Plugins are a powerful way to change what your WordPress site does. They can be very simple, allowing you to add, for example, new collections of fonts to your page site. But plugins can also be very complex. You could use a configuration of different plugins to change a simple site into something that functions like an academic journal.
WordPress is powerful in part because an enormous number of plugins have been created for it, and we’ve included some of them as part of the Commons. If you have a site, you can select Plugins from the left-hand menu of the WP-Admin area to see what’s available and to turn any of them on or off. The following list provides an overview of what we have, and it might give you ideas about the kinds of projects that are possible on the Commons. Each plugin is linked to its official site in case you’d like to read more about it.
● Beehive Analytics allows you to set up Google Analytics on your website.
● jQuery Hover Footnotes lets you use footnotes in posts and pages.
● OpenBook uses Open Library’s data to display a book’s cover image, title, author, links, and other book data when given the book’s ISBN. You can do this either in a post or in a sidebar widget.
● Password Protected lets you add a password to your site, making it invisible to those who don’t have it. (Must be activated by administrators.)
● PressForward lets you aggregate and curate web-based content within the WordPress dashboard.
● Print Friendly & Print PDF buttons will add buttons to your posts that allow you to format them for printing or save them as PDF files.
● WordPress Importer allows you to import content that’s previously been exported from another WordPress site. (Must be activated by administrators.)
● ZotPress allows you to bring Zotero and scholarly blogging to your WordPress website.
Because the Commons is a complex system, we’ve prevented users from adding their own plugins. But we’re not averse to adding more plugins to this list; if you know of a plugin that would benefit other users of the Commons, let us know and we’ll consider adding it. Contact us to make a request.