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9 of My Favorite WordPress Plugins

Basic WordPress Plugins for All WP Users

Basic WordPress Plugins for All WP Users

Where would we be without plugins for WordPress?  They expand our sites and enable us to do some very impressive stuff.

Over the years I have tried a lot of plugins — many did not measure up and were less than impressive, but some have proven to be helpful little winners in my book.

As an aside, when you are thinking of installing a plugin, make sure that you get it from a trusted source such as http://wordpress.org/plugins  They tend to purge plugins that don’t measure up, have scripts in them that intend injury to your site, and are no longer supported.

(But even at the WordPress home base, it is prudent to check the stats of the plugin you intend to use to see if it has been updated recently. If it has not been updated in the last two months or so, do not install it. Plugins (and WordPress sites themselves for that matter) that don’t get updated are at a very high risk of being hacked. While you are at it, check the feedback– if it gets good feedback and has been updated recently, you are pretty safe installing it.)

Here are 9 of my favorite WordPress plugins:

Contact Form 7 plugin

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. Put a little code onto your “Contact” page and it will take care of the rest.

FeedBurner FeedSmith plugin

Redirects all feeds to a Feedburner feed (so your visitors can subscribe to your blog posts via RSS). It’s all done behind the scenes and anonymously. Feedburner is still responsible for a lot of traffic to my site.

Google Analytics for WordPress plugin

This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics features to your site. Get your Google Analytics code, paste it into the field and let google do its thing.

Google Analytics Dashboard plugin

While Google is doing its thing, you can view the analytics right in the dashboard of your site with the Google Analytics Dashboard plugin.

Google XML Sitemaps plugin

This plugin generates a sitemap sitemap of your WordPress site which is supported by Ask.com, Google, Bing, MSN Search and YAHOO.

Page Links To plugin

This great little plugin allows you to link to an external URL of your choosing. For example, I created a page called ‘Free Videos’ that, in turn, created a the same link on the nav bar, but redirects people to my YouTube Channel. Just think of the uses for your own site.

Insights plugin

Insights allows you to quickly search and insert information (links, images, videos, maps, news..) into your blog posts from either out on the net or from within your own site (awesome for a little interlinking SEO). Automatically gives attribution for the images, videos, news etc to keep you out of hot water.

Simple Image Widget plugin

If you are at all like me, you struggle with getting a picture onto your sidebar. With this plugin you never have to struggle again. Install it, add the code for the pic and voila!

Editorial  Calendar plugin

Keeps my writing on track like nothing else can. I am able to see at a glance as to what is coming up, what I still need to do, and what has already been posted. Drag and drop your scheduled posts if you need to change the order. Basically I’m organized, I’m on time, and I’m happy.

You’ll find them all at no charge here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/

Plugin Alert for WordPress Users

Would having a link on your navigation bar that takes visitors to another site amount to the ‘be-all and end-all’ for you?

Page Links To WordPress Plugin

Would it be the final ingredient that makes your site extra zingy?

“Huh?” you say.

 

 

  • Well, what if you had a quick way to send visitors to your smokin hot YouTube channel directly from your site? 
  • Or what if you could resurrect that old sales page (that’s not connected in any way to your current site) by having a direct link to it from your current site?
  • Or if you could send people to your book on Amazon with just a single click?

Here’s a ridiculously simple plugin to do just that!

 

 

WordPress Tip: How to create a hyperlinked reference to a Wikipedia article in a blog post or page

WordPress Tip: Updating your plugins

Have you been noticing little red circles with numbers in them next to the links in your dashboard (to the left of your editor)?

What these numbers mean is that something needs your attention.  This particular video is about updating your plugins.  I created it when I found the red circle with the number 2 in it.

View this video to see how to update them:

WordPress: 10 Best Plugins for Ecommerce

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Plug Life

Plugins

There are some cool WordPress plugins for ecommerce that can make your online business effortless. Using the plugins you can boost your ecommerce in a jiffy and that even without spending a hill of beans.

There are a number of revolutionary plugins that can help you in selling anything from digital products to content to arts. To aid your business efforts we had already provided more than a dozen of ecommerce application.

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This time we have a well-researched list of 10 best WordPress plugin for ecommerce.

1. eShop

It is an accessible shopping cart plugin for WordPress packed with sophisticated features. eShop uses WordPress pages, or posts, to create products. There are various methods available for listing the products. Various methods available for listing products. It allows you to download data and upload downloadable products. The basic statics and sales data provided by the plugin is quite handy. The Admin has access to an order handling section. It sends automatic emails on successful purchase. The emails templates are user configurable. Various discounts options are also available.
eShop offers a number of payments options that include- Authorize.net, Paypal, Payson, eProcessingNetwork, Webtopay and Cash/Cheque. What’s more it offers several shipping options.

