We all know the importance of being productive to getting more done, reaching more people, and making more money.
Especially when it comes to creating online, you want to maximize all of your workflows in a meaningful way so you can get things done and generating results (and profits) as quickly as possible.
If you are someone who hates updating their website or blogging because it just feels like a dragged-out process or your feeling super tight on time, it may just be a case of needing some crafty plugins to help you out.
I happen to love WordPress and how much of a robust, well-supported and community enriched platform it is. There is literally a ginormous repository of almost 29,000 plugins that make WordPress flexible and able to be tailored to exactly what you need.
I also love finding plugins that make my tasks faster and easier, so in this post, I’m doing a quick roundup of the 5 free plugins that have helped me produce content faster and my workflow more efficient.
Duplicate Post literally does what it says – It allows you to copy one of your previous posts and then create a new page from it.
When you go to your Page or Posts listings, you’ll find that you’ll have a new sub-menu option called ‘Clone’. When you click it the new post will have an identical name appended with “Copy”, the URL will have a “2” at the end (like ‘sample-post-2’), automatically set as a draft so you don’t have to worry about duplicate pages being live on your site.
If you are using any type of builder or value the consistency of your pages (as you should in some cases), then this will be a huge time saver because it will bring over all of your formatting and page settings from the copied post. No need to transfer layout details one by one and take the extra time to make sure it all lines up in the end.
I have tons of pages on my website that I need to maintain for different parts of my site, some more than others.
The thing is they’re not just neatly listed underneath each other.
The default page sorting is alphabetical. WordPress allows you to sort your pages and posts by Title, Date, and Author but not by when your page was last updated!
This can be a pain if you need to update pages that are listed on different pages, nested within other pages or if your section spills over into multiple pages. After your 20th or 30th revision, having to navigate to page 6 of pages and over to the page, you’re looking for just to make a small edit is tedious.
Admin Bookmark adds stars to all of your pages and posts which allows you to add them to your favorites.
When you add them, a new link shows up in your Pages/Posts submenu that gives you a way to jump right into editing the page without sifting through your Pages section. You’ll also notice a “Bookmarks” section on the front of your WP Dashboard. I just love this one!
If you are preparing great visuals for your content/blog, OnePress has made it easier for you to copy and paste images from anywhere into your post.
I’m talkin’ screenshots, photoshop files, and other websites. It can save you a step of having to take an image into your photo editing software, resize or crop them, save and then upload it into your WordPress Media Library and into your post.
If you’re trying to illustrate a process for a tutorial and need to be able to drop screenshots throughout your how-to, it’s as easy as hitting PrntScr (PC) or Cmd + Shift + 4 (Mac) and pasting it in. Or, you may prepare your post somewhere else first before jumping into WordPress and want to quickly pick up an image from your Google document and drop it in your blog post with ease.
Even if you do need to make small edits, WordPress has done a good job of building very basic photo editing tools into their Media Library, so you can always make changes there if it’s needed.
W3 Total Cache increases your overall site performance by helping your website to load super fast. It uses a series of commands to minify and compress your site code, including 3rd party plug-ins and then serves up your pages in a way that can make it easier for your visitors to interact with your site pages faster and stay for longer.
Improving your website performance by reducing load times and increasing its ability to sustain as traffic increases will also help with SEO and overall conversion rates. The plugin also accelerates your pages on mobile, too. It’s a win!
Not only does it make it easier for you to produce pages and build out your content because pages will load better for you too when creating and testing, but it will enrich the experience for your readers overall when they can dive deep into the valuable content your creating for them instead of tapping their feet and waiting for your site to load.
SEO Friendly Images automatically adds very important ALT and TITLE attributes to your website images. This has the compounding benefit of being in compliance with accessibility guidelines that require our site be usable for the visually and hearing impaired, it also improves your SEO as it helps Google find more of your content and match it up to the exact search words people are using to find the kind of content you provide.
The best part, though, is that it saves you time from having to put them in yourself and covers your bases so you can set it and forget it.
This plugin has not been tested with the last 3 versions of WordPress and, while I have not encountered any issues with it, you should know that it could create a compatibility issue with your WordPress or other plugins.
I hope these plugins make it easier to master your website content building efforts and save you time. I can’t wait to hear how these plugins have helped you. Some quick tips about installing plugins:
Always backup your website before installing new plugins
If you have a good backup system in place, that’s great, but if not I highly recommend backing up your WP files and your database before adding a bunch of plugins. You never know when you’ll have to dial back to a previous version of your site or troubleshoot.
Test your website both BEFORE and AFTER you install plugins
Taking these extra steps to audit how your website is working before and then after you install new plugins will help you quickly identify if something has gone wrong and so you can quickly undo any unintentional damage.
Install Plugins one by one
If you have a lot of plugins to get going and you have not used them before, I recommend installing the plugins one at a time, and after each new addition do a quick sweep of your site to make sure everything is still running smoothly both on your live site and on your Admin dashboard.
Yes, it takes longer, but having to use the process of elimination to troubleshoot an issue that you (or, worse, a visitor/customer/client) discovered 3 weeks after you loaded up a bunch of plugins into your site takes significantly longer.
What plugins do you use to make you more productive in WordPress? I would love to hear from you! I would love a share-fest to take place and for you to come away with something you’re excited to use.