One of the great things about WordPress is that its functionality can easily be extended by installing plugins. It's important to acknowledge, however, that not all plugins are created equally. Below, we introduce some of our favorites.
These plugins are included in CE3 Theme for WordPress, and the theme makes various accommodations for theme. After exporting your theme from Lightroom, you will find the plugins located in the /wp-plugins/ folder within the exported theme's folder. To use the plugins, move the immediate contents of the /wp-plugins/ folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder of your WordPress installation. Do not change the folder names. You may then activate the plugins via your WordPress Admin Dashboard.
The Single Post Template plugin adds the ability for your theme to include “Post Templates” in much the same way you can add “Page Templates”, allowing you to choose (via a simple dropdown) which post template you want to use, on a per-post basis.
After activating the plugin, you will find new options for Single Post Page Layout 02 & 03 under Theme Options > Page Layout in the admin area. The choice of template will appear when editing or creating posts.
The Subheading plugin uses a custom field to allow sub titles/headings to be added to any post type, including pages, posts and any public custom post type.
After activating the plugin, go to Dashboard > Settings > Reading to find the new Subheading options. Enable the checkboxes for “Enable on Posts” and “Enable on Pages”; you may ignore the other options.
These plugins are great and should be among your first considerations when extending the functionality of your blog.
Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
An excellent choice for powering your blog's contact form, or forms for any other purpose. This is usually the first plugin I install on any new WordPress site.
NextScripts automatically publishes posts from your blog to your Social Network accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+(Google Plus), Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, FriendFeed, DreamWidth, Delicious, Diigo, Instapaper, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Plurk, VKontakte(VK.com), YouTube, WordPress, etc. The whole process is completely automated. Just write a new post and either entire post or it's nicely formatted announcement with backlink will be published to all your configured social networks. You can reach the most audience and tell all your friends, readers and followers about your new post. Plugin works with profiles, business pages, community pages, groups, etc.
A fantastic alternative to Jetpack's Publicize features. Don't use Jetpack!
The Raw HTML plugin lets you use raw HTML or any other code in your posts. You can also disable smart quotes and other automatic formatting on a per-post basis. There's also a premium Raw HTML Pro version that you might check out.
Subscribe2 provides a comprehensive subscription management and email notification system for WordPress blogs that sends email notifications to a list of subscribers when you publish new content to your blog.
CE3 Theme for WordPress includes dedicated styling for the Subscribe2 sidebar widget, ensuring that it meshes well with the theme's appearance.