My Top Visual WordPress Plugins â€“ Part 1 of 3
Over the next couple days Iâ€™m going to write about the WordPress Plugins that I use. The reasons I use them, their exact use and where to get them.
Part 1 – Visual WordPress Plugins. This list will be the plugins that I use for the look and style of the blog. How they contribute to the look and feel and how they make your visit a bit more pleasant.
Part 2 – Task WordPress Plugins. A list of all the plugins that I use behind the scenes that help me on a day to day basis to get the story out, know my audience and keep spam away.
Part 3 – Marketing WordPress Plugins. Tool and plugins used to help with pagerank, getting my blog listed on Goggle and other search engines. Why they are important and just what do they do for my site.
Ultimate Tag Warrior â€“ UTW is the King (or Queen) of Tagging. If you need any tagging done this is the plugin for you. Ultimate Tag Warrior allows the creation of tags for: Technorati, Flickr, Delicious, Wikipedia and others, including your own tags page for easy searching. By using tags, not only will searches be easier but UTW also can create a tag cloud. With many choices for the cloud, from font size to colors, check ours out on the right sidebar. Another feature of UTW is to be able to list related post as per the tags, keeping the interest of visitors is always a good thing. Check in Part 3 on how UTW helps with backlinks and getting your blog known.
Snap Preview Anywhere â€“ The Snap Preview plugin allows your visitors to see a sneek peek of any link on your site. While this preview isnâ€™t a large image, itâ€™s enough for readers to know if theyâ€™ve been to the site and know if they want to visit it. The plugin has the option of allowing you to have previews of only outbound links or all links including any linked back to your own content. There have been some that complain that the preview gets in the way at times, but this is one plugin I enjoy.
Adsense Deluxe â€“ Most know what Adsense is but it can sometime be hard to incorporate them into your site. With the Adsense Deluxe plugin, adding the ads is made easy, by creating a quick tag in your post section of WordPress, the writer only has to click the button to add adsense to their story. The plugin will also keep track to make sure you donâ€™t go over the allowed amount of ads per page.
MyBlogLog â€“ Not only is MyBlogLog a great way to â€œseeâ€ whoâ€™s coming to your site but itâ€™s a great linking tool. Anyone with MBL on their site that seeâ€™s a new face, will instantly click it to learn more about that person. The profile page on MBL then will point you to their site. Beyond creating traffic, what blogger doesnâ€™t enjoy seeing the face of who is visiting. There has been a lot of talk of spamming MBL and while this can be done (revisiting over and over) I havenâ€™t heard of it hurting any website .. yet.
SideBar Widget – Before SideBar Widget, adding a plugin to WordPress dealt with opening the actual code of the site and adding a snippet of code, hopefully in the correct place. With SideBar Widget, this is a thing of the past. Once installed the admin can drag and drop any widgets to any area in their sidebar. See my post about downloading extra widgets for this plugin and also how to add nonwidgets to a widget sidebar.
Monday Iâ€™ll talk about behind the scenes plugins and how they make my life as a blogger easier.