The ability to add third-party plugins is one of the reasons folks may choose to have a self-hosted WordPress site. But with over 36,000 plugins in the official repository, selecting one can be overwhelming. My WordCamp Maui talk looks at what to consider when selecting a plugin, how to troubleshoot plugin issues, and where widgets fit into the mix. You can also watch the presentation at WordPress.tv or check out the slides.
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:
- CMS Page Tree View – presented by Richard Archambault
Lets you order your pages in the dashboard by dragging and dropping; particularly useful for large sites with many pages
- Featured Image Column – presented by Richard
Adds a thumbnail preview in the posts overview screen to let you quickly see which posts are missing a featured image
- Multisite Toobar Additions – presented by Richard
Adds quick links to commonly used network admin features in the toolbar; geared to super admins or admins
- WP Gallery Custom Links – presented 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
- SuperCPT – presented 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
- Press Permit Core – presented 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
- 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
- Regenerate Thumbnails – presented 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.
- Amazon Affiliate Link Localizer – presented 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
- Post Thumbnail Editor – presented 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
- Resize Images before upload – presented 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
- Changelogger – presented 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!