Seven Interesting WordPress Plug-ins

22 August 2013

Liverpool: A few years back it became clear that the static HTML websites were speedily becoming outdated. The “Social Web” and the want for a steady flow of fresh content insisted by search engines made CMS (Content Management System) websites the sound alternative.  Coded in PHP/MySQL, these sites keep the design elements and content separate. This makes changing the design easier without losing content. It also gives the ability to add text and images to anyone who knows how to use an email program without worrying about the ruining the overall design or functionality of the website. This gives website owners the benefit of adding up useful information to the website without the need of contacting the developer or waiting until he/she has time to make the alterations and then paying the invoice that certainly follows.

As there are a number of CMS platforms obtainable, one reason for choosing WordPress is the several plugins available that make the sites more valuable in many ways. Here are a few plugins that are especially useful.

Photodropper. Getting images to improve blog posts and website pages can be intimidating. If you grab the wrong image from Google images or other sites, you could get into difficulties. When installed, this plug-in returns dozens of superior free photos that can be incorporated in a post or page with one or two clicks.

Sweet Captcha. This plug-in makes it tough to resist leaving a comment or filling out a form.  You are offered with images and are asked to do things like “put the mustache on the man” or “add the ice cream to the cone” in order to prove you are a human.  So much more fun than doing a math problem or trying to read distorted letters!

Google Analytics Dashboard. Rather than having to open Webmaster tools in Google, this little gem shows information about website traffic and other information on the WordPress dashboard.

WordPress SEO. There is a lot of SEO plug-ins obtainable. It allows manual optimization for each page, and then shows a colored signal (green, yellow, orange or red) to illustrate how well optimized the page is for the focus keyword. There is also a page scrutiny that clarifies why.

PC Hide Title. The default for WordPress is to explain titles. This may be good for blog posts, but at times you don’t want a H1 tag reading “HOME” on the home page. This plug-in enables developers to point up or not point up titles at the top of pages and posts.

PC Hide Pages. Some templates automatically account all pages on the top navigation bar.  Coupon pages, “thank you” pages or any other pages that must not be shown in the navigation bar can simply be hidden using this plug-in.

Google SEO Author Snippet Plug-in. This plug-in is built for SEO and Social.  It enables authors to show their social profile links next to “posted by author” detail. It takes in the Google+ profile with suggested rel=author tag and more.

While website development for businesses is best done by professionals, website owners will be a “step ahead” when they recognize and ask their web designer to activate these and other appealing and valuable plug-ins to their WordPress websites and blogs.

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