Wonderful Free Plugins to Supercharge Your WordPress Site

wordpress pluginsWordPress is celebrating its tenth anniversary and yet still thousands of fresh installs of the content management and blogging platform are installed every day, as people realize that you really can create whole stylish and multi functional websites with what is a very easy to use free CMS.

Part of what makes WordPress so great for those who do not know a great deal about coding and the more advanced functions of website programming are the huge range of plug ins that are available that allow a webmaster/mistress to add all types of add-ons without ever needing to add a single line of code. There are hundreds of them out there, but these are some of the plug ins that a great many people using WordPress for a business site might find most useful:

Cool Author Box

This simple little plug in gives you the ability to create a great author bio – complete with image – that can be added to the end of every blog post. This is a great way to increase your visibility, credibility and your connection with your audience. And once you have set it up you really never need to think about it again, it just shows up and does its job.

SEO Friendly Images

Far too many bloggers forget the SEO juice that can be harvested when the images that they use are properly optimized for search bots and humans. SEO Friendly Images is a plugin that takes all the work out of optimizing images, as it automatically adds the proper ALT and TITLE tags to every image you publish on your blog. The ALT tag is the important one for searchbots as it gives a textual description of the image to the bot so it can be better indexed and will show up when an image search is performed for its keyword.

The TITLE tag is less important for SEO, but useful for visitors as it displays the image name when a mouse is hovered over it. Not a big deal maybe, but “small child” looks a heck of a lot nicer than “upload1235”.

Simple: Press

Thanks to this amazing, and deceptively simple to use, plug in adding an extra level of reader interaction, in the form of a forum, to your WordPress based website or blog is a cinch. You don’t need to even know what code is, let alone how to write it! And just because it is free (like all the other WordPress plugins in this article) do not think that it lacks bells and whistles if you want them. You can customize forum skins to create a ‘white label’ forum, grant user rankings, award badges, enable private messaging between users, link blog posts to forum topics and much more.

Vipers Video Quicktags

If you are sick of copy pasting embed code into the HTML side of your post every time you want to add a video, or yours is a WordPress template that does not support embeds, and there are quite a few of those, then this is a must have plugin for you.

After you install and activate it you will see the icons of your favorite video sites – YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion and others – above your main content area. Click on the appropriate one, add the URL, choose your size, border and resolution options, press OK and a beautifully positioned video shows up right away in your post.

Jigoshop

This is a great plug in for those who use WordPress as the CMS for a whole retail website or just for bloggers who want to add an e-commerce option to their site. Jigoshop allows you to create a fully functioning, streamlined and most of all secure store without you needing to know anything about programming. Payment and shipping options can be built right in and you can track every little detail about your store’s operation from a single, easy to understand dashboard.

You can find all of these plugs ins, and a great many more here.

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