WordPress has moved far beyond just simple blogging and is a complete Content Managment System (CMS). Along with the blogging capability, you can use WordPress for static, brochure-type websites as well. Themes have come a long way and many free themes can be easily customized, with minimal HTML or CSS knowledge, but if you know HTML and CSS, your ability to customize your theme will be greatly enhanced.
A big part of WordPress are the tens of thousands of free 3rd party plug-ins that are available to enhance both the front and back ends of your site. To get this feature off with a bang, today’s post will feature two of the plug-ins that I use with almost every WordPress site that I do.
This plug-in allows you to add the text to the bottom of every post. This is very handy when you need repetition. For example, at the bottom of everyone of my posts (scroll down to see for yourself), I provide an option to let people sign up for my newsletter. Sometimes we just need to get the information in front of people, in case they don’t see it in the sidebar. This is increased my subscriber rate greatly.
You could also feature products, sales or promotions there as well, depending on your business.
If you aren’t already using this plug-in, you should be. This allows your visitors to leave a link to their latest blog post or website when commenting. The benefit to this is you get to be a part of allowing them to share, and they get a valuable backlink as well, which is vital for SEO today!
This plug-in has been found to increase the number of comments a blog will get, and who doesn’t want more valuable comments on their blog?
You can also now purchase Comment Luv Premium, which, according to the website, “allows you to unlock advanced backlink features on 10′s of thousands of blogs. It has been shown to increase comments and traffic to blogs that install it and helps to make your posts go viral by integrating with twitter, facebook and google plus”.
Have some of your own favorite WordPress plug-ins you’d like to share? Please feel free to leave a comment below! Or, if you have a WordPress question you’d like to ask, please do so in the comments, and maybe I’ll turn it into a WordPress Wednesday blog post!