October 20, 2017

There’s a WordPress Plugin for Everything!


Over the weekend I was working on my newest site: Jersey Foul when I decided to try something different. Rather than use the custom coded platform that I use on Fail Pictures I decided it would be fun to see if I could create an entire site without actually typing one line of code. I restricted myself to only using “off the shelf” components and plugins.

I thought it would be hard, but it turns out that there really is a plugin for everything. I was able to build my entire site, with all the features of a failblog type site, basically just using a mouse. It’s amazing how far the web has gone. I remember hand-coding perl content management systems that stored everything in text files as recently as 1998. I can’t believe how simple it’s become since then. In fact, I almost think it’s too simple now. Having no barrier to entry can sometimes be a bad thing – but that’s an entirely different post.

Anyway, I half wanted to let everybody know about Jersey Foul (which, if you don’t know what a jersey foul is I have an explanation here) and half wanted to give a shout out to some very awesome plugins I found along the way.

Here’s some of the cool wordpress plugins I’m using on the site:

Advanced Random Posts let’s me pull the first image out of a random post and show it on the sidebar with a link back.

GD Star Rating does a great job of ratings and includes several widgets for the sidebar. It’s got a million customization options too.

SEO Title Tag is great for simply adding a different title to posts. I’m not sure I’m going to stick with it though as I like some of the features yoast’s wordpress seo offers – and the two don’t work well together.

WPTouch is probably the best “set it and forget it” way to offer a mobile version for your site. Plus, it even works nicely with adsense.

watermark reloaded is a huge timesaver. I never watermarked images on FailPictures.com because it was a giant pain in the ass. This plugin automatically watermarks all images I upload – and gives me control of how they should look.

Twitter. Can you have a blog without it? I’m using twitter anywhere, Twitoaster for twitter comments, and of course everybody’s favorite TweetMeme

I’m also still experimenting with some email to post plugins, and some auto update facebook ones too. If you’ve got a suggestion for a plugin (or anything else) that would be awesome on JerseyFoul.com let me know – I’d love to try it out.

Implementing this site was so easy (and playing with plugins was kind of fun) that I’m half tempted to redo FailPictures.com or start up another wordpress site just for the hell of it.

About Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is an SEO from Detroit. By day he works as a manager of SEO & Analytics at SapientNitro where his team performs SEO for Fortune500 clients. By night he's either playing hockey or attempting to take over the world with his own websites - which he would have already succeeded in doing had it not been for those meddling kids and their dog. The views expressed here have not been paid for and belong only to Ryan, not any of his employers or clients. Follow Ryan on Twitter at: @RyanJones, add him on Google+ or visit his personal website: www.RyanMJones.com

Comments

  1. I discover new plugins regularly as well, Ryan. Don Crowther has a pretty thorough presentation on his site detailing all of the plugins he suggests. That’s where I first learned of WPTouch. He has a great list of a number of different FB plugins that I’ve added to my blog too.

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