Who amongst us hasn’t seen a million of these lists… “the essential WordPress plug-ins you absolutely MUST have.” Today, I am sharing my favorite cool plug-ins, the ones you may not know about that can really improve your and your readers’ blog experience. (Links are at the end of this blog.)
BEHIND THE SCENES PLUG-INS:
(1) StatPress Reloaded – Hands-down, one of my favorite plug-ins. This provides real-time analytics on how many times your site’s been seen, which pages, how readers found you, etc. I almost forget to look at Google Analytics anymore.
(2) Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu – This cool plug-in makes it easier to read the WordPress menu while on the dashboard. Saves you a lot of clicking. I love this one!
(3) SEO Slugs – Removes words like “a” and “the” from your URL, improving SEO.
IMPROVED READER EXPERIENCE PLUG-INS:
(4) WPTouch – When readers access your website on a mobile device, what do you want them to see? Not some modified version. This plug-in essentially reproduces your WordPress blog on the mobile device. Check out the photo above.
(5) XHanch – My Twitter – Creates a widget to post your most recent tweets. Way more fun than Twitter Tools, and allows you lots of customization: include your photo, choose the headline, select a Twitter icon, etc.
(6) Thank Me Later – This plug-in automatically sends an email to readers who have commented on your post. Your mom was right… thank you notes are good manners!
(7) Post video players slideshow and photo galleries – By Cincopa, allows you to create photo galleries and insert them on specific pages of your website. The gallery is highly configurable, and you can easily add more photos as you go along. Check out my “Funny Fridays” page for an example.
(8) Follow Me – See that little white tab on the left side of the screen? Click on it. This plug-in makes it easy for readers to follow you on all sorts of platforms.
THE JURY’S STILL OUT:
(9) CommentLuv – When readers comment on your posts, this plug-in searches for the last time the reader created a blog post, and inserts the URL for that post. Basically, it rewards the reader for commenting and creates more SEO for your readers. Why is the jury out? Because I just now started using it. Leave a comment on this blog post to see how it works!
(10) LiveFyre – This is a brand new commenting system plug-in, which essentially creates a live conversation around the comments on your blog posts. Still in beta stage, the developers need to email you code before it can be input into your blog. Of course, CommentLuv will be deactivated when I activate LiveFyre. Once I set it up, I’ll report back.
Find these great plug-ins here: StatPress Reloaded, Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu, SEO Slugs, WPTouch, XHanch – My Twitter, Thank Me Later, Post video players slideshow and photo galleries, Follow Me, CommentLuv, LiveFyre
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