WordPress Plugins & Tutorials: Your Pick


Depending on your needs and professional skills, the choice of an optimal weblog engine can be quite time-consuming. There are many options, and selecting the best engine, you should know exactly what you’d like to have and which level of flexibility you’d like to achieve.

Among dozens of options, WordPress1 remains the most popular weblog engine out there. It is simple, powerful, extensible and flexible. There are literally thousands of plugins, themes, tutorials and related articles describing the ways to optimize WordPress for publisher’s needs and achieve the best possible performance of the blog.

You know them, because you use them and because you’ve searched for them once you needed them. In this post we’d like to give you an opportunity to share your knowledge and help us to create the essential list of WordPress life-savers – plug-ins, ideas, tips and useful tutorials you need to have ready to hand developing web-sites upon WordPress.

Wordpress Plugins and Tutorials: Essential Lifesavers

Begin: Date: 29.06.2007. Time: 08:00:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) / 14:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time).

End: Date: 30.06.2007. Time: 08:00:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) / 14:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time).

Folks, it’s your turn now. You have 24 hours.

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WordPress Functional Plugins

  • Include AdSense and YPN ads automatically. AdSense-Deluxe2 offers advanced options for managing the automatic insertion of Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your WordPress posts. (TheBlogJoint.com81757146163)
  • Use a lightbox. Lightbox 2.04 overlay images on the current page for WordPress. You can turn it on and all images are now working with it. This version of lightbox – Lightbox version 2.0 uses Prototype JavaScript Framework and Scriptaculous Effects Library. (Yehia Nada48115)
  • Use an instant comments editor. WP Ajax Edit Comments6 allows users and admins alike to edit comments on a post. Users can edit their own comments for a period specified by the admin, and admins can edit all post comments. What better way to show reader appreciation than letting the readers edit their own typos? (AJ7)
  • Use a code cleaner. HTML Purified8 will not only remove all malicious code (better known as XSS) with a thoroughly audited, secure yet permissive whitelist, it will also make sure your documents are standards compliant, something only achievable with a comprehensive knowledge of W3C’s specifications. (Edward Z. Jang9)
  • Use an audio-player. Audioplayer10 makes it very easy to play mp3 files within your posts. (Yehia Nada48115)
  • Use an enhanced admin interface. Admin Drop-Down Menu12 transforms admin menu in a quick drop-down menu; you can reach any admin page in one click, instead of first clicking on the first level link (”Manage” for example) and then only on a submenu link (”Comments“). (ozh4413)
  • Use an enhanced comment form. PXS Mail Form14 creates a mail form with multipart verification, various messages and an auto redirect on successful send. It is much more easy to contact with website author. Alternative: Contact Form v2.015. (TheBlogJoint.com81757146163)
  • Use a post star rating. Post Star Rating enables users to rate posts of your weblog.
  • Use a search-and-replace tool. Search Regex17 adds a powerful set of search and replace functions to WordPress. These go beyond the standard searching capabilities, and allow you to search and replace almost any data stored on your site. In addition to simple searches you have the full power of PHP’s regular expressions at your disposal. (Sassan)
  • Use a spam-filter to prevent spam in your comments. Spam Karma 2 Akismet Plugin18 is a standard solution for preventing spam comments. (Cory Miller975319)
  • Use a stylesheet switcher. CSS Ajax Switcher20 combines the power of Server Side processing and DOM scripting to swap style sheets on the fly with the power of Ajax. If JavaScript? is disabled – UDASSS degrades gracefully to improve your website accessibility. Needless to say, it is very sexy indeed. (Dan Cameron4021)
