WordPress Plugins

Plugins are a useful way to add interesting dimensions to your site. There are plugins for almost anything. Plugins are set pieces of coding produced by people to improve the functionality of your WordPress site. There are many free versions available making these very attractive.

Once in your WordPress dashboard, select the plugin menu and select “Add New” to add a new plugin. Type in the search term to discover what is available.

Below a list of plugins I find really useful. Watch the videos on how to install and set these up.

 

1. Akismet

A WordPress Plugin to check whether comments left on the posts or pages look like spam and filters these out.

Key features:

  • Automatically checks all comments and filters out the ones that look like spam.
  • Each comment has a status history, so you can easily see which comments were caught or cleared by Akismet and which were spammed or unspammed by a moderator.
  • URLs are shown in the comment body to reveal hidden or misleading links.
  • Moderators can see the number of approved comments for each user.
  • A discard feature that outright blocks the worst spam, saving you disk space and speeding up your site.

Wordpress Plugin Akismet

 

2. Advanced Ads

A WordPress Plugin to add simple ads on your website.

Key features:

  • Creating a banner is as easy as creating a post
  • Group ads to create ad rotations
  • Create drafts of advertisements only visible to logged in users
  • Set a date for when to publish the ad
  • Sell ads on your website with the Selling Ads add-on
  • Wizard to quickly create and place simple ads to pages, posts or sidebars

Wordpress Plugin Advanced Ads
 

3. Pretty Link

A WordPress Plugin that enables you to shorten links using your own domain name (as opposed to using tinyurl.com, bit.ly, or any other link shrinking service)! In addition to creating clean links, Pretty Link tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from. The Pretty Link plugin is for people who want to clean up their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, their links on Twitter to come from their own domain, or generally increase the reach of their website by spreading these links on forums or comments on other blogs.

Wordpress Plugin Pretty Link

Pretty Link Pro

 

4. Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode

Create a simple Coming Soon Page or Maintenance Mode Page. Work on your site in private while visitors see a “Coming Soon” or “Maintenance Mode” page.

Coming Soon Page & Maintenance Mode

The Best Coming Soon Plugin for WordPress

 

5. Broken Link Checker

This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.

Once installed, the plugin will begin parsing your posts, bookmarks and other content and looking for links. Depending on the size of your site this can take from a few minutes up to an hour or more.

Wordpress Plugin Akismet

 

6. Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customise the form and the mail content flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

Wordpress Plugin Contact Form 7
 

7. TinyMCE Advanced

This plugin lets you add, remove, add and arrange buttons that are shown on the WordPress Visual Editor toolbar. You can configure up to four rows of buttons including Font Sizes, Font Family, text, background colours, tables, etc.

Plugin TinyMCE Advanced

 

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