A couple of plugins that are not new, but that I just love are Editorial Calendar, Print Friendly, and Events Calendar. I haven’t blogged about them but I thought I really should share just how useful and inventive they are.
Editorial Calendar is one that people have been talking about for a long time. I was a little late to the party and I’ve only been using it for a couple of months, but I have to say it has made a world of difference. I know, at a glance, what drafts I’ve got that need to be finished, what’s scheduled, and what’s due. If things change, the drag and drop ability to reschedule makes things incredibly easy. This plug-in keeps me accountable and when I see a week’s worth of blank boxes, I know it’s time to get to work!
Print Friendly – I have been trying to find a solution to the problem of people who want to print my recipes, but don’t necessarily want my header, footer and sidebars and maybe don’t even want the photographs in order to save on ink. I’ve had a lot of different things set up for this, but nothing seemed to work for everyone, or in every browser, and one just didn’t work at all. You have the choice of sending to the printer, PDF file or email and you can delete images one at a time, and even whole paragraphs. The post URL is in small print under the post title, making it easy for the user to remember where the information came from. This one seems to be working in all circumstances and it’s an elegant, easy solution.
Events Calendar – This one is indispensable! I maintain a few websites for musicians and listing their gigs and venues was quite a challenge at first. I tried many, many, many different plug-ins and services and this one is by far, the easiest, nicest user interface. Easy peasy and it produces a lovely calendar for the site visitor. You have the option to add notes about the venue, performance, recurring events and even google map to the venue. Really cool.