One thing I adore about WordPress is the amount of customizable plugins that are available for use. It makes for a very user-friendly experience for anyone (html or php skilled or otherwise) to make a fully functional and personally customized blog that suites the writer’s tastes and helps to fulfill his or her own dream of ‘the perfect blog’.
While a great deal of these plug-ins are indeed useful, I chose these for their cutesy value. There are only about a million other blog-posts about useful/darn near indispensable plugins for WordPress all over the interwebs. I thought this post would be a little bit different, but just as helpful and a bit more enjoyable for readers to take a gander at.
Contact Form 7
This cute thing helps generate a customized form for you to use on your site. You can completely customize a contact form for yourself without having to worry about making a go-between web-to-e-mail 3rd party website. At the very least it will make everything a whole lot easier if you don’t want to deal with coding a form.
This cute little plug-in makes it super easy to add custom smilies to your comments and forms. (See the bottom of this post for an example). Adding new smilies and creating tags for them is as simple as uploading and creating tag names. Installation and use of this plug is as simple as 1-2-3, the only ‘coding’ on the user’s part is adding a small line of php text (located on the website) right above your comment box.
External Links - (No longer available)
This itty-bitty plugin is what makes the little boxes with arrows appear beside all links that exit your site. (Examples are beside every link for a plugin page!), these are helpful because they forewarn viewers of any outgoing links without having to look hover over a link and looking the status bar at the bottom of their browsers before clicking. It may seem small, but it is a very polite way of giving a heads up to readers.
In all honesty you have probably seen this plug-in used on just about every single blog across the internet. Sexybookmarks happens to be the plug-in that makes the little social media icons that pop up at the end of wordpress posts, pages, and information all over the internet. Installation is as simple as uploading a .zip folder, and clicking a few check-boxes to fix your settings to your exact taste. For an example, just scroll down to the bottom and see the buttons under the “Sharing is Caring” banner.
Once you hit a certain amount of posts, the bottom of your site gives you a very plain “Older Posts” or “Newer Posts” link at the bottom of your post history. This makes navigating a blog a bit tedious, as you have to keep hitting “Older posts” over and over again to read. This plug-in overrides the original links and gives you a cute and customizable set of numbered boxes with your posts listed. Install is as simple as activating the app, the rest is done for you.