May 18 2008

35 (New) WordPress Plugins for an Effective Blogging Experience

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Today i wanted to highlight some of the latest WordPress Plugins that you might find very interesting. Some of these Plugins are for managing posts, some are comment related and some are just to enhance the way admin can manage his blog. In any case, you will hopefully find some useful for your WordPress blog.

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Comment Related Plugins

1) Comment Info Tip Plugin- This WordPress plugin provides you and your commenter’s a bit of information on their posting stats. . When you mouseover a commenter’s name you will see a tip appear displaying some information about that given commenter.


2) BT Active Discussions- This is a recent comments plugin that displays customizable number of blog posts with recently updated comment. The output is very similar to phpBB’s View Active Topics and vBulletin’s Today’s Posts functions.


3) Absolute Comments: Comment Manager with Instant Reply- Gives you the ability to reply to comments from within the same page as where you manage them. What you want is a real “Manage Comments” page.


4) Delink Comment Author- This plugin gives you the ability to remove the link a commenter left as their URL without removing the entire comment. A link to do this is added to your new comment e-mail notifications and to the comments list in your admin area.


Post Related Plugins

5) Random Featured Post- The Featured Post plugin allows you to display a random post from a designated category. Ideally this should draw readers landing on your homepage to some of your best posts.


6) Smart YouTube- Smart Youtube is a WordPress Youtube Plugin that allows you to easily insert Youtube videos in your post, comments and in RSS feed. It is small, fast and does not depend on any external scripts.


Admin Plugins

7) Admin Management Xtended- A For those who are using WordPress as a CMS, it’s important to be able to manage contents easily and quickly. This plugin adds some icons to the Manage posts/pages view with AJAX-driven CMS-known functions like toggling post/page visibility, changing publication date and title without having to open the edit screens or reload the page, plus changing page order with drag’n'drop.


8 ) Level2Categories- Allows you to create a relationship between User Levels and Categories, so only users with a defined level will be able to post on a chosen category. Its useful if you want to reserve a category only for Editors or Administrators (or whoever you choose) to be able to post on.


9) 404 Notifier- This plugin logs 404 hits on your WordPress powered site and will notify you of them via e-mail or in an RSS feed.


10) The Admin CSS Designer Tool: a COLOURlover WordPress Plugin- This amazing plugin pulls colorful palettes from COLOURlovers, and lets you re-arrange, tweak and modify colors, then save them real time. No dirty hand CSS editing.


Security Plugins

11) AskApache Password Protect- If you are worried about your WordPress blog getting hacked, this will definately ease your mind. It adds multiple layers of security to your blog by requiring a username and password to access anything in the /wp-admin/ folder.


Developer’s Plugins

12) Custom Function Widgets- Allows you to create sidebar widgets without ever touching the theme’s files and use these widgets in any theme you like. This plugin offers you up to 20 widgets you can then add to your theme’s sidebars.


13) WP-CodeBox- WP-CodeBox provides clean syntax highlighting and AJAX advanced features for embedding source code within pages or posts.


14) My FTP - My FTP is a file management Plugin for WordPress that enables a blog administrator to (much like an FTP client) navigate folders and files on the server where their WordPress installation is hosted. The administrator can then edit, delete or upload files on the fly.


15) WP pngfix- This plugin uses CSS technique to fix the png image transparency issue and jQuery to apply this script to all of png images shown in the page.


Twitter Plugins

16) Twitter Blaster- Twitter Blaster is a plugin that will allow your visitors to post to your Twitter account.


17) Twitter Tools- Twitter Tools is a plugin that creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account. Pull your tweets into your blog and create new tweets on blog posts and from within WordPress.


Feed Related Plugins

18) MultiFeedSnap- Allow multiple RSS feeds on a single page.


19) Feed Wrangler- Feed Wrangler is a simple plugin that allows one to create custom feeds for their WordPress blog.


Enhancing and Tweaking Plugins

20) WordPress Tweaks Plugin- WordPress Tweaks is a plugin that adds a “Tweaks” page to your WordPress options. Each individual tweak can be enabled/disabled at will using a checkbox. Tweaks include: Remove “nofollow” from comment author links, Open external post links in new windows, When displaying post excerpts on archive and search pages, display a “Read more »” and more.


21) WordPress Better Plugin Page- Better Plugin Page brings simple yet valuable enhancement to your Plugins page by making things fast when you want to find a particular plugin to de/activate or edit it, or when you want to quickly find the ones that are outdated and need an update.


22) Linked Image- This plugin takes the first image in your post and links it to the post itself.


