Software components which give extra features and functions to a WordPress website are called plugins. Plugins are added to your website to get new features and functionality to your website. Here we are considering the case of online magazine so first we need to select an appropriate theme for a news-based site. Only then we choose plugins that provide the appropriate functionality without sacrificing performance. Here we consider some of the popular plugins used to run a news-based website. This can of two categories.
Front-end: Plugins in this category improves front-end functionality.
Back-end: Plugins in this category are used to improve publish and maintain the back-end functionality of a magazine.
Front End Plugins:
Plugins for writing Author Bios
Fancier Author Box:This plugin not only shows an author bio box with social buttons, but also shows the latest post by the author as a separate tab. The plugin settings page gives you full control over the appearance of your author bio box.
WP Author Bio:This author bio box plugin has flat social media icons. It uses larger font size for author name which looks bold and nice. You can adjust font and avatar size, border, background, and link colors from this plugin’s settings page.
Plugins for Visitor Polls
WP-Polls:This easy-to-install plugin supports single and multiple answers and can be configured within minutes after installation.
YOP Poll:It is a full-option polling solution. It makes it easier than ever to run a survey or poll in blog posts. It’s completely customizable and supports single and multiple answers. You can run multiple polls simultaneously and easily manage the results.
Plugins for Scrolling News
News Announcement Scroll:In online Magazine it’s important to display announcements or upcoming events to their audiences. This plugin keep your audience updated about the latest and the most important happenings on your website while giving you the option of adding link to the news.
Ditty News Ticker:This is a multi-functional data display plugin that can easily add custom news tickers to your site either through short codes, direct functions, or through a widget.
DW PromoBar WordPress Plugin:This is a clean and simple WordPress plugin that allows you to have a promotion and message bar displayed at the top of your site.
Plugins for Social Sharing
Social Count Plus:This plugin is used to count Twitter followers, Facebook fans, YouTube subscribers, Google+ page/profile followers, Instagram followers, Steam Community group members, SoundCloud follwers, number of posts and comments.
Monarch:It has a diverse set of display types such as floating sidebars, inline buttons, and automatic pop-ups, so that visitors can share your content with ease.
Plugins for Displaying Related Content
Related Posts:This plugin performs all the resource intensive tasks in the admin area and uses cache to display related posts.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP):This is a very useful plugin for online Magazine which option to display list style posts or posts with thumbnails. It has got a widget, which you can embed in sidebar or footer.
Plugins for Editorial Calendar & Workflow
Edit Flow:Edit Flow empowers you to collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress.
Plugins for Search Engine Optimization
Yoast SEO:It is one of the most downloaded WordPress plugin of all times. Yoast’s WordPress SEO is a comprehensive solution for all your on-site SEO needs
WordPress Google News Plugin:This plugin offers an annual subscription price of $45.99 for a single site license. It has all the required functions for an online magazine such as Custom Meta boxes, Editors pick RSS feed generator, Google News sitemap generator, News tags and also Plugins for Website Speed.
Plugins for Website Speed
a3 Lazy Load:This plugin is a Mobile Oriented, very simple to use plugin that will speed up sites page load speed.
Smush Image Compression and Optimization:This plugin resize, optimize and compress all the images you put on your blog. Images takes a lot of space and thus our site will be slow by the time. This is an award-winning image optimization plugin by WordPress.