Top 10 Plugins For WordPress
Think WordPress is just another lame php script? Think again! We want to take a moment and share our Top 10 plugins for WordPress. It is our opinion that these plugins are what sets WordPress aside from the rest.
10.) Exec-PHP -> This plugin allows you to execute a php script from anywhere in WordPress. Really, you can execute php from anywhere within WordPress. So, if you would like a dynamic sidebar widget that isn’t already there, you can slap some php code into the widget. On the front end of the site, you now have a dynamic widget! Even though it hasn’t been updated in two years, as of WordPress 3.5.1, it was still fully functional.
9.) WP HTTP Compression -> Certain hosting companies do not allow gZip compression through .htaccess. Because of this, you are probably losing a lot of traffic from slow page loading time. With compression, the browser loads the files up to 70% faster. This results in a much lower bounce rate. While you cannot always get your hosting cphompany to allow extensions from Apache, php can usually take up the slack. If you have a shared hosting plan from 1&1, it is vital that you install this plugin!
8.) WP HTML Compression -> This plugin also leads to faster page load time by caching the files on the server. This plugin may be right for you if you don’t have a shop, or other business installed on your stie that requires updated files. For most companies and individuals, this plugin will only speed up your page load times.
7.) The Events Calendar -> For those special days – days where you have a yard sale, wedding, sporting event, etc – you can publish the events straight to your website. What sets this plugin off from the rest is that this plugin doesn’t publish all of the dates that you have listed to the front end of the site. You are in complete control of what you publish and don’t publish. Also, The Events Calendar lets you display certain venues. A must have for artists, musicians, photographers, and legal/medical professionals.
6.) Ecwid -> Ecwid is an online shopping cart soution. They offer a plugin that integrates your cart into WordPress and Facebook. This solution is perfect for those who do not wish to host their own photos, files, etc. Ecwid charges a monthly fee for their servces but you can have up to 10 products listed for free.
5.) Click Desk -> Ever wanted to offer live chat to your website for sales and support. Market research shows that sales actually increase whenever you have the support option on the site. Like many other plugins, there is a month to month charge for the professional version although when tested on my level and after adding to a couple of my client’s sites, the plugin appears to operate great when left alone.
4.) AdSense Now -> Adsense Now makes it easy to integrate Google adsense advertisements to your site with a few clicks. Copy the ad code from Google that you want to appear on your site, choose the locations that you would like your ads to show up at, and leave it be. You can now make money through the Google Adsense network.
3.) JigoShop -> Even though a few plugins back, we used a shopping cart, JigoShop gives you total control of your products. You can add custom attributes to the product listing and can sell digital products right through your site. Unlike Ecwid, there is no cap on how many products that you can list and you are in complete control of your site.
2.) Akismet -> Nothing is more annoying than spam messages popping up all over your site. Akismet has become a core file with WordPress and is delivered with all new installations of WordPress. Simply add your credentials to the plugn and it will start filtering the comments for you. Akismet was written, dustributed by, and supported by WordPress founder, Matt Mullenweg. Akismet automatically filters comments to the spam folder based on the words written in it, the date it was sent in relation to the date the post was written, etc.
1.) LiveBlog – LiveBlog is one of the coolest plugins for WordPress to date. LiveBlog lets you add a post from your site’s front end. Simply visit the page of the post and start updating. The plugin shows the latest updates on the homepage.