In March 2011, I switched to WordPress and I haven’t looked back since. Determined and equipped with a ton of saved html bookmarks I finally relaunched my blog. If you blog you know that switching your blogging platform is a HUGE decision. It can be quite a scary and frustrating moment. Sometimes your blog posts are lost, you can’t find a template that you love, or you just don’t have the time to Google those important “how to’s.”
Switching to WordPress was like buying a home in the blogging community and the plugins have been my amenities. I have about 20 plugins (not all activated) and I am still adding more to my favs list.
Here’s my top five that really allow my blog to totally rock!
1) NextGEN Gallery – I use this gallery plugin when I have more than 5 images that I want to show you guys. I really hate when I’m on a blog and I’ve been scrolling for days — instant way for me to close out of your blog. This gallery is super customizable and you can add a watermark (how cool, huh!).
2) Tweet My Post – Twitter has really changed how I blog. A lot of my ideas come from what people are tweeting. This post is amazing because I never have to remember to post something to Twitter. It automatically sends a tweet as soon as you press publish.
4) Socialize – In the beginning I found it hard to manage all of these social networking buttons. I had a plugin for Twitter, one for Facebook, and more buttons for all the other random ones that folks don’t bother with too much. With Socialize you can easily manage all of the networks with a cool side bar that your readers will not miss.
5) WP Touch – Sometimes this plugin takes the fun outta of your site but it is a cool feature to offer to your readers. Your posts will load much faster on their phone (works with iPhone, Android, and Blackberry) and you just might gain a reader for your courtesy.
Q: Bloggers — What plugins I am missing out on?