We install WordPress plugins to extend the functionality of Sites@UCI when it benefits the majority of our user base. We are conservative in our approach to new plugins because they affect the entire system. Plugin conflicts or plugins with insecure code can affect the entire system and all of the sites we host.
Site-wide Enabled Plugins
Generally, these plugins and their added functionality are seamless to site owners. You will see them in additional Tools or Settings. Some examples of these plugins include:
- Authors Widget – list authors of posts on your site or blog
- Custom CSS Manager – edit custom CSS to change the appearance of your theme.
- Custom Meta Widget – more options than the standard login widget
- Easy Columns – provides short-codes allowing you to use columns in your posts or pages
- Image Widget – a simple image widget allowing you to easily upload and insert images in a sidebar
- MCE Table Buttons – adds a row of table buttons to the formatting toolbar
- Multisite Privacy – allows you to have private blogs or sites
- Slideshow – easily create slideshows using any image uploaded to your website
- WP Lightbox 2 – overlays the image when clicked automatically
In addition to the site-wide plugins, we have a few that we can turn on an individual basis. They include:
- AddToAny – share buttons for WordPress including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, WhatsApp, many more, and follow icons too.
- Comment Count – count the number of comments on a post. This is useful for class blogs where the grade includes blog participation.
- Duplicate Post – allows you to duplicate a post or page
- Easy Twitter Feed – helps you add your Twitter feed as a widget.
- Google Maps – insert a Google map on your site.
- jQuery Archive List Widget – displays an archive list with the ability to expand and collapse list of posts
- List Category Posts – allows you to list posts by category in a post or page using the
- Ninja Forms – allows you to create web forms on your site. This is useful for contact forms.
- Simple Social Icons – easy to use, customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles in widgetized areas.
- Table of Contents Plus – automatically create table of contents with links to content below using heading tags. (Similar to Wikipedia)
- Word Count Statistics – counts the number of words in a post or page. This is also useful for class blogs.
- WP Accessibility – This plug-in helps with a variety of common accessibility problems in WordPress themes. While most accessibility issues can’t be addressed without directly changing your theme, WP Accessibility adds a number of helpful accessibility features with a minimum amount of setup or expert knowledge.