“A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites.” (Read more about plugins on WPBeginner.com)
Recommended Plugins for the UUA Theme
These plugins are useful or provide features for the theme. When you download the Theme, you download them as well. Follow these instructions to install these plugins. Some aren’t absolutely required; you can use an alternative plugin if you prefer to provide that functionality. The links below bring you to informational pages about each plugin. (There is no need to install these plugins from those links, as the plugins were downloaded with the Theme download.)
- CPT Bootstrap Carousel – Powers the rotating display of images and text on the homepage
- Custom Sidebars – Enables you to display different widgets on the sidebars or footers of any page of your site
- Events Manager – Fully featured event registration management including recurring events, locations management, calendar, Google map integration, booking management
- Jetpack – Widely used plugin that adds powerful features, including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools
- List Category Posts – Allows you to list posts by category
- SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle – A collection of useful widgets
- Staffer – Uses custom post types for people management, allowing you to create and manage an onsite directory of people (board, staff, etc.). Find out more about how the theme uses the plugin on the Minister and Staff page. Note: The last version that works well is version 2.0.2, available from Github. Don’t update to later versions.
- Testimonials by WooThemes – A testimonials management system used by the UUA theme. Find out more about how the theme uses the plugin in the Our Stories Section.
- UUA Services – A custom-built plugin that comes installed with the UUA WordPress Theme for Congregations. It displays information about Sunday (or other) services: upcoming and past.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast – Improves your site’s “search engine optimization” (SEO) to make it more findable via Google or other search sites. Learn more about setting up the plugin at WPBeginner’s How to Install and Setup WordPress SEO Plugin, and more about general SEO principles on the UUA site.
Additional Recommended Plugins
Follow the links below to learn more and download these plugins, which are recommended but do not come with the UUA Theme.
- Seriously Simple Podcasting – Enables podcasting (providing a feed of audio or videos recordings that people can subscribe to)