Top Plugins for Building Feature-Rich WordPress Pages
While WordPress provides a solid foundation for you to create pages for your site, there are many fantastic plugins to help you build on the functionality of what’s available.
Although WordPress began life in 2003, static pages weren’t added to the software until version 1.5 AKA Strayhorn, back in 2005. Since then the range of uses for WordPress has grown, and now it’s not uncommon to find websites that are powered by WordPress where static pages take center stage and the blog is a mere appendage, if present at all.
So if you’d like to improve the way WordPress lets you work with pages, such as enhancing the page manager, adding categories to pages, creating custom layouts, or upgrading the page display widget, read on for our list of WordPress page-related plugins for a range of options.
Once your WordPress site starts accumulating more than a handful of pages, it can be quite difficult to manage and keep track of them. Thankfully the popular and free Advanced Page Manager plugin is here to help.
This page manager plugin overhauls the core WordPress page screen and gives you some new tools for creating and managing existing pages. You can now create pages without actually going to the Add New Page screen. This makes it much easier and quicker to create pages in bulk.
When creating pages this way you can also set their template, relationships, and number in advance. This would be most useful when building out the pages for a website before you or your writers are ready to populate them with content.
The page viewer also makes it very easy to see the relationships between pages. By using the collapsible tree view, it becomes easy to show and hide parent and child page relationships.
Furthermore you can now drag and drop the pages around the manager to change their relationship or position. You also get some additional tools for filtering pages and performing bulk actions on them from the back end of your website.
If your WordPress pages are stacking up and you’d like an easier interface for managing them, Advanced Page Manager could really help you out.
If the above plugin sounds like overkill for your project, but you’d still like an easier way to access your pages and view the relationships between then, then the free Page Management Dropdown plugin could be just what you are looking for.
This simple but effective plugin displays the pages on your site under the top level Pages menu on the admin sidebar. Now you can jump straight to any of the individual pages on your site for editing, directly from the admin sidebar menu. This saves you the effort of sifting through the items listed on the page manager screen.
While this plugin won’t change your life, it should save you some time without drastically transforming the WordPress admin interface.
Page ordering is one of the features of the aforementioned Advanced Page Manager (APM) plugin. However, if you’d like an easy way to change the order of your pages without all the other features of APM, then this plugin could be for you.
After activating this free plugin on your site, you can now change the order of your pages simply by dragging and dropping them into place. Visually this plugin doesn’t make any changes to the admin interface of your site. However, when you move your mouse cursor over an item on the page manager screen, you can now drag and drop it into a new position.
Altering the order of pages on the management screen changes their order in menus and widgets. This makes using Simple Page Ordering an easy way to ensure that your pages are in the correct order when they are listed on the front end of your website.
Categories and tags are an integral part of WordPress that makes it easier for your readers to find more of your related content. However, by default WordPress pages can’t make use of this feature.
By activating the free Post Tags and Categories for Pages plugin you can now organize your pages in the same way as you can your posts. Your posts and pages will now share the same categories and tags. This is opposed to the plugin creating a new custom taxonomy specifically for pages.
If this sounds like something you could make use of on your website, this plugin makes this feature very easy to implement.
This free plugin gives you the ability to change posts to pages, as well as a few other conversion options.
If you’ve ever started writing what should be a page in the post editor, or had a change of heart after publishing a page that would’ve been better off as a post, then the Post Type Switcher plugin can save you a lot of effort.
With this free plugin running on your website, you will now be able to change the post type of any piece of content you are working on. Making the switch is simply a case of using the drop down menu that the Post Type Switcher plugin adds to the Publish panel on the editor screen. It really is that easy.
This plugin works at the individual page or post level, so if you need to bulk convert items then the Convert Post Types plugin is a better choice as it can convert many posts or pages at the same time.
WordPress comes with a pages widget that allows you to display a number of pages in the sidebar and other widgetized areas of your theme. However, the controls for the widget are fairly basic, and they only allow you to choose how the pages are sorted, and if any of them are to be excluded.
By upgrading to the premium Advanced Pages Widget you can now have a lot more control over how this widget functions. Some of these advanced controls include setting the number of pages to display, whether to display page excerpts, displaying a thumbnail image or not, including pages only by specific authors, and a whole lot more.
If you want more control over how lists of pages are displayed in your sidebar and other widgetized areas, then Advanced Pages Widget certainly gives you plenty of options.
Hopefully you’ve discovered some new plugins that can help you get more out of pages in WordPress. As WordPress has developed over the years, the line between posts and pages has blurred somewhat; but now, by installing a few free plugins, you can add many of the features of posts to pages, while also giving you a few extra ways to work with this post type.
How do you use pages in WordPress? What features would like to see added to WordPress to help you work with them more effectively? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.