23) Category Order- The Category Order plugin allows you to easily reorder your categories the way you want via drag and drop. It doesn’t require a special widget or anything, just install and reorder.


User Related Plugins

24) FirstTimer- This plugin checks a cookie on your visitor’s PC and identifies if the visitor comes for the first time. If yes, it displays some text and image, usually encouraging the visitor to subscribe or read some introductory posts.


25) Donations Cloud- The donations cloud is something like a tag cloud, only that it displays – donations. The more a person donates, the larger the link to his/her website will be.


Spam Plugins

26) Devowelizer- The Devowelizer plugin for WordPress replaces the vowels in most “bad language” within your own content and within comments left by visitors.


Sidebar Plugins

27) pb-embedFlash- pb-embedFlash is a filter for WordPress to display any flash content in valid XHTML 1.0 Strict code offering the possibility to specify attributes and parameters individually.


Social Bookmarking Plugins

28) WP_DeliciousPost- WP_DeliciousPost is a free WordPress plug-in that auto submits your post and pages to Delicious as you publish them.


29) Add to Any Subscribe Button- Lets readers subscribe to your blog using any feed reader, such as Google Reader, My Yahoo!, Netvibes, Pageflakes, and all the rest. The Subscribe button comes with a drop-down menu that appears on rollover.


Worth Checking Plugins

30) TW-asides- tw-asides is an asides widget for WordPress. It lets you publish short posts that appear in your sidebar rather than in the main content column.


31) Google Maps for WordPress- The Google Maps for WordPress plugin allows you to easily insert Google maps into your blog. Can be configured to offer directions to or from the location, show or hide the zoom/pan controls, show/hide map type, activate zoom using mouse wheel, and more.


32) Gengo- Gengo is a full featured plugin that provides multi-language blogging for WordPress 2.5+. It allows for an unlimited number of translations and summaries for any post and provides template tags to display language information.


33) WordPress Mobile Edition- A PDA friendly interface for your blog. You can see it in action by visiting this site in a mobile browser.


34) Skribit- Skribit is a user-generated content suggestion application for blogs. Effortlessly assemble what your readers really want to hear.


35) WP-LightForm- WP-LightForm is an AJAX / PHP contact form with spam protection, form validation and custom form elements.


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Comments and Discussions
  • Pavan Kumar, 18 May 2008

    Very nice set of plugins…. stumbled…

  • Gelay, 18 May 2008

    nice, nice, nice

  • PowerTools, 18 May 2008

    Hey, this is a superb list.

    It’s amazing how one could find so many of very useful plugins and offer all of them at one go.

    I immediately recommend this post to my lists as it’s something not to be missed.

  • Razvan, 19 May 2008

    Thanks for the list, I’ve got to install some new plugins..

  • Jan, 19 May 2008

    Thanks a lot!

  • BeyondRandom, 19 May 2008

    as usual…great list! Found a few that will have to test out! Thanks!

  • realest, 19 May 2008

    Is this Skribit similar to zemanta?

    Nice list, got to try some new plugs :)

  • f1, 19 May 2008

    Nice compilation.

  • Chandoo, 19 May 2008

    wow… cool compilation of plugins.. found a few nice plugins that are worth testing… btw, do you know any plugins that I can use to manage catagories in bulk (like applying categories to a set of posts)

  • Rachel, 19 May 2008

    The first link for #30 points to the wrong site.

  • Cam, 19 May 2008

    great post. amending my wordpress as cms folder now!

  • Noupe, 19 May 2008

    Hey guys, thanks a lot for the comments…

    @ Chandoo, I came accross this plugin today, it lets you batch edit categories that is, assign multiple posts to a category, or delete multiple posts from a category, in one quick go.
    http://tinyurl.com/2js7zo
    i didn’t try it but i guess its worth checking !

    Thanks Rachel, fixed the link!! :)

  • EZ, 19 May 2008

    Cool list. Thanks for including Feed Wrangler.

  • stalkerX, 20 May 2008

    New plugin: Related Posts by Categories

  • adelle, 20 May 2008

    Nice list of plugins! A few of these will come in handy.

  • Pinyo, 20 May 2008

    Great article. I appreciate you sharing my plugin with your readers. Thank you.

  • liam, 20 May 2008

    Great List! I love the one for replying to comments quickly.

    The only one I can think to add is Plugin Central which you can use to past the URL to other plugins you find online and it installs them direct from your WP-ADMIN area, you don’t need to upload. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/plugin-central/

  • Rebecca, 22 May 2008

    amazing! just amazing – thank you for creating this list. Do you think you might do a list for calendar plugins or image plugins. I find those to be the most complex to try out and compare and I’m constantly looking for better solutions. What are your favorite plugins for events and photos?

