5 Fresh WordPress Plugins Ready to Enhance Your Blog
I have discovered, tried and tested some amazing WordPress plugins lately. I can hardly wait to share them with you! I’ve just got to say first that you should definitely give each and every one a try because they really can enhance your blog experience for both you and your readers! Let’s get started…
Twitter Friendly Links – Yup, Your Own Short URL
This is quite simply an in-house URL shortening service that creates links using your short post ID’s. For example you can visit http://DotSauce.com/1632 to access this very post!
Twitter Friendly Links plugin can help you preserve and increase your domain name brand exposure on Twitter and give your shared links more credibility.
The only caveat is that you are sacrificing click analytics, though I’m sure the developer of this plugin already has that in mind.
Analytics360 by MailChimp – Bringing Google Analytics to WordPress
To use all of Analytics360 options you are asked to register a free account with MailChimp, a web based email marketing and newsletter management system, but you don’t necessarily have to use their service.
Analytics360 adds a feature to you WordPress admin that connects with Google Analytics to display traffic stats, top referrers and most viewed articles.
A really cool feature of Analytics360 is the orange dot marker next to each of your blog posts over time so you can visually see how your posts are performing!
Disqus Comment System – Revolutionizing Blog Comments
The default WordPress comment system is severely dated! I tried the WordPress threaded comment system for awhile and while it is slightly better it still fell short. Disqus simply has alot of appealing features…
- Track your comments across all blogs
- Verified emails and avatar uploads
- Instantly connect with Twitter and Facebook
- Moderate comments via email or assign moderators
- Top commentators and recent comments widgets
I am extremely happy since installing Disqus. It was surprisingly easy to install as any WordPress plugin usually is. Large sites like TechCrunch and Mashable have adopted Disqus and I foresee it soon becoming the standard for blog comments.
WP Smush.it! – Better User Experience by Reducing Image File Sizes
I was ecstatic when I found this plugin, a plugin that actually shrinks your image files on the fly! Most people should know how to use the “Save For Web” feature when working with images to keep file sizes down.
I found that Smush-It actually works better than PhotoShop for getting down to the smallest file size, especially with GIF and PNG files! Amazingly, no image quality is sacrificed.
You can even go in to your gallery and smush previously uploaded files!
Sexy Bookmarks – Making Social Sharing Fun
See Live Example Below!
This plugin is quite literally beautiful! There are lots of social bookmarking plugins available for WordPress already, but this is by far the most appealing and unique set of bookmarking icons. In just a short time since installing I have noticed a few readers making use of my Sexy Bookmarks!
So yea, maybe you want to have unique looking icons and that’s cool, but I think it will actually benefit blogs on the whole because readers will be able to instantly recognize Sexy Bookmarks buttons and share blog posts.