There are enough WordPress plugin and theme listicles out there to match a single day of Buzzfeed-generated articles (probably not), but I think it’s time we took a good look at some of the truly inspiring plugins out there.
Note: I have “extensively” tested these plugins on my local test site… and by “extensively” I mean “I installed them and they seem to work, but I have no idea if they’ll break your site or not.”
I’m surprised this isn’t the number two most downloaded plugin. I suspect the reason largely has to do with the fact that it has never been featured on any major listicle. I suspect with a few minor listicle mentions, this plugin could rise to the top and roar victoriously among the top 25% of the web.
Whether your a security expert or a kitten with a million followers I’m sure you can appreciate the excitement this little doozy of a plugin brings to the table. One in every ten page loads, there’s a change you’ll be logged out. Are you sure you want to navigate to another page? Is it worth the risk? You decide.
Oh. Heck. Yes. This plugin enhances your website for users who don’t move there cursor for longer than five seconds. Not only does it reengage the user, but it increases overall happiness.
This aptly-named plugin by Jenn Schiffer does pretty much what it says. It adds a widget that makes it look like you said all the things Donald said on Twitter.
6. Air horn
For all you DJ’s out there (I’m looking at you, Kevin), this is everything you need for your WordPress site. Now you can rock the air horn while posting during your fly DJ spins.
I’m pretty sure Mika will win awards for this one. If she doesn’t, I’ll make one up just for her. The Fauxgies? Anyway, it’s a plugin that brings all of your designer friends out of the woodwork to comment on just how slightly wrong this version of the logo is. It’s super satisfying. Fauxgie of the Year goes to Mika!
This one’s for you, Nick. I know you like your Wapuus, so here’s a plugin that lets your replace the fallback avatars or, if you’re a huge fan, every avatar to a random Wapuu design from the repo. That’s a literal thousand times better than any of our selfies could ever be.
9. Hello Dolly
An oldie, but a goodie. One might even say that this plugin powers 25% of the web. 🙂
I know. I know. I just posted about this absolutely perfect plugin a few weeks ago that George and I cooked up. Whatever. It’s still cool and you should all use it. It lets anyone change the color of your website to their liking. Not only that, but the color changes for everyone currently viewing the site until the next person changes it. Try it out on my site.
Okay so there isn’t 10
Go make some delightful plugins so I can have a better list next time. Seriously. Why isn’t there an emoji-only admin plugin yet, Gary? Why are there no plugins that enable ASCII art responses via handy dropdown thingy? Where are all the clever gif plugins?!?
UPDATE: the 10th has been found
There is a 10th plugin I was unaware of. This is a plugin that will never let you down and comes with a pretty powerful endorsement from the creator of it and lead of the plugin review team for WordPress.org.
best plugin EVER. -Mika Epstein