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15 Uncommon WordPress Plugins To Enhance Your Blog’s User Experience

It’s no secret that user experience is important.

As users land on your website, you have a split second to capture their attention. If you fail, they may leave and never return.

Therefore, it’s important to provide an engaging user experience to your visitors.

Specifically, your website and content need to be:

  • Easy to understand
  • Easy to learn
  • Engaging
  • Efficient
  • Error free
  • Effective

Here I will showcase 15 different WordPress user experience plugins that will help you create a great user experience for your visitors.

Let’s take them one by one.

1. A3 lazy load

A3 Lazy Load Plugin for User Experience

It’s been proven that long form, data driven content ranks higher in Google.

Even from a social sharing point of view, posts with images gets shared more often.

This means that we should create long form content backed with data and relevant images to rank higher and achieve higher social shares.

There is only one problem.

Posts with a large number of images are much bigger in size and take a long time to load.

Mobile load time is now officially becoming a ranking signal and users still perceive mobile data load times as slower when compared to desktop load times. To top it off, 40% users will abandon a site if it takes more than 3 seconds to load.

This is a conflicting situation where you need to please Google as well as your readers.

The A3 Lazy load plugin solves that problem by dynamically loading your images and other elements.

By default, all the images and other multimedia on your page are loaded simultaneously. This happens whether or not your user is actually viewing them.

The A3 lazy load plugin loads these resources only when the user is scrolling close to it. It’s also done via ajax in the background so your user experience is not affected in any way.

This way, the user gets a faster loading website and a better experience on your website.

2. EWWW Image Optimizer

EWWW Image Optimizer for User Experience

The A3 Lazy Load Plugin loads the images as the user scrolls by, but it won’t make a big difference to your page load speed if your images are too big.

Image size is determined by 2 things, resolution and quality.

In simple terms, the resolution is the size of the image in pixels, and the quality determines how clear the image looks (broadly speaking).

Images are usually large in size compared to text and it’s important to squeeze every single byte from the image for a fast page speed.

The EWWW Image Optimizer Plugin compresses your images automatically to make the image size as small as possible.

The process is simple, just install the plugin and all the new images you upload will automatically be optimized.

You also have the option to optimize all the previous images that you had uploaded.

Broken Link Checker for user experience

As you blog grows, there are bound to be some be some broken links on your blog.

Broken links, also know as 404’s do not affect your search engine rankings, but they do cause a bad user experience.

The broken link checker plugin takes care of this issue by analyzing your website for broken links and images.

You can receive the reports for the broken links via emails or in the WordPress dashboard directly.

You also get various search and filter options for the broken links so you can prioritize and fix them accordingly.

You can also fix the broken links directly from within the plugin. That’s a pretty neat feature as well.

4. WP-PageNavi

WP Page Navi User Experience

The current WordPress pagination is pretty basic. You only get the option of viewing Older Posts and Newer Posts.

For larger websites it can become tiresome to browse old posts. Since you can only navigate a page at a time it can be very boring and cumbersome to reach the post that you are finally looking for.

The WP-Page Navi plugin improves the overall user experience on your blog by implementing a multi-page navigation on your blog.

The numbered navigation is similar to what you would see on an e-commerce website.

Page Navi User Experience

By making navigation easier, your users will easily find what they are looking for. This means a better experience for them.

5. Breadcrumb NavXT

Breadcrumb NavXT User Experience

Breadcrumb usually means pieces of bread, but the word is now also used to signify pieces of information that are connected together.

On the web, breadcrumb means a trail that shows where the visitors are with respect to the website’s architecture.

Breadcrumbs Example User Experience
Example of Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs are added for multiple reasons. They show the user where they are, reinforcing that they are in the correct place on your blog. They are also used for navigation as the elements in the breadcrumb are usually clickable.

Breadcrumbs are a theme feature in WordPress and most themes have support for them.

The Breadcrumb NavXT plugin takes your breadcrumbs to a whole new level by allowing you to take full control over your breadcrumbs.

The default breadcrumb in WordPress usually is

Home -> Category ->Current page

The plugin allows you to customize breadcrumbs fully and adds options to generate breadcrumbs based on:

  • Authors
  • Archives
  • Date

and much more.

