Plugins

Of the thousands of plugins available in the WordPress.org repository, WordPress for Toastmasters provides just a handful of those judged most relevant to the mission of this site. Others can be added on request.

To set up your own website hosted elsewhere with equivalent functionality, you would enable at least RSVPMaker and RSVPMaker for Toastmasters, plus the Lectern theme.

Enabled on All Sites

These provide essential features for WordPress for Toastmasters.

RSVPMaker
Schedule events and solicit RSVPs. Events are implemented as custom post types, so you get all your familiar post editing tools with extra options for setting dates and RSVP options. PayPal payments can be added with a little extra configuration. Recurring events can be tracked according to a schedule such as “First Monday” or “Every Friday” at a specified time, and the software will calculate future dates according to that schedule and let you track them together.

RSVPMaker for Toastmasters
This Toastmasters-specific extension to the RSVPMaker events plugin adds role signups and member performance tracking. Better Toastmasters websites!

Akismet
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.

Improved User Search in Backend (useful utility, makes it easier to look people up by name rather than username)
Improves the search for users in the backend significantly: Search for first name, last, email and more of users instead of only nicename.

WP User Avatar (used for profile photos on member page)
Use any image from your WordPress Media Library as a custom user avatar. Add your own Default Avatar. On wp4toastmasters.com and toastmost.org, this is turned on by default, but you have the option of turning it off. For example, if you activate BuddyPress (see below), it has its own way of handling profile photos.

Social Media Sharing

Choose one of these to enhance social media sharing of content on your site.

AddThis for WordPress
Use the AddThis suite of website tools which includes sharing, following, recommended content, and conversion tools to help you make your website smarter. With AddThis, you can see how your users are engaging with your content, provide a personalized experience for each user and encourage them to share, subscribe or follow.

Floating Social Bar
Floating Social Bar is the best social media plugin for WordPress that adds a floating bar with share buttons to your content without slowing down your site.

Mashshare Share Buttons
Mashshare is a Share functionality inspired by the the great website Mashable for Facebook and Twitter. More networks available.

Shareaholic | share buttons, analytics, related content
Whether you want to get people sharing, grow your fans, make money, or know who’s reading your content, Shareaholic will help you get it done. See configuration panel for more settings.

Share Buttons by AddToAny
Share buttons for your pages including AddToAny’s universal sharing button, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp and many more. [Settings]

ShareThis
Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites. Configuration options are here.

Social Media Feather
Super lightweight social media plugin to add nice and effective social media sharing and following buttons and icons anywhere on your site quickly and easily

Utilities and Enhancements

All In One SEO Pack
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.

Auto More Tag
Automatically add a More tag to your posts upon publication. No longer are you required to spend your time figuring out the perfect position for the more tag, you can now set a rule and this plugin will–to the best of it’s abilities–add a proper more tag at or at the nearest non-destructive location.

BuddyPress
The social software companion to WordPress allows you to add Facebook-like profiles and activity streams to your own website. See buddypress.org. Can help you build more of a sense of community around your website. If you activate BuddyPress, you don’t need WP User Avatar.

ChimpBlast
Email broadcast utility for MailChimp. Compose and preview messages in WordPress, then submit to MailChimp for distribution. Import event listings from RSVPMaker, and RSVP Now link will be coded with the recipient’s email address so the event service can recognize return visitors.

Contact Form 7
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.

Contact Form DB
Save form submissions to the database from Contact Form 7, Fast Secure Contact Form, JetPack Contact Form and Gravity Forms. Includes exports and short codes.

Disqus Comment System
The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus. Head over to the Comments admin page to set up your Disqus Comment System.

Global Hide Toolbar
Global Hide Front End Toolbar Manager According to Admin and User Roles (2014-05-31) This become obsolete if Core Team adds global options features are being developed plugins first

Global Hide Toolbar Bruteforce
Bruteforce Disable Front and Back End Toolbar for all Admin and User Roles – BETA (2014-04-16) – Version Discontinued Please Install WP Toolbar Removal

Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.

MailPoet Newsletters
Create and send newsletters. Import and manage your lists. Add subscription forms in widgets, articles and pages. MailPoet (formerly Wysija) is a freemium plugin updated regularly with new features.

Nextend Facebook Connect
This plugins helps you create Facebook login and register buttons. The login and register process only takes one click.

Remote Images Grabber
Fetches images from an URL or a piece of html-code, saves them directly into your blog media directory, and attaches to the appointed post.

Sidebar Login
Allows you to easily add an ajax-enhanced login widget to the sidebar on your WordPress site.

Stream
Stream tracks logged-in user activity so you can monitor every change made on your WordPress site in beautifully organized detail. All activity is organized by context, action and IP address for easy filtering. Developers can extend Stream with custom connectors to log any kind of action.

Username Changer
Lets you change usernames.

User Role Editor
Change/add/delete WordPress user roles and capabilities.