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2. Shopp Requirement Check

This plugin has been designed to ensure that the web hosting environment has the technologies to support Shopp. Shopp was a much needed ecommerce plugin solution for WordPress. It provides an online commerce platform that can easily handle larger online store operations without any complexity. For any small online shop owner it’s a great asset. The plugin is simple to use and focuses on balanced, efficient, and stable feature set to provide best ecommerce experience. Further it also extends the powerful flexibility and adaptability required by developers and designers. It offers advanced Thickbox product image galleries with smooth transition

Some of the key features in Shopp include

  • SEO shopping pages with pretty-url permalink support, product and category names in the page title, and more
  • Dynamic categories that highlights new product additions, featured products, on-sale products and bestselling products
  • Product RSS feeds for every category (including dynamic categories) enhanced for Google Bas
  • Run time-limited promotions like price discounts, free shipping or even buy 1 get 1 free support
  • Easy to set up multiple shipping methods with an intelligently simplified shipping rate manager
  • Options for payment through credit cards easily and securely
  • Offsite checkout through PayPal Express and/or Google Checkout

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3. WP e-Commerce

This sophisticated plugin for WordPress is a simple and easy to use fully featured shopping cart application that can be used to sell your products, services and fees online. It is a Web 2.0 application designed to offer usability, presentation and aesthetics. WP e-Commerce could be a one stop shop for those dealing with bands & record Labels, clothing companies, crafters & artists, books, DVDs & MP3 files.

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4. WP osCommerce

WPosCommerce or the WP.osC  plugin for WordPress is a modified version of the popular ecommerce solution osCommerce. WP.osC allows you to integrate osCommerce with existing WordPress website.
The plugin displays latest products, random products, top 10 best sellers all on your WordPress blog post page. It adds a dynamic widget in your blogs sidebar to display the products.

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5. Quick Shop

QuickShop supports any WordPress that has the Sidebar Widgets installed. Quick shop adds the SideBar widget that shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to remove the items. There is a TinyMCE button that allows you to add products to your posts/pages. It offers two widgets – Paypal and other for custom solution. It features both Paypal Subscription and Donation tags. Users can create different product options in a drop-down. It features an inventory listing tied in to TinyMCE and a full range of formating for widget layout in Quickshop. In addition, it provides a checkout page.

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6. flshow Manager

This WordPress plugin for ecommerce could be a handy solution for sites developed with static flash galleries, headers, menus and intros. In such case, it is hard to determine which parts of the site can be changed within WordPress, and which cannot be changed. flshow Manager has been designed to manage the  fantabulous flShow Photo Carousel within the comfort of WordPress dashboard. The carousel offers an excellent platform to display the products of eCommerce with attractive header. Else you can simply show off your photography portfolio.

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7. WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart

Paypal is one of the most widely used ecommerce applications. This WordPress plugin allows you to add an Add to Cart button on any post or page.  The shopping cart is displayed on any post or page or side bar easily. In the shopping cart users can see what they currently have in the cart. It also allows the to remove any item from the cart, if required.

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8.   Are Paypal

It’s a unique WordPress plugin that allows monitizing WordPress blog content using Paypal. That’s a cool way of making money by selling your knowledge. It allows you to set the Post/Page to contain hidden content. To visitor willing to view the content has to perform a given task provided in a message.The content might be set as hidden for unregistered users and visible for registered. In a similar way the content can be set as hidden for unregistered-unpayed users and visible for registered-paid users. The search engines will only see the visible content. The administrator can grant the users access to content for certain payment. These features can be configured using the administrative screens. The plugin uses Paypal IPN – Instant Payment Notification protocol to offer a fully automated payment/content delivery.


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9. WP Auctions

It’s one of the most innovative ecommerce plugins for WordPress that allows users to host auctions on their blog or website without any expenditure. It doesn’t require listing fees, seller fees, final value fees, gallery fees or any other type of fee for anything you wanna sell online. Once the auctions is listed, user can register your plugin with the WP Auctions Live page and generate some traffic for your website. Some of its exclusive features include uploading multiple images for each auction; selling items only on Buy It Now basis; RSS feed for your auctions and shows 3rd party ads when there are no auctions. It’s only payment option is PayPal.

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10.  ArtPal

It’s a free ecommerce WOrdPress plugin for artists who wanna sell their work online. It allows easy PayPal integration with just the address. Artpal offers real time sales updates as soon as the item sells and disables it so that it’s not sold twice. ArtPal gets more powerful with support from businesses mean business. It’s Digital Sublimity offers commercial support ensuring that the critical application will stay up and running when its needed.