4 Useful WordPress Plugins

Here at GDBD, we have been getting lots of requests lately for custom WordPress websites. WordPress is a content management system that makes website content easily accessible for the everyday user. For this reason, many businesses are opting for WordPress instead of traditional HTML websites.  With WordPress, you do not need HTML/CSS knowledge to make basic changes to your website.

One of the great features of WordPress is the access you have to innumerable plugins. Some plugins are also ‘widgets,’ which, according to WordPress.org is, “…designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content without having to change any code”. The default WordPress widgets are typically a calendar, plain text or a recent posts listing. However, in our experience of wordpress development, we have found a variety of beautiful and functional plugins/widgets that have been helpful to us, and would like share with you here:

All in One SEO
This plugin allows you to enter in a unique ‘Title’, ‘Description’, and ‘Keywords’ that will appear in search engine results. This is useful because search engines will pull the title of your blog article, and the first 160 characters of the post or page, and display that information during a search. Having the ability to specify that information gives you more control over the exact keywords and descriptions you associate with each blog post. Inserting an article summary rich with keywords for the description will drive more traffic to your site.

All in One SEO Widget

Widget Logic
Ever wanted a widget to appear on one page but not another? Here is a simple solution: Widget Logic is a plugin that uses conditional tags to specify which page(s) a widget will appear on. An example of a conditional tag is: “is_front_page()”, which is a conditional tag for a static front page or latest posts displayed on front page. You can also set the widget logic plugin to display on multiple specific pages according to ID number, slug or page title, such as, “is_page( array( 42, ‘about-me’, ‘About Me And Joe’ ) )”. You can find a complete listing of WordPress conditional tags here.

Widget Logic

Video Sidebar
This plugin allows you to add a video into your sidebar. The widget supports a wide variety of video based websites like YouTube, Vimeo, WordPress.tv, Google videos and more. Simply find your video “ID” (instuctions on how to do this for each different type of video are available on the author’s site), enter height and width of the movie,  make sure it will fit within your sidebar,  enter  the title and short description and you’re done! Visitors to your website will have the ability to watch and listen to your video within the sidebar or to enlarge it.

SwfObj
The SwfObj Plugin enables you to easily insert Flash into your pages and posts with the click of a button. Once this widget is installed a new “flash” button appear next to the usual “Upload Insert” icons (as seen below).

When inserting the flash you are given the following options:

 

There are many more plugins available for WordPress websites. Have fun exploring and finding the one that best suits your needs. Or, if you or someone you know is interested in a custom WordPress design, please contact GDBD today for a consultation.

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