I plan on making it better organized structure with why I like them but for now this will do. You can also see all of my favorites that I’ve bookmarked on http://profiles.wordpress.org/karissa#content-favorites and a bit more organized lists on https://trello.com/b/Kr8e1MUl/1-wordpress-plugins.
Top Plugins to help make dealing with content in the backend easier:
Enable Media Replace – https://wordpress.org/plugins/enable-media-replace/
Enable replacing media files by uploading a new file in the “Edit Media” section of the WordPress Media Library. (A must have so that I don’t have to keep deleting and re-uploading media revisions to keep the same URL path.)
Duplicate Post – https://wordpress.org/plugins/duplicate-post/
Clone posts and pages.
Simple Page Ordering – https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-page-ordering
Order your pages and hierarchical post types using drag and drop on the built in page list. For further instructions, open the “Help” tab on the Pages screen. (I like to keep my pages in the order that I have them in the menu. I also separate out front end pages from hidden backend pages. )
Admin Post Navigation – https://wordpress.org/plugins/admin-post-navigation/
Adds links to navigate to the next and previous posts when editing a post in the WordPress admin.
Admin Columns – https://wordpress.org/plugins/codepress-admin-columns/
Customize columns on the administration screens for post (types), pages, media, comments, links and users with an easy to use drag-and-drop interface.
Plugins Last Updated Column – https://wordpress.org/plugins/plugins-last-updated-column/
This plugin adds a ‘Last Updated’ column to the admin plugins page.
Redirection – https://wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/
Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files. (I use this as a branded URL shortener with click count. See http://kki.co/fun.)
Call Now Button – https://wordpress.org/plugins/call-now-button
A very simple yet very effective plugin that adds a Call Now button to your website for mobile visitors (only for mobile optimized websites).
Top Multisite Specific Plugins
Simple History – https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-history/
View changes made by users within WordPress. See who created a page, uploaded an attachment or approved an comment, and more. (Very good to see which course members are login into the site.)
User Management – https://wordpress.org/plugins/user-switching
Instant switching between user accounts in WordPress.
ThreeWP Broadcast – https://wordpress.org/plugins/threewp-broadcast
Network Content Syndication Made Easy! Automatically share content by multiposting between multisite blogs.
Network Plugin Auditor – https://wordpress.org/plugins/network-plugin-auditor/
Adds columns to your Network Admin on the Sites, Themes and Plugins pages to show which of your sites have each plugin and theme activated. Now you can easily determine which plugins and themes are used on your network sites and which can be safely removed.
Multisite Plugins Add New – https://wordpress.org/plugins/multi-site-plugins-add-new/
Adds an “Add New” sub menu item to the Plugins menu of all sites inside of a network for network admins.
- Codepress Admin Columns ~ Manage and organize columns in the posts, users, comments and media lists in the WordPress admin panel. Transform the WordPress admin screens into beautiful, clear overviews. Amazing but now I want the Pro version so I can export! Another part is adding the full path of media files to the columns page so you don’t have to click in to copy the url.
- Change the color schemes of your Admin panel: Now I can paint it the right color of purple!
- Admin Color Schemes – Adds 8 new color schemes to backend and you can modify one of theirs for your own custom colors that’s transportable.
- Admin Color Schemer – Go simple with the four basic colors, or get into the details and customize to your heart’s content. (Not able to export so you would have to redo for each site you work on, even in the Multisite setting.)
- New plugins from my friend and fellow WordCampKC organizer, Travis Pflanz
- Rainbowify by Otto – Ok so while I probably won’t leave it, it’s hilarious!
- Call Now Button
- Plugins Last Updated Column – Idea by me, created by Steven Kohlmeyer 8/20/14
- Official Add to Homescreen & Add to home screen WP Plugin – I haven’t decided on which one I like best. The first one has stats (and can be silent) the second one has a place to add loading screen images. 8/31/14
- HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter – No more going back and forth from copying and pasting the code into Dreamweaver, to troubleshoot minor things. Found 9/1/2014
- Shortcodes Ultimate – Easy buttons, columns and accordions. Found 9/1/2014
- Related Topics Simple Tag List – By Stephanie Eckles. Found 9/6/14
- WP Webapp – Turn ANY WordPress site into a mobile Web App! I haven’t tired this yet, but looks interesting. Found 11/25/14
- Post Snippets – Create custom shortcodes and reusable content and insert them in into your posts and pages. Found 1/2/2018