6. After the Deadline: Using the power of artificial intelligence, After the Deadline automatically checks the spelling, style, and grammar in your articles and pages. You can apply specific grammar and style rules, such as double negatives, phrases to avoid, and so on. This is especially handy to have if your teammates are submitting content or if an editorial review process hasn’t been set in place.
7. Broken Link Checker: Typos happen. Sometimes typos can appear in the middle of a URL, rendering it useless. Whether you’re linking to a previous article, your product, or a source, a broken link looks unprofessional. Broken Link Checker monitors links in your articles, pages, and comments, and will notify you through your Dashboard or email if it detects a broken link. Conveniently you can edit broken links directly from the plugin’s page instead of manually editing each article.
Socializing and Sharing
8. Google+ Plugin: Google’s +1 button makes it easy for you to share content with your Circles on Google+. The company has made it very easy to add the Google +1 button to your company blog, but if you’re not ready to add code to your site, the Google+ plugin makes it even easier to integrate your Google+ Profile or Page with WordPress. After you copy and paste the number sequence from your Google+ URL, just choose the size and placement of the button and you’re ready to start sharing.
9. Livefyre: Livefyre is a real-time commenting system that you can see in action here on Sprout Insights. Once installed, it will replace WordPress’ standard commenting system and offer social login features, links to readers’ latest blog articles, and member profiles that encourage interaction.
10. Sharedaddy: Sharedaddy not only makes it easier for you to share your content with your community, but it also simplifies sharing between your readers and their networks. Through this plugin you can share your articles through Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, email, and so on. Additionally, some services have options to display smart buttons, which will update the number of times the article has been shared.
These are just a few of the many plugins available to WordPress users. Take some time to explore the plugin directory, but be sure to research its compatibility with the current version of WordPress — incompatibility can lead to errors that might affect your content. Backup your blog regularly so you don’t lose anything and ask a member of your IT team to keep an eye on any updates or new installations.
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