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5 Plugins to Improve Your Webpage

I already mentioned that the Homing Words site was my own creation, and I’m really happy with the result :). However, there’s always room for improvement. Also, I must admit that web design can be so captivating that every time I visit this site, I see something I want to enhance. Therefore, to continue in the mood of do it yourself, this blog post provides a list of 5 plugins that were useful for me to empower my webpage and that can be helpful for you as well.

Of course I’m not an expert website builder, but since I truly enjoy working on my webpage, I decided to start writing posts dealing with tools that are good to have at hand when creating a website with WordPress. The goal is to learn, improve and share value tips regularly. So any suggestion or question will be more than welcome!

Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine.” The following are 5 plugins I discovered and installed for this webpage.

  1. To build more than one sidebars, I installed the plugin Custom sidebars, which “allows to create your own widgetized areas and custom sidebars, and select what sidebars to use for each post or page.”
  2. As I wanted to have the social media links displayed on the header, I installed the plugin Floating Social Media Links. It allows you to customise the colour, size and order of the social icons. Finding a way to include them within the header was quite difficult and it took me a few days to figure out how to do that, since my template didn’t allow for many changes on its header. This is something I still need to improve because the plugin is not fully responsive with the navigation bar. I’ve tried other plugins, but they neither work nor look as I want. I’ll let you know if I manage to arrange this differently.
  3. Testimonial Rotator makes it easier to add testimonials to your site. It’s like creating blog posts. Then you just add the shortcode you prefer (the plugin gives some options to choose from) to the page where you want the testimonials to appear.
  4. Do regular backups! BackUpWordPress  “will back up your entire site including your database and all your files on a schedule that suits you. Try it now to see how easy it is!”
  5. Top 4 Best Excerpt Plugins for WordPress is a blog post that provides a list of plugins to have the excerpt function for your blog posts. I used the Advanced Excerpt plugin and it worked perfectly. For instance, it allows you to decide how many words will appear on the summary and where to end the extract (word or sentence); you can also adjust the “read more” link at the end and even add videos. The link to the 4 Best Plugins mentioned above includes a video explaining how to use it.

As usual, I hope that you’ve found this post helpful and that you get something useful to apply on your own website.

Thanks for being here!

References and credits:

“Plugin Directory.” Wordpress.org. WordPress. n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.

Published by Victoria Principi

Victoria Principi

Victoria Principi is a National Public Translator of English who graduated from the National University of Córdoba in Argentina. She translates, localises and reviews texts between English and Spanish, specialising in marketing and business, information and communications technology, and social sciences and humanities. She is a member of IAPTI and has been working as an independent translator since 2012. Currently, she is based in Lucca, Italy, and helps translation agencies and end clients who need to reach a Spanish-speaking audience. She is the creator of this website and the author of the blog.

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