WordPress plugins

WordPress plugins can be a fantastic way to add a wide range of functionality to your blog. From cool image galleries to practical backup tools, plugins can provide features that can really enhance your visitor’s experience on your site.

However, because plugins can be developed by anyone, some of them are coded really well, some really poorly, and most somewhere in between. The result is that some plugins are more reliable than others, some simply won’t work with your installation, and some will actually conflict with other plugins. Plugin authors are also responsible for maintaining their own tutorials and support.

Because of all of these factors, the ProPhoto team does NOT offer technical support for third-party plugins in any way.

Don’t run away yet :) Despite all of these things, there are many well coded and maintained plugins that can add fabulous features to your site. My hope is that this area can be a plugin resource for ProPhoto users, providing a list of plugins that are reliable and that interact nicely with the Prophoto theme.

First, check out our instructions for finding and installing a plugin on your site.  In an effort to narrow down the thousands of plugins available for WordPress, we have created a list below of some of the more popular, well written plugins that work well with the Prophoto theme. (Check back often as this list should continue to grow):

  • NextGen Gallery – Easily the most popular WordPress image gallery plugin. A really thorough admin area with lots of options. Can be used in conjunction with some other plugins to achieve additional display effects. Be aware, this plugin is not compatible with ProPhoto mobile site functionality.  Also, you may need to disable the ProPhoto caching layer in “ProPhoto” > “Customize” > “Site Settings” > “Misc.”. 
  • WP DB Backup – This is the only tool for site backups that we are currently recommending. Can be used for both one-time or regularly scheduled backups of your site’s database. Easy to use and just plain gets the job done.
  • Akismet – Got comment spam? Not any more. This is a great solution that we loved enough to make the only plugin we include with our expert installations. Everyone should be using it.
  • Category Order – Easily rearrange the order of your category list with a simple drag and drop interface.
  • Advanced Category Excluder – A plugin we often recommend for folks who want to hide certain categories from certain pages.  Useful for creating a “blog within a blog” or hiding your personal posts from your main blog posts page.
  • Share This – One of our favorite social sharing plugins with a dizzying number of options.
  • Testimonials Widget – Enables a slideshow-like presentation of customer feedback in any widget area.
  • Audio Player – Play music from any page or widget area (ProPhoto offers music only in slideshow galleries). UPDATE: WordPress now offers audio embeds.  See our audio embed tutorial.
  • Form Building Plugins – Contact Form 7, Formidible, Gravity Forms and MachForm are among many that can work in place of or in addition to the built in ProPhoto contact form
  • Related Post links – Related Posts Thumbnails and linkwithin are two plugins we recommend for those wanting to link to related posts underneath each post.
  • WPML – ProPhoto is fully compatible with the most widely used multi-language plugin

Now, one negative potential side effect of using plugins is that many can interfere with the functionality of the ProPhoto theme.  So if you find yourself facing a problem that you don’t know how to solve, your first troubleshooting step should be to try disabling all of your plugins (by going to “Plugins” in your WordPress admin area) to see if that resolves the problem. If it does, turn them back on one by one to see which one was the culprit, and then, if you can live without that one, do so. It’s a good idea to contact the plugin author if you find a problem. Not only can plugins interfere with ProPhoto, but they can seriously slow down your site, as well.  As such, you want to limit the number of plugins you use.  Only use plugins that provide options you simply must have and that ProPhoto does not provide.  If you are wondering whether ProPhoto can do something or not, email us and, you might be surprised that you can already do in ProPhoto what you wanted to do with a plugin!


WordPress plugins can be a fantastic way to add a wide range of functionality to your blog. From cool image galleries to practical backup tools, plugins can provide features that can really enhance your visitor’s experience on your site.

However, because plugins can be developed by anyone, some of them are coded really well, some really poorly, and most somewhere in between. The result is that some plugins are more reliable than others, some simply won’t work with your installation, and some will actually conflict with other plugins. Plugin authors are also responsible for maintaining their own tutorials and support.

Because of all of these factors, the ProPhoto team does NOT offer technical support for third-party plugins in any way.

Don’t run away yet :) Despite all of these things, there are many well coded and maintained plugins that can add fabulous features to your site. My hope is that this area can be a plugin resource for ProPhoto users, providing a list of plugins that are reliable and that interact nicely with the Prophoto theme.