You also configure these custom breadcrumbs with templates, which will help display the breadcrumbs in the way you desire.

Breadcrumb NavXT is also schema compatible and will help generate custom search results page in Google Search.

Schema Rich Breadcrumbs

In short, the breadcrumb NavXT is a great plugin to customize your blog and enhance your user experience.

6. ShortCodes Ultimate

Shortcodes Ultimate User Experience

If you have used WordPress, you know what shortcodes are.

The ShortCodes Ultimate plugin makes 50 amazing shortcodes available inside your WordPress post area.

These shortcodes add a lot of interactivity to your posts. There are many kinds of shortcodes available, a few of them are:

  • Accordions, spoilers, icons
  • Vertical and horizontal tabs
  • Multi-column layouts
  • Image and video embeds
  • Buttons
  • Animations

Using these shortcodes you can create well organized and interactive content on your blog.

To describe each of these in detail would take another blog post. To get an overview of what’s possible, look at the examples below.

accordions
accordions

 

Tabs
Tabs
Shortcode Ultimate buttons
Buttons

 

animations
Animations

7. Hide Broken Shortcodes

Hide Broken Shortcodes User Experience

During your WordPress use, a lot of times you will find better plugins that meet your requirements.

These plugins may include content builders, social shares, social lockers or even content enhancers as ShortCode Ultimate above.

When you change your plugins that enhance your posts, one problem is common.

Broken shortcodes.

You see, plugins usually use shortcodes to insert and style content inside your posts. When you remove the plugin, the shortcode inserted might still show up.

When a broken shortcode shows up inside a post, it makes you look sloppy and gives the users a less than ideal user experience.

The Hide Broken Shortcodes fixes these issues for you.

Shortcodes can be of 2 types, self-enclosing and content enclosing.

Self-enclosing plugins do not have any content between them, but they add some other elements to the page, like forms.

When the plugin encounters a broken shortcode of this variety, it will show nothing in its place.

On the other hand, a content enclosing shortcode means that the shortcode wraps some content in itself, like text, audio or video.

When the plugin encounters a content enclosing plugin, then the content will be shown in the post, but the shortcode effects will not be applied.

The Hide Broken Shortcodes plugin is a very useful plugin, however if there was a feature present to report all posts with broken shortcodes, it would make it perfect.

Even without it, the Hide Broken Shortcode plugin is a useful plugin to enhance your blog’s UX.

8. Scroll Progress Bar

Scroll Progress User Experience

Research has shown that long form content with over 2000 words in a post tends to rank higher.

Over the last few years, long form content is becoming mandatory to secure top rankings.

Understanding the trend, experts like Neil Patel are now writing content that is almost 4000 words per post.

Long form content is great, but it also can be overwhelming to your readers and they may bounce off your website.

A small and simple way to keep your readers expectation in check is by including a progress bar inside your posts.

The Scroll Progress Bar plugin does just that.

It enables a small progress bar on the top of your posts that moves as your readers progress throughout the post.

By informing users up front about how long the content is, your readers can make a choice about whether they want to read it right now, or bookmark and save it for later.

In any case, it makes for a better user experience.

9. Snowball

Snowball User Experience

Snowball is a one of a kind WordPress plugin that helps you create interactive and immersive content from right within WordPress.

Snowball allows you to embed quotes, images, HTML, tables etc.

Where the Snowball plugin really shines is that it allows you to create data visualizations from within the WordPress dashboard.

You can create a thematic map (Choropleth), a bar graph and even scatter plots.

The data needed to create these has to be entered inside your WordPress admin itself.

Here is an example screenshot from the plugin page itself.

Snowball Usage Example

Interactive content is getting extremely popular and Snowball is the perfect plugin to let you achieve that.

10. Yoast Comment Hacks

Yoast Comment Hacks User Experience

Comments from your readers are great.

If a reader commented on your post, that means that he/she (hopefully) read your content, found value and took their time to share their opinion.

Clearly, they are some of your most engaged visitors.

