Wordpress Wednesday: 7 New Plugins to Watch
Welcome to another edition of Website Magazine’s WordPress Wednesday!
Every once in a while the editorial staff takes some time to explore plugins to help our readers add some useful - and sometimes neccessar - functionality into their WP installations. Typically, we profile plugins that fit nicely within a specifci category such as plugins for translation, email marketing, membership, rewards/gamification/loyalty, and even those with great jQuery features. today we're taking a different tact and profiling some of the new plugins within the WP plugin directory.
If you are testing out a Wordpress plugin that you think would be useful to members of the Website Magazine community, just let us know by commenting below.
The AuthorSure plugin simplifies the process of adding Google Authorship Verification to a WP blog. The plugin uses rel=author, rel=me and rel=publisher links to connect posts, authors pages, Google+ profiles and Google+ pages. AuthorSure works on both single and multi-author sites.
Ultimate Maintenance Mode is a plugin that displays a screenshot of your website with an overlayed window (through HTML5 and CSS3) to show users the reason the site being visited is unavailable. The plugin works with any WP theme, supports custom messages, offers multi-site support, and even returns a 503 http status header to search engines.
The WPX Affiliate Manager plugin integrates affiliate images (125x125) side by side using this plugin. Self hosting images on your site (and direct-links) is the only way to bypass ad blockers. There is room for six ads but the widget will show whatever has been included in the system.
The Per Page Sidebar Blocks (PPSB) plugin provides the ability to include sidebar templates on a per-page basis (conditional). The plugin scans the current theme’s root directory for sidebar templates and lets bloggers decide which get displayed on individual pages through a check box within the edit area. Another terrific plugin for showing page-specific widgets is Widget Logic Visual.
A terrific plugin for creating a sponsor wall with a flip effect. One side shows a scaled logo and the other provides details such as name, description, and link. Perhaps the best part is that the tiles can be embedded anywhere through the use of shortcodes.
Google+ certainly isn’t the biggest or most active social network – that honor of course goes to Facebook. This jQuery Facebook pop out plugin places a FB tab to the side of the page which visitors can hover over to reveals a like box for your fan page. Another Facebook related plugin worthy of a closer look is this Facebook Comments plugin, which allows users to leave comments on a blog using their FB accounts.