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Day#14: Molongui – plugin for a journal site

Working as a web manager at a small student-run newspaper, I have tried my best to improve user experience and build good connections between writers and readers. One thing I noticed that our WordPress site, as a paper, lacked was the writer’s brief profile. 

Reading articles written by my team members who put in effort to deliver great content but not knowing more about who they are, I felt so disconnected with the paper. I felt like we didn’t optimize our opportunity to reach more readers or improve relationships with existing readers well enough. 

That’s why I pitched my idea of including a brief author profile at the end of each post including a profile picture. Everybody agreed and cooperated.

After hours of research, read documentation, and experiments, I chose the plugin Molongui for this purpose. It’s free and works well for our website. Here’s how it looks. 

Molongui plugin (About the author) tab
Molongui plugin (About the author) tab
Molongui plugin (Related posts) tab
Molongui plugin (Related posts) tab

What I like about this plugin are:

  • The style is minimal – The default style of this plugin is decent. I could also customize most of the elements of the author box (font size, profile picture border radius, layout of the box, etc.) I LOVE the hide and show function of the tabs and like that the right tab shows other articles written by this author. This helps encourage readers to explore more content from the writers they like.
  • It’s responsive – I know that it has become a must for all software design now, but really, some plugins suck at this. Some plugins leave the developer to edit responsive design on their own, which, although a doable task, is really a waste of time. Monlongui does a great job at this. 

Do you use this plugin? If so, what’s your experience like? Any alternatives that you use and want to share? Please share!

This is day#14 post and a part of my commitment to spend 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight to write about software development tools that I love. My goal is to build my daily writing habit and connect to more people. This project is inspired by @dickiebush ’s “Ship 30 for 30” Atomic Essays. 

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