How to Display WordPress Plugin Info to a Website

WordPress is arguably the most popular content management system – and for good reason. For one, it’s totally free. But perhaps more importantly, it’s extremely flexible, which means you can use it to build pretty much any type of website you can think of. And that flexibility can make it quite difficult to decide what kind of information to include when displaying plugin details for a particular website. For example, what kind of details does a food blog need? Or a dental website? Or a music website?

To help you make the right decision, we’ve put together a list of the essential information you should include when presenting plugin details. To make it easy to follow, we’ve also broken down the process into a few simple steps.

Step one: Determine what kind of content you’ll need

As we’ve discussed, WordPress is incredibly flexible. This means it can support an unbelievable amount of content – for better or worse. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to use, so you won’t have to worry about over- or undulating content. Simply put, whatever you can think of – whether it’s a blog post, an article, a product review, or a gallery – you can probably fit into WordPress.

With this in mind, it’s extremely important to identify what kind of content you’ll need to present in order to satisfy the reader. If you’re trying to decide what kinds of content to include on your blog, begin with a shortlist of topics you’re most interested in blogging about. From there, you can brainstorm content and expand your shortlist to include more topics.

For example, if your interests include fashion and style, you might want to create a blog that focuses on clothing or accessory reviews. Alternatively, if your interests include beauty and skincare, you could create a blog that offers tips on how to improve your look. In both cases, you’ll want to include information about the relevant WordPress plugins so your readers can take advantage of the features they provide.

Step two: Create a shortlist of plugins

Once you’ve got your content ready, it’s time to start thinking about which plugins to include in your arsenal. One of the best ways to decide what to include is to ask yourself a series of questions about the features you need and expect to see from the plugins you consider. For example, do you need a simple widget to display upcoming birthdays or anniversaries? Or do you need to track and display the metrics of each post as it’s published? Are you more interested in SEO or paid inclusion?

Simply put, as you consider plugins and their features – and remember, there are hundreds of WordPress plugins available – go through and make a list of everything you can think of. Once you’ve got your shortlist ready, it’s time to move on to the next step.

Step three: Create a list of requirements

With your shortlist of plugins in hand – and ideally, a few that meet the basic criteria you’ve established for yourself – it’s time to start thinking about what exactly you need. From there, you can begin to establish a series of requirements that the plugins you consider must meet. For example, does the plugin need to support multiple galleries? Does it need to be mobile-friendly and fit into WordPress’ mobile-first layout? Does it need to integrate with major social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus?

These are all important questions to ask yourself, as they will help determine what kinds of features the plugin you’re considering actually has. Once you’ve got your list ready, go through and establish a series of minimum requirements for each plugin.

For example, if you’ve decided Gallery Pro is the best option among the plugins you’ve considered – and it does all the things you need and want – then move on to the next step with a clear mind about what you’ll include in your WordPress installation.

Step four: Research the best way to present the information

Depending on how much information you have about each plugin, you can choose from a variety of ways to present this information to your users. Do you need a simple image slider or video player? Or do you want to use a third-party service like JWPlayer or Wistia to provide your visitors with video content? Are you planning to use a tool like Google Analytics to monitor website traffic and track performance?

Depending on how much information you have about the plugins you’re considering, you could potentially present this in tabular form on your site’s front page or blog posts. Or do you want to use a more SEO-friendly option, which is usually presented in a more blog-like style?

With all these options available, it can be difficult to decide which method is the most effective. But the truth is, there’s no one best way to present plugin information, as it depends on your personal preferences, the look and feel of your website, and your goals for the site. So take some time to think about what’s the best option for you, and then move on to the next step.

Step five: Include a demo

The last step in this process is to include a demo website for the plugin you’ve decided on. Now, you don’t need to include an entire website in your demonstration, as that can become extremely demanding – not to mention overkill. Simply include a section on your site with an example of how the plugin you’ve decided on works. Whether it’s a screenshot of the dashboard or an embedded youtube video (just make sure the video is of good quality), providing users with a short demo video will not only help them make the right decision, but it’ll also help establish you as an expert when users arrive at your site through SEO or social media.

Additionally, you could write a little bit about the purpose of the demo website, why you included it, and what to expect while using the plugin. This information can then be useful when users arrive at your site through SEO or social media.

Ultimately, presenting plugin information is quite a subjective process – but with a little bit of research and planning, you can ensure users have all the information they need at their fingertips.