I have an index on my blog that I really like and a sidebar post gallery widget and a big post gallery that looks like a Pinterest page. Every so often someone will write to me and say, “Is that plugin available?” Now, rather than slumping my shoulders and saying, “Not yet”, it’s now ready for download!
Like EasyRecipe, EasyIndex was written for me and I liked it and figured if I liked it, others might too. There aren’t many index plugins that allow you to choose whether you index cuisines, categories or tags or let you change the size, shape, borders, spacing, text, fonts and more without requiring a degree in geek – which I do not have. When I started using the plugin there were no instructions and you know what? I figured it out with only one question and my index was done in less than 15 minutes.
EasyIndex is for self-hosted WordPress blogs and is available for free from WordPress.org/plugins/easyindex. This is the ‘base model’ and there’s a premium plugin at EasyIndexPlugin.com. Why offer a premium plugin? John can’t work for free so he puts extra templates and easier functionality like live formatting in the premium plugin, plus his software is really good. Here are a few samples of working indexes.
The first is from new Melbourne blogger, Pug’s Modern Life.
I found her through the 5-star review she left on WordPress.org. Yes, it totally made our day. Here’s what she said:
I installed this and had a bunch of indexes set up within minutes. It’s so easy to navigate, and really responsive to CSS formatting. There’s even a built-in feature to help you add the index link to your menu, complete with submenus so that everything is pretty and easy to access– and I’m only using the free version! Easily the best visual index plugin there is!
Next is Ciao Veggie, another blogger I was happy to get to know. I met her the same way, through a review on WordPress.org.
Very intuitive and easy to set up. There are lots of options for layouts so you are sure to find what you are looking for – and it integrates seamlessly with your theme’s style. Very lightweight, maintains a great browsing experience. Highly recommended!
Finally, here’s Tania’s index on My Kitchen Stories. She wrote and said,
Thank you so much John
This is amazing and just what I always wanted!.
Thank you thank you so much xxxxx
Tania had a text index on her blog previously that she updated by hand with every post. Now all she has to do is publish and the new posts are instantly added to her index. She has a text index and a photo index too.
John has done some videos to show how easy it is to create an index and EasyIndex works on anything – not just recipes. If you’ve got a blog with categories or any other grouping (taxonomy), this plugin will sort them out for you. Making your content easier to navigate makes everyone happy. Here’s how to make an index in less than 60 seconds.