First, check out our instructions for finding and installing a plugin on your site.  In an effort to narrow down the thousands of plugins available for WordPress, we have created a list below of some of the more popular, well written plugins that work well with the Prophoto theme. (Check back often as this list should continue to grow):

  • NextGen Gallery – Easily the most popular WordPress image gallery plugin. A really thorough admin area with lots of options. Can be used in conjunction with some other plugins to achieve additional display effects.
  • WP DB Backup – This is the only tool for site backups that we are currently recommending. Can be used for both one-time or regularly scheduled backups of your site’s database. Easy to use and just plain gets the job done.
  • Akismet – Got comment spam? Not any more. This is a great solution that we loved enough to make the only plugin we include with our expert installations. Everyone should be using it.
  • Category Order – Easily rearrange the order of your category list with a simple drag and drop interface.
  • Advanced Category Excluder – A plugin we often recommend for folks who want to hide certain categories from certain pages.  Useful for creating a “blog within a blog” or hiding your personal posts from your main blog posts page.
  • Share This – One of our favorite social sharing plugins with a dizzying number of options.
  • Testimonials Widget – Enables a slideshow-like presentation of customer feedback in any widget area.
  • Audio Player – Play music from any page or widget area (ProPhoto offers music only in slideshow galleries). UPDATE: WordPress now offers audio embeds.  See our audio embed tutorial.
  • Form Building Plugins – Contact Form 7, Formidible, Gravity Forms and MachForm are among many that can work in place of or in addition to the built in ProPhoto contact form
  • Related Post links – Related Posts Thumbnails and linkwithin are two plugins we recommend for those wanting to link to related posts underneath each post.
  • Post Author Box – Display an author link between your content and article header.

Now, one negative potential side effect of using plugins is that many can interfere with the functionality of the ProPhoto theme.  So if you find yourself facing a problem that you don’t know how to solve, your first troubleshooting step should be to try disabling all of your plugins (by going to “Plugins” in your WordPress admin area) to see if that resolves the problem. If it does, turn them back on one by one to see which one was the culprit, and then, if you can live without that one, do so. It’s a good idea to contact the plugin author if you find a problem. Not only can plugins interfere with ProPhoto, but they can seriously slow down your site, as well.  As such, you want to limit the number of plugins you use.  Only use plugins that provide options you simply must have and that ProPhoto does not provide.  If you are wondering whether ProPhoto can do something or not, email us and, you might be surprised that you can already do in ProPhoto what you wanted to do with a plugin!

WordPress plugins can be a fantastic way to add a wide range of functionality to your blog. From cool image galleries to practical backup tools, plugins can provide features that can really enhance your visitor’s experience on your blog.

However, there are some important things to remember about plugins. Because plugins can be developed by anyone, some of them are coded really well, some really poorly, and most somewhere in between. The result is that some plugins are more reliable than others, some simply won’t work with your installation, and some will actually conflict with other plugins. Plugin authors are also responsible for maintaining their own tutorials and support.

Because of all of these factors, the ProPhoto Blogs team does NOT offer technical support for third-party plugins in any way.

Don’t run away yet :) Despite all of these things, there are many well coded and maintained plugins that can add fabulous features to your blog. My hope is that this area can be a plugin resource for ProPhoto users, providing a list of plugins that are reliable and that interact nicely with the Prophoto theme.

First, you can find instruction on finding and installing a plugin in your blog here. In an effort to narrow down the thousands of plugins available for WordPress, we have created a list below of some of the more popular, well written plugins that work well with the Prophoto theme. (Check back often as this list should continue to grow):

  • NextGen Gallery – Easily the most popular WordPress image gallery plugin. A really thorough admin area with lots of options. Can be used in conjunction with some other plugins to achieve additional display effects.
  • WP DB Backup – This is the only tool for site backups that we are currently recommending. Can be used for both one-time or regularly scheduled backups of your site’s database. Easy to use and just plain gets the job done.
  • Akismet – Got comment spam? Not any more. This is a great solution that we loved enough to make the only plugin we include with our expert installations. Everyone should be using it.
  • Category Order – Easily rearrange the order of your category list with a simple drag and drop interface.
  • Advanced Category Excluder – A plugin we often recommend for folks who want to hide certain categories from certain pages.  Useful for creating a “blog within a blog” or hiding your personal posts from your main blog posts page.
  • Sexy Bookmarks – Adds an elegant row of social media icons to the bottom of each of your posts. You can select your icons from a massive list of popular social sites.
  • Share This – One of our favorite social sharing plugins with a dizzying number of options.
  • Testimonials Widget – Enables a slideshow-like presentation of customer feedback in any widget area.
  • Audio Player – Play music from any page or widget area (ProPhoto offers music only in slideshow galleries).
  • Form Building Plugins – Contact Form 7, Formidible, Gravity Forms and MachForm are among many that can work in place of or in addition to the built in ProPhoto contact form

Now, one negative potential side effect of using plugins is that many can interfere with the functionality of the ProPhoto theme.  So if you find yourself facing a problem that you don’t know how to solve, your first troubleshooting step should be to try disabling all of your plugins (by going to “Plugins” in your WordPress admin area) to see if that resolves the problem. If it does, turn them back on one by one to see which one was the culprit, and then, if you can live without that one, do so. It’s a good idea to contact the plugin author if you find a problem.Not only can plugins interfere with ProPhoto, but they can seriously slow down your site, as well.  As such, you want to limit the number of plugins you use.  Only use plugins that provide options you simply must have and that ProPhoto does not provide.  If you are wondering whether ProPhoto can do something or not, email us and, you might be surprised that you can already do in ProPhoto what you wanted to do with a plugin!

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