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Updated by Tori MacAllister on Sep 11, 2015
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Best WordPress Plug-Ins for Authors

Authors have a very specific set of needs when it comes to their websites and most people use WordPress in order to manage their site with a minimum of fuss. Here are a list of the best plug-ins to maximize your web presence and connect with readers effectively.

WordPress › List.ly " WordPress Plugins

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WordPress › Multi Twitter Stream " WordPress Plugins

Have a team or group of tweeters that you'd like to show on a site? The problem with most WordPress Twitter Plugins is that the few that support multiple twitter accounts usually show the tweets of the users in chronological order. This means if USERA tweets more than USERB your whole feed might be all about USER_A.

WordPress › Broken Link Checker " WordPress Plugins

This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found. Features Monitors links in your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional). Detects links that don't work, missing images and redirects. Notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email.

WordPress › Contact Form 7 " WordPress Plugins

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on. Docs & Support You can find docs, FAQ and more detailed information about Contact Form 7 on contactform7.com.

WordPress › Print Friendly and PDF Button " WordPress Plugins

The Print Friendly & PDF button saves paper and ink when printing or creating a PDF. It's fast, easy, and looks great when printed. Add the button now, and your users will see the difference.

WordPress › Co-Authors Plus " WordPress Plugins

Assign multiple bylines to posts, pages, and custom post types via a search-as-you-type input box. Co-authored posts appear on a co-author's archive page and in their feed. Co-authors may edit the posts they are associated with, and co-authors who are contributors may only edit posts if they have not been published (as is core behavior).

WordPress › Jetpack by WordPress.com " WordPress Plugins

Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com. For more information, check out Jetpack.me. Features include: Simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server. Previously provided by WordPress.com Stats. Email subscriptions for your blog's posts and your post's comments.

WordPress › Edit Flow " WordPress Plugins

Edit Flow empowers you to collaborate with your editorial team inside WordPress. We've made it modular so you can customize it to your needs:

WordPress › Editorial Calendar " WordPress Plugins

Did you remember to write a post for next Tuesday? What about the Tuesday after that? WordPress doesn't make it easy to see when your posts are scheduled. The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published.