I love WordPress! It’s so flexible, and you can choose from over 23,000 plugins to improve the function of your website. But finding the best WordPress plugins that do exactly what you want can be a mission if you don’t know where to look.
In a previous post, I wrote about the 10 Cool WordPress Plugins that Rock My Blog. But since then I’ve added a few more plugins to my stable. Some pretty cool ones here – in alphabetical order.
I hope you find them helpful.
Best WordPress Plugins
Yep, this WordPress plugin pretty much does what it says it would.
Whenever you’ve got a broken link, this Broken Link Checker plugin lets you know so you can fix it. You can choose to be notified on your WordPress dashboard, or by email. And you can choose which links you’d like the plugin to monitor. Pretty cool huh?
This plugin has certainly made my life easier and saved me loads of time dicking around – checking every single link. Thanks Broken Link Checker!
I luv CommentLuv!
As you know, getting comments on your site is a great way to connect with your readers. So you want to encourage as many comments as possible. That’s where CommentLuv comes in…
With CommentLuv, if a reader comments on your blog they’re automatically rewarded with a link back to their latest blog post. You can also set the plugin so the commenter can choose from their last 10 blog posts – which shows you luv them even more.
I saw a good increase in comments after installing CommentLuv. You should try it!
Just imagine if your website went down and you lost all your files? OMG, I couldn’t imagine it – I’d be devastated!
I came across this plugin after hearing horror stories about other websites going down. The Complete Central Backup plugin is great for rookies because, unlike some other back-up plugins, no configuration is required. Simply click on a link and your files are backed up. Awesome!
4. EWWW Image Optimizer
This is a handy little plugin I found while researching tools to speed up my website. But why it’s called EWWW is beyond me. lol.
EWWW Image Optimizer automatically compresses the size of your images so your website loads faster and you use less bandwidth. All good stuff!
Through the media panel, you can also optimize individual images, or bulk-optimize all your images with one click.
I’ve reduced some of my images by over 80%! I rest my case!
4. Facebook Like Box
This Facebook Like Box plugin – or something similar – is a must if you have a Facebook profile or fan page and are keen to increase your Facebook fan base. I like this particular plugin because it visually appealing and stands out on my webpage.
Plus it’s much easier to install than Facebook’s own ‘like’ box.
Just upload this plugin like any other WordPress plugin and configure it how you like. Then a visitor to your site can simply click on the ‘Like’ button and voila, they’re connected to your Facebook page.
6. P3 Plugin Performance Profiler
This is another plugin I found while researching tools to speed up my website.
The P3 Plugin Performance Profiler is brilliant because it lets you see at a glance which WordPress plugins are affecting your website loading speed. This enabled me to deactivate the slower plugins and either replace them with less sluggish ones, or only activate them when required.
I’m pretty sure my site is now running faster now. What do you think?
7. Scroll Triggered Box
See that yellow pop-up box on the bottom right of your screen? (If not, scroll down a little bit more.)
I can’t remember exactly how I found out about this plugin, but the person who reviewed it said he (it was definitely a ‘he’) saw a massive increase in email subscriptions from it. So I had to try it out.
And the result? While I’m not flooded with new subs, I’ve certainly seen an increase. But there’s just one problem. The email addresses you get from the Scroll Triggered Box aren’t integrated with your email subscription system (I use Aweber), which means you have to manually insert every email address that comes in. Hmmph!
I’m sure this can easily be fixed by changing the CSS coding, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet!
Either way, Scroll Triggered Box is a cool plugin that’s worth a look.
8. Special Text Boxes
Now this is a doozie little number… and its name really doesn’t do it justice.
I found this plugin after hunting high and low for something that’d enable me to highlight content in my blog. And this Special Text Boxes plugin does just that…
You can choose from seven pre-designed templates or create your own. The text box works really well with the Click-to-Tweet feature, a free app that enables a link to make it easy for people to tweet your post – like I’ve done above. Check them both out: Special Text Boxes ; Click-to-Tweet
9. StatCounter Plugin
StatCounter is a web analytic tool, kinda like Google Analytics, but much easier to use – especially for rookies.
The thing I love about StatCounter is you can view it from within your WordPress dashboard, which is super convenient. Saves having to log in every time.
Just sign up for StatCounter and upload their plugin within WordPress.
StatCounter won’t replace your Google Analytics, but it’s really handy for checking your stats on the fly.
So what do you think of these plugins?
Do you already use some of these plugins yourself? And if so, how do you find them? Have you got others you could recommend? Please tell us about them below.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out my previous post about other WordPress plugins I recommend and use: 10 Cool WordPress Plugins that Rock my Blog.
Thanks for visiting!
Until next time,
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