Best WordPress Plug-ins for Church Websites

WordPress Plug-ins for Church Websites

Hopefully these WordPress plug-ins will come in handy on your next install of WordPress whether that be on your church, ministry, or non-profit wordpress site.  All serve a very specific function which helps with WordPress blog efficiency or online communication.  Feel free to add your favorite wordpress plug in in the comments with your positive experience with the plug-in:

1) Search Box
2) Popularity Contest (Top Posts)
3) Recent Posts
4) Top Commenters Plug-in
5) Comment Organization Plug-ins (Intense Debate)
6) Author Text Box
7) Google Calendar
8] Related Posts Plug-ins
9) Social Links Plug-in (or a custom)
10) Security Related Plug-ins
11) Greetbox Plug-in
12) WP Backup
13) Twitter Plug-in (optional)
14) Google Analytics
15) Subscribe-Remind Plug-in
16) Facebook or Google Friend Connect Plug-in
17) Askimet for WordPress (Spam Blocking)
18) Share This type plug-in
19) Flickr or Automated Photo Slider (Dynamic Content or Next Gen Gallery)
20) Contact form 7 plug-in
21) Google Site Map Generator
22) Landing sites plug in (note: this is realistically redundant with Greetbox above)
23) Search meter (“If you have a Search box on your blog, Search Meter automatically records what people are searching for — and whether they are finding what they are looking for”–To see what visitors are searching for)
24) SEO All-in-one plug in
25) Wp Page-Navi (“Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress site”–optional)
26) WP Forum (optional–“Simple discussion forum plugin for WordPress”)
26) Bible Verse for WordPress
27) Geopress (Google map plug-in)
28) SEO ROI or SEO Smartlinks
29) Global Translator (“Global Translator automatically translates your blog in the following 48 different languages”)
30) E-mail Subscription (although your email marketing firm may have a specific plug in or code for email subscription)

It would be interesting to see a review of both Event Manager, GD Press tools, and HP Hash Cash (block spam bots), all of which are reasonably popular WordPress plug-ins.

You’ll also want to add a linkbait (lots of blogs are using a page turn Plug-in in the upper right hand corner) and an RSS subscription box (although you probably want to change that to E-mail based subscription). Also its smart to add “recommended links” either to the sidebar or as a post page. Finally, after 6 or so months of blogging….you have the option of asking your audience….and A/B testing for which plug-ins work best. However, the above plug-ins have a proven record of helping enable effective websites on the WordPress blogging platform. Finally, you may also want to browse popular WordPress plug-ins here. In addion, you may want to check out the work of top wordpress developers like Alex KingWhat WordPress plug-ins would you recommend for a church website?

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3 responses to “Best WordPress Plug-ins for Church Websites

  1. I would also check out my lessons from Wordcamp Atlanta as well as some of the lessons here:
    http://wordpresstraining.com/wordpress-how-to/

    I would also like to compare the various SEO plug-ins including:
    http://techblissonline.com/platinum-seo-pack/

  2. After skimming parts of “Smashing WordPress” a couple others came to mind:
    • Lightbox as a possible Next Gen alternative
    • Feed WordPress as a feed aggregator tool
    • Head Space 2 SEO as a possible SEO tool
    • Breadcrumb trail or Yoast Breadcrumbs (i believe they are alternatives to Yet Another Related Post plug-in)
    • WP-Anti spam in addition to Askimet…along with CAPTCHA (although my experience with CAPTCHA is mixed at best)

    “Smashing WordPress” also pointed to Tabbed Boxes and Simple Pie as possible tools.

    Search and privacy are two areas which I’ve under-investigated. “Smashing WordPress” has a couple suggestions in that area I want to investigate at a later date.

    Any other suggestions?

  3. This explains 2 plug-ins….one a sermon & the other a bible quote plug-in:
    http://courtneyspeaks.com/christian-wordpress-plugins

    However, the sermon quote may be redundant if you are already posting your sermon titles to your blog.

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