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Plugins on Blogs at UMass Amherst

Plugins are optional features that can be activated on your blog to add functionality. Most plugins let you add features to your site, such as calendars, maps, and media embeds.

Note: Blog users cannot install or upgrade plugins on Blogs at UMass Amherst, only UMass IT System Administrators can. Plugins are coded by third-party developers and must be vetted for security, privacy, and reliability. Plugins may be removed at any time if vulnerabilities are discovered. Submit a request to IT User Services if there's a plugin you would like to have added to Blogs at UMass Amherst.

Plugins must be "activated" before you can use them on your blog. See Manage Blog Plugins & Widgets.

Plugins Installed on Blogs at UMass Amherst

Consult developers' help pages for details on configuring plugins.


  • Simple Calendar - Google Calendar Plugin: Add Google Calendar events from any public Google Calendar. Manage events in Google. Mobile-friendly design.
  • The Events Calendar: A robust self-contained calendaring tool. Features include: Month, week, day, and list calendar views; event search; responsive design, mobile to desktop; categories and tags for events; Google maps; upcoming events widget; iCal export.

Design & Site Building

  • Accessible Poetry: Help to keep your website in line with the WCAG 2 and better expose your website content to visitors relying on screen reading software, or with limited vision, color perception, or mobility.
  • Duplicate Post:  Use an existing post or page as a template for a new one.
  • footnotes: Adds a button to the WordPress Editor for adding automatically-numbered footnotes. Footnotes display in a reference container you can position using a shortcode, or in a mouse-over box. Clickable links let your readers jump to references and back.
  • jQuery Collapsomatic: Activated for all blogs, this plugin works with short codes only (no user interface) to create rows of content that your visitors can expand and collapse. See the Collapsomatic Plugin Documentation to learn how it works.
  • TablePress: Create and manage formatted tables. to embed into posts, pages, or text widgets with a simple Shortcode. Tables can contain any type of data. JavaScript library adds features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more. Tables can be imported and exported from/to Excel, CSV, HTML, and JSON files.
  • WidgetOptions: Tabbed options below each widget let you manage and control each widgets' visibility and appearance: who sees it, and whether it shows or is hidden on selected pages/posts or post categories.
  • WordPress Importer: Import content from another WordPress site using an export file. Imports can include: posts, pages and other custom post types; comments; custom fields and post meta; categories, tags and terms from custom taxonomies; authors; media (if included in the export file).
  • WP Document Revisions: While WordPress now natively provides a simple history for changes to posts and pages, this tool enables a document management system for attachments, a collaboration tool to help teams draft, edit and refine documents, and a file hosting solution to deliver documents to users with different roles, such as blog members, or the public.

Mathematical Notation & Coding

  • LaTeX for WordPress: This plugin lets you type formulas in LaTeX, in Titles, posts, pages, and comments. It uses MathJax, an open source JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all modern browsers. MathJax uses modern CSS and web fonts instead of equation images or Flash. (Users must enable JavaScript in their browsers.)
  • WolframCDF: Once activated, you'll see a CDF button in the Editor toolbar. Click the button to insert placeholder shortcode in your page or post that links to your CDF file. Visitors must have the Wolfram CDF Player installed in their browser (a link to download will be displayed, if missing) to view CDFs.
  • WP LaTeX: This plugin creates images of mathematical notation to add to a post or page. For accessibility, we recommend using LaTeX for WordPress instead (see above).
  • WP-Syntax: Provides syntax highlighting for a number of popular coding languages using GeSHi to let you display code on posts or pages. WP-Syntax supports highlighting with or without line numbers and maintains formatting while copying snippets of code from the browser. Wrap code blocks with <pre lang="LANGUAGE"> </pre>. See the WP-Syntax Usage notes for examples.

