Blogging Basics – Part 5 – WordPress Plugins

If you haven’t read the previous parts, go back and read them here:

Part 1 – Domain Name Service
Part 2 – Hosting
Part 3 – WordPress
Part 4 – Themes

So, once you are done with setting up WordPress, installing a theme and editing the website’s look and feel to your heart’s content, take your time and install these plugins. These plugins are some of the best WordPress plugins and they make your site management activities better, faster and easier.

Some of these plugins offer widgets that can be used in the reader visible part of the website. The rest of these plugins are very useful behind the screens.

So, I’ll separate the plugins based on their functionality and usage.

READER VISIBLE PART BASED: 


1. Black Studio TinyMCE Widget:

Whatever widgets you have on your website, this widget provides you a WYSIWIG editor to edit your website visually in real time. You can see the changes without even refreshing the page.

2. Collapsing Archives:

Provides you a widget to display your WordPress site’s archives with a collapsing style.

3. Collapsing Categories:

Provides you a widget to display categories in a collapsing style.

4. Crayon Syntax Highlighter:

If you have a blog which deals with programming, coding, etc., this plugin helps display code by highlighting the code in an IDE kind of way.

5. EWWW Image Optimizer:

A WordPress plugin that will automatically optimize your images as you upload them to your blog. It reduces the file sizes of the images you upload to your blog to make the file size smaller and efficiently improve the performance of your blog pages containing images.

6. Infinite Scroll:

The plugin automatically loads posts as the reader scrolls down your website’s posts page. This plugin massively helps in improving the usability of the website/blog.

7. MashShare Share Buttons:

This plugin provides you a way to enable readers to easily share the content of your website. You can place the social media share buttons anywhere in your blog, wherever you prefer using this simple yet powerful widget plugin.

8. PhotoDropper:

Helps you to search and add photos to your posts from Flickr API. It helps you add photos with a Creative Commons License.

9. Popular Posts:

Provides you a widget to display the most popular posts of your blog.

10. WordPress Related Posts:

Provides you a widget to display posts related to a particular post based on keywords and related content.

GENESIS FRAMEWORK BASED PLUGIN: 


1.  Genesis Custom Headers:

This plugin enables you to add custom headers to each page/post/custom type. It provides you with many header options – images, slideshows, HTML, etc,.

2. Genesis Easy Columns:

This plugin provides you an easy way to add multiple columns to your blog posts or pages with content.

3. Genesis Title Toggle:

This plugin puts you in control of the pages in which you want the title of the content to appear. For instance, you can remove the title of the content from pages and keep them only for blog posts. Essentially, it gives manual control over which parts of your website you want titles to appear on the page.

4. Genesis Widgetized Archive:

Provides you a genesis based widget for displaying archives of your blog content.

5. Genesis Extender:

Helps you customize any Genesis theme without being a developer. It has one click home page configurations, custom widget areas and everything you need to customize your genesis theme without having any programming knowledge.

PLUGINS THAT WORK IN THE BACKGROUND:
 

1. Akismet:

Akismet is the best of  all spam plugins. The plugin checks your  site’s comments against the Akismet Web Service database of spam words and lets you review the flagged comments that contain those spam words. Then, the plugin lets you  review the flagged comments in the admin section.

2. All In One SEO Pack:

This plugin takes care of your title tags, meta descriptions, and a bunch of other related SEO stuff. It allow you to easily boost your site’s ranking through comprehensive and powerful site maps, and title and meta data optimisation, as well as automatic site-wide linking  Thesis theme automatically takes care of the SEO related stuff. So, avoid this plugin if you are using a Thesis based theme.

3. EasyAzon:

This is a WordPress plugin designed to help Amazon affiliates create links faster and easier all without leaving the WordPress dashboard. Also, you can link various Amazon affiliate accounts (amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, amazon.co.in, etc.,) all in one place, and the links that people click will take them to the appropriate site based on their location.

4. Google XML Sitemaps:

This plugin generates an XML sitemap for your sites, which helps the search engines to index your site better.When the search engine crawlers have to see the complete structure of your site or retrieve it efficiently, that activity is made better with the help of Sitemaps.  Google XML Sitemaps supports all kinds of WordPress generated pages and custom URLs, and also notifies search engines each time a new content is posted.

5. Viper’s Video Quicktags:

This plugin enables you to embed videos easily from Youtube, Vimeo, and a ton of other video hosting services.

6. W3 Total Cache:

This plugin caches your website’s files and reduces the server’s load. It improves the speed of your website.

7. WP Google Analytics:

This plugin allows you to add Google Analytics to your WordPress website. It enables you to track your WordPress site easily with the latest tracking codes and also to add data for search result pages and error pages.

8. Amazon S3 Cloud HTML5 MP3 Player Plugin:

It allows you to setup a link to your Amazon S3 bucket and also helps you set up an HTML5 playlist.

9. WordPress SEO:

This plugin fully optimizes your website for SEO related purposes. It also allows you to control what goes where with relation to the SEO related content management.

Last but not least, the next one is a beast of a plugin.

10. JETPACK By WordPress.com:

Jetpack, as I said, is a supercharger for your website. It provides you with a collection of powerful features, such as site stats, email subscriptions, forms, social networking and more.

 

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