The other day, someone asked me to recommend a few plugins for their WordPress blog. After sharing links, I figured that listing them on Social Media Slant could help more people.
In my blogging career, I have tested many plugins. Some stopped working or triggered compatibility issues, while others did not meet my expectations. Thankfully, the WordPress plugin repository and the Internet offer a lot of choice!
I have used more than half of the plugins highlighted below. The rest are on my to-test-and-review list because they are recommended by some major bloggers.
The one I’m the most eager to install right now? Google Drive for WordPress. Simple Pull Quote also looks like a very interesting tool.
And for those who wonder what I use for the author bio at the top of my articles, check out Starbox.
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A list of useful plugins to make your blog more interactive
1. 404 to Start
Send 404 page not found error directly to start page (or any other page/site) to overcome problems with search engines. With optional email alert.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog's "Comments" admin screen.
All in One SEO Pack is a WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines such as Google.
Breadcrumb NavXT, the successor to the popular WordPress plugin Breadcrumb Navigation XT, was written from the ground up to be better than its ancestor. Table of Contents Purpose Breadcrumb NavXT is a WordPress plugin compatible with WordPress versions 3.2 and up. This plugin generates locational breadcrumb trails for your WordPress blog.
This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found. Features Monitors links in your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional). Detects links that don't work, missing images and redirects. Notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email.
Calls to action are displayed randomly based on the category they are assigned to. If no category is assigned to a Call to Action then that action will display on pages with no categories.
This WordPress plugin allows you to easily create tweetable content for your readers. Use pullquotes and custom messages inside the body of your blog post to highlight your content for the reader and make it simple for them to share on Twitter. This is a plugin by CoSchedule, the all-in-one content marketing editorial calendar for WordPress.
Redirect commenters who just made their first comment to a page of your choice. On this page, you could thank them for commenting and ask them to subscribe to your blog, like you on Facebook, whatever you want!
Comments Evolved ( formerly Google+ Comments for WordPress ) makes the comment section tabbed seamlessly adding tabs for G+ Comments, Facebook, Disqus, WordPress Comments, and Trackbacks If a user is required to create an account with your site before they can comment, you might as well ask them to fetch you a soda from mars.
10. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. Docs & Support You can find docs, FAQ and more detailed information about Contact Form 7 on contactform7.com.
Contextual Related Posts is a powerful plugin for WordPress that allows you to display a list of related posts on your website and in your feed. The list is based on the content of the title and/or content of the posts which makes them more relevant and more likely to be of interest to your readers.
The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus.
If there's anything that can be called the silver bullet in getting people to take action then this is it! Scroll triggered box has consistently increased conversions rate by several times. Newsletter sign-up, Facebook like button, social bookmarking or something else you want to draw attention to after people have engaged with your website.
DW Question and Answer is a WordPress plugin which builds a complete Question & Answer system for your WordPress site, like Quora or Stackoverflow. The plugin supports multi-languages, shortcodes, reCAPTCHA, email notification system and so on.
Evergreen Post Tweeter enables you to schedule and automatically tweet out links to old posts. Your Twitter followers will thank you for exposing them to more of your great content and you will get even more traffic to your site! I recently boosted Twitter referrals to my site by approximately 250% with Evergreen Post Tweeter.
For support requests please use our dedicated support forums at - http://support.thematosoup.com/ If you're looking for a way to make your every page a landing page for new contacts and leads, then you will find Fancier Author Box by ThematoSoup invaluable. Make your every post stand out and attract your readers' eyes.
This plugin used to Make backups of your WordPress files and Mysql DB with Google Drive. Google Drive for WordPress is a plugin that provides backup capabilities for WordPress. Backups are 'zip' archives created locally and uploaded to a folder of your choosing on Google Drive.
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it's much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.
This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search. More information about what XML-Sitemaps are and how they can help you to get indexed by the major search engines can be found at Sitemaps.org and the searchenginewatch blog.
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Social Locker is a set of social buttons and a locker in one bottle. It allows you to lock a part of content on a web page until a user clicks one of the social buttons (Facebook Like, Tweet Button, Google +1) and help you to get more likes/tweets/+1s, traffic and customers!
26. Page Links To
This plugin allows you to make a WordPress page or post link to a URL of your choosing, instead of its WordPress page or post URL. It also will redirect people who go to the old (or "normal") URL to the new one you've chosen.
Don't like the "Pin It" button underneath your post? Want to be able to add images directly to Pinterest by just clicking on the image? Your problems are over! Have the user just hover the mouse over the image they want to pin and watch your visits grow!
