A Couple Of Useful Plugins To Assist Your WordPress Site Build
Today, I just wanted to give you the heads up on a couple of plugins I use to make my life a lot easier when putting together a brand new WordPress website.
There are two problems/issues I always seem to face when putting together a new WordPress affiliate website. For example, if you look at my Mallet Putters website you can see that there is a huge amount of content on that site which I added and scheduled during the site build of just a few hours. The first problem was that adding that amound of content using the 'Add New Post' method would literally take hours to do. The second problem is that when I am working through these large site builds I almost always end up adding posts where I meant to add pages or vice versa which can be a real nightmare when you realise 5 or more of the posts you added were meant to be pages.
There are a couple of fantastic plugins I use which have enabled me to overcome both of these issues. The first is a plugin called Mass Page Maker and the second is called p2pConverter.
Mass page maker enables you to create massive numbers of pages OR posts all at once, either by adding your values directly into the admin interface or by creating and uploading a csv file. The plugin allows you to add multiple titles, content, custom fields and post statuses as well as being able to schedule posts to 'drip feed' into your site over time. With mass page maker it took me around 25 minutes to add 30 posts compared to the usual couple of hours it would normal take.
A word of caution: Just be sure to double check what you are uploading and the format because once you've uploaded 30+ posts you would have to remove them one by one if you'd made a mistake.
The second plugin, P2P Converter, is a smart little plugin which adds a 'convert to post' button to your pages list and a 'convert to page' button to your posts list. If you've accidentally created posts where you meant to create pages or vice versa then with one click of the button you can convert your page to a post or your post to a page. This plugin came in very handy last week when I decided to use pages instead of posts and had already created 15 posts, instead of deleting them and having to re-create them P2P came to the rescue once again.
A word of caution: This plugin is only listed as being compatible up to WordPress 2.7, whilst I have used it multiple times on versions after this, up to 2.9.1, please just be cautious.
On a final note, I use both of these plugins during the site build process so there is no need to have them installed after that, I always un-install them to save problems later down the road.
Do you use any plugins which make your site building easier or quicker?