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Extend WordPress with These Powerful Plugins

Posted on 9.30.2014

:: By Peter Prestipino, Editor-In-Chief ::

One of the reasons that WordPress is so dominant in the digital publishing landscape is its “extensibility” - the system’s ability to include new functionality without recompiling or changing the original source code and structure.

Themes and plugins are two ways that WordPress-powered sites can extend the form and function of their software installation, and in this month’s Website Magazine Software Everywhere column we’re profiling a few of the most interesting and engaging themes and plugins that recently caught the attention of the WordPress community (and our own network of Internet professionals).

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Think you have a theme or plugin worthy of note? Just drop a digital note to our team of editors ( and you might just find your recommendation in one of our weekly WordPress Wednesday posts.


Aggregates content from RSS feeds, allowing WP admins to republish curated content (essentially, content collected from a variety of sources). It’s important to note that this plugin is not an auto-blogger per say, as WP admin users must choose what to republish manually. Content can be flagged for review and discussion, and it’s possible to start comment threads (inside the WP administrative interface) about each item. For companies looking to capitalize on the content marketing trend without breaking their virtual backs, PressForward is worth a look.

The PressForward plugin for WordPress aggregates content from RSS feeds, so WP admins can publish curated content.

Simple Author Box

Provides a number of slick-looking visual improvements and customization options for those often mind-numbingly boring “About the Author” sections at the bottom of articles and posts. The plugin provides a variety of features including styling for avatars, the ability to use Web fonts from Google’s Font collection, icon-links for social networks and a whole lot more.


Allows voice calls through any computer, right from a Web page. Whether for an e-commerce enterprise or a startup blogging community, the Zingaya plugin enables WordPress sites to embed a “Call” button on their websites. Visitors simply click the button and the call is immediately forwarded to a landline or mobile phone.


Enables users to configure their WordPress websites to use A/B testing service Optimizely. After setting up an account at, users enter their project code in the plugin’s configuration page, and create an experiment within Optimizely’s visual interface (no coding or engineering required) to start testing.


A collection of free apps designed specifically to help grow website traffic. The apps can be integrated through HTML or with SumoMe’s WordPress plugins. Apps for content sharing, list building, lead generation, image sharing, scroll boxes and more are currently available. SumoMe even recently introduced an application for heatmaps which showcases where users are (or are not) clicking on a Web page.

New to the SumoMe plugin for WordPress, its heatmaps application shows where users are clicking on a Web page. 

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