This is a short post about two of my favorite WordPress plugins and why I think they’re so great. WordPress currently offers over 9,600 plugins, so I’m sure I’ll be finding more and posting articles about them in the future! You can view the available WordPress plugins by visiting http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/. Out of these thousands of plugins many of them work very well in particular situations if you know about them. Below I’ve named just couple of my favorite plugins that I have found myself installing over and over in most of my WordPress websites.
The first plugin is I’ll talk about is called More Fields. More Fields is an excellent WordPress plugin that adds boxes to the Write/Edit page/post. These boxes contain input fields, so that additional (more) fields can be added to a post. For example, if you write about books, you can add a box where you can enter title and author, etc. The boxes can be placed either to the right or to the left on the Write/Edit page. This is a great plugin for any WordPress designer doing theme customization because you can literally customize the backend of the website to force clients to post certain topics in a very specific way and at the same time it allows separation of post types.
Another example would be a business that writes blog posts for their website but at the same time wants to list the employees or team members. I think the easiest way to accomplish this task is to create Custom Post Types. If the company is posting something to the blog the write/edit page contains only the options available to that type of post. Whereas if they were posting a new employee or position then they would choose a different custom post type to make the desired options available. With this plugin you can create as many custom post types as you like and then add or remove any options associated with that type of post.
I especially like this plugin for the simple fact that nearly everyone has a Facebook profile anymore and this makes it super easy to gain more fans and be more social. For example I recently installed the Facebook Fan Box on a website I did for a freelance client. Before installing the Facebook Fan Box NW Audio had plateaued at about 244 fans after a year or so of having an active fan page. On average they were gaining 1 to 3 new fans per week.
After installing the Facebook Fan Box on their company website NW Audio started gaining new fans immediately. After the first week they had already gained over 40 new fans! Now you ask yourself, “Well haw did the Facebook Fan Box Help?” The awnser is simple. There are many people who know who NW Audio is and they’re certainly interested in them since they have been visiting the website. But do these regular or even new visitors know that NW Audio has a fantastic Facebook Fan Page with loads of updates, pictures and special events? Even more so that most news is released on the Facebook Fan page before the actual website in some cases?
The fact is these people visited NW Audio’s website and discovered “Hey these guys have a Facebook fan page too? I like them and I want to become a fan!”. With the integration of the plugin it’s been made it super easy for them to become a fan without even having to leave the website while at the same time allowing NW Audio to convert regular window shoppers to followers of their personal brand. Which in my own opinion is the ultimate goal at the end of the day.
What do you think about the plugins? Have you seen similar experiences with your own website or someone else’s? I would love to hear your feedback on the topic and feel free to share your own stories I would love to hear them!