More of my favourite plugins

Here are some more WordPress plugins that I think are great and worth including in your WordPress website. What’s even better is they are free or the maker may request a small voluntary donation.

Simple Google Map

Provides a mini Googlemap of your venue that visitors can get directions from. I’ve used this plugin on to let potential prospects know where the rehearsal venue is.

My Calendar

Want to let your customers and prospects what’s happening? Then this plugin can display your events, for instance you could have ‘What’s happening today…” and whatever is in the calender it will display it. I’ve also used it to display shop opening times/days, and for business owners who commute between different countries, it can tell prospects “Where in the world am I”

GRAND Flash Album Gallery

Easily manage photos and images through a set of admin pages that display any number of image galleries in a way that makes your web site look very professional. You can display galleries with a beautiful flash skins.

Twitter Widget

Adds a sidebar widget that displays your Twitter updates

Social Links Sidebar

This is a widget that displays all your social media links (Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, plus hundreds others if you have them) in the sidebar

WP Simple PayPal Shopping Cart

Simple WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin, very easy to use and great for selling products and services from your WordPress site. This is fine for when you just have a few products and services. If you have 10 plus products and intent increasing them then you need a fully functional shopping cart like ZenCart.

Widgets on Pages

Sometimes you want a sidebar widget appearing in a page or post. This is the plug-in that allows in-page widget areas so widgets can be defined via shortcut straight into page/post content or through the use of a template tag.

WordPress Download Monitor

Manage uploads and downloads of documents on your site. It shows views and hits and is easy to upload and add a document straight from a post. It’s quite useful when you offer many different documents/articles for download.

Sexy Bookmarks

This one I’m really liking at the moment, and I use it in this blog. It encourages readers to share your blog posts (and pages if you wish) which gives your pages and posts more exposure. Share links appear at the top and/or bottom. You can choose from a huge number of sharing platforms, but the most important ones I think are Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Subscribe 2

Provides a subscription optin for readers to receive blog posts by email. It’s fairly basic and at the moment you can’t brand or personalise the email that goes out. To have branded and personalised emails containing blog posts (called a blog broadcast), opt for Aweber. You can get a $1 trial using my link:

Need help installing these plugins in your WordPress site? Contact Vee on 020 8421 6842 or email on

Do you have a favourite WP plugin? Please add a comment below.