B2B marketing firm shares favorite plugins for developers to manage content in WordPress.
This month, Post Status reported it costs an average of 8 per month to run and manage a simple WordPress website. With this comes many considerations, including the costs of plugins to help manage workflow and increase web development productivity.
“Since creating and editing content with WordPress can be rather quick and painless, a website can grow at an astonishing rate,” explain Jeremy Durant, business principal of Bop Design. “It’s important to have an easy to manage back end to help control the content.”
Below are the top 10 WordPress plugins recommended by Bop Design:
1. Duplicate Post
Many times the end user will need to create a post or page that has the exact same layout and formatting as another page, just different content. The easiest way for to accomplish it would be to “duplicate” or “clone” the post or page and then edit the new copy of the page. Duplicate Post adds a simple and powerful functionality to WordPress.
2. TinyMCE Advanced
Developers should assume the end user to have little to zero knowledge of HTML and CSS when creating a website. However, sometimes the default WordPress content editor isn’t enough for some end users’ needs. Users might need to add multiple horizontal rules or anchor links to many pages, while others could possibly use the subscript or superscript tags often.
The TinyMCE Advanced plugin solves these issues. This plugin adds more options to the default content editor to make editing content even easier.
3. HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter
Unfortunately for some WordPress themes, editing the HTML of the page is the only way to edit the content on the page. The HTML view of the default editor is rather plain and bland looking, making it hard to read and determine if what the user is typing is correct.
HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter plugin adds syntax highlighting and colors to the HTML editor so that code is easier to read and understand. Users who have experience using HTML editors like Dreamweaver will see similarities to code view.
4. Admin Post Navigation
This plugin adds another feature that can be argued should be default in WordPress core. When editing a post/page, the Admin Post Navigation plugin adds buttons in the back end that allow the user to edit the “Previous” or “Next” post/page. So instead of having to go back to the main list of posts/pages to edit the next post/page, it can be done immediately after saving the one you just edited. “Essentially, it’s a huge time saver,” says Durant.
5. Simple Page Ordering
Some WordPress themes and plugins require that the menu order of each page/post be a certain way. Usually an end user would just edit the Menu Order field of a page with the appropriate number to put it in the correct order. “But what if you had to reorder 50 or more pages? Sure you could try to use the quick edit feature but that still isn’t the most optimal solution. The Simple Page Ordering plugin will make re-ordering those pages a breeze with it’s drag and drop interface,” says Durant.
6. Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order
Very similar to the Simple Page Ordering plugin, but instead the drag and drop interface is used to change the order of blog post categories and custom post type taxonomy terms.
7. Better Internal Link Search
Simply put, the Better Internal Link Search plugin is exactly that. The default WordPress internal search works but isn’t always foolproof. For example, there are times where you want to create a hyperlink to a known page, such as “About Us.” With the default function, it shows up in the bottom of the search results. Why is it at the bottom of the results? “Better Internal Link Search fixes that and makes searching for your content faster and—just like it says—better,” says Durant.
8. Media Library Assistant
“The Media Library Assistant plugin is a must have if the end user’s Media Library contains massive amounts of uploads. By massive, I mean hundreds, if not thousands of uploaded files,” explains Durant.
During a website migration, many images needed to be re-added to multiple posts and pages. Using this plugin, users can search for the exact image file by searching for its exact filename.
9. Post Type Switcher
Using custom post types in WordPress can make life so much easier for the end user. The Post Type Switcher plugin allows the end user to change the post type of the post. For example, a blog post might need to repurposed as a News item or a Press Release post needs to be switched to a new page on the website. This plugin will allow the end user to easily do that.
10. Post List Featured Image
One more simple plugin that one might argue could be part of WordPress core. The Post List Featured Image plugin adds a thumbnail image of the featured image used in posts and pages to the main posts and pages list view. This allows the end user to quickly recognize a blog post or content page by seeing the feature image. It also lets the end user quickly know if a post or page has a featured image or not.
Bop Design is a San Diego marketing and web design agency with offices also in Orange County, CA and the New York metro area. Specializing in B2B, Bop Design creates holistic marketing plans geared toward lead generation and business development. Bop Design offers services in branding, logo design, website design and development, responsive web design, SEO, PPC, social media and content marketing. http://www.bopdesign.com
Posted On: San Diego, CA May 15, 2014