  • Use a tagging system. Simple Tagging is a smart, quick and powerful tagging plugin with high performance and low server requirements.
  • Use and control RSS subscription in a smart way.. Feedburner Plugin4122. Forwards all feed traffic to Feedburner while letting through some important User-Agents. (Andreas4223)
  • Use caching to reduce the server usage. WP-Cache 2.024 an extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make your site much faster and responsive. It works by caching Worpress pages and storing them in a static file for serving future requests directly from the file rather than loading and compiling the whole PHP code and then building the page from the database. (Brian25)
  • Use CAPTCHA to prevent spam. Anti-Spam Image Plugin26 works perfectly with users who have cookies disabled, users can pick random words to display. Alternative: reCAPTCHA27. (redwall-hp663528, Max29)
  • Use maths to prevent spam. Anti-Spam Image Plugin30 asks the visitor making the comment to answer a simple math question. This is intended to prove that the visitor is a human being and not a spam robot. (Tobbi3331)
  • Use validation to prevent trackback spam. Simple Trackback Validation32 performs simple but very effective tests on all incoming trackbacks in order to stop trackback spam. (Tobbi3331)
  • Use comments subscription for your posts. Subscribe to Comments34 is a robust plugin that enables commenters to sign up for e-mail notification of subsequent entries. The plugin includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenters can use to unsubscribe to certain posts, block all notifications, or even change their notification e-mail address! (redwall-hp663528)
  • Use feeds to write posts in a smart way. WP-o-Matic36 allow you to create posts automatically from feeds. With its simple interface, you just type in the feed url, select in which categories you want to create the posts, and you’re ready to go. (Charlie Park37)
  • Use head meta tags for search engines. Head-Meta Description38 provides an automatic meta description tag for your blog, inserting a dynamic description depending on the query-type (i.e. page you’re on). Some search engines are supposed to love this tag, so I guess we should, too.
  • Use the search functionality. Search Everything39 adds search functionality with little setup. Including options to search pages, attachments, drafts, comments and custom fields (metadata). (Dan Cameron4021)
  • Provide an enhanced RSS-feed.. Feedburner Plugin4122. Forwards all feed traffic to Feedburner while letting through some important User-Agents. (Andreas4223)
  • Create and manage Custom Fields on the fly. Better Feed43 allows you to enhance your feeds with several highly customisable features. (ozh4413)
  • Create archives in a smart and sexy way. Extended Live Archives45 implements a dynamic, AJAXified way of digging into the archives of a blog. (TheBlogJoint.com81757146163)
  • Create data backups on the fly. WordPress Database Backup47 setups your backups to occur at almost any imaginable frequency. (Yehia Nada48115)
  • Create various profiles for your users. Role Manager allows you to define and manage multiple subscriber profiles – called Roles and their Capabilities. Also you can create new Roles and Capabilities. (Saioa49)
  • Define and execute your own functions in your posts. Code Markup makes it easy to include program code samples in your posts. You can even include HTML markup in the code sample; Code Markup magically knows which characters should be displayed as code and which should be rendered as HTML. (Dan50)
  • Execute php-commands in your posts. Exec-PHP51. The Exec-PHP plugin allows <?php ?> tags inside the content or excerpt of your posts and pages to be executed just as in usual PHP files.
  • Generate Google Sitemaps automatically. Google Sitemaps Generator52 generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Google, YAHOO and MSN Search. XML-Sitemaps can help you to get indexed by the major search engines. (Cory Miller975319)

