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Five Books You Should Read Before You Turn 30

Five Books You Should Read Before You Turn 30

Little differences over a long lifetime create big disparities. This is the nature of compounding. If you make decisions only a little better than your cohort that should translate into a big difference over a lifetime. Someone who saves money … Continued

27 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

27 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

We get tons of books here at War Room, on management, leadership, career advice, and entrepreneurship. So we’ve pulled together the essential reading list for entrepreneurs — from our own reading, and recommendations from founders, VCs, and CEOs. Are there any other … Continued

4 Very Useful WordPress Plugins That You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

4 Very Useful WordPress Plugins That You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

WordPress plugins have made our lives so, so much easier. In fact, there are already nearly 25,000 plugins developed.

And there are plenty of articles all over the internet featuring the most popular and the most known WordPress plugins that will turn your website into a powerful CMS, blog, forum, etc.

I am here to show you four lesser known plugins that are very useful.

1. Faster Image Insert

Basically this plugin moves the whole media manager over to your post or page editing interface. It is a really useful plugin mainly because you do not have to open an extra window anymore, just add an image to your content.

It is right there, below your text editor or you can drag it anywhere you want. Also, another feature I totally love is multi editing. Here is a great tutorial for you.

Download Faster Image Insert Plugin Here

2. Plugins Garbage Collector

Now, this plugin can actually make your website faster. It increases your website’s loading speed by cleaning up the database of your website.

The official description of this plugin says: “It scans your WordPress database and shows what various things old plugins (which were deactivated or uninstalled) left in it. Cleanup is available.” How does it do it?

Well, this plugin scans the whole database of your WordPress site. And then it shows all the tables from that database to you. It looks just like this screenshot below.

PluginsGarbageCollector

As you can see, there is a lot of green and a lot of red. Mainly you should worry about those red records. As they show you any tables left behind after uninstalling a plugin. Some plugins delete every data and clean up when you delete them. But some do not. So this plugin will solve it for you. Feel free to download it here.

3. Video Thumbnails

Some time ago I was maintaining a video based WordPress site for one of my clients. They were paying for a fast and spacious server.

They used to embed and publish approximately 20 videos a day. 

And the biggest and most time consuming headache they had was manually creating and attaching a thumbnail to their video posts.
I had no idea what to do about it until I found Video Thumbnails. So what does it do so good to deserve to be included in this list? Very simple…

VideoThumbnails

“It simplifies the process of automatically displaying video thumbnails in your WordPress template.”

It supports all of these online players: YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.tv, Justin.tv, Dailymotion and Metacafe.

And also this plugin’s official description says that it will work without a problem with popular video embedding plugins as: Viper’s Video Quicktags, Simple Video Embedder, Vimeo Shortcode and WP YouTube Lyte.

I have to admit – I have not tried to use this plugin together with any of the ones mentioned above.

But for your peace of mind I can assure you that the plugin descriptions are usually reliable sources of information.

Something else I wanted to mention is that this plugin even has some features for advanced WordPress users who would love to customize their theme.

Just head over to Video Thumbnails Official WP page to find out more about it.

4. Search Meter

This plugin is a great weapon to improve your marketing strategy, customer service or in any other way please your visitors.

SearchMeter

This plugin has been made to track what your readers really want, and let me tell you from my own experience, this plugin does it really well. Basically, when you head over to your WordPress Dashboard you will be shown exactly what your readers are searching for, when and how often.

Not only does it show you what terms they search for, it will even tell you if they find what they are looking for.

This kind of search statistics enables you to give your readers more of what they are already looking for and adjust your content accordingly if they are struggling to find what they are looking for.

Last Piece Of Advice

Whenever I am talking about WordPress plugins I always like to remind people that if overused, they can actually do more harm than good.

So please make sure you install only the most essential plugins, instead of any plugin you think will make your site better.

To find out what kind of harm can be done when you have too many plugins read this great article about it over at WP Beginner.

Do you know any useful, yet little known plugin worth mentioning here?

Time Magazine Aims for Buzz With Edgy Marriage Equality Cover Time

Time Magazine Aims for Buzz With Edgy Marriage Equality Cover

  Time has used the Supreme Court’s deliberations over marriage equality as an opportunity for another envelope-pushing cover. The fold-out cover features a gay male couple and (separately) a lesbian couple in a full-on mouth-to-mouth embrace. The arty photos, shot … Continued

Dramatically Increase Productivity By Understanding Employees’ Temperaments

Dramatically Increase Productivity By Understanding Employees’ Temperaments

This post was originally published on OPEN Forum. The best leaders have an acute understanding of their employees’ temperaments. In the book “Colour Savvy,” authors Susan Geary and Anne Bulstrode discuss four different temperaments—Inquiring Green, Resourceful Orange, Organized Gold and Authentic Blue—based … Continued

Jason Fried’s Next Project, “Remote,” is a Book-Length Refutation of Yahoo’s Ban on Telecommuting

Jason Fried’s Next Project, “Remote,” is a Book-Length Refutation of Yahoo’s Ban on Telecommuting

Jason Fried’s forthcoming book Remote: Office Not Required can be read as many things—a how-to guide, a manifesto, a chronicle of modern work. It is also a refutation of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s assertion that remote work is incompatible with collaboration and … Continued

Mark Zuckerberg Says Sheryl Sandberg’s Feminist Manifesto Is ‘Radically Realistic’

Mark Zuckerberg Says Sheryl Sandberg’s Feminist Manifesto Is ‘Radically Realistic’

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is coming out with a new book, Lean In, which she describes as “sort of a feminist manifesto, but one that I hope inspires men as much as it inspires women.” She lays out some stark figures about women, and then challenges …