Plugins, plugins, plugins, if you want to add someting, move something or change something on your WordPress website, chances are there’s a plugin that will do it for you.
According to WordPress.org there are currently 21,296 plugins in the plugins directory, but how do you know which ones you can rely on?
Which ones are well coded, which ones might present a security risk and which ones will still be around in a few years time.
Best thing to do is to go with plugins which are written by names, which are well respected in the WordPress community, and fortunately Studiopress, one of the most respected names out there, have developed sixteen fabulous plugins.
I’m going to take a brief look at each of these plugins and to make life easier I’ve listed them under various headings:
Social sharing plugins, slider and tab plugins… you get the idea.
Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine.
In the directory you can find, download, rate, and comment on all the best plugins the WordPress community has to offer.
WordPress.org – plugin directory
Social sharing plugins – to stay connected and add a splash of colour
Simple Social Icons
An easy to use, customisable way to display icons that link visitors to your social profiles.
Choose which profiles to link to, customise the colour and size of your icons and align them to the left or right.
Allows you to add links to your social media accounts.
Instead of icons, each link is a circle to which you add text (with a choice of fonts) to indicate the social media account being linked to.
Social Profiles Widget
Allows you to insert icon links to your social profiles in any widget area.
By dragging this widget into your sidebar or any widgetised area, you can place icon links to your various social profiles.
Slider and tabs plugins – to grab attention and make best use of your site’s real estate
Genesis Responsive Slider – requires a Genesis theme
Create a responsive slider that displays your featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post or page.
Genesis Slider – requires a Genesis theme
Allows you to choose to display posts or pages, what category to pull from, and even the specific ID’s of the posts / pages you want to display.
You can place the slider into any widget area.
Genesis Tabs – requires a Genesis theme
Allows you to create a tabbed section, via a widget, that displays the featured image, along with the title and excerpt from each post.
Choose which categories you want to feature in the tabbed section, which post elements you want to show, and save the widget.
Place the widget in the feature section of a Genesis child theme.
SEO plugins – to make it easy for the Googlebot to find you
SEO Data Transporter
Allows you to transfer the SEO data (such as title tags and meta descriptions) you’ve entered in one WordPress theme/plugin to another.
You can also transfer SEO data when you switch themes or theme frameworks.
This plugin is a URL management system that allows you to create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects.
Coding and developer plugins – to let the coders do all the heavy lifting
Genesis Simple Edits – requires a Genesis theme
Creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to modify the post-info (byline), post-meta, and footer area on any Genesis theme.
Using text, shortcodes, and HTML in the textboxes provided in the admin screen, these three commonly modified areas are easily editable, without having to learn PHP or write functions, filters, or mess with hooks.
Genesis Simple Hooks – requires a Genesis theme
Creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to insert code and attach it to any of the action hooks throughout the Genesis Framework.
Instead of the unfamiliar process of creating functions in your theme files, this plugin gives you an attractive, easy to use interface for modifying your Genesis theme via the hook system.
Genesis Simple Menus – requires a Genesis theme
Allows you to assign WordPress navigation menus to the secondary navigation menu within the Genesis Framework on a per post, per page, or per tag/category archive basis.
Genesis Simple Sidebars – requires a Genesis theme
Allows you to create multiple, dynamic widget areas, and assign those widget areas to sidebar locations within the Genesis Framework on a per post, per page, or per tag/category archive basis.
Genesis Beta Tester – requires a Genesis theme
This plugin hooks into the data sent to the Genesis API servers and lets them know that you’d like to update to the latest version of Genesis, even if it’s still in beta.
Miscellaneous plugins – to do all the other bits and pieces
AgentPress Listings – requires the Genesis Agentpress child theme
The AgentPress Listings plugin uses custom post types, custom taxonomies and widgets to create a listings management system for the AgentPress theme.
You can use the taxonomy creation tool to create your own way of categorizing listings, and use those taxonomies to allow users to search for listings.
Genesis Connect – this is a premium plugin
Build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of the Genesis Framework and WordPress.
Genesis Connect for WooCommerce – requires a Genesis theme
If you have an e-commerce website, this plugin allows you to seamlessly integrate the WooCommerce plugin with the Genesis Framework and Genesis child themes.
David Decker Genesis plugins
I couldn’t do a post on Genesis WordPress plugins and not mention David Decker.
David is a Genesis developer and a one man plugin machine.
He’s produced so many Genesis plugins, that I can’t cover them all in a single post.
Rather than attempt that impossible feat… I’m going to send you over to his site.
Head on over folks and be amazed by David Decker’s Genesis WordPress plugins.
And whilst you’re there… don’t forget to thank him.
Head over to the Studiopress website to learn more about these fabulous WordPress plugins
This post is meant to be a brief aide-mémoire to what Studiopress plugins are available and what each one does.
If you want more details and information, including how to set-up the plugins, then please visit the plugins section of the Studiopress website and check out the plugins you’re interested in.
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I’d like to thank StudioPress for producing such great plugins and for their concise descriptions of the plugins from which I have quoted extensively above.