My favorite WordPress plugins

Plugins to administrate your site

Plugins to help to edit your posts/pages

  • Black Studio TinyMCE WidgetAdds a new “Visual Editor” widget type based on the native WordPress TinyMCE editor.
    • Add Visual Editor capabilities (bold, italic, …) to your widgets and not only to your pages and posts
  • Duplicate PostClone posts and pages.
    • Very helpful when you have to deal with posts/pages written with XXX Page Builder because in such case you don’t have access to the source code of post/page so you cannot copy/paste their content from one post/page to the other one.
  • LH Add Media from URL: This plugin allows you to fetch the remote file and save to your local WordPress, via wp-admin or bookmarklet.
    • I like it because I can easily transfer an image from the web into your website media.
  • Page Builder by SiteOrigin:  A drag and drop, responsive page builder that simplifies building your website.
    • When you want to build some sophisticated pages/posts, this plugin helps you organizing your page by columns and widgets
    • I discovered recently another Page Builder: Elementor Page Builder which seems pretty interesting because of its WISIWIG capabilities. Nevertheless, I didn’t have the opportunity to try it so I can’t confirm it as a favorite.
  • Simple Image Sizes: Add options in media setting page for images sizes
    • Very helpful if you doc like the default image sizes provides by WP, you can create others.
  • SiteOrigin CSS: An advanced CSS editor from SiteOrigin.
    • If you need to customize the CSS of your theme and you don’t want to patch the theme files.

Plugins to add specific widgets to your website

  • Livemesh SiteOrigin Widgets: A collection of premium quality widgets for use in any widgetized area or in SiteOrigin page builder. SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle is required.
    • Complete very well the other SiteOrigin plugin XXXX
  • Master Slider: Master Slider is the most advanced responsive HTML5 WordPress slider plugin with touch swipe navigation that works smoothly on devices too.
    • Great plugin to build nice Slider. The free version is already pretty powerful
  • MetaSlider and MetaSlider – Pro Add-on Pack: Easy to use slideshow plugin. Create SEO optimized responsive slideshows with Nivo Slider, Flex Slider, Coin Slider and Responsive Slides.
    • I mention also this SLider plugin because the pro version provides some cool feature to create a sort of animation on the slides of your slider.
  • SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle: A collection of all widgets, neatly bundled into a single plugin. It’s also a framework to code your own widgets on top of.
    • A set of widgets which work very well with the Page Build by SiteOrigin plugin
  • SyntaxHighlighter EvolvedEasily post syntax-highlighted code to your site without having to modify the code at all. Uses Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighterTIP: Don’t use the Visual editor if you don’t want your code mangled. TinyMCE will “clean up” your HTML.
    • Very helpful if you have to display some code in your posts. It provides a nice format for such text
  • Twitter Widget with Styling: A Twitter Widget that is easy to configure and easy to style.
    • Pretty nice Twitter widget. They are so many I tried. I like this one because it offers interesting customization options.
  • Ultimate Addons for SiteOrigin: An ultimate collection of addons for SiteOrigin. SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle is required.
  • WP Latest Posts: Advanced frontpage and widget news slider
    • Nice widget to display the latest posts

Misc Helpful Plugins

  • Cookie NoticeCookie Notice allows you to elegantly inform users that your site uses cookies and to comply with the EU cookie law regulations.
  • Head, Footer and Post Injections: “Header and Footer” lets to add HTML/javascript code to the head and footer and posts of your blog. Some examples are provided on the official page.
    • I used it to insert some meta-tags in the header of your blog.
  • WPSSO Core: Automatically create complete & accurate meta tags and Schema markup from your content for social sharing, social media / SMO, Google Rich Cards / SEO, and more.
    • When you copy a link of your site into a LinkedIn or Twitter or … post, create a nice rendering.
  • Email Subscribers & Newsletters: Email Subscribers is a complete newsletter plugin which lets you collect leads, send automated new blog post notification emails, create & send newsletters and also manage them all in one single place.
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