With so many good plugins for converting WordPress into a quality, solid, and viable content management system, it seems silly not to bring you some more quality, solid, and viable plugins, that will make it that much easier to achieve the CMS dream.
This article features page and post management, and the holy grail of everything blog related, SEO. As always with plugins, it is advisable to choose them with care, and not just go by the ones that sound appealing. The best way is to take a step back and ask yourself which plugins are really going to work and enhance my blog.
Idealien Category Enhancements Plugin. Other than having the best name for a plugin ever, this baby allows you to manage category templates as easy as you manage posts templates. This is achieved as it gives the category a meaningful name rather than an ID number. Any views of the category will render as per the category template selected. Category templates can also be used for posts in a category too.
Pagemash/Pagemangement Plugin. The three ppps, will help you manage the order of pages, or if pages are shown at all. A very useful page management plugin.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARRP). By using a customisable algorithm, YARRP provides a reader with relevant posts to the one they are reading. The algorithm works by creating a “match score”, from tags, categories, and titles from your blog.
Exclude Pages Plugin. As you have no doubt deduced this plugin will allow you to exclude pages from the navigation menus. It adds a tick box which is ticked by default. If you untick it, the page is excluded from view. Could be handy!
WP no Category Base Plugin. As you have deduced this plugin removes your category base from your category permalinks.
Google SML Sitemap Generator Plugin. This plugin not only creates an XML sitemap of your blog which can be submitted to Google, it also updates it automatically and the update is sent to the major search engines.
All in one SEO pack Plugin. This plugin optimizes your blog by adding meta tags, keywords, descriptions, and page titles. It can be done on a post by post basis, or for the whole site.
Redirection Plugin. This plugin is especially handy if you are changing directories, or moving posts from one site to another as it keeps tracks of 301 and 404 errors, and generally helps to tidy up loose ends.
Permalinks Moved Permanently Plugin. This is a lovely plugin that helps sustain your page rank and traffic after you switch permalink structure.
SEO Smart Links Plugin. SEO smart links is an intriguing plugin, that automatically links keywords and phrases from one of your posts to another. It also links comments and post tags too. It also offers SEO management by allowing the creation of nofollows and keyword lists.
Platinum SEO Pack Plugin. This plugin despite its name which personally I find a little grating, is a pretty cool plugin. It adds features to the popular All in one SEO pack, and though more complicated is easy enough to use.
These plugins are good if you are planning to turn your WordPress blog into a content management system. It will be interesting to see in the future, if WordPress developers creates more options to make it more viable as a CMS, or if they continue to rely on plugins to the job.
Perhaps it is for the reason of support that you should consider WordPress before other CMS platforms.
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