5 Little Used WordPress Widgets that Your Blog Should Have
This is a guest post by Ken Myers, see Ken’s Bio at the of this post
WordPress is one of the most common and versatile content management systems on the Internet. It is a way to publish your content very quickly and has the ability to utilize a great range of plugins in order to make the experience for the visitor a good one. However, there are many WordPress sites across the Internet that don’t fully explore the possibilities this CMS has to offer. Many plugins and widgets go unnoticed that could greatly increase the efficiency of your site.
1. FreeBlogApps.com – The RSS reader can keep mobile device and computer system users apprised of new posts that are submitted on your website. FreelogApps.com helps you create those RSS feeds which can be added as a widget to your blog for all to see and install. The RSS reader is downloaded from the provided link and installed on the mobile device. This simple yet effective app is linked to the content on your website and provides a real-time update of the posts you or other authors submit.
2. Pinterest Pinboard – Link your Pinterest imagery to your blog with the Pinterest Pinboard Widget. Any time a new pin is added to your Pinterest account, it is immediately reflected onto your webpage. Technically, the widget allows you to enter any Pinterest account in order to display his or her pins. The settings are simple as you can adjust how many thumbnails of the images the widget is wide and how many to show in a row. If your marketing plans include the use of Pinterest, this could be a viable method to link your blog visitors to your imagery for increased exposure.
3. Top 10 – Display the most popular of content listed on your website. Visitors who found your
site through search engines can be enticed to read other posts that are deemed as the most popular by your general audience. This widget will count the number of times a post is accessed and display the most popular. Settings can be altered to reduce the number of posts that are
displayed and a timeline can be added for additional control.
4. K-news – Providing a newsletter for your subscribers is made easy with the K-news WYSIWYG editor. Colors, images, themes, and more can be added to manually create newsletters or automatic creation from the system using the most recent blog posts. There are a
variety of tools and settings that make K-news quite an amazing subscription widget to add to
your WordPress website.
5. Video Sidebar – This widget allows users to easily add video content from a wide range of websites including YouTube, Vimeo, MySpace, MetaCafe and more. Any video can be added as long as the information is correct such as YouTube’s video ID. Sizes can be modified within the ettings of this widget in order to maximize the sidebar widths of your blog. This widget could be used to further promote your own videos on your website.
As plugins and widgets are developed quite often by the WordPress community, it is always in your best interest to keep a watchful eye on current developments. Although you may settle on a widget that is close to what you truly want, there may be someone out there who develops one that fits your theme and vision perfectly. Never settle when there is a possibility to increase your efficiency.
Ken Myers is the founder of http://www.longhornleads.com/ & has learned over the years the importance of focusing on what the customer is looking for and literally serving it to them. He doesn’t try to create a need, instead he tries to satisfy the existing demand for information on products and services.