We install WordPress plugins to extend the functionality of Faculty Websites when it benefits the majority of our user base. We are conservative in our approach to new plugins because they affect the entire system. Plugin conflicts or plugins with insecure code can affect the entire system and all of the sites we host.
Site-wide Enabled Plugins
Generally, these plugins and their added functionality are seamless to site owners. You will see them in additional Tools or Settings. Some examples of these plugins include:
- Custom Meta Widget – more options than the standard login widget
- Duplicate Post – allows you to duplicate a post or page
- Easy Columns – provides shortcodes allowing you to use columns in your posts or pages
- Google Analytics + – Allow you to view basic analytics and add custom Google Analytics code to track your site’s traffic.
- Image Widget – a simple image widget allowing you to easily upload and insert images in a sidebar
- MCE Table Buttons – adds a row of table buttons to the formatting toolbar
- Slideshow – easily create slideshows using any image uploaded to your website
- Simple Lightbox – overlays the image when clicked automatically
In addition to the site-wide plugins, we have a few that we can turn on an individual basis. They include:
- AddToAny – Share buttons for WordPress including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp, many more, and follow icons too.
- Custom CSS – Use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to modify your theme.
- Display Widgets – adds options to show widgets on specific pages or posts.
- Easy Twitter Feed – helps you add your Twitter feed as a widget.
- Google Maps – adds the ability to add a Google Map to pages and posts.
- Ninja Forms – allows you to create web forms on your site. This is useful for contact forms.
- Simple Social Icons -Social media widget to link to your social media pages.
- Table of Contents Plus – Automatically create table of contents with links to content below using heading tags. (Similar to Wikipedia)
- WP Accessibility – This plug-in helps with a variety of common accessibility problems in WordPress themes. While most accessibility issues can’t be addressed without directly changing your theme, WP Accessibility adds a number of helpful accessibility features with a minimum amount of setup or expert knowledge.