I’ve written an updated post entitled, “6 More WordPress Plugins For Your School’s Blog.” Hope you’ll check it out.
As you embark on inbound marketing for your school, your school’s blog will quickly become your marketing hub. There are a number of different platforms that you can use for your school’s blog but I use, and recommend, WordPress.
One of the reasons I like WordPress is it’s ability to accept plugins which easily allow you to extend the functionality of your blog without being a programmer. As you work to customize and extend your school’s blog I would like to suggest 11 WordPress plugins for your school’s blog.
1. After The Deadline
Description: Adds a contextual spell, style, and grammar checker to WordPress. Write better and spend less time editing.
Why I Use It: Great content is important for your blog but misspelled words and improper grammar take away from your message. After The Deadline is my double-check and has proven to be invaluable.
2. Author Information Widget
Description: shows the “about me” text, gravatar and social network/contact links of an author of your blog. You can add this widget to sidebars on author relevant sections, i.e. pages, posts or author archives.
Why I Use It: Quickly and easily place information about an author in your WordPress sidebar. Allows your readers to learn about and interact with the author.
Description: Allows you to configure and display the FaceBook Like Button before and/or after each post and/or page
Why I Use It: Facebook has become so important to social media and the “Like” button allows you to get feedback and page views quickly.
4. Find Me On
Description: Displays icons for all of your social network profiles. Includes *73* Social Network options, 16px or 32px icon size, and three icon styles, including “sexy-style”.
Why I Use It: Find Me On allows me to easily included icons and links to all of our school’s other social media channels.
Description: Adds a dynamic bar with sharing icons (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that changes based on browser size and page location.
Why I Use It: Adds a window which hovers to the left or right of a blog post with buttons to share your content on Twitter or Facebook.
6. Twitter for WordPress
Description: Displays your public Twitter messages for all to read.
Why I Use It: Allows me to share our school’s Twitter feed in the sidebar of our blog.
7. What Would Seth Godin Do
Description: Displays a custom welcome message to new visitors and another to return visitors.
Why I Use It: Places a customizable message at the top of your blog. I like use it to entice readers to subscribe to our RSS feed.
8. WordPress Editorial Calendar
Description: Makes it possible to see all your posts and drag and drop them to manage your blog.
Why I Use It: In order for your school’s blog to have it’s maximum effectiveness, you’ll need to post frequently. This plugin allows you to see when your posts are scheduled in a calendar view.
9. WP Super Cache
Description: Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.
Why I Use It: If your blog loads slowly, you’ll lose readers. This plugin will help speed up your blog solving that problem.
Why I Use It: Mobile is huge and this plugin makes sure that your blog looks great on smartphones.
11. Google XML Sitemap
Description: This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
Why I Use It: Families now begin their school search at Google and anything that can help your school’s blog with Google is worth it.
I hope you’ll consider using these plugins to help extend your school’s blog. If you’ve found any other plugins that you value please add them by posting in the comments section below.