared the site with your colleagues, friends & clients. Also, a big thanks to those that have donated some coinage. One of the big costs with the site is the hosting, due to the traffic that goes through it. Last, but never least, thanks to everyone who’s downloaded a copy (or two) of the guide. It’s fantastic getting emails from people telling me how much they love the guide and how useful it’s been.