Must-Have Plugins for Your WordPress Website – I

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As you all know, Plugins add functionality to your WordPress website. For the next few articles, I will be talking about a few must-have plugins for your WordPress website. These are, essentially, the plugins that I always install every time I do a fresh WordPress install for my clients.

So, let’s start off with a few plugins that will make your admin interface a bit more useful for you.

Admin Management Xtended

Sometimes, while we organize the blog posts / pages on our WordPress website, we need to make a few changes. It is not always feasible to get into the editing interface to do so – especially if we are going to do this for a bunch of blog posts / pages. That is where the Admin Management Xtended plugin comes in very handy.

This plugin puts all of those small and large features right into your Blog Post / Page management interface. For example, if you need to make a group of posts visible or not, or if you want to enable or disable comments on a set of pages, then you need not go into the editing interface of each of these posts or pages. You can just make those changes in the Blog Post / Page management interface. Here’s a quick list of what you can do with this awesome plugin:

⁃       Set up post / page visibility
⁃       Change post / page titles
⁃       Enable / Disable comments
⁃       Change post / page publication dates
⁃       Changing post / page orders using a drag n’ drop interface
⁃       Managing categories and tags of the blog posts

Click here to see a more detailed view of all the various things that this plugin can do for you.

Maintenance Mode

There are times when you need to do a lot of maintenance tasks on your website. For example, you might be testing out a few plugins, or changing the theme of your website. At such times, your website is in a state of change. And you don’t want your website’s visitors to see all this going on, do you?

The best way for you to make sure that you do these tasks behind the scenes, is to set up this plugin. When enabled, the Maintenance Mode plugin will show a ‘Site Under Maintenance’ page to all the visitors to your site, while you go on making your changes in the background. And since you are logged in to the admin panel, you can see how your site will look like with your new theme etc, but the visitors to your site won’t be able to do so.

The Maintenance Mode plugin offers a splash page that will inform your site’s visitors that your site is undergoing maintenance. You can also set it up so that it shows your site’s visitors an estimate of when the site will be back up again. That way, they can come back to see your website when you’re done with your maintenance tasks.

Click here to see a more detailed view of all the different options that you can use in this plugin.

With these plugins installed, you are up to a good start. I will talk about a few more plugins in the upcoming articles. So stay tuned!

(10 July 2013)


Madhavi spends her time writing web content and helping people make websites. She regularly blogs www.madhavighare.com and shares her thoughts about web writing and WordPress. She also explores her ardent fascination with myths and symbols via the Tarot cards on her blog www.taroticallyspeaking.com

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