Unfortunately, WordPress has little functionality in the core to enhance the user experience of these readers.

That’s where Yoast Comment Hacks come in.

Created by the Yoast team, who are responsible for the very popular Yoast SEO Plugin, the Comment Hacks plugin adds nifty features in the WordPress core to better manage your comments and commenters.

The plugin adds several features, including:

  • Cleaner email notifications about comments
  • Force a minimum comment length to discourage spam like “great post”
  • Redirect first-time commenters to another page. Here you can ask them to subscribe to your email list
  • Adds a button in the admin toolbar to email all the commenters on a post at once. This can be useful to share updates or when factual information inside a post has changed
  • Adds an option to email the commenter inside the admin besides the options to approve and disapprove the comment.

These options make your life as an admin easy and create a better user experience for your readers.

11. CM Tooltip Glossary

Enhanced Tooltip User Experience

 

This plugin is particularly useful for blogs which have technical content or have jargon in them.

For a reader, it can be confusing to read content that has a lot of words that he/she is not familiar with.

Sure, you can add internal links to your other posts which explain those terms, but it’s not a great experience to click a lot of links and then reading those posts to get an answer they were looking for in the first post. This is especially true for technical terms that can be explained in just a few words.

The CM Tooltip Plugin provides you with a much more user-friendly solution by adding tooltip functionality to your posts.

By installing this plugin, you can define your terms inside the WordPress admin and those definitions will appear as tooltips when the user hovers over the terms.

You can also have the plugin create a glossary, which will contain the definitions of all the words that you have defined. You can also set the words in your posts to be linked to their respective glossary page.

This way, the reader can hover over a word and understand its meaning in short, or click it to be taken to the full explanation of the term.

Here is a small demo.

Tootltips Demo

The plugin also has paid add-ons which will let you customize the look and feel of the tooltips and add several other features.

 

12. Search Everything

Search Everything User Experience

WordPress has a decent search functionality built in.

But, there is a lot that can be improved with it.

By default, WordPress would only index the content inside your posts or pages, nothing more. This can mean a lot of your readers might not find what they are looking for, especially when you implement tags and custom taxonomies to organize your content.

And what if the user is searching for some information that he found in a comment earlier? Sadly, comments are not even indexed by WordPress.

The Search Everything plugin changes that.

The plugin makes a lot of enhancement to the WordPress search functionality.

Once you install and configure the plugin, the plugin goes to work and starts indexing the following:

  • All pages
  • All posts
  • All categories
  • All tags
  • All taxonomies
  • All comments
  • Attachment types
  • Custom Fields

The plugin also has the functionality to hide specific posts and pages from your search results.

Obviously, using this plugin means that your readers get more relevant results when they search anything on your blog.

13. Search Meter

Search Meter User Experience Plugin

The Search Everything plugin improves the WordPress search, but it does not share an important metric about the search.

It does not share what users are actually searching for.

The Search Meter plugin helps capture that data.

Once installed, the Search Meter plugin starts recording what users are actually searching for on your blog.

You can manage this data over a day, week or a month.

The plugin also logs searches separately the searches which were unsuccessful.

An unsuccessful search means a search that did not return any results.

These searches are important as you can use this and create new content based on the searches.

This is also applicable for e-commerce websites. By understanding what kind of products users search for, you can fill that gap by introducing new products. I have personally been using this feature on my website Dressmyphone.

Here is a demo screenshot of how the plugin captures searches in the backend.

Search Meter

14. WP Hide Post

Wp Hide Post User Experience Plugin

By default, whenever you publish a new post, it automatically shows up on your home page (if configured), archive page, category page, tags etc.

A lot of times, you might not want to display a newly published post on these pages.

The WP Hide Post plugin helps you achieve that by allowing you to set the visibility of your posts as you desire.

You can select the post to be hidden from you home page, category page, archive page, author page, search results and even your RSS feeds.

The plugin itself required minimal configuration and you can use it to improve the improve the user experience.

15. Feelback Reactions

Feelback Reactions User Experince

You obviously have heard about Buzzfeed. They are the undisputed king (or queen) of social and viral traffic.

