WordPress is an awesome free and open space blogging tool which benefits from an extensive plug-in architecture and template system. It is no secret that it is currently the most popular blogging platform. As a result thousands of developers work relentlessly in order to create better plug-ins. From the regular blogger to the freelancer and beyond, WordPress provides for all! Without any further ado, here are some of the best plug-ins of 2013:
Fancy Author Box
Posting high quality content is enough to engage readers. They also have to put a face to the name, and truth be told, the space dedicated to the Author Bio is quite small. This nifty new plug-in enables writers to create their own personal space in which they can say a little bit about themselves, add a picture and link their social media accounts.
WP Social Stats
Social media is becoming more and more important. Nowadays it isn’t enough to rank high on search engines, building a community and engaging the readers is also important. It is amazing how one link can go viral with the help of tweets of shares. In other words, you should not only monitor your search engine traffic, but also the social performance. With WP Social Stats you will be able to see which articles were popular, and rethink your strategies.
WD Twitter Feed
There are literally dozens of twitter feed plug-ins, but the WD twitter feed sets itself apart from others with the help of a clean and attractive appearance. Moreover, new tweets are loaded in the background without disrupting the page. Webmasters should be happy, because most tweet plug-ins consume a lot of resources.
The Signature Watermark does exactly what the name says: it helps you create a digital watermark for your photos in order to protect them from theft. With the help of this ingenious plug-in you can control your content and images.
Resize Image After Upload
I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get in trouble with image uploading. Of course, you can always edit them before uploading, but sometimes we are just lazy. The „Resize Image after Upload” tool is awesome because it enables you to adjust the image size after posting a picture. This means that you can post different photos directly from URL’s and adjust them according to your taste.
As we said before, social media is extremely important if you want to engage your readers. This is why rotating tweets will add to the user experience, and it will make the blog more user friendly. The plug-in has some easy settings which will help you customize the effects of the rotating tweets.
You’ve just finished reading about an interesting subject. Let’s face it, when we read something we like, we will most likely be looking to read more. This is why the „related post” plug-ins are important. There are a lot of such plug-ins but we have to congratulate Zemanta for their valiant effort. Not only are their suggestions relevant, but they also look good on page.
Yet another intelligent plug-in is „Engageya”. This wonderful gadget displays thumbnails and links at the bottom of each post. It also recommends related posts. The purpose of the plug-in is to bring readers to the page, with the help of the highest click-through-rates.
WP Social SEO Booster
WordPress and Google are trying to implement certain meta-data and meta-keywords. There have been a number of plug-ins that enable the inclusion of meta-data fields, but the Social SEO Booster is the first successful attempt to integrate important data in one tool.
WP Landing Pages
The WP Landing Pages plug-in shows a lot of potential. It can do two things for WordPress users. First of all it can easily create „landing pages” and secondly it can improve their performance. In other words, it is useful for splash and sales pages.
There are a lot of great plug-ins, and there are more being invented every day. The most important thing is to always be informed, and make the necessary changes for your website.