Anytime I design a website I load up a few of my favorite plugins. Over time there are a handful that I’ve stuck with because they’re simple, do what they say they will and make maintaining sites simpler. Here’s a look at just a few. If you have some favorites, be sure to mention them in the comments. I’d love to check them out and possibly mention them in upcoming posts.
WP Snippets is my latest favorite and it’s one of those plugins that you don’t think you need until you get it, and then you don’t want to live without it. WP Snippets allows you to create any kind of text or code that you use frequently and save it into a simple slug. Now you can place that little string of code anywhere. As a matter of fact, if you scroll down to the end of this post you’ll see where it says, “I welcome your comments! No part of this article may be reproduced in any manner without permission and attribution,” formatted in the brown box. That’s one of my snippets. If at a later date I decide to change the wording or the color or add a little image, I don’t have to edit every single post. Just head over to my snippet, edit and save. It’s updated all throughout my site.
Quick Page/Post Redirect
Quick Page/Post Redirect does, very easily, what it says it does. No more editing your .htaccess file to redirect an old WordPress page to a new one. You might think this is one you can live without but if you frequently check out your web traffic statistics, you might need it sooner than you know.
For instance, just this week I checked out my traffic stats and saw that I had a few hits that led to a Page Not Found error. Turns out an old post I’d referred to in a WordPress help forum over a year ago had been deleted. Why should followers be left out in the cold? Give them something to look at! Now that I had the URL of the old page, I simply redirected it to a newer blog post of the same subject matter and voila. No more Page Not Found for them.
This is another one that you don’t think about until you start using it. Do many of your posts have the same layout, style and categories? Do you find yourself opening up another tab and copying/pasting back and forth and then editing for your new post? Stop it. Plug in Duplicate Post and it takes just a click to clone a post or create a new draft on the fly.
At the very top of my list is Cforms II. I design all my forms with Cforms like the one you see here. It may be overkill for some but for the control freak in me, I like that I can get down into the code and format everything from the fonts, button sizes and styles. Click the image to check out the live form.
So what are some of your most-used and favorite WordPress plugins? Let me know in the comments!
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