Everyone has their favorite plugins, software, toys, and games. We each share likes and dislikes. Hopefully agreeing to disagree when we do not like what someone else likes? Mmmm.
Each of the following plug ins are free from WordPress.org. However, if you have WordPress installed, simply go to your Plug ins menu and search. I find this way easier and faster. 🙂 Not that I have to tell the veteran bloggers how to install plug ins. 🙂
Those buttons you see at the top of sites or under blog posts that read Share, clicking the button provides a list of social networks. This is one of those plug ins.
I tried a different because it linked in my blog posts, so you could choose which post to share. But, seems the visit plugin sitelink next to the plug in information was to my site and with another piece of code. Not good. Grateful I have security plug ins. Which brings up a great point: Check on the creator, website, ratings, and other information regarding the plug in you want to use.
Now this is probably every one’s favorite. If it is not, it should be. Since installing Akismet I do not get spam comments. Yeah. You know those comments that are gibberish or “gee I like your post.” The links are either bogus or tied to some spammy site. If you do not have this, you should. But if you have one that you like better, great. YEAH…
All in One SEO is created and maintained by SemperFi Web Design. I like the interface of this plug in. It is simple, self-explanatory, and quick. Set up for the blog, each page, each post. Or disable it per post or page. Very little explanation or use instructions required. Except to become familiar with SEO.
The Google Analytics plug in is easier to use and quick to set up. Plug and play, well all most. You need a Googleaccount and to obtain the API key. Still even this is easy to move through. Fill in a few blanks, click and click. Done.
Translate your blog into 58 languages. All with a click of the mouse. No need to configure. You do need a widgetized WordPress theme. Once the plug in is installed, go to the widget page of your blog and click, drag the GTranslate button to the spot on your sidebar. Done. Try it out. View your home page, click the drop down button and select a language. No translator can translate words in an image. Your banners won’t translate. You may want to use the Alternate Text box to include one or two word descriptions in a couple of the more popular languages. The Description is another option to put a few words in Spanish or French, for instance.
What a lot of work posting to every social network. Using the Network Publisher has cut the time in half. I say in half because I am with a couple of social networks that are not included. Manual submission… You need to register, obtain an API key and link your networks to Network Publisher. Once this is done, plug and play. 🙂 With a free account you are allowed four networks.
Drag the Press This button to the toolbar and blog on any web page, picture, social network, any internet site you visit. Simplifies the sharing process. Especially if you are an affiliate. Write a review, publish. Not complicated. Installing the plug in happens in a few seconds.
Now to my life saver. Or blog saver. Since installing the WordPress Firewall 2, the attacks on my blog are decreasing and the hack problem has been solved. At least for now. I learned so much about security and protecting my blog after I was hacked. The funny thing is, the installed links went nowhere. What was the point? Just to aggravate? Really?
I just installed the WordPress Ping Optimizer plug in. Not sure how it is going to help. When it comes to actions like pinging, I am a newbie. A willing newbie, but still. There is a long list of sites to ping. Services you can use, some free, some paid. Or, install your ping optimizer and let it to do the work.
Something I just learned about blogs, each time you make a correction, the service is pinged. This plug in lets you set how often to ping. One ping every 15 minutes or every 45. The longer span is great if you are working on your blog adding new plug ins, posts, etc.
That is it for now. These are my favorite plug ins, so far. Since each one is free I wanted to give a shout to the creators. I appreciate the hard work, maintained security and keeping them updated.
On to the next project.