Enable "Fixed widget" option in the widget settings (see screenshot) and it will be always in sight when page is scrolled down or up. There is no problem to "Fix" or "Stick" more than one widget even located in different sidebars!
Zemanta Related Posts can increase your internal traffic up to 10%. Zemanta also brings new visitors from other sites and bumps your site's unique visits. Add Related Rosts from your own site and from across the web. Search for posts and hand-pick them with ease. Easily increase your reach and readership with Zemanta.
Scroll Triggered Boxes Scroll Triggered Boxes are boxes that become visible after visitors have scrolled down far enough. The visitors that scroll down far enough have engaged with your content and most likely got some value out of it, making them more receptive to any offer. Also, human eyes react to movement.
This plugin puts a table of contents on your page. You just need to type [toc levels=3 title="Table of contents"] in the page/post editor. That's it! You dont need to edit your themes source code. The plugin allows you to set a title of the toc box.
Sharebar adds a dynamic and fully customizable vertical box to the left of a blog post that contains links/buttons to popular social networking sites. For wide blogs, a vertical bar with popular sharing icons appears on the left of your post.
As some of you know, my knowledge of CSS is quite limited. So, when I decide to tweak my website, things that are simple for a designer to implement can sometimes give me a hell of a time. I thought I was headed that way when I recently decided to redesign my About page (see picture to the right).
Simple Pull Quote WordPress Plugin provides an easy way for you to insert pull quotes into your posts and pages. It adds an easy-to-use "Pullquote" button to both the HTML and TinyMCE editors.
Social Author Bio adds a author bio box with the author's avatar with built-in and custom social icons on pages/posts.
Starbox is the Author Box for Humans While search engines and other software that read your site care about files like robots.txt, you need Human readers to actually engage with your content and fall in love with it. Humans look at beauty more than anything else (as you most probably already know, men and women alike).
37. Super Socializer
Super Socializer is a complete package to provide your website all the social features (Social Login, Sharing, Commenting, Feed and more) in a single plugin Below is more detail about the features: Social Login Enables users to login to your website through their existing IDs on popular social networks.
Plugin to integrate Google's products in WordPress with particular attention to the widgets provided by the social network Google+. The Google products are many and so this plugin will be a kind of development "step to step" which will be developed a little bit at a time depending on the availability of time that we can devote.
39. Thank Me Later
Thank Me Later sends 'thank you' emails to your commenters. Simply write a message saying thanks and it will be emailed after a time of your choice -- 5 minutes, a day, a month, whenever!
Here are the best WordPress plugins sorted via downloads. This page is updated every 12 hours displaying the most popular free WP plugins.
Tweetily will automatically tweet your old WordPress posts for you driving massive Twitter traffic to your WordPress blog. You've got your great blog content, now let Tweetily tweet your old WordPress posts automatically and drive massive Twitter traffic to your blog FOR FREE!
42. Tweet Old Post
Tweet Old Posts is a plugin designed to tweet your older posts to get more traffic. This plugin helps you to keeps your old posts alive by tweeting about them and driving more traffic to them from twitter. It also helps you to promote your content.
43. W3 Total Cache
WordPress Landing Pages works as a standalone plugin or hand in hand with WordPress Calls to Action & WordPress Leads to create a powerful & free lead generation system for your business. This plugin creates landing pages (a.k.a. conversion or splash pages) for your WordPress site.
The latest plugins added to the directory
46. WP Inject
WP Inject allows you to easily insert photos and images into your WordPress posts. Search among many thousands of creative commons images for any keywords of your choice, then pick the best of them for the article you are working on and insert them into your post or set them as featured image!
WP-Optimize is an extensive WordPress database cleanup and optimization tool. It doesn't require PhpMyAdmin to clean and optimize your database tables. Please show your support for this plugin by giving it a rating! Now hosted at GitHub. I do not monitor wp forums, so use plugins+support(at)ruhanirabin.com for support questions.
Latest version hosted at WordPress Official Plugin Directory I use WordPress solutions in a day to day basis. WordPress comes with a very extensible framework that allows you to add comprehensive and powerful functionality to your Blog system. WP-Optimize plugin is written to simplify your daily WordPress works simpler.
49. WP Popup Plugin
After the frustration with the existing popup plugins I decided to create a new WordPress Popup plugin from scratch named WP Popup Plugin and after months of development and hard work the first version is ready Please download the plugin and use it on your site and let me know your feedback.
50. WP Report Post
Report Post is a highly customizable plugin that lets your visitors to report posts or pages with inappropriate content. All these reports are displayed as a table in your Administrator section so you can decide what to do next: edit contents, unpublish posts/pages, or just delete these reports.