Under Construction: Most Useful Plugins (Part 2) — A Review

Over the past several months, I’ve found a lot of little ways to make my site-building life a little easier and to give me a little more peace of mind. Many little things could have been so complicated without the following plugins. They’re used only a little, but they perform big.

For even more plugin tips, check out Under Construction: Site Building Plugins, Part 1.

RSS Image Feed

Make sure your RSS feed looks its best with the RSS Image Feed, which pulls the first image of a post into the feed.

Once it’s set up, that’s it. Your RSS and other feed subscribers will be impressed.

WSA Favicon

I was pretty frustrated when I found out I couldn’t just upload a jpg image of my logo to use as my favicon. It’s the only thing I find the Atahualpa theme makes more complicated than necessary (I didn’t have any such problems with the Graphene and Parabola themes). WordPress.com makes it so easy, it’s usually one of the first things I do when I set up a new site.

Why, oh why, did I now have to upload a file type I’d never even heard of to the theme folders? Since that was something I’d never done before, I was too intimidated and pressed for time to figure it out.

So, I installed WSA Favicon and was done with it in seconds.

(Now I know how to upload to the theme folders, but I still don’t know how I would have converted my image to the strange file type…)

WP Google Fonts

As far as I know, there’s no easier way to set a wide variety of fonts than with WP Google Fonts.

Font names can be used anywhere they normally could. Right on.

With this plugin, choosing the right font is harder than making it show up on screen. Which is to say, I don’t think I’ve chosen quite the right combination yet for my personal site, but all in good time…

Custom Post Type and Taxonomy GUI Manager

I’ve always wondered why the default taxonomies are limited to tags and categories. It’s so restrictive! Isn’t three a magical number anyway? (winky face).

So, I used the Custom Post Type and Taxonomy GUI Manager to create a third taxonomy for my personal site.

I could create more if I wanted to, but I’m good for now.

Enhanced Text Widget

This one’s a little one like the rest, but I use it often. I’ve stopped using regular text widgets entirely since the Enhanced Text Widget is so much more flexible:

  • Link the title (with the option to open the link in a new window)
  • Hide the title
  • Insert text, shortcodes, HTML, CSS, PHP, Flash, and JavaScript
  • Add CSS classes

Yeah, this little tool is powerful. I couldn’t have built my sites without it!



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