Plugins

Plugins are used to add a higher level of functionality to the entire blog. They range in scope – there are some to enhance the multimedia abilities of your blog, some to check for broken links and some to help track statistics.

While you will not be able to install your own plugins, there are a number of plugins available for you to activate in your blog.

Selecting and activating a plugin

  1. Find the plugin – Click the “Plugins” link in the left-hand menu to view the list of plugins. Most include a short description of the plugin, as well as a “visit plugin site” link for more information.
  2. Activate the plugin on your blog – click the “activate” link for that specific plugin.
  3. Review any additional settings – Some plugins have additional settings that can be modified. Settings for individual plugins can often be found under the “Settings” section of the left-hand menu or as its own section of the left-hand menu.

Some of the currently available plugins

  • Broken Link Checker – Checks your blog for broken links.
  • Custom User CSS – for advanced users – Want to customize your blog further, but the theme doesn’t give the option to change colours, etc? Enable this plugin, and you will be able to use CSS code on top of your theme. This is only useful for those of you who are comfortable with CSS style sheet code.
  • Classic Editor – After February 15, 2019, this plugin will replace the new Gutenberg content editor with the old “Classic” editor. This is intended as a temporary measure, while we all get used to the new editor. It will not be available indefinitely.
  • Contact Form 7 – create a mail form for visitors to fill out and send to a specified email account
  • Easy Google Fonts – customize the look and feel of the type in your blog
  • FeedWordPress – Used to aggregate posts from other blogs/sites/etc using RSS feeds. Can be complicated to use, as there are many little settings that can be modified… but really useful! (Note: this plugin is offered on a limited, by-request basis.)
  • Google Analytics+ – connect a Google Analytics account to your blog, so that you can track visitor activity.
  • Special Recent Posts – an advanced ‘recent posts’ sidebar widget that can contain thumbnails from your posts, snippets, etc. Very customizable!
  • Subscribe by Email – Allow your visitors to subscribe to your blog, so they receive an email whenever a new post is published.
  • Tweet Blender – Show tweets from accounts, hashtags and keywords in the sidebar and/or in an archive page. Widget must be added to a sidebar once plugin is enabled. (Note: this plugin is offered on a limited, by-request basis.)
  • WordTwit – Generates Twitter Updates from blog postings — user enters their Twitter info in WPMU, and their new blog posts are pushed as notices to their Twitter account.
  • WPtouch – generates a mobile-friendly version of your blog for viewing on smaller mobile devices

Plugin incompatibility

Please note that some plugins do not play well with other plugins or themes. Here is a list of known combinations that will not work (and possibly prevent you from accessing your site). Please do not enable these combinations.

Problematic comboDescriptionSolution
Magazine Basic (theme) with Easy Google Fonts (plugin)If both of these are enabled on a blog, the blog cannot be accessed – even to correct the issue.
If this problem arises, please contact our support team to restore access to the blog.

DO NOT re-enable this combination of plugins.