Displaying Data with WordPress

  • You can display popular posts. Popularity contest54 lets you automatically highlight your best posts to your readers. It keeps a count of your post, category and archive views, comments, trackbacks, etc. and uses them to determine which of your posts are most popular. (Staska5755)
  • You can stick a post. Adhesive56 allows you to easily mark certain posts as “Sticky”. Sticky posts appear at the top of the page when WordPress displays several posts. (Staska5755)
  • You can help landing users find what they need. Landing sites 1.358 highlights search queries users were using in search engines to find your site. When visitors is referred to your site from a search engine, they are definitely looking for something specific – often they just roughly check the page they land on and then closes the window if what they are looking for isn’t there. Why not help them by showing them related posts to their search on your blog? (TheBlogJoint.com59)
  • You can use enhanced pagination. WP-PageNavi60. This plugin adds a more advanced paging navigation your WordPress blog. Example: Pages (17): [1] 2 3 4 » … Last ». (Chris7977686461)
  • You can show similar and related posts. Similar Posts62. This plugin displays a list of posts which are related or similar to the current post. Alternative: Related entries63. (Chris7977686461)
  • You can create archives in a smart way. Smart Archives for WordPress65 will allow you to display your archives in a much “cleaner” format. You can see it in action on my archives page. You’ll notice that everything on the page is hyperlinked (years, months, posts) and that all of the respective links are future-proofed. (redwall-hp663528)
  • You can create footnotes in your blog posts automatically. WP Footnotes67 lets you create footnotes in your blog “on the fly”. Also paginated posts are supported. (Chris7977686461)
  • You can create sidenotes automatically. fQuick69 enables the user to add small custom quicklinks to the sidebar. With RSS feed for easy syndication. Tutorial70. lets you create footnotes in your blog “on the fly”. Also paginated posts are supported. (TheBlogJoint.com81757146163)
  • You can have more control over title presentation. Optimal Title72 mirrors the function of wp_title() exactly, but moves the position of the ’separator’ to after the title rather than before. This allows you to have your blog name tacked on to the end of the page title instead of having it appear first.
  • You can enhance WordPress as a CMS. CMS Enabling Plugins73: WordPress contains almost all the features you need to get it going as a CMS out of the box. However, you’ll find that there are a few things missing that make up the final pieces of the puzzle. Here’s an overview of the five most useful plugins I’ve found, and the part they play in making WordPress a butt-kicking CMS. (Jim)
  • You can use sIFR for your headlines. CG-FlashyTitles74 a drop-in Plugin for sIFR 2.0 Flash-based title replacements. (TheBlogJoint.com81757146163)
  • You can show your favourite books automatically. Now Reading76 allows you to maintain a virtual library of books. Display which you’ve read, which you’re currently reading, and which you plan to read; add metadata to describe them; write reviews detailing what you thought of them. (Chris7977686461)
  • You can show your current events automatically. Event Calendar78 lets you manage future events as an online calendar. Display upcoming events in a dynamic calendar, on a listings page, or as a list in the sidebar. (Chris7977686461)
  • You can use gravatars in your comments. Gravatars80 adds an author’s icon functionality in comments. (TheBlogJoint.com81757146163)
  • You can use podcasts in your posts. Podpress82: all-singing, all-dancing podcasting tool for WordPress. (jay mcdonald)

WordPress Tutorials

  • Separate users’ comments and admin’s comments.
    Comment Styling in WordPress83 and How-to style WordPress author comments84. In the default of most themes, all comments look the same. There have been ways of changing the appearance before using plugins and hacks – and this is more of the same. Hopefully though it’ll give you some extra flexibility.
  • Paginate your articles.
    Styling Page-Links85. Did you know you could split a single post up into different web pages? Using the Next-Page Quicktag from the Write Post Panel, you can break a single post up into different web pages.
  • Use time stamps.
    How to Take Full Advantage of Your Post Timestamp86. In WordPress you can set the date for something into the future—think of it as a dorky sort of time travel—so that you can write (if you wanted to) weeks worth of posts in an afternoon. WordPress will “update” your blog by posting your content at the time you specify each day. Here’s how to do it. (Ryan Imel87)
  • Use comment highlighting.
    Author Comment Highlighting88 and Author Highlighting Through Theme Options89 provide information about styling author’s comments.

Resources, articles

WordPress Ideas

  • “Change the Permalinks Structure – I use this format … /%category%/%postname%/ … I use the category slug so I can optimize my post titles with keywords that I won’t or don’t include in post titles. My friend Brian Gardner puts a .htm also at the end, which I’m experimenting with as well. My theory is that in search results some people might see the .htm and think there’s actual content in that link. Jury’s still out on that one.” (Cory Miller975319)


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    How to write a wordpress plugin – A series of articles, 12 in total, with full steps for creating your first WordPress plugin.

