2013 is well and truly underway and what better way to kick off then to list my top 10 WordPress Plugins for January 2013. The most enjoyable part of this post is actually testing these cool trendy plugins and provides exposure to the developers that have put in the hard yards to put these out on the market.
I will try to focus on the newer plugins which have less than 80,000 downloads and hopefully some of these will attribute to your blogging success.
Here are the top 10 WordPress Plugins for January 2013
10. WP Social SEO Booster
Fresh off the news that Facebook is launching a new graph search feature, WP Social SEO Booster allows you to add Facebook’s Open Graph, Twitter Card and Google Rich Snippets to your blog which evidently will improve your site’s appearance on the major search engines. To my knowledge, this is the only plugin available which caters for all types of microdata supported by Google.
9. Feed them Social
This plugin takes your social media feeds from Instagram, YouTube, Twitter or Facebook and simply places them into your WordPress blog. I have taken a snapshot of how the feed works for Instagram below:
Not bad if you ask me. For those who are big fans of social media, I’m sure you’ll get on board with this plugin especially because it presents the feed in a neat way.
8. Dropifi Contact Widget
What I particularly like about Dropifi is that the interface has a strong appeal and it facilitates the process of analyzing your blog messages.
I would recommend this to those WordPress bloggers who are into analytics and receive a lot of mail from their daily readers. As you can see from the image below, Dropifi provides some interesting metrics with the messages you receive.
7. Schema Creator
It seems like Schema.org is the talk of the town as this determines the finer details of search engine results and allows you to improve the experience for end users. Based on this, I would recommend you focus on the schema.org microdata but only include it in your site when necessary.
The best part of the Schema Creator is that it provides an easy to use interface to include this microdata.
6. Google MP3 Player
Is there anything Google can’t do these days? In terms of WordPress’s ability to embed objects, it can easily cater for tweets, videos but audio seems to be the missing object. Well it was, but not anymore with the Google MP3 Player.
5. WP RSS Multi Importer
I don’t think this plugin needs much more explaining. WP RSS Multi Importer allows you to import and combine various RSS feeds into your WordPress blog – a great tool for users who have a passion for aggregating their content.
4 WP Pro Quiz
I hadn’t realized WordPress lacked a strong quiz plugin, until a reader told me there wasn’t any. Thankfully with WP Pro Quiz you can offer multiple choice questions and it also allows you to include images to your questions. The widget also sends you a neat presentation of the results so you can compare the quiz results.
postTabs allows you to break up the page/post content into tabs which will be displayed to your blog visitors and apparently looks fine on most WordPress themes.
It is an effective plugin and it should align with your theme’s CSS and the settings page lets you alter the colors for the tabs.
2. YOP Poll
I always wondered whether it was possible to run polls outside of Facebook and the answer is – Yes. YOP Poll is an excellent tool for polling your readers which will help you to deliver the content, product reviews etc to your audience instead of second guessing. See below for sample screenshots
And The Number 1 WordPress Plugin for January 2013 is
Easily the only plugin you need if you want to create tables in your WordPress blog. The plugin is also complex enough to allow you a decent level of customization control without the need for understanding HTML. This one is a winner!
I hope you enjoyed this list of my top WordPress Plugins for the month of January 2013. If you have any which came out this month that I have left out, feel free to comment and start a discussion.