This page provides a collection of some useful plugins for wordpress.
Check my post HERE if you do not know how to insall a plugin from a downloaded zip file.
Add Anchor Link with a Plugin
One of the easiest ways to add an anchor link is with the free TinyMCE Advanced plugin. This plugin basically adds extra functionality to the editor with quick shortcut buttons. As of writing this, the plugin has over 2 million active installs with a 4.5 out of 5-star rating.
Add Table of Contents with a Plugin
Perhaps you want to speed up the process even more. 😄 If you’re writing a lot of in-depth content and always want to include a table of contents (anchor link lists/jump menu) in your posts, then you should take advantage of a table of contents plugin.
One of the best free plugins is Easy Table of Contents. This plugin automatically generates anchor links for your headers and lets you insert your table of contents anywhere in your post with a simple shortcode. As of writing this, the plugin has over 30,000 active installs with a 4.5 out of 5-star rating.
After you’ve installed and activated the plugin, there are a few settings you’ll probably want to change. These can be found under “Settings → Table of Contents.”
- The “Enable support” option allows you to choose which post types you want to use the table of contents on. Most likely this is your “Posts” type.
- You can then choose whether or not you want a table of contents automatically inserted or if you want to insert it manually. We would probably recommend doing manual if your posts change around a bit.
- The “Show when” option lets you define how many headings the post should have before a table of contents shows up. For example, you probably don’t want a table of contents showing up on a short blog post, so doing at least four or more headers is probably best.
To insert the table of contents manually, simply insert the
shortcode where you want it to show up in the post.
The table of contents is then automatically generated for all of the headers in the post. How awesome is that?
You can also make more changes in the settings regarding what should show up, exclusions, appearance, etc. For example, perhaps you always have a “Summary” heading at the end of your posts. You can input that header into the list of exclusions in the settings so it’s not included in the table of contents.
You can use the default for most settings, but you need to set the following at least:)
References and Further reading list
- How to Create Anchor Links in WordPress (4 Easy Methods) — PDF
- 5 most useful WordPress widgets for your site — PDF
It is a really simple widget to add social icons to your sidebars. All the configuration options are in the widget’s settings. You can choose which social networks to link to and add your profile URLs. You can also modify the icon by choosing background and icon font color. See our tutorial on how to add social media icons in your WordPress sidebar.
This is by far the best WordPress widget for adding social icons.
An easier way to add a map to your site’s sidebar is by using Google Maps Widget. This simple widget allows you to display a Google map in a widget. When a user clicks on the map, a larger map opens in a lightbox popup. Checkout our guide on how to add Google Maps in WordPress for more information.
This is one of the best WordPress widgets for businesses who want to display their address and location on their site.
If you need to add an image to a sidebar, then you need to write the HTML in a text widget. However, many beginners do not know HTML and cannot properly style an image. The Image Widget solves this problem by allowing users to add an image using the media uploader in WordPress. It also provides a graphic UI to add caption, alt text, and select the image size.
By default WordPress comes with a categories widget. There is no default widget to display custom taxonomies in the sidebar of a WordPress site. Custom Taxonomies Menu widget allows you to easily display custom taxonomies in the sidebar. See our guide on how to display custom taxonomies terms in WordPress sidebar widgets for more information.
The default monthly archives widget shows your archives in a long list of months. This takes a lot of space and makes users scroll down. Compact archives solves this problem by grouping your monthly archives into years and displaying them in a compact form. It also comes with a widget which you can add to your sidebar. For more information checkout our tutorial on how to create compact archives in WordPress.
This neat plugin allows you to add a page as a featured page in your WordPress sidebar. It allows you to display a page title, featured image, and excerpt. See this article on how to feature a page in WordPress to learn more.
Probably the easiest way for beginners to display current date and time on their WordPress site. This plugin uses the time you have selected in your WordPress Settings » General page. You can choose time and date format, font and background colors.
This plugin offers an easier way to display event calendar on your WordPress website. You can create your events using Google Calendar and then sync the calendar with the plugin to display the calendar on your website. We have a step by step tutorial on how to add Google Calendar in WordPress.
This widget can be handy for non-profits who want to display their events.
Just like the name suggests WordPress Popular Posts plugin allows you to display your website’s most popular posts in a nice widget. You can display popular posts by number of views or display popular posts by number of comments.
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