I have wanted to put together this list of our favorite WordPress Plugins for sometime. And we hope that you can add them to your list of must have plugins.
One of the best advantages of having a WordPress website is the availability of plugins. The WordPress community is full of endless plugins for you to pick and choose from. Downloading and testing plugins is a fairly painless process but I like to first test them on a demo site before moving forward with implementation on the main site. In a previous blog we looked at plugins, click here to view.
10 of Our Favorite WordPress [in no particular order]:
1. Max Buttons – A very useful plugin that allows you to design CSS3 buttons that can be used on any post or page in your WordPress site. Available in both free and pro version. No coding needed. Very easy to use and design your button with their button editor. Create an unlimited number of custom buttons, save them and place them with an easy to use short code in to your post or page or widget area.
2. WP Touch Pro – With this plugin you will be able to easily setup a rich mobile theme for your mobile visitors, completely independent of your desktop theme. Yes there is a slight learning curve but I feel it is well worth it.
3. Tiny MCE Advanced – This is one of my all time favorite plugins. I love this one. This little plugin takes the WYSIWYG WordPress Editor to the next level, it adds many useful features to the editor. It takes a few minutes to set up the menu options you will want displayed in the editor but well worth the 10 minutes it takes.
4. WordPress SEO by Yoast – One of the most powerful SEO plugins you can get your hands on. This plugin will help you o write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site.
5. Image Feed Widget – We just tested this one on one of our demo site and the results are good. This plugin allows to place widgets on your sidebars, that fetch the contents of one or more RSS feeds, combine them by date if there is more than one, and display the thumbnail images that are included in the feeds items. You can give the widget any number of feeds, and limit the quantity of images to be displayed.
6. TheThe Image Slider by The Fly – I find this slider plugin a little gem to use, being easy to use and adjust, no coding needed. You can create, edit and save your galleries then insert the short code into your page or post. It’s powerful, creative and versatile jQuery based image slider.
7. BackUp Buddy – We all need to have a good reliable backup procedure no matter what size of site we have. Backup Buddy gives you the peace of mind you need. Yes this is a paid premium plugin but it’s worth every penny.
8. Sucuri Sitecheck Malware Scanner – This plugin enables full malware and blacklisting scan capabilities from Sucuri SiteCheck right in your WordPress dashboard. It will check for malware, spam, blacklisting and other security issues like htaccess redirections, hidden eval code, etc. The best thing about it is it’s completely free.
9. Gravity Forms – This is another premium plugin but it’s well worth the your money. I could not have said it better myself: Build and publish your WordPress forms in just minutes. No drudgery, just quick and easy form-building. Select your fields, configure your options and easily embed forms on your WordPress powered site using the built-in tools. [ source: www.gravityforms.com]
10. MapPress Easy Google Maps – MapPress adds an interactive map to the WordPress editing screen just below your post/page editor. Very easy to use and adjust.
Our Slideshare tutorial has more plugins for your to see. We are always on the lookout for the next newest plugin. Drop us a line if you have found something interesting.
[Blog by Chrissie ]