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13 WordPress Plugins to Sort and Display Your Best Content

Find your best content within your WordPress admin dashboard and display it to the public with these 13 WordPress plugins.

Whether you want to find your most popular content inside the WordPress dashboard or display your most popular content to the public, WordPress has an assortment of great plugins to choose from to organize your content. Here are some the best ones to get started with to help you discover your best content and share it with your visitors to encourage them to stick around on your website longer!

Admin Plugins

To hep you decide what content is working best for your business, you will want to see stats such as views and social popularity. These plugins will extend the data you can view about your posts inside WordPress itself, saving you a trip to your Google Analytics every day.

Post View Stats

Post Views Stats will add an additional column to your All Posts view showing the number of views per post. While you can’t sort the posts by most views, this can help you scroll through your latest posts to see the number of views, or filter posts by category, date, and author to see the number of views for posts on a specific topic, during a particular month, or by a certain author.

Social Metrics Pro

Social Metrics Pro is a premium plugin that allows you to see the social sharing statistics for your blog posts inside WordPress. You can filter posts by category, date, and author, then sort the posts by the most shares on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Digg, and Pinterest. It’s a great way to see what content on your blog generates the most social engagement. You can also download your social engagement report into an Excel or CSV file format for more analysis.

Sidebar Plugins

Want to display your top content for visitors to your blog? Here are some great plugins that can help direct visitors to your best content and keep them browsing on your blog longer (thus reducing your bounce rate).

Enhanced Recent Posts

Enhanced Recent Posts simply extends the functionality of your standard Recent Posts widget inside WordPress. With this plugin, you can include or exclude categories, show dates next to your recent post listings, and more.

Popularity Posts Widget

Popularity Posts Widget lets you display the most popular posts based on views in your sidebar.

GD Star Rating

GD Star Rating allows you to set up a rating system for your blog posts and display the highest rated posts in a sidebar widget. It’s a great plugin to use to encourage engagement with your content and learn what your audience likes / dislikes. You can also use it to encourage people to create a user account on your WordPress site.

Social Popularity Widget

The Social Popularity Widget is a premium add-on that goes along with the Social Metrics Pro plugin mentioned earlier. It allows you to display your most popular posts based on social shares. The default examples are for the most tweeted, liked, and +1′d posts, but you can also configure your own custom social popularity display in the settings. You can configure a custom widget to show posts only by a certain author, in a specific category, or within a set timeframe.

Popular Posts Tabbed Widget

Popular Posts Tabbed Widget allows you to display a tabbed widget in your sidebar showing your most popular, most commented, and latest content.

Archives Page Plugins

One great way to help new visitors to your site discover your best content and regular readers to find specific content is by creating an archives page. Note that you do not need these if you have a WordPress theme that comes with a built in archives template, and you don’t need all of these plugins. Just the ones that are the most visually appealing to you!

Smart Archives Reloaded

Smart Archives Reloaded allows you to display a list of posts by month and year in different styles including a list, block, menu, or Javascript-enhanced list.

Compact Archives

Compact Archives displays just that – a compacted view of your posts by month and year. Although it hasn’t been updated in a long time, it still works with most WordPress themes.

Snazzy Archives

Snazzy Archives allows you to display posts on your archives page in a visually appealing way beyond just a list of links.

Better Extended Live Archive

Better Extended Live Archive creates an archive listing by category and date using AJAX.

Archives

Archives is a simple plugin that lets you create an archives page using WordPress shortcode in your page editor vs. having to edit your actual theme’s template files or create a new archive template if one does not exist.

WP Publication Archive

Do you need an archive page that displays more than just your blog posts? WP Publication Archive allows users to upload documents (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, etc.) that will be organized by a custom content type in WordPress for storing, tagging, and displaying current documents. This is perfect if you want to share whitepapers, presentations from speaking engagements, and other files.

What are your favorite WordPress plugins to organize your content, for yourself or for your visitors? Please share in the comments!

  • http://www.tvsinternetmarketing.com/ Carmen Rane Hudson

    These were some great tools that I never would have found on my own. I especially liked the look of Post View Stats and Social Metrics Pro. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://kikolani.com/ Kristi Hines

      You’re welcome Carmen! :)

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  • Nicole I. Rivers

    Great set of plugins. I personally like the Archives for it’s easy to understand and simple. Looks like Social Metrics is interesting as well. Thank you for this list! :)

  • Kristenhanna

    Very helpful list of plugins for integrating perfect content optimization. I have not tried any content related wordpress plugins but I have tried this WordPress Video gallery to showcase the images in a perfect way.

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  • http://www.jasonfox.me Jason Fox

    Thank you for this information. I just installed the “Popular Posts Tabbed Widget” and it works very well. Keep up the good work.

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  • http://www.hansschiefelbein.com Hans Schiefelbein

    I want to create a site that complies resources which will all be displayed as Pages. Can I create a search function that can sort through these pages by (a) popularity, (b) date published or (c) keyword relevance?

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  • growthguided

    Very handy.

    Thank you for taking the time to put this list together for us!

  • Grants Painting

    I love the way the page scrolls up over the header with the share buttons. Is that a plugin or theme option?

    • illet

      using twitter boostrap affix

  • http://www.stephaniesammons.com/ Stephanie Sammons

    I swear every time I’m searching for answers, you’ve written a post on it! This was so helpful Kristi, thanks.

  • http://geekfree.net/ Aaron

    Kristi, you are everywhere (seriously :) Awesome article

  • http://www.nexus5.com.es/ www.nexus5.com.es

    Thanks for sharing this !

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  • http://skillcode.com/ Alex

    Didn’t really find what I was looking for but thanks for sharing anyway :)

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  • George

    Hey, folks. I am happy to meet you all. Actually I am looking for a WP Archive plugin to pick up the data from my FormidablePro plugin. To manage and display on my web IF needed (then I will do need another plugin to exhibit/publicize some of the video files the way it is doing on the YouTube or any other like website). The feature should include: 1.Metadata with the links to the video files downloaded by clients from my web; 2.The Video files (as short as up to 150MB); video formats: MP2;MP4; MOV., Notice: the metadata entered by my clients in the blog’s Contact Form along with the video (as the short-link). If any one has an idea about such plugin?

  • http://www.nurselovesfarmer.com/ Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com]

    Thank you so much for the recommendations!

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    great recommendations, thanks!

  • http://www.digitalphotographyhobbyist.com/ D P Hobbyist (DPH)

    I’ve been looking for that tab plugin forever! Thank you!

  • http://blog.abstractedge.com Scott Paley

    What plug-in are you using in your sidebar now? (The tabs with “by author, related posts, popular posts”)

    Thanks!