Okay I lied, it’s not plugins galore only five of them. But still, they’re pretty awesome. If there’s one thing that can help make using a WordPress blog easier, its plugins. I can say for certain all of the ones I’ve listed below have helped me in one way or another. Some of these plugins require more work than others, but it’s only to give you complete control over what you want them to do. More than enjoying the read, I hope you find them as useful as I have.

Widget Context

I found this plugin while searching for a solution to my company blog issue. We wanted to have categories and archives only show up on certain pages. So I asked for some help in the WordPress forums and it didn’t take long for someone to recommend this little gem. This give you complete control over your widgets and which pages you want them to show up on. If you have a lot of widgets you want to sort be warned, you have to set the page setting on each widget you have and add. So if you were thinking about using WordPress for a company website but didn’t want the widgets to show up, but wanted to use them in some areas, this plugins for you.

Blackbird Pie

I’ve done three different post about tweets I favorite on Twitter, and they couldn’t have been done if not for this helpful plugin. I’ve seen sites use screen shots of tweets, but when I got the idea to post my favorite tweets or even reference them for my company blog I didn’t want to deal with screen shots. With Blackbird Pie all you have to do is copy the URL of the tweet and presto! The tweet will appear where you have it set to in the post.

New2WP Author Box

I’ve used a number of author box plugins, and I think this one is my favorites. It’s pretty simple and straight forward. I actually use it on this blog. Why you ask? Well I’ve had a few people guest blog here every now and then, so rather than write the bio out at the bottom of each post I just installed this little tool. Now the plugin automatically pulls the author website and twitter from the user info, but since the authors had already placed their websites in their bios I didn’t want it in two places in the same location. So I hopped in the php file for it and removed the mention of the author website, and while I was there I also changed the text for the twitter link. See screenshot below:


Collapsing Archives

I wish I could remember who asked for a collapsing archive plugin on twitter, but I can’t. The story ends with me doing a search for “collapsing archive plugin” and stumbling across this. Now, I can’t think of a lot of blogs that would use this unless you’ve been blogging for many many year. I have it on mine because I don’t like my sidebar being longer than it has to. Anyway I can save space I’ll do it. So if you’re like me and want to keep your sidebar short, or you’ve been blogging for years and years and don’t have a way to make the archives shorter, this is a plugin I’d recommend. This plugin also allows you to control what characters are used beside the archives, if the post names are shown as well as post count. Great for keeping the sidebars clean and organized.

Active Share by OrangeSoda

Let me start this section of with a hat tip to Mike Halvorsen for turning me onto this sweet sharing tool This awesome sharing plugin will appear when the reader has scrolled to the end of the post, which is why this one is last ;). Not only does it give you a variety of sources for reader to share the post but allows you to add a friendly message to encourage the share. I know I’ve got another plugin to share posts, but I think this is nice attention grabber to hopefully get reader to share. So you’ll have to let me know what you think of it. If by chance you do like it, you’ll notice the font in my message is a little bigger than the default. I changed it by going into the php file for this plugin and tweaking the font size a bit. See screenshot below:

Thanks for reading. Try the plugins out and let me know what you think of them!

Download:

Widget Context

Blackbird Pie

New2WP Author Box

Collapsing Archives

Active Share by OrangeSoda

Comments (1)

  1. Plug-ins are amazing, they make my life much easier hah. 🙂