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Scheduling Made Easy!

Which One to Use?

Setting events and reminders for yourself (and others, even!) is very useful. Having events “etched in stone” on a calendar within a website can prevent a lot of confusion. For example, a business has an upcoming event for their co-workers and said co-workers realize it’s coming up. If no one knows when exactly it is (maybe not even the higher ups. I mean, you never know…), being able to check the website for all the information you need is pretty darn swell.

The next question is, as the heading says, which one to use? When it comes to WordPress websites, there are tons of different types of plug-ins; and calendar plug-ins are no exception. One I found to be particularly interesting is called Calender.

Don’t let the rather unimaginative name fool you, it’s pretty nifty.

The Reason to Use it

Alright, the first thing when comes to looking for a good plug-in is to check its credibility. After some searching some websites, I’ve realized that some people think pretty highly of it. Not only that, but the plug-in itself has over 200,000 downloads. I mean really, if it’s that popular, it’s gotta be pretty good, right?

Well, it’s also got some pretty good features.

  • It lets you look through each month of the year with simple drop down menus.
  • Each event is color coded for ease of identifying.
  • Hovering over the event makes a small little bubble pop up with more in depth information.

In Conclusion

Using calendars not only for yourself, but especially so for businesses are really necessary to keep everyone up to speed. The one I would recommend is the plug-in called Calender for WordPress websites. Just like the subject of this blog, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. It’s a good plug-in with plenty of features, so go use it!

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Which Contact Form is the Best?

Built-in?

Contact forms; forms in which you can contact the people of the website via forms. It’s very convenient, as you can contact them without the need of backtracking to your email service of choice just to tell him/her of how a good job they’re doing(Just an example, ooobviously).

From messing around with it, WordPress can do contact forms itself, but from doing all the coding yourself. This is a simpler route (or a more complicated one, depends on how filled your cup is), but then comes the main attraction to plug-ins. Spam blocking! No one likes being spammed, and I’ve seen many contact forms advertised for their spam blocking abilities.

What plug-in to use?

The one that I would recommend is one called Clean Contact! It’s a very simple contact form, and well, this little snippet from the website says it all:

“The plugin has minimal configuration and can be used out of the box. It is intended to be a simple contact form that is familiar to your users, and doesn’t require them to jump through hoops to send you an message.”

Not only is it simple, but it’s also capable of advanced spam blocking. Really, that all that needs to be said.

Why use it?

The way I figured, everything I’ve stated above is enough of a reason why to use it. Of course, because of its simplicity, it can’t do some of the fancier things without quite a bit of tinkering, but that simplicity is amazing if you just want to get one going.

As I’ve also said a dozen times, them advanced spam blocking capabilities; they’re pretty nifty to have. Lastly, this blog recommends it near the top of the list, so it’s got some credibility behind it (along with the 50 some-odd thousand downloads).

In Conclusion

Clean Contact is the contact form to use. It’s simple, easy to use, with good spam blocking capabilities. So, just like that there contact form, I’ma keep this short and sweet: Go use it!