[wp-hackers] Recommended Themes & Plugins for a Workshop?

The TalkOut Trojans! talkout at gmail.com
Sat Feb 21 06:57:57 GMT 2009

Hi Mike,

I'm not much into themes, but I use the following plugins in most of my
blogs. This is my personal list, hope some of these can be useful for your
purpose also.

   1. Akismet - Spam blocking with Akismet web service.
   2. HeadSpace2 - Search Engine Optimization.
   3. WordPress.com Stats - Stats by plugging into WordPress.com's stat
   4. Google XML Sitemaps -Create a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap.
   5. Google Analyticator - Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable
   Google Analytics.
   6. Add to Any Share/Save/Bookmark Button.
   7. NextGEN Gallery - Image Gallery.
   8. Event Calendar 3 - Manage future events as an online calendar.
   9. Maintenance Mode - Adds a splash page to blog when down for
   10. WP-PageNavi - Adds a more advanced paging navigation.


On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 12:11 PM, Mike Schinkel <mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
> wrote:

> Hi all:
> As one of my efforts to contribute to the WordPress community I will on
> Monday be delivering a 3.5 hour WordPress Workshop[1] for 40 local
> entrepreneurs for the February meeting of a Meetup group[1] I organize. I
> will also thankfully be joined by almost 20 other local people with various
> skills to help out and ensure the workshop is a success.
> Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be spending the day preparing the workshop
> guide/handouts with the help of some of those 20 people. My plan is to give
> the attendees a selection of ~5 available themes to choose from, and have
> them install and configure ~10 plugins. Though I have some ideas for which
> themes and plugins to choose from I was wondering if any of you have
> suggestions regarding great starter themes and/or your top 10 plugins for
> new users of installed WordPress.
> Thanks in advance if you can help. I'm assuming this is an appropriate
> question for this list however if it is not I apologize in advance
> -Mike Schinkel
> http://mikeschinkel.com/
> P.S. If anyone is a/knows of any commercial theme or plugin vendors who
> would be interested in allowing us to offer their themes during the workshop
> with the caveat that any workshop participant that selects one of them will
> agree on the honor system to buy it after the workshop I'd be happy to
> present your/their themes during the workshop.
> [1] http://www.meetup.com/atlantawebentrepreneurs/calendar/9711037/
> [2] http://www.meetup.com/atlantawebentrepreneurs/
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