Our Favorite WordPress Plugins Part 1

As you may know, WordPress has some core features included in every WordPress installation, but you can add additional features to WordPress sites by installing “Plugins”. We have decided to compile a list of some of our favorite plugins – those that have proved especially helpful (super time savers or things that help us sleep at night). We have installed these plugins on many a WordPress website and can say with great confidence (at time of publishing) that these plugins are pretty awesome.

All most are free, some have premium (or paid) versions that add extra features.

We will be making this a 10 (or more?) part series. First up: Black Studio TinyMCE

Black Studio TinyMCE Widget

What would we do without the “Black Studio TinyMCE Widget” plugin? We would hand-write a lot more HTML, that’s for sure! And we’d have a harder time making the sidebars on our websites easy for our (non-HTML-savvy) clients to maintain. Black Studio’s enhanced text widget that adds a WYSIWYG editor option as an alternative with TinyMCE buttons up top for inserting images, making links, adding lists and setting headings. Now you can add rich content to your sidebars as easily as you can add it to your posts and pages.

The most advantageous thing about this plugin – to us – is that this plugin allows for our clients and students to be able to interact and maintain their widget content without having to know HTML. We know how to code by hand if needed, but we don’t expect that our clients (or students) should need to. We <3 this plugin.

Example of Black Studio TinyMCE widget