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Get Plugged In - Evolved Mommy

Jen Adair
  • On September 5, 2014

There are only about 4,593,692 plug-ins available for a WordPress site. I counted. How do you know which ones are good and which ones aren’t? Well, you use all of them and then filter out the crappy ones. Here are the ones I like the best:

Sumo Me

I love this plugin – it makes life so much easier. Readers can easily share your graphics simply by scrolling over them. Highlighted text can be instantly shared to Twitter. Joining your email list is easy. Installation is a breeze. I can’t say enough good things. Easy peasy. Examples for your viewing pleasure:

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Scroll Triggered Box

This is a great plug-in for anyone who wants to capture email addresses. And really…doesn’t everyone want to do just that?! I don’t use this on my personal blog (I use the Sumo Me above), but if you are offering an e-book, lecture, seminar, promoting anything, or just want something pretty cool to use, this is your plug-in. The plug-in is fully customizable to your site and you can even set the number of days before it shows up again to your reader so you aren’t annoying them daily.


Hello Bar

The Hello Bar is one of the coolest things ever and takes about 5 seconds to install. It’s a bar across the top of your website pages – one page or all pages or whatever. Collect people’s emails, link to a specific URL, direct them to a social media page – it’s your call.

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Widget Logic

Widgets are great. Widgets can be frustrating. You may not want a particular widget on every page of your site. Widget Logic can help. This plug-in allows you to control which widgets are seen where on the website. That’s a mouthful. For example, if you have a login for subscribers, they may not want to see ads on the member pages. Now you can remove them easily.


Photo dropper

I have to be honest. I got this plug-in last night after I was almost in tears trying to find graphics for a website I was working on. Not any more. This is from their site:

With over 243,800,000+ free images (via Creative Commons license) and 10,000,000+ premium images available at your fingertips, you’ll be able to impress your readers and search engines like Google.

And you don’t have to leave WordPress. Just get it and thank me later.

And no, I did not do a post on hearts. I just think they’re pretty.

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Revive Old Posts

I admit that I’m new to Twitter. Well, not new, I just never really got into it . I know…as someone who does a lot of social media, I shouldn’t admit that, but it’s true. This plug-in will post tweets from older posts to drive more traffic to your site and revive some of your older posts that need to be rediscovered.


Google XML Sitemaps

This is consistently rated as one of the best plug-ins you can have. Search engines are immediately notified of new content and it helps search engines see the overall structure of your site, which helps them index your lovely blog more efficiently. Check it out if you haven’t already.


These next 3 plug-ins are for Word Press developers and you have to have a membership to wpmudev to get them. Lucky you! It’s on sale for only $39 for a limited time, and even if you’re not a developer, the plug-ins and assistance is worth it.


Ultimate Branding

Gets rid of all traces of WordPress in your site. The template is WordPress, but the content and graphics are yours and that is what makes the site rock, right?



This will create a section of your site for members only, if you want that. Most blogs won’t have a membership section, but if you’re trying to start a non-profit, magazine, or special email list, this could be really helpful.


BUT, you’re thinking, what if someone has a really great theme for their blog or a cool plug-in and I don’t know what they’re using. How do I find that?

It’s really not as hard as you think. Either hit CTRl-U or right click and pick ‘View Source’ (or on Chrome you can also pick “Inspect Element”). If the site is using WordPress, you can do a search for the words “theme” or “plug-in”. These will be found in the .css files, which you can also search for.


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There you go.

Be sure to check out my little blog Slightly Tilted. You know, if you’re bored.