If you haven’t noticed, WordPress is my blogging platform of choice. I would even say that it’s more of a content management system for me. It’s a great platform for Writers cause it’s easy to setup, has tons of support, and you are able to tailor it with ease. There are tons of WordPress plugins that allow you to further modify your blog (or web site) in a way that is pleasing to your readers. If you are a Writer, this is especially important because your words are a representation of you. I found these five great WordPress plugins made for Writers in mind:
Typography is very important in writing because it can either be visually pleasing or visually distracting to your readers. Therefore, you want to ensure that you are using the correct types of font faces and styles, so that your readers want to continue coming back. wp-Typography is a WordPress plugin that allows you to make further modifications to your blog’s typography. You can set the behavior for HTML elements, hyphenation, individual characters, and CSS. This is quickly done by checking/un-checking your desired choices.
You have made the final edits to your blog post, and you hit the Publish button. When it’s live, you go back and read it, you see a typo that you missed. Front-end Editor makes it easy to make the changes right on the live page instead of having to access the WordPress dashboard. It is a WordPress plugin that I accidentally found months ago, and now I don’t know how I lived without it. All you need to do is wait for the background of the post you want to edit to go yellow, and for the Double-click to edit button to pop-up. When you double-click it, you are able to make modifications to the text.
When I was taking a journalism course, the professor said that you should always write at a 6th – 7th grade level. This is usually the grade that many magazines and newspapers write for. The education level of your readers might vary, so you never want to alienate anyone. Many word-processing softwares have readability statistics, and I use it before I ever send any kind of technical documentation or proposal out. I was happy to learn about the FD Word Statistics Plugin that adds the same readability statistics right into WordPress.
I keep saying this, but you can be the greatest Writer, but you still need to edit. After the Deadline checks the spelling and grammar of your blog posts and pages after you have published and/or made updates. It adds an extra section to your user profile where you can specify the type of items. It is another layer of protection for your writing.
The best way to keep up with your writing is to place them on a calendar. Editorial Calendar is a WordPress plugin that allows you to organize and keep track of your blog posts right in WordPress. If you go to the Posts menu, you will see a Calendar link. When you click on it, you will be able to access the calendar. It is definitely helpful in keep up with your blogging.
Writers, what are some of the WordPress plugins that you use to enhance your writing?