Plugin Slam!

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A number of years back, when I was still quite new to the Montreal WordPress community, our local meetup group held a “plugin slam,” which was a kind of show-and-tell in which we each got to present a plugin we thought was cool to the rest of the group. It was a really fun evening that I’ve always remembered.

This week, we revisited the idea, getting together on a chilly winter night and sharing a dozen of our favourite plugins. Here’s what we looked at:

  1. CMS Page Tree Viewpresented by Richard Archambault
    Lets you order your pages in the dashboard by dragging and dropping; particularly useful for large sites with many pages
  2. Featured Image Columnpresented by Richard
    Adds a thumbnail preview in the posts overview screen to let you quickly see which posts are missing a featured image
  3. Multisite Toobar Additionspresented by Richard
    Adds quick links to commonly used network admin features in the toolbar; geared to super admins or admins
  4. WP Gallery Custom Linkspresented by Alexandre Simard
    Adds a few new fields on each image in a media gallery, including URL and link target; perfect for a gallery of logos that need links to external sites
  5. SuperCPTpresented by Ziad Saab
    Allows you more easily define custom post types and custom taxonomies; uses icons from Font Awesome; Ziad is working on an extension to add repeating fields
  6. Press Permit Corepresented by Elida Arrizza
    “User management on steroids”; advanced content permissions system lets you define your own roles, which can even be attached to custom post types. There’s a Pro version and extensions, including one for WPML
  7. Add From Server presented by me
    Lets you quickly add images to the media library from your server; useful for images that you’ve uploaded via FTP instead of the dashboard
  8. Regenerate Thumbnailspresented by me
    Allows you to regenerate image thumbnails at all required sizes, as defined by the current theme and media settings; useful if you switch to a theme that needs different image sizes for things like custom headers, sliders, and featured images.
  9. Amazon Affiliate Link Localizerpresented by Belinda Darcey
    Automatically detects all Amazon links on a site and adds your affiliate ID, detects visitor’s location and switches the link to their local Amazon storefront
  10. Post Thumbnail Editorpresented by Carl Alexander
    Lets you manually crop all versions (e.g. thumbnail, medium, large) of each individual image, allowing you to use the best part of every one; great for perfectionists and photographers
  11. Resize Images before uploadpresented by Geneviève Gélinas
    Resizes huge images before uploading; useful for folks who don’t know how to make images smaller before bringing them into WordPress
  12. Changeloggerpresented by Richard
    Displays plugin changeset right on plugin overview screen in the dashboard; saves a few clicks

Got a favourite plugin? Share it in the comments!

Photos (cc) Jeremy Clarke

7 thoughts on “Plugin Slam!

  1. Kathryn: I am very interested in the WordPress gallery custom links plugin. Is there a way to set it up on WordPress.com in CSS? I have a gallery of recipe photos that I would love to be able to link to their original posts…..

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