Why WordPress plugins are so popular
WordPress is a dream platform for many bloggers, and one of the major reasons for this is its excellent collection of plug-ins. Many of them are outstanding.
They can be used in many ways to power up the platform and tailor additional functionality. Not only that, they are easily available, quite cheap, easy to install and involve fewer maintenance issues.
If you look carefully, you may come across plugins that are truly outstanding functionally but are hidden away from the limelight due to other more traditional ones.
In fact, you can filter and screen your existing plugins so that your website is running with the more useful and necessary plugins; rather than getting bogged down under the weight of useless favorite plugins.
Widget importer and exporter is rarely used.
It is a very useful plug-in. It is rarely used, but it allows widgets to be shared and uploaded to other word press sites. It makes creating and restoring sites an easy task. You do not need to waste time, every time, searching for the widget, downloading and installing manually, for the sites built on word press.
It can help out also during unexpected events such as a change in themes. It has excellent reviews and is a very helpful plug-in.
You can jazz up your website by making use of this little plug-in to manage your content in the sidebars of your site. It can definitely speed up your website’s functionality as well as improve SEO.
Pretty Link Lite
Another unknown, hidden and rarely used WordPress plug-in that should be used more often. It is a great plug-in and what this is what it does: you can use this to track any URL on or from your website.
Isn’t that great?
You can keep track of potential and attractive URLs, which may be useful and relevant to your work. Or you can use it to check the performance of the existing links and make sure that things stay updated. You can shorten website links, create links, check the links and use links the way you want.
This awesome little plug-in also provides detailed reports on the hits on the links and URLs and so you can track the performance of your inbound and external links.
Another great plugin, which may come in handy for your SEO strategy, as well as ensuring that your website is clean and follows the guidelines posted by search engines, regarding SEO.
A related and rarely used plug-in is the broken link checker. It will check your website and your content for broken links and missing images and will tell you when they are found. It will also review your posts, comments, image fields, blogroll, etc.
It's great to have this monitoring. You see a list of missing and broken links through separate notifications in the WP admin panel.
Video Thumbnails and Image Sharing
Another great but rarely used WordPress plug-in. If you want to display video files on your website, but you are afraid of making it slow by overloading it, you can install this WordPress plugin.
This plugin automatically displays video thumbnails in your posts. It detects the first embedded plugin and set it as a featured image from where it can be accessed quickly. Support for a lot of video sharing websites is provided.
Another great plugin, which is seldom used, is Image Optimizer. Images consume a lot of bandwidth during uploading and downloading. It is necessary to optimize images to make sure you have a smooth and efficient website.
This plugin reduces the sizes of the image files used for the content as they get uploaded and apply loss reductions. This would save your bandwidth; helps load pages faster and increases ad revenues as more people will click on these sites.
These are just a few of the many plugins for WordPress, which can undoubtedly improve the website function. All that is required is to hunt them out and try them; rather than going by the popularity charts.
What plugin can you not live without? Tell me in the comment section!