On Buzzfeed posts, you might have noticed a cool feature where they capture their user’s reaction to the posts.

Buzzfeed Reactions

What if you could the same on your blog?

Now you can with the Feelback Reactions plugin.

The Feelback Reactions plugin helps you capture your users’ reaction to your content by placing multiple reaction based icons below your posts.

Think of it as Facebook Reactions for your posts.

You can customize the icons that show up under the reactions to match the color scheme on your blog as well.

Perhaps the most important part where this plugin really shines is analytics.

The analytics for this plugin is completely free and unleashes powerful data about how and when your users react to your content.

The analytics can answer questions like:

  • Which is the most emotional post
  • What devices encouraged which emotions
  • Which emotions increase time on page
  • How do reactions affect page views

and much more.

Here is an example of a analytics dashboard from the plugin page.

Emotional Analytics

Clearly this data can be crucial to understanding your audience and create content that provides them with a better experience.

Conclusion

User experience is becoming more important with every passing day. With attention spans shrinking and Google counting user experience as a ranking factor, it is important as site owners to improve the user experience.

These plugins will help you understand your users well and help you to provide a superior user experience to them.

By Yuvraj Wadhwani

Yuvraj is the founder of Dressmyphone, the awesome mobile case and covers store. He is passionate about WordPress, SEO, blogging and affiliate marketing. He also runs Everydaythings.in., a product review blog.

170 replies on “15 Uncommon WordPress Plugins To Enhance Your Blog’s User Experience”

Hello, I clicked on the link from the post that you have shared on the HellBoundBloggers group and redirect here. Thanks Yuvraj for sharing a list of really helpful plugins to improve the user experience. I have picked up few plugins from this list – A3 Lazy Load, Scroll Progress Bar, CM Tooltip Glossary, Yoast comment hacks and Feelback Reactions and I m gonna install them soon on my Gadgets and Tech blog, getsetgadget.com. Thank you, Kikolani and Yuvraj 🙂

Hi, thanks for your recommendation, without this, I would never know about “A3 Lazy load” which I have now installed in my websites, and to help decrease my pages load time. I hope you can also share the needed basic setting for this plug in or should I just leave the default settings after activating it?

I have a app website which requires lots of videos and photos..Hence the loading time increases. However from the day I have used A3 Lazy Load Plugin. The loading time has significantly decreased. Thanks for sharing the article.

Great list of wordpress plugins. Some of them I used before and some are new to me. I will try those and lets see how they work. Anyway thanks for this list.

Hi, I tapped on the connection from the post that you have shared on the HellBoundBloggers gather and divert here. Much obliged Yuvraj for sharing a rundown of truly accommodating modules to enhance the client experience. I have grabbed few modules from this rundown – A3 Lazy Load, Scroll Progress Bar, CM Tooltip Glossary, Yoast remark hacks and Feelback Reactions and I m going to introduce them soon on my Gadgets and Tech blog, getsetgadget.com. Much thanks to you, Kikolani and Yuvraj

Hi Yuvaraj,

A Very important post. Good job done by you.

Many of them are familiar with few plugins only.

Some of the plugins you listed also new to me.

Really a great collection of plugins are listed and its features are been explained clearly.

thank you and have great day.

Hello Yuvraj,
Thanks to share such a wonderful article.

WordPress is such a platform where most of the work done by the help of plugin. this is most valuable & helpful for everyone.

Even couple of above mention plugin is install its really awesome.

Thanks alot, keep posting

Hello,
Yuvraj!

Thank you for this great list of plugins.
I’ll install A3 Lazy Load and EWWW Image Optimizer. I would like to know is EWWW Image Optimizer better then WP Smush it?

Please, let me know about it!

Best regards,
Francesko!

Hey Francesko,

I don’t have any data to back any claims, but I use EWWW and have had no issues.

You have to remember that EWWW will use your server CPU to optimize images on the fly. If you have a lot of images then schedule optimizations at low traffic times 🙂

Hey, Yuvraj!

An impressive collection of some awesome plugins!

I only knew 2-3 plugins out of all mentioned ones!