    WP AJAX Edit Comments Released by the Reader Appreciation Project, WP AJAX Edit Comments requires no code editing, but allows admins and users the ability to edit their comments for a set amount of time.

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    I have no tutorials so here is some advice for wordpress users, dont use wordpress!

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    Persistent Styles
    Google Sitemaps Generator
    Similar Posts
    Edit Comments
    Custom Admin Menu
    Subscribe To Comments
    Comment Email Responder
    My Link Order
    My Page Order
    Now Reading
    Event Calendar

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    Four Blank WordPress Themes – A collection of four blank WordPress themes which only have their basic layout complete. These are a perfect resource for WordPress theme makers as they save a lot of time when creating your theme.

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    This is a fairly new plugin, but since it uses HTML Purifier, it’s awesome in its own right. :-)

    HTML Purified – Replaces kses with HTML Purifier, enhancing XSS protection and ensuring standards compliance

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    Plugin: All-in-one SEO Pack.

    WordPress already provides good SEO out-of-the-box, but this plugin pushes that achievement even further. Can be used to write excerpts, tweak titles, defining meta keywords, and more.

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    WordPress tutorials & tips

    WordPress Tiger Admin – doesn’t work in IE but is still a beautiful restyling.

    Code Markup Plugin – allows code to be used inside tags.

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    How to Take Full Advantage of Your Post Timestamp – Covers how to use the built in timestamp editing of WordPress to post for days (or weeks!) in advance.

    Getting the Most Out of Your WordPress Template Tags: Listing Pages – Various useful tips to try out when modifying your template tags, specifically your list_pages template tag.

    How to Install Google Analytics on Your WordPress Blog – Fairly self explanatory; use an industry-leading analytics software on your WordPress blog. Step-by-step format.

    Customizing Your 404 Page – All about creating a better user experience by customizing one of the most important pages on your site. With examples and suggestions.

    The First Changes to Make to Your WordPress Install – You have just installed your first WordPress site, and now you want to get started improving it. Where to start? This tutorial helps you get going.

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    why do you link to wordpress.com?

    you can’t use plugins there.

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    wp-cache is probably my number 1 plugin.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 29, 2007 10:26 pm

    Updated until 9:00 pm. Please spread the word.

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    + Everyone already knows that custom fields are the bomb. But couple it with Custom Field GUI, and your life got so much easier!

    + Similar Posts and Random Posts make it easy for you to allow your visitors to browse other stories

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    Why Transitional Doctypes are Better for WordPress Blogs – An interesting look into why it may be better to build WordPress themes with a Transitional DOCTYPE rather than a Strict one.

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    Sorry for the self promotion but this is a plugin I can’t live without when I freelance out wordpress sites.
    Search Everything
    Adds search functionality with little setup. Including options to search pages, attachments, drafts, comments and custom fields (metadata).

    I do have some other suggestions:
    Google Ajax Search
    CSS AJAX Switcher

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    Lightbox 2.0 for WordPress Overlay images on the current page for WordPress. You can turn it on and all images are now working with it. This version of lightbox – Lightbox version 2.0 uses Prototype JavaScript Framework and Scriptaculous Effects Library.

    WordPress Database Backup Because backups are very important, this plugin can setup your backups to occur at almost any imaginable frequency.

    Audio Player WordPress plugin Makes it very easy to play mp3 files within your posts.

    I have personally installed those and find them very useful.

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    WP-Suicide ! Deletes all your posts, comments, etc.
    Search-Regex ! Search and Replace whatever, everywhere !

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    WP-o-Matic – a brilliant aggregator for different feeds, importing them into your blog’s database. It’s fantastic.

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    Role Manager
    Plugin to manage the users views of the administrator.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 30, 2007 12:29 am

    Updated until 10:00 pm. Thank you.

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    A friend of mine wrote a couple of tutorials on styling author comments:

    Author Comment Highlighting


    Author Comment Highlighting Through Theme Options

    The second one follows on from the last but makes it easier to update the e-mail in use using The WordPress Theme Toolkit, another handy download for theme developers.

