…and is too shy to ask you to install. These plug-ins are useful, fun, and really simple to set up, so I’m not going to do much other than recommend (and, in some cases, demonstrate) them here.
Broken Link Checker, by Janis Elsts
Nothing glamorous about this one – it just runs in the background and alerts you whenever it finds a broken link. Beats manually checking them all daily, doesn’t it? You can optionally have it email you or the author of the post containing broken links, when it finds one.
Click to Tweet, by Todaymade
Encourage your readers and Tweetmates to share your messages – not just a title link to your posts! For example:
It creates a shortcode
Could it get any simpler?
Comments Evolved for WordPress, by Brian Holtsclaw
Adds the convenience of WordPress, Google+, and Facebook comments in one nice, integrated, unobtrusive package. Bet you didn’t even notice this one – but if you click each of the icons right above the comment box, you can either comment using the native WordPress comments system, share and comment via Google+, or share and comment using Facebook. Try it!
Default featured image, by Jan Willem Oostendorp
If this post has my picture in a thumbnail at the top, it’s working. Sometimes, it’s hard to find the perfect image for your post. Sometimes, you just want the words to speak for themselves. Sometimes you’re too lazy to remember to set a featured image. But that looks weird when someone shares on Facebook, or when you want to feature the post using certain themes. So it’s nice to set a default image – in case you’re lazy, frustrated, or forgetful – that can work as your default image. Your author profile pic, perhaps? A logo? A cute cat pic? The only settings you need to worry about – pick an image, upload it, and set it.
Starbox, by Squirrely UK
See the bio box at the bottom of my posts? That’s Starbox. It doesn’t need much, if any, tweaking to fit in with your blog’s theme, and it’s so easy to set up! There are a few global settings for the plug-in, but they are pretty straightforward. Its social settings appear on every author’s profile page (you can see @CairnRodrigues’s on her “Fantasy Food” post). All you and your other authors need to do is fill out the social links you want to include, write up a little bio blurb, and save.
Twitter Highlight, by Eduardo Reveles
When my friend, artist Todd Kruse, ranted this morning about hashtag abuse – hashtags spilling over from Twitter and Instagram to infest Facebook Walls and news feeds – I knew that I had to make every effort to incorporate them into my #sillyhashtags – response, just to amuse him and make his annoyance complete. Twitter Highlight was just the ticket – not only turning hashtags into search terms but also causing Twitter name mentions to turn into Twitter links, automagically. Settings are simple, allowing you to choose where this magic gets applied, whether links are dofollow or not, and whether to open them in a new window. Other, more complex and complicated plug-ins do less, far less elegantly.
UPDATE: I am thrilled to report that I have been able to re-activate Twitter Highlight after the release of version 1.2 today! (Thrilled largely because its author took the time to come over here and let me know there was an update, and even gave me credit in the readme.txt for helping to improve the plug-in! Awesome – thank you, Eduardo!) I have tested it out, and it now appears to play nicely with everything else… works like a charm.
Oh, I do make it hard to hate me, some days, don’t I?
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