Essential WordPress plugins you might not know about but should
The beauty of using a system like WordPress is the limitless expandability options by adding what are commonly known as plugins.
Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine.
The best place to find free ones is the official WordPress plugin directory – there you can find, download, rate, and comment on all the best plugins the WordPress community has to offer.
Being surrounded in WordPress day in, day out we come across a lot of plugins and now and again we find some absolute gems that we simply have to use in new and existing WordPress based projects or are simply perfect for a specific task.
Here is a list of some plugins that we use on a regular basis.
Admin Quick Jump
Admin Quick Jump adds a dropdown list to the admin edit-post area.
This allows you to quickly jump to other draft and published posts/pages.
BuddyPress lets users register on your site and start creating profiles, posting messages, making connections, creating and interacting in groups and much more. A social network in a box, BuddyPress lets you build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community.
Resets the WordPress database back to it’s defaults. Deletes all customisations and content.
Does not modify files only resets the database.
If you’re implementing basic or complex forms, Gravity Forms makes the task easy – seriously, for the small fee it costs, Gravity Forms saves a ton of your time.
More Fields is a WordPress plugin that adds boxes to the Write/Edit page. These boxes contains input fields, so that additional (more) fields can be added to a post.
CMS Tree Page View
Adds a tree of all your pages or custom posts.
Use drag & drop to reorder your pages, and edit, view, add, and search your pages.
Jigoshop is an eCommerce plugin for WordPress developed by professionals with years of experience delivering online shops for global brands.
And of course, we couldn’t go without plugging our own, essential, plugin!
Point and Stare CMS functions plugin
This plugin generates special functions to convert your WordPress install into a CMS, add security and generally white label the admin.