WordPress is an open source blogging platform, used in its hundreds of thousands globally as the platform to run blogs and websites from. There are many reasons for this, with one of the main ones being that it is open sourced: anyone can create a theme and plugin for any WordPress user to use.
With this, it is absolutely brilliant in providing the exact functionality you want for your website. However, at the same time, it is sometimes difficult to know what you want and where to find it on the WordPress marketplace. With this, here are three hidden gems of WordPress plugins that once you start using them, you will find it hard to stop.
#1 Activity Log
The activity log is a way for the admin users of a WordPress website to see just exactly what every single member of the website does, when and where. You gain complete access to when all of your members signed, when they sign out and everything inbetween.
This might seem a bit over the top. However, if you are paying freelancers on an hourly rate, it is a good way to confirm how long their piece of work actually takes. As well as this, it also gives you a good idea as to what your team are up to and how they are interacting with the website – you never know that something might be happening you don’t like until you find out through this plugin…
#2 WP Time To Read
The WP Time To Read plugin by the guys at mythemeshop is a really useful plugin that can potentially change the stats of your website, for the better, overnight. It does this by showing a coloured bar at the top to signify how far down the page you are. This is good since it provides a visual way to see how long you have to read content which is better than having to look to the left to see the scroll box.
From doing this, it is possible for both the time on page and the pages/visit to increase, since they are quite linked to eachother.
#3 Amazon Link Localisation
The Amazon Link Localisation by Azon is a brilliant plugin that enables your affiliate links to Amazon change to the correct Amazon website based on the location of the web user. This is great for websites that gain traffic from a whole range of different countries where it is impossible to determine what country of origin you should choose for your Amazon affiliate links to profit from the most
In return, Azon changes the affiliate link to their own as payment for this service every now and then. However, do not let that turn you off the plugin since Azon changes to their own affiliate link rarely in the grand scheme of things so that, overall, you will still benefit from the plugin greatly.