Here are four awesome plugins you may not have heard of — yet — but you’ll want to know about them.
One of the cool benefits of working with so many bloggers is that I run across all sorts of challenges which lead me to interesting plugins and solutions.
If you’ve had these challenges or questions, you’ll find answers in the plugins below:
- How to safely change your permalinks in WordPress
- Why & how to add Google +1 to your website or blog
- How to add custom CSS code to WordPress posts or pages that doesn’t get eradicated by the WordPress visual editor (which likes to eat CSS and iframe codes…)
- How to easily add custom text to the bottom of posts in your RSS feed
You know your link structure is important for search engine rankings, but if you’ve been blogging for a while, changing all of your links can cause all sorts of problems like lost search engine traffic and broken links all through your site.
With the Permalink Migrations plugin you can safely change your permalinks without 404 (page not found) errors. It writes the code that tells your server what to do to direct visitors to the new versions of your links so all your old links keep working.
Google Plus One
Google’s hit the social sharing scene with a their new “+ 1” voting system. What is it?
And why’s it matter? Jym Tarrant did a nice write up on his blog of why you want to use Google +1 and how you can leverage it, so check that out here: http://jymtarrant.com/google-plus-1-button/
Three ways to add it to your blog:
- Manually (this will work for any platform/web page that lets you edit your code): http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/index.html
- WordPress Plugin like Google Plus One Button (this gets you just the 1+ button by itself): http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-plus-one-button/
- WordPress Plugin like 1-Click Share (this gets you multiple sharing buttons including 1+): http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/1-click-retweetsharelike/
Custom CSS Coding
If you’ve struggled with adding custom CSS to specific pages or posts on your WordPress site, the answer just might be this plugin: http://www.iwebsource.net/blog/learning-center/wordpress-css-hack-and-plugin.html (scroll down and look for the “download” button)
I like to be able to modify specific pages on my own blog and for client projects and it’s been driving me crazy that if I edit in code mode (the HTML tab) and save, my code works, but if someone else goes in and edits the post/page in visual mode (the WYSIWYG editor) then my code gets modified by the editor and doesn’t work anymore.
This plugin works beautifully. You can add your custom CSS code in a box below the content box and it won’t get eaten by the editor. YAY!
RSS Feed Footer
With this plugin you can add a custom message to the footer of your RSS feed. You may want to add a copyright notice, invitation to share your content, or invitation to sign up for your ezine.