The ongoing popularity of WordPress shows that its use is no more limited to power blogs. For web designers it has become the CMS of choice. Designers prefer WordPress because its flexibility gives them freedom to experiment with new styles and techniques without any limitation.
Especially if someone is designing a blog, WordPress is the best blogging tool. It is absolutely convenient to set up and the interface is also quite easy to use. If you want to add new features to a blog there are numerous Plugins to download.
If you are just getting started with WordPress, chances are there that you will get confused. With tons of Plugins, you may find it hard to understand which one to start with. This is because you may not be aware of the usability and purpose of all the Plugins.
Here is a list of WordPress Plugins that would help you to take web design to the next level.
Adsense-Deluxe: You can use Google AdSense as part of your template or in your posts. Adding this Plugin will make sure that more than 3 ads are not displayed on a page at a time.
Gravatar: This is a great service and you should sign up for it. Gravatar shows the custom icons linked with the email addresses of users who post comment on your entries.
Google Sitemaps: This is again a great Plugin. It facilitates creating a Google compliant sitemap of your site. It also helps to keep your website as up-to-date in Google’s indexes.
Head META Description: Many search engines show the Description Meta Data for a web page in the search results. But WordPress usually uses the same Meta Data for all your the pages of your site. This can be a little problematic. Head META Description Plugin can help you to solve this problem by building a dynamic Description Meta tag for individual entries. This will be created on the basis of the page content.
WP-Amazon: If you’re an Amazon affiliate, this is a great Plugin for you as WP-Amazon allows searching and including items from Amazon to the posts. It is also a great way to add some extra images to your blog entries.
Related Posts: This is a very useful Plugin that displays a list of related posts based on keyword matches. It will encourage your visitors to read more on your blog.
WP-ContactForm: This Plugin helps you to create a drop in form for your users so that they can contact you. You can implement it either on a page or a post.
In short these WordPress Plugins can have a great contribution in your effort to take web design to the next level. So take advantage of these features to facilitate your web design project.