Snowball seems to be a good addition in the blog. But, I am going to test almost all of them and see how they go for me. 🙂

Thanks, buddy!

~ Adeel

Yuvraj, Can you recommend a slider plugin that’s lightweight and loads fast. I’ve been searching for one but almost all of them take up a lot of bandwidth and drops my site’s loading speed.

I’d really appreciate it 🙂

All of these are great and yes, they are really uncommon. I thought you must be sharing some weird plugins here but I liked each and every suggestion. Personally, I am going to use Yoast Comment Hack and Feelback Reactions.

Thanks Mona,

You can use as many as you like but you should know that each plugin adds some time to the overall page speed.

You can use a plugin like P3 Profiler to check the plugin load times individually. 🙂

Hello Yuvraj Wadhwani,
You have done a very great efforts for making this really uncommon wordpress plugins list 🙂
I loved the list you have made.
However, I loved the last plugin you’ve mentioned 😀 😀
Thanks for sharing buddy…..

Hello Yuvraj,

From all of those uncommon plugins, i’ve tried the Breadcrumb and Backlink Checker. As you say no many people know it or use it. It’s pretty usefull thought.

Think i’m gonna try all of those, hope some of those suits me.

Thank you for sharing yuvraj, keep up posting 🙂

You can, but be sure to check your load times with the popular tools to see. You can use the P3 Profiler plugin to get data on how much individual plugins affect your page load 🙂

Hi Yuvraj,

You have done a great job in consolidating some helpful WordPress plugins at one place.

I have been using very few plugines that you have listed in this post like broken link checker, Image Optimizer, Shortcodes ultimate and Scroll progress bar.

I really admire those plugins as they would please my readers well.

But I completely unware of other plugins that you have mentioed here. Snowball and Search Everything seem interesting WP add-ons, I’ll check and install them.

Nice to see you Kikolani, thanks for contributing such a great post for the WordPress bloggers.

Have a great day ahead!

Thanks Nirmala,

I’m glad that you liked my collection of plugins. I’ll try to contribute here more often. Be sure to check out the new posts (when I post them) here. Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment. 🙂

Hi,
Wow, I learned a great deal from your latest post. I really appreciate your sharing your expertise with your readers and I will definitely share this information. I love this website and all of the information available to all that read it.
Regards,
Justin

Amazing least of unusual WP plug-ins. Will use few of these for my blog. I use All in One SEO instead of Yoast, i find it easy and comfortable. Anyways thanks for sharing the list.

wow this is amazing list of all the plugin that are highly recommended as per user experience and i would like to add one thing more its highly recommended must have list if you want to optimize your website for search engines and well as google and will help to rank your website high .
i have almost ll the the plugin you listed above although there are some in list i will give a try like A3 Lazy Load” and Snowball

Keep posting

from your plugin list i have use two plugin “EWWW Image Optimizer” and ” WP-PageNavi”

EWWW image optimizer – it is very good plugin because my whole website image will optimize by this plugin without any error.

WP-PageNavi – i found many plugin but some are not comfortable for my blog, but this is perfect plugin to show page number in my blog

Hey Yuvraj, Just awesome. Your given plugins are very useful for every wordpress user. As an wordpress user I found “Broken Link Checker” very fruitful. Its saving me from unwanted broken links in my blog. Thanks for sharing the post.

There are many WordPress plugins I don’t really know they exist. Just found out today from this blog post, such as WP Hide or Yoast Comment Hack.

I will try a few plugins that have features I need. Let’s see how do they work – good or bad 🙂

However, I think we should use as less WordPress plugins as possible to avoid high loads.

Not necessarily. Good plugins will not add too much load time. Also, you have to strike a balance between comfort and speed. You don’t strip down your car to just the chassis and engine to make it go faster right? Speed is just one of the things that you should keep in mind while making a blog. Hope that clarifies. 🙂

Hi Roger, thanks for pointing out common mistakes which I also made in the past. So from now on I will try to compensate for these mistakes and get the most out of social media………..

Hello Yuvraj,

These uncommon plugin really are superb. I know some of it but the rest are really have no idea about it haha. With all of those plugin, i dont think we need third party to check our website, huh? Haha

But i’m a bit concern about page load speed if i use all of them.

