Adding recipes to a WordPress site is easy. With the holidays just around the corner, you may want to share some of your holiday love in the form of delicious recipes. You could just type the recipe into the content area of a page, but, with the Recipe Card WordPress Plugin, uploading the content is simple and your recipes will have a consistent stylized look. This post will show you how to install and set-up the Recipe Card WordPress Plugin and add a few recipes of your own. [Read more...]
There are times when you want to have a place on your website for an announcement such as an upcoming workshop up or a nice spot to to remind people to sign up for your newsletter. There is a easy way to do this using the WordPress plugin, Notification Bar.
It is very easy to install and configure all by yourself. Simply go to your Dashboard and find “Plugins” and select “Add New”.
If you are blogging on your WordPress website (which you should be doing for oh so many reasons) you want to keep people on your site as long as possible. No you don’t have to resort to tying them up, but the next best thing to keep them reading is by using a related posts plugin to display a list of related posts with thumbnail images under each of your posts. [Read more...]
I use it all the time on my newsletter to make it easy for readers to share a “Tweetable“. I create a pre-written tweet, put it into the top of the box at Click to Tweet. When you click Generate Link, a link will appear below. I copy the link and use it as the link for the Tweet copy on my [Read more...]
Anthologize, where have you been all my life?
Anthologize is an amazing plugin that uses the power of WordPress to help you transform your online content into an electronic book. It is the secret weapon that allowed me to save all of my blog posts as a Word document.
Once you install the plugin, Anthologize creates its own admin heading in the dashboard where you can configure the plugin and begin. You will choose a book title and create what they call parts, which are basically going to be your chapters. You are then able to view and search for your posts by category, tags, post types or date range. [Read more...]
If you have a WordPress site, you can give your site abilities you only dreamed of when you install the Gravity Forms Plugin. It is a premium plugin which means there is a fee involved. The personal level license starts at 39.00 and the developer license is 199.00. It is well worth it and if you are a developer, it is essential. Why do I love Gravity Forms? Let me count the ways:
- Gravity Forms is easy. You simply name the form and start dragging fields into it. You edit the title of the filed and add directions to filling out the filed if needed and you are good to go. Really, a cave man could do it.
- You can create simple contact forms with almost any form maker. The real beauty of Gravity Forms is the ability to make most any kind of form, such as a lead generation form or a product or service purchase form, which sends you the completed form responses in an e-mail and keeps it in the database. You can then export the form data into a csv file.
- Gravity Forms works with PayPal Pro or [Read more...]
I have been using WordPress for about five years now. I remember the days when you had to upload plugins through FTP. Thankfully for the newcomers it is easier now but the amount of plugins is rather overwhelming. I was doing a presentation for my WordPress Meetup in Atlanta and decided to make a list of all of my tried and true plugins. For the most part these are easy to install, configure and utilize to extend the functionality of your WordPress site.
- Aksimet -Best comment and trackback spam prevention ever. Free for personal bloggers and starts at 60 per year for businesses making over 500.00.
- WordPress.com Stats -Loads right in your dashboard for easy monitoring of your pageviews, tells you which posts and pages are the most popular, where your site traffic is coming from, and what links people click when they leave your site.
- WordPress SEO – I had been using All in One SEO to rewrite my site page and blog post titles and descriptions. But now there is a new kid on the block called WordPress SEO by Yoast which is hands down better. This one shows a search engine result before you optimize the post which gives you a lot of motivation to change the title and descriptions to work better for search engine optimization while still using readable titles on you pages or posts. When you try your hand at optimizing your content,this plugin will tell you with a series of colored lights whether you have succeeded and how you can do better. I was also using Scribe ( see below) to give me feedback on the optimization. But with this free plugin you do not need to use Scribe and can save some money.
- Scribe -This is a premium plugin that costs about 30.00 per month. It will teach you to write optimized posts. Write your post for your readers, fill out All in One SEO and then run it through Scribe for a grade on how the search engines would see your entry. It then tells you how to fix a low score. The Catholic schoolgirl in me can’t stand not to get 100 on a test!
- W3 Total Cache - This plugin is used by all the pros to make their sites load faster by caching every aspect of your site. This is great for readers and also a factor in ranking.
- Gravity Forms - This is a honey of a plugin and worth the money. It is 39.00 for a single site, 99.00 for three sites and 199.00 for a developers license good for unlimited sites. You can create forms in a breeze, even complex and interactive forms. It is very user friendly and there are addons for other programs like Paypal, Freshbooks, and MailChimp. [Read more...]
While wordpress.com has tons of plugins readily available, wordpress.org is a plugin picnic with over 4,000 available for FREE. Here are a few of the less known but oh-so interesting plugins:
There’s a plugin to display a Daily Dilbert Comic on your site. Or, you can add a bible verse, using a Verse of the Day feed. Ayah of the Day translates a verse from the Holy Quran. You can choose between English and Farsi translation.
Saint du jour displays the saint of the day, “according to the timetable of the ordinary and/or the extraordinary form of Roman Catholic rite”.
There are widgets to post French, German, Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish Words of the Day. Some have audible options.
Of course you can post the Daily Horoscope – there’s even a Romanian version.
Promises to secretly reveal what your readers most want to read….so you can give it to them. That way, they’ll keep coming back to your blog.
Next of Kin
This one may be my favourites. Next Of Kin monitors your visits to your WordPress site. If you fail to visit your blog after a specified period of time, the system will automatically send an email to whoever you choose notifying them of the bad news. You get to personalize the text of your notification email ahead of time.