  • Xavier Damman, 22 May 2008

    In the category Comment related plugins,
    There is new plugin quite promising to foster constructive discussions.
    It is called commentag (http://www.commentag.com) and it allows to tag comments to keep discussions sorted.
    They use that on TheNextWeb.org and it is a great add-on!

  • Rainer Bendig, 22 May 2008

    @Xavier i dont think, that there is a need to tag comments. i think, it’s an spamsource ;-(

  • Xavier Damman, 22 May 2008

    @Rainer How would that be a spamsource? Tags on YouTUBE are not a spam source for example.

    Imho, I think it would help give more visibility to comments. For the moment they are just added at the bottom of a long list. There is no way to filter comments to get directly to an argument/topic that may interest the visitor. The comment is lost in a mass and very few persons will eventually read it.

    We should give the love back to the commenter who spend time giving feedback. One way is to use CommentLuv (fantastic plugin btw). Another could be to give him more visibility (with a widget like top commenters, last commenters, and commentag).

    Would be interested to hear your thoughts about it anyway! :-)

  • Scott, 22 May 2008

    Great list! Thanks for including my plugin.

  • jocuri, 27 May 2008

    Great work!

  • Luca, 28 May 2008

    Thanks a lot!

  • rick, 28 May 2008

    Cool plugins…Does anyone know of a Google Maps type plugin that will allow others to input their information(via web form) and appear on map?

  • GWTM, 29 May 2008

    Thx for the great list. Cforms II is also a great plugin for creating contact form.

  • jocuri, 30 May 2008

    Keep up the good work! 10q

  • Ahsan Altaf, 11 June 2008

    A great collection of wordpress plug ins. I think that if you had added some SEO plug ins it would have been even better.

  • Uncle Che, 11 June 2008

    I have never seen a list so “complete” as this one…

  • Nischal Shetty, 15 June 2008

    An excellent summary of plugins.. Some of the plugins were exactly what I needed ;o)

  • Empire Info, 21 June 2008

    Great set of plugins! Do you know of any plugins that will let someone with a wordpress theme blog run eBay affiliate auctions? Something similar to BANS?

  • Vic, 24 June 2008

    Hi there,
    Know anyone which plugin to use if I want only the first part (first paragraph) of the article to be displayed? If someone want to read more there will be a “read more” link…
    On my blog right now is displayed all of article content and I don’t want this…
    I’m talking about the latest 10 articles displayed on the first page of my blog.
    I’m using WordPress.
    Can anyone help?

  • Jack Carol, 30 June 2008

    Great list of plugin thank you.

  • eranda, 10 July 2008

    just what i was looking for,Digged and stumbled.I am going to download few comment pluggins here.Love the instant reply one.
    Thank you.

  • Victor, 14 July 2008

    Muy interesantes plugs

  • Serkan, 17 July 2008

    woow Lovely series.. Thank you..

  • GP Singh, 20 July 2008

    I like it. Thanks a lot.

  • Matthew, 21 July 2008

    WOW! Great list of super useful plugins!

    Thanks

    matt

  • Askar, 25 July 2008

    Nice set of plugins but certainly there are many more that are missing including the All-in-one-SEO pack.

  • MhawSayar, 30 July 2008

    Really Great Collection! Thank you so much Noupe! :)

  • Abhijit Dara, 30 July 2008

    Nice list!

  • serdar, 15 August 2008

    thanks man,i loved that plugins!!!

  • Dali Burgado, 20 August 2008

    Good thing I found you!

    I’ve got the Plugin Fever! :-)

    I am going to enjoy the comment plugins. I really like that first one – I can see that fostering community and people wanting to contribute for sure!

    Do you know of any other Twitter Plugins? I haven’t found the right one yet!

    I appreciate YOU!
    Dali Burgado

  • billy, 24 August 2008

    nice! thank you :)

    p.s. – I would love to see a tutorial/guide on sexifying the comment area.

  • Clematis Vines, 02 September 2008

    Is there a way to customize the layout of TAG and Category pages to display only the post title?
    I’ve categorized some posts under Vines & Climbers while similar varieties are tagged under Clematis Vines

    Any suggestions?

  • chuckypita, 08 September 2008

    What a beautifully designed website! As a “newbie” I’m always curious to see new lay outs and the “perfect theme” to match the websites I like to use.

    Hmmmm… I think this website is a hidden gem!

    Thank you!

  • Jocuri, 21 September 2008

    Any suggestions?

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