I’ve been asked a few times what wordpress plugins I use + love, so I thought I’d do a little round-up post. Please note that these are subjective and there are usually several kinds of plugins for any given need out there! My suggestion would be to do your research and test em’ out to see what you like best. So without further ado, here are some sweet plugins :
PINTEREST PIN IT BUTTON Nowadays, it’s trendy to have an image hover that allows your readers to “pin” images straight to their boards. There are a TON of options out there for this, but I’ve been most successful with this plugin. The reason I love it is because a separate pinterest box pops up that doesn’t interfere with your actual site. Beware of some plugins that actually take visitors away from your site.
COMMENT REPLY I personally use WordPress’ native “reply to comments” feature in my theme, but if yours doesn’t have that enabled and you don’t know how to do so – I would suggest using a simple plugin like this one or this one. These work straight out of the box and send an email to anyone who has received a reply to their comment. I think having something like this enabled is KEY for communication within your blog. I absolutely love replying to comments on my end and the discussions that ensues!
CONTACT FORM Since my early days, I’ve been an avid Contact Form 7 user. I know there are literally hundreds of forms you can install + use, but this is what I’ve loved so far. It’ll take a bit of CSS knowledge to get your forms looking pretty, but it’s not too scary is you do a little google searching for help.
BACKUP YOUR SITE Again, there are so many options out there for backing up your wordpress website. I peronsally use the WordPree Backup to Dropbox plugin, because it literally drops my files right into DP, which is nice + simple. You can schedule these routine backups and sit back + relax knowing that your site is covered.
GALLERIES One of my hands down favorite wordpress galleries is the Nivo Slider. While I don’t use it on any of my websites, I’ve played around with it for a few of my clients. It’s easy to use with a variety of options, which makes for a very versatile plugin.
ETC. Because there are a handfull of plugins I use that aren’t entirely interesting to talk about, I’m going to throw them into this last category here. Please click around + explore the following as they are all useful in their own way : Limit Login Attempts, Google XML Sitemaps, Askimet, and All in One SEO Pack.
Enjoy these! And make sure to share your own favorite plugins below in the comments. I know there must be some goodies out there that I’ve never even heard of. Let’s discuss!