Back in the early days of websites and blogs, you used to have to code all the HTML yourself to make it do wonderful things like play midi files on page load and blink text. Thankfully, we have evolved a little since then.
I have used both Blogger and WordPress for different blogs, the WordPress platform is by far my favourite. There is a multitude of themes, widgets and plugins available free from many brilliant programmers to use. Plugins on your blog can help you do a lot of the heavy code-lifting instead of you trying to code your little heart out.
I’m a little plugin obsessed. Being a busy blog owner, I love to active a little plugin to extend the functionality of my site. I think of plugins as no harm, no foul. They are easy to install and activate, and even easier still to deactivate and delete if they do not end up serving your needs.
Here are my top 5 favourite plugins:
Image Watermark: Automatically watermark all the images uploaded into your Media Library. We use a custom watermark on our site that we built ourselves & uploaded. You can also protect your images from copying via drag & drop, and right click image saves.
NoFollowr: Google PageRank by follow or no-follow links has been a hot topic that has been debated at length. Basically if you have paid vs. organic links on your site, you need to pay attention to this. NoFollowr give you the option to toggle the follow or no-follow on or off when you are logged in as an administrator. It’s very simple to use, you just preview your post then make your link changes as necessary.
Recipe Card: If you have recipes on your site, then you want this one! It displays your recipes in a simple card format (can be customized) that your reader can easily print or save. We think it looks very professional and I love not having to copy and paste recipes to try.
What Would Seth Godin Do?: Honestly, I don’t know who Seth Godin is, but I absolutely love this plugin. It allows you to add a welcome message before your post that is customizable whether or not the user is a newbie or returning visitor using cookies. It allows you to put a call to action before your reader even reads your content. Maybe you want to direct to follow you on social media or draw their attention to a contest you’re currently having – it’s a subtle way to do it.
WordPress SEO by Yoast: Helps improve your site’s search engine optimization (SEO) by rating you with each post, image and page with a stoplight. Gives simple suggestions on what to do to boost rating (red/yellow/green) in the Page Analysis tab.
What is your favourite plugin or what is a plugin that you’d love to see?