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Making life easier with WordPress Plugins

January 30, 2014

WordPress is a powerful tool to create a blog or a website. A brand new business or e-commerce website can be created in no time with no necessary knowledge of HTML, CSS etc. But what makes it more exciting is the ability to use plugins to help the website to work and feel like it was developed with a lot of expert programmers. Some of the plugins that are really worth looking into will be reviewed here.
All in One SEO Pack

The All in One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert is one of the most used plugins out there. Adding a sitemap, google analytics, titles, descriptions and canonical tags are all a breeze with this. Most of these are generated on their own and there is little or no effort on the website creator’s part.

all-in-one-seo

http://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

 

Contact Form 7

Every good website needs a good contact form that does just what it says. Contact Form 7 (Just another Contact Form) is a simple plugin to create an easy form on your website without having to deal with the HTML or programming. It has Akismet spam filtering and also supports CAPTCHA to keep your website safe.

contact-form

http://wordpress.org/plugins/contact-form-7/

Slideshow Gallery

This is the easiest way to create a very pretty showcase for pictures. The JavaScript based plugin is seamless and very user-friendly. You can add or edit pictures and captions and customize it the way you want it to look.

slideshow-gallery

http://wordpress.org/plugins/slideshow-gallery/

Print Friendly and PDF Button

The Print Friendly & PDF button automatically creates printer friendly and PDF versions of your pages without the hassle of having to create a print CSS file. It also gives your user the ability to remove images and paragraphs of text, so they really only have to print exactly what they want.

printer-friendly

http://wordpress.org/plugins/printfriendly/

Simple Pull Quote

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.

simple-pull-quote

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-pull-quote/

JetPack

JetPack is a pretty awesome plugin that brings a lot of functionalities all under one plugin. Some of the major ones are:

  • WordPress Stats
  • Sharing
  • Contact Form
  • Shortcodes
  • Extra Sidebar Widgets
  • Enhanced Distribution

jetpack

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/

WPTouch

WPtouch is a mobile plugin for WordPress that automatically enables a simple and elegant mobile theme for mobile visitors of your WordPress website. The theme also includes the ability for visitors to switch between the theme on your mobile WordPress website and your website’s regular theme.

wptouch

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/

WP Google Drive

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.

google-drive

http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-google-drive/

Shareaholic

This plugin adds an attractive social bookmarking menu and related content widget to your posts, pages, index, or any combination of the three.

shareaholic

http://wordpress.org/plugins/sexybookmarks/

W3 Total Cache

Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.

w3-total-cache

http://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/

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