A Few of My Favorite WordPress Plug-ins

I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my favorite WordPress plug-ins with you guys. I hope you’ll take the time to try them out, I hope they help you and I hope you’ll share some of your favorites.Without further ado, here are some of my favorites:

WP Status Notifier

WP Status Notifier takes one step toward giving WordPress proper workflow control. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go as far as I’d like it to, but it will work for most of our applications.

Basically, if you have multiple “contributors” that are allowed to post on your blog, but you have to have an editor review the posts and approve them before they’re published, this plug-in takes one step out of the process for you. Normally, the way WordPress works, your contributors will make a post, submit it for review and wait until an editor or administrator logs in to see if there are any pending posts. Either that, or you explicitly have to let them know that you’ve posted something.

With WP Status Notifier, you can choose an e-mail address (or multiple addresses) that will automatically receive notification whenever a new post is “submitted for review.”

Page Links To

Page Links To is a nice little plug-in designed to set up redirects within your WordPress blog. Basically, if you want to add a link to your WordPress navigation, but you want that link to lead somewhere other than within your blog, you need a plug-in like Page Links To. All you do is create a new post or page, add your tags (if you want it filed under specific tags), then set the “Page Links To” input in the post editor.

Then, once you save your post or page, the plug-in will set up a 301 or 302 redirect to the link you provided.

Broken Link Checker

Broken Link Checker is a very simple, very powerful plug-in that does exactly what it sounds like. It checks your posts for broken links. Using this plug-in, you can view a report about all of the broken links in your blog. You can even edit those links, edit the text, delete the links or simply unlink them from within the plug-in interface without having to edit the whole post. You can also view details about why the link is showing up as broken (for instance, which error code was returned, etc.)

In addition, you can set specific style rules so that broken links will show up differently on your blog than standard links. By default, the style definition is set to strikethrough your broken links.

RB Internal Links

RB Internal Links is a nice, simple plug-in that allows you to link to other pages or posts within your blog. Rather than opening your blog in another window/tab, then searching through it to find a specific page or post, you can use RB Internal Links to find it very easily and create a link to it.

Validated

Validated is a plug-in that checks all of the posts and pages in your blog to make sure they contain valid code. If any errors are found, it tells you how many it encountered and gives you a link to the W3C validator to get more information.

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