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10 Plugins to Improve Your WordPress Pages

Most of us are probably used to using Posts as the basis for most of our WordPress content. And that’s fine. But if you ask me, Pages rock.

I guess I like Pages because they often provide an opportunity to do something different.

If you’re writing a blog and using Posts, then your posts are going to pretty much all take the same look.

But a Page could be almost anything. On top of that, one Page can look wildly different from another, and nobody bats an eye. All bets are off with Pages.

Try employing that strategy with Posts, and you’ll likely hear from your visitors pretty fast.

And so in celebration of Pages, today we’re going to take a look at 10 different Page related plugins that will hopefully spur some ideas and get you thinking about the creative possibilities Pages offer.

1. Authors Page


This plugin lets you easily set up a page with a list of all the authors on your site. All it takes is inserting one shortcode into a page. You can also separate authors out by role.

It works in conjunction with the WP Biographia plugin, which will show more info on the author when the link under his/her photo is clicked.

2. No Page Comments


Of course WordPress gives you the ability to turn comments on or off for all Posts and Pages.

And it also gives you the ability to manually turn comments on or off for individual Posts or Pages.

However, it doesn’t have a setting for how most people would usually like their comments set up, which is on for Posts but off for Pages.

This plugin solves that problem.

3. Page List


With just a shortcode, the Page-list plugin lets you generate a list of all your pages, a hierarchical tree of all subpages of the current page, a tree of sibling pages to the current page, and a list of pages with featured images and excerpts.

You can also apply additional parameters to pull in the exact pages you want while excluding others, and a lot more. (Tons of parameters to apply with this plugin.)

4. Background Manager


The Background Manager plugin lets you apply backgrounds to individual Pages (or Posts, actually). You can do it by color, or you can apply images too. You can also do things such as show random images in a slide show.

It also comes with a range of overlays, things such as white dots, a lattice look, a “Jeans” look, TV scan lines, and more.

5. Feature a Page Widget


The Feature a Page Widget is simple and convenient. Just put a featured image and an excerpt into a page, and then you can feature that page in your sidebar with the widget from this plugin.

One nice aspect about the widget is that it comes with three different designs.

6. Insert Pages


The Insert Pages plugin lets you embed content from other Pages (or Posts) into your current Page (or Post).

You can choose to insert everything from the Page or Post (including custom field info), or you can choose to insert just the title, just the content, or just a link.

Probably the nicest thing about this is that when you change the content on the original page, it will change everywhere it’s been inserted too. This obviously opens up a lot of possibilities.

7. Search & Index Page Content


The Search & Index plugin is built for especially long pages. It automatically creates a kind of table of contents for a page with links for any headings (H1, H2, H3) you might have in a document.

The plug comes with a widget that you place in your sidebar, but that widget only appears on pages marked up with the Search & Index shortcodes.

You can also activate a search box that only searches that page the visitor is on.

Is seems to me that this plugin might work well with the Fixed Widget (Sticky Widget) plugin we went over a while ago. If you have a very long document, it might be nice if that table of contents could follow you down the page.

8. Post Tags and Categories for Pages


This plugin lets you have categories and tags on your Pages. (Usually they’re reserved for Posts only.)

This is the same category and tag system as that your Posts use, and so you will see all your Posts categories show up in the category section for your Pages too.

You could, of course, make categories only for your Pages if you liked.

If you put a Page in a category, it will show up in that category section, just as a Post would.

9. Advanced Page Manager


The Advanced Page Manager is a backend tool for those with lots of pages to manage. It gives you page tree views, allows you to show/hide subpages, lets you move and delete pages from within the tree, shows you the template each page is using, and more.


10. Custom Sidebars


Last but not least is the Custom Sidebars plugin from WPMU DEV. This plugin is free. And it does what you might think from its name – it lets you create and apply custom sidebars to individual Pages.

This plugin actually works for Posts too, but as most people would have more reason to change up their Page sidebars than their Posts sidebars, it seems like a good plugin to include here.