Really nice article, by the way.
I’ll be waiting for your next article, Yuvraj 🙂

Hey Jennifer, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

The reason I mentioned 15 plugins is to showcase what different things are possible with WordPress.

You don’t have to install them all, you just have to use the ones that will enhance your website’s experience.

About Load times, its good to be concerned with speed, but not at the cost of user experience.

As I mentioned to another commentor, you won’t strip down your car to just the chassis and the engine so it can go faster, right?

Similarly, your blog/website should make a balance between user experience and speed.

Hope that helps 🙂

Hello Yuvraj,
Thanks for these great words. I have started a movie site HDWale a few months back, This great start with but loading time of my site is very bad above 5 seconds.

Do you know any plugin that make my site faster as rocket.

Regards,
~ Vijay

Hi Youvraj,

All plugins are really great, many plugins I am already using but Search Meter plugin i found it really useful for me. And it will help me to find what user really needed on my website.

I am using some of those above, such as EWWW Image Optimizer, not Search Everything (but
Relevanssi), Broken Link Checker, my theme supports Breadcrumb (so i dont need to install the other).

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

Glad you liked it Promil. I didn’t use pagination as I personally think its better for list based pieces to be on the same page. A post with a lot of text heavy content would be better with pagination.

Thanks Yuvraj,
Thanks a lot for sharing these awesome plugins, I’ve already used some of them and going to use rest of them…
And, My Search for Scroll Progress Bar is completed by this article and got some bonus plugins also.

Hi Yubraj,
You shared a great post here.
I was searching for some this types of plugins, which can improve my wordpress site performance.
Thanks again for sharing.

Promoting it on social media and building links through email outreach, Choosing the best plugin for your WordPress site will help make your day-to-day life easier and deliver a better experience for your users as well.

Thank u so much for this amazing post

After reading your post i have installed EWWW Image Optimizer in my website.

I have also installed the shortcodes ultimate plugin but when i try to use lists with icons it does not show the icons just show the list contents only.I am desperate to show the icons with them e.g left arrow, right arrow etc.

Looking forward for a positive response.

Regards

These are useful and important plugins. The best thing is to select the most important ones and install them, because too many plugins may affect your blog.

Hmm, Yoast Comment Hack is new for me, I don’t know about it. But now I know how’s it exactly works. Also EWWW Image optimizer is also the great tool to optimize your large images like png etc.
According to me WP Smush is the best plugin for optimizing images on your site.

Thanks for your great post.

Broken link checker is great plugin…its works well…and also, I have been using short code ultimate plugin.
Thanks for sharing this list….now I am started using Wp Page navi.

Are you serious some guide me these plugin are necessary for wordpress site i am using these plz guide me proper tell me which are best plugin we can use i am hope less now 🙁
i have been bloging along time ago recently i have posted this article 3 days ago
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Hey Yuvraj,
A3 Lazy load plugin is not working properly for me.
Is there any problem in my website’s php code?

Please help I want to use this plugin for my movie site HDwale

Regards,
~ Vijay

Vijay,

Check if your theme or some other plugin is causing a conflict with the plugin. Disable any other image plugin you have and then check if A3 plugin works for you. If not, contact the theme developer for assistance. 🙂

Hi Yuvraj,

Here you shared Great list of wordpress plugins. Some of them I used before and some are new to me.
I never heard about Yoast Comment hacks. I will try this on my blog. Loved last one plugin. I thik readers reaction is necessary for every writer.

Anyway thanks for this awesome plugin list at one place.

~Swapnil

Hiii bro

Good job
Im regular reader of ur page n dis article is very effective n helpful for me n all other readers thsnks for sharing n posting…

Great Going…?

Hi Yuvraj Sir,
Just Started Blogging on WordPress, Before I use blogger platform but recently I migrated my blog to wp and Struggling to make it look attractive and SEO friendly. Really The Above Mention Plugins are not common. They serve great purpose. Will surely give a try to Ewww Image Optimizer and FeelBack Reactions.

Thanks.. Keep Sharing Such Posts.

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