Embed Media & Interactive Content

  • Carousel Slider: Using a theme that doesn't come with a "slider"? Activate this plugins to add a carousel of images to any page or post.
  • Embed Webmap:  Embed an ArcGIS Online map using a shortcode and control whether or not to show layers, set the extent, and more. (For ArcGIS Apps and Story Maps, embed using the H5P iFrame Embedder).
  • FlickrStream: Use a shortcode to embed your own or others' photostreams, albums and galleries on a page or post, or in a widget.
  • FooBox image lightbox: If visitors click on images or other media (videos, PDFs), the full-sized upload will open in a "lightbox" overlay.  This plugin replaces Easy Fancy Box, and is activated for all blogs, but you need to configure FooBox settings.
  • Foo Gallery: Activated for all blogs, this is a highly configurable gallery plugin with retina and video support, albums, carousel display, and lightbox modal windows (FooBox). Works with shortcodes.
  • iframely: Embed content from over 2,000 domains simply by entering the URL for the page where the media is displayed (not the Embed code). Embeds are responsive and will resize to fit in the browser window on any device. Supported sites include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, You Tube, Vimeo, SketchFab, Soundcloud, Ted Talks, Slideshare,  Google Maps, Giphy, and more. For a full list of supported domains or test your link, visit iframely Domains.
  • Image Widget: Easily display an image in a widget.
  • PodPress: Add Podcasts to posts and generate podcast feeds (RSS2, iTunes and ATOM and BitTorrent RSS), including video podcasting. Automatic Media player for MP3, OGG, MP4, MOV, FLV, SWF, ASF, WMV, AVI, YouTube, and more, with inline and Popup Window support.
  • Really Simple Gallery Widget: Display images from the Media Library in a widget. Show images from a specific post/page, the entire media library, or a specific set of attachment IDs.
  • Twenty20 Image Before-After: Swipe between two images to show "before" and "after."  Works with short codes.  Once activated, you'll see a Twenty20 insert button above the Editor toolbar.
  • WP Google Maps: Add Google maps to your blog (as many as you like). Supports marker clustering, pop-up descriptions (including images, links and custom marker icons),and allows you to let visitors add markers on maps. Works using short codes. Set up your maps from the Maps tab in the Dashboard Main Menu.
  • H5P: Create, share and reuse interactive HTML5 content in your browser. H5P offers a collection of rich media features, including design objects (image carousel, galleries, before/after slider) and engaging interactive activities (flash cards, quizzes, media-rich timelines, and image hotspots).

Social Media integration

  • Call Now Button: On mobile screens, a click-to-call button appears at the bottom of the screen allowing visitors  to call you without copy-and-pasting or memorizing the phone number!
  • Easy Twitter Feed Widget: To embed your Twitter feed in a widget area, create a new Twitter Widget on your Twitter account, and simply copy its ID into the Twitter Timeline widget on your WordPress blog.
  • Instagram Feed: Display your instagram feed on a page, post, or in a widget.
  • Mini Twitter Feed: Use your Twitter widget ID to enable a feed of your tweets, or from the Twitter Search, or a list or from your favorite users, on your blog.
  • Social Media Feather: Add social sharing and/or following buttons to all your posts, and pages. Each social provider can be enabled or disabled.Follwing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, YouTube, tumblr, instagram, flickr, foursquare, vimeo or RSS Feed. Sharing with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, reddit, Pinterest, tumblr, Linkedin and e-mail.
  • WP to Buffer: This time -saving plugin sends updates to your Buffer account for scheduled publishing to social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, when you publish and/or update WordPress Pages, Posts and/or Custom Post Types. 
  • ZotPress: Integrate your blog with your account on Zotero to display in-text citations, bibliographies, and searchable libraries, and more.

Spam Prevention

  • Akismet: Activated for all blogs, Akismet runs in the background to prevent Comment spam and malicious content. It does a pretty good job too!
  • Better WordPress reCAPTCHA: Utilizes Google reCAPTCHA to help your blog stay clear of spam. Before visitors enter a comment they will have to demonstrate they are not a robot by checking a box or entering some keystrokes based on an image or audio clip.

Visitor Contact & Monitoring

  • Google Analytics: Connect your blog with your account on Google Analytics to monitor how visitors find and use your website.
  • MailPoet Newsletters: Create HTML formatted newsletters from themes. MailPoet lets you create automated emails, post notifications and auto-responders. Capture subscribers with a signup widget. Drop your posts, images, social icons in your newsletter.
  • Ninja Forms: Create contact forms, email subscription forms, send emails and more! Manage, Edit, and Export user submissions from Dashboard Main Menu sub menus.

Discontinued Plugins

These plugins have been removed from Blogs at UMass Amherst as they no longer meet university technology standards:

  • CalPress Calendar: Add events manually, or import an ICS feed from another calendar such as Google Calendar and assign events to categories. Replace with the Events Calendar.
  • ICS Calendar: Fetch and display events from your Google, Outlook or iCal calendar (or any other .ics file) in your blog. Supports multiple .ics files. Replace with Simple Calendar.
  • Display Widgets: Control which pages or posts a widget shows on to keep your sidebars focused and clean. Replace with WidgetOptions.
  • Easy Fancy Box: When visitors click on images or other media (videos, PDFs), the full-sized upload opens in a "lightbox" overlay.  Replace with FooBox.
  • Flickr Widget:  Display thumbnail feed from your Flickr account in a widget. Replace with FlickrStream.