If I would ask you about extending WordPress functionality, you would most probably say “WordPress Plugins”. That is right, but it is not the only way. There is also a number of Chrome extentions, that will make using WordPress easier. You can have similar functionality using WP plugins, so you may wonder, what is the point of using Chrome extenstions. Here are the reasons:
speed – Every plugin you install to your WordPress, makes it slower and speed is essential for your site. It is known, that higher page load times significantly decrease number of visitors. This is not what you are after, right? So you should make every effort possible to reduce installed plugins to minimum. One of the way is using Chrome extentions instead.
security – Unsless you are a high skilled developer you cannot say if plugin you install is secure. Even very popular plugins, created by well known authors can have serious security issues. Some recent examples are MailPoet and Revolution Slider. If there is a Chrome extention that can substitute a WP plugin you are using, you should go for the Chorme Extention to make your WP more secure.
Google Docs to WordPress
WordPress Editor is quite nice, but it is far behind comparing to Google Docs. Writing posts in GDocs is just much more convinient. If you think the same, you should use Chrome extention “Google Docs to WordPress” that allows you to convert whole articles wirtten in Google Docs to WordPress posts. It is extremely easy to use. When you finish writing your article, right click on it, choose “Google Docs to WordPress” and on the page that shows up enter your WP credentials. You can also set few options (for example you can set to make imported article published). Click “create post” and you are done. All formatting and images are trensfered to you new post. You can also import multiple files at once.
WordPress Website Email Signature
This plugin can help you with your marketing. It adds a link to your latest post in your email signature. Plain and simple. In order to work it requires to have a WiseStamp plugin installed on your Chrome. Works with most popular web email clients.
Platen is a WordPress markup editor. It does not enchance the WordPress Editor, but has its own window with its own options. There is quite a lot of available functions like
- choosing a theme
- inserting WordPress login credentials
- choosing the fonts you like
You can also save posts, add images or view logs. It has all you need, the only thing that could be improved is interface, because it look a bit outdated.
StackEdit is something for you, if you find Platen definitely not enough. It’s full featured markup editor with lots of features. The main difference is you have a secreen split in half. One side is where you write your markup, second where you can instantly preview of document contents. Other features you may like are:
- Commenting system
- Synchronization to GDrive, Dropbox
- Publishing to WordPress, Github, Blogger, Tumblr and more
- Multiple user colaboration
- Some converting options
- Looks quite good.
You need to know that it requires Jetpack plugin in order to work with hosted WordPress. But it is really worth it!
Now let’s talk a bit about security. Many WordPress owners underestimate security and it turns quickly against them. The more popular your site is, the more attacks it has to resist. WPScanner can help you with it. Enter your site address and perform scan. After a few minutes you will get a list of vulnerabilities of your site. Each vulnerability is well described, you can learn about it’s impact on your site and how to resolve it. There are also references enclosed. It is written that WPScanner has a database with plugins vulnerabilities to test against your site.
WordPress.org Plugins SVN Link
This is a very simple, but also very useful plugin. When you view a WordPress plugin page, below “Download” button it adds another button, that allows you to access plugins SVN repository.
WordPress Site Manager
There is a number of people that have several WordPress sites. The more sites you have, the harder is to manage them. WordPress Site Manager can help you. It stores login credentials to your sites. When you open WP login page the plugin will autofill login credentials and enter Dashborad. You can also use plugin icon. Click it and you will see a list of your saved WordPress sites. From this list, you can access your chosen WP site and you will be automatically logged in. An additional feature of WordPress Site Manager is it enchances WordPress Editor by adding line numbers and syntax highlighting.
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This plugin helps you to make your content better. When you write it suggests images, links, articles and tags. All of this has one major purpose, to attract more readers and keep their attention. Over 300K users and a high rating indicate it may really work.
ExpressCurate makes working with ExpressCurate Free WordPress plugin easier. The whole solution is created to help you optimize your post in terms of SEO. It guides you through:
- choosing right image
- chosing tags
- writing title and description
- creating content (provides suggestions)
I suggest to try it out, and check if it suits you as it is not obvious to use.
As you can see there is few really good and robust Chrome extentions, as well as some really small but still usefull that make WordPress better. We will surely see more in near future so it is always good to check Google Web store from time to time. I really hope you will find some of the above mentioned Chrome Extentions useful. Share your thouts!
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