WordPress Plugins extend the flexibility of WordPress to new levels of richness. Listed below are some of the most useful plugins that any WordPress administrator should consider installing.
All of these plugins work for WordPress 2.0.4 and above.
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Backlinks makes a nice graph that shows how your number of inbound links (backlinks) grow. By Gustaf Dymov.
Bunny’s Technorati Tags 0.5
Allows easy addition to a post of a space-separated list of tags which can be displayed with adequate Technorati links in the template. Can display keywords instead if no tags are available. By Stephanie Booth.
Captcha From ProtectWebForm 1.0.1
This plugin protects WP comment form with captcha from protectwebform.com, which is implemented as smart captcha (read: http://www.protectwebform.com/smartcaptcha/) and has audio support and reload image link. By Oleg from ProtectWebFrom.
Category LiveBookmarks Plus 1.3.3
CLB seamlessly generates a customizable set of contextually relevant “autodiscovery” category feed links. Automatically creates a user-specified set of category feed links in the document head, as well as an optional set of category feed links that may be called from anywhere within the document body. By Perishable @ Monzilla Media [monzilla.biz].
Contact Form ][ 2.0.12
Contact Form ][ is a drop-in form that allows site visitors to contact you. It can be implemented easily (via QuickTags) within any post or page. This version is *specifically* for WordPress 2.0 only. Original code derived from Ryan Duff’s WP-ContactForm plugin. By Chip Cuccio.
Digital Fingerprint Beta 0.1
This plugin enables you to easily and quickly search the web for potential cases of plagiarism and content theft. It works by adding a customizable “digital fingerprint” to your RSS feed in posts that you select. You can then easily monitor the blogosphere for your digital fingerprint in the hopes of finding potential content thieves and scrapers abusing your content. By Kirk Montgomery.
email users 2.1
Allows the administrator to send an e-mail to the blog users. Credits to Catalin Ionescu who gave me some ideas for the plugin and has made a similar plugin. This plugin is using PhpMailer. Bug reports and corrections by Cyril Crua and Pokey By Vincent Prat (email : firstname.lastname@example.org).
Extract blockquote info 1.0
A WP plugin based on Dunstan’s Blockquotes that extracts
title="" details from blockquote to display with attribution and link below the quote.
cite field is for the web address of source quoted from.
title for the name of the author or source. By Chyetanya Kunte.
GoodLinks 1.0 (English)
This Plugin shortens long links in the comments, so that the won’t destroy the layout of the page. It also adds sets the target-attribute of the link and optionally removes the rel=”nofollow”-attribute. Attention: Prior to using the plugin, you have to set the options, you can find at the general options menu. By Markus Rehrs.
Google (XML) Sitemaps 3.0b7
This generator will create a sitemaps.org compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported By Google, MSN Search and YAHOO. Configuration Page By Arne Brachhold.
Google Analyticator 1.5
Google Sitemaps – Append UTW Tags 2.0b
This plugin will automatically append the tags used by the Ultimate Warrior Tags plugin (v3.14+) onto your Google XML Sitemap. The Google (XML) Sitemaps plugin (v3.0b6+) must also be installed. By Stewart Farquhar.
Incoming Links 1.2
Shows incoming links on your sidebar. You need to add one line of code to your sidebar.php file. If you have any question, please add comment to the incoming links plugin page. By Pinyo Bhulipongsanon.
Link Harvest 1.0beta
This will harvest links from your WordPress database, creating a links list sorted by popularity. Once you have d the plugin, you can configure the Settings and see your list of links. Also see how to show the list of links in your blog. Questions on configuration, etc.? Make sure to read the README. By Alex King.
Creates a long-tail list of blog entries for display on a WordPress homepage or dedicated Archive page. The homepage instance automatically skips any entries already shown on the homepage and shows a user-configured number of entries. See Mullet Config. By Jonathan Broome.
Related Posts 2.04
Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches. By Alexander Malov, Mike Lu & Jon Bourne.
Search Meter 2.1
Keeps track of what your visitors are searching for. After you have d this plugin, you can check the Search Meter Statistics page to see what your visitors are searching for on your blog. By Bennett McElwee.
SEO Alt Tag Optimizer 1.0
Improves your Search Engine Optimization by up to 5% by optimizing the use of your ALT image tags under the disguise of a fully working font resizer tool to aid reading and site accessibility ratings By Stewart Farquhar, Dicontas Limited.
In posts and comments, it transforms predefined words automatically into hyperlinks. By Stevie.
Silver’s CAPTCHA 0.1b
Silver’s CAPTCHA implementation to protecting comments from spam robots. Check plugin’s settings under Options / SCaptcha menu. The handfont2.ttf was taken from Openfontlibrary.org. For more info, please read the readme.txt file from the installation package. By Silver .
Allows you to create a list of Technorati tags at the bottom of your post by providing a comma separated list of tags between the [tags] tags. You can use it with any blogging tool/method, not just when posting from WordPress itself (doesn’t use custom fields). Supports multiple words within tags. Also allows in-post tagging of words by enclosing them in [tag] tags. Works with the WYSIWYG editor. By Broobles.
Smart Update Pinger 2.0
Replaces the built-in ping/notify functionality. Pings only when publishing new posts, not when editing. By Christian Davén. Social Bookmark Links 0.3a Add social bookmark links to your posts. Config Instructions By Thomas McMahon.
Checks for updates to plugins released by TanTanNoodles. Note: Compatible only with WordPress 2.1. By Joe Tan.
Todo List Plugin 1.2
Adds a Todo panel into the admin interface under ‘Manage’. Useful for ideas (for posts) and managment of the weblog. Create lists to organise yourself from the comfort of you blog admin. By Abstract Dimension.
Displays Relative Date To Your Post By GaMerZ. WP-Scriptaculous 1.6.1 A simple plugin to make WordPress load the scriptaculous library to be used with other plugins that require it. By Christopher Hwang.
WP lightbox JS 0.8
Lightbox JS is a simple, unobtrusive script used to to overlay images on the current page written by Lokesh Dhakar. This plugin integrate its feature into your WordPress blog. By Safirul Alredha.