We do a lot of WordPress design, and often I’m challenged to find a solution for a site, and that’s where WordPress plugins come in. There are a lot of great ones out there, but here’s a shortlist of my favorites, ones I use on a regular basis.
- Contact Form 7 - I use this in every WordPress site I do. It’s simply the easiest plugin for having a form on your WordPress site. You activate the plugin and pop the shortcode in your page. Instant form. Plus, it’s easily customizable, you can make multiple forms, and you can add a database extension to track your contacts. Lots of possibilities.
- NextGen Gallery – Whenever anyone needs a gallery, I pop this one in. It’s easy to set up, has lots of options and you can add on lots of extras.
- Akismet – A given, if you want to block blog spam, Akismet is the best.
- ShareThis – In this day of social media, you need to make every post share-able, and this is an easy way to do it.
- Widget Logic - For a long time, I didn’t realize you could control the sidebar for each page, but here you have it. Just some logic and a little time, and your pages have individual sidebars for each page.
- WP Archive-Sitemap Generator – Creates a sitemap of your pages and posts. Not an XML sitemap for the search engines, but an actual sitemap for users to find your content.