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    For Captcha you can use recapcha‘s wordpress plugin : “reCAPTCHA improves the process of digitizing books by sending words that cannot be read by computers to the Web in the form of CAPTCHAs for humans to decipher.”

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    I blogged this week “In Praise of Template Tags”, listing five examples for how Template Tags can extend WordPress’s functionality as both news database and flexible CMS.

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    June 30, 2007 1:13 am

    You should also check out a list that I created of some the Most Popular WordPress Plugins, and also another list with some of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 30, 2007 1:56 am

    Updated until 11:00 pm.

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    WordPress tutorials :

    Things you should know when displaying pages in WordPress : quick guide on things WordPress users should be knowing with listing Pages.

    Things you should know when using post excerpt : Detailed tutorial on how-to use excerpt and where to use them.

    How-to turn visitors into returning visitors : various requisite WordPress
    plugins to make visitors feel at ease.

    The proper way to write code in your blog posts : how to write code in posts so that the blog doesn’t break when displaying them

    Quick shooting stats of your WordPress blog : displaying the number of posts,comments and categories one has on his WordPress blog

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    How to exclude a post from feed/first page/archives:
    Ultimate Category Excluder

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    WordPress Tiger Admin

    Gives the admin area a much cleaner better look to it.

    Tiger Admin


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    PodPress, the all-singing, all-dancing podcasting tool for WordPress:

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    So you want to create WordPress themes huh?
    How to create a WP theme from scratch.

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    My own #1 must have plugin is Admin Drop Down Menu. Saves me about 1000 clicks every day. Truely the first thing I install in every new WP install right before I enabled Akismet.

    I also like Better Feed, a plugin I made to add a footer to RSS item with anything you want: copyright to help tracking content stealers, related posts, technorati links, “add to delicious” button, etc…

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    SEO Title Tag 2.0

    SEO Title Tag makes is dead-easy to optimize the title tags across your WordPress-powered blog or website. Not just your posts, not just your home page, but any and every title tag on your site!

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    The list of 30 most popular plugins on the Net, based on real blogger experiences:


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    Here’s two I like and haven’t seen mentioned yet:

    Clean archives

    A single page where all the posts are displayed, month by month.(instead of listing the months on your side dar)

    Sitemaps generator

    This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. Several funcionalities available

    oh, and a third: Tan tan spam noodles filter that complements nicely akismet by preventing most spam comments (say 95 to 99%).visit the entry to see how it works.

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    must have plugin for wordpress: google sitemap, related articles, ca custom title/seo title

    thanks for the list anyway

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    Five WordPress ‘CMS Enabling’ Plugins

    Nice overview on some good plugins to use if you want to turn WordPress into a decent CMS solution.

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    Math Comment Spam Protection
    asks the visitor making the comment to answer a simple math question. This is intended to prove that the visitor is a human being and not a spam robot.

    Simple Trackback Validation Plugin
    stops trackback-spam

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 30, 2007 5:56 pm

    Updated until 1:00 am. Thank you, folks.

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    Check out the oneclick plugin:

    it allows installing plugins without using any FTP whatsoever.
    Installation of a plugin or theme becomes a 10 second job. A must have


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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 30, 2007 6:51 pm

    Updated until 3:00 am.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    June 30, 2007 7:17 pm

    Updated until 6:00 pm. One hour to go.

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    I think the best plugin for comment spam fighting is Comment Post Rewriter and trackback spam fighting is Yet another trackback spam solution. I stopped using SpamKarma2 since I installed them.

    Plugin for licence (Creative Commons): Creative-Commons-Configurator WordPress Plugin
    It shows Commons Deed in META in header/post/feed.

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    Buy Me a Beer Plugin
    A cool way to ask your readers to donate money via PayPal. It adds a beer or a coffee icon under all posts and in the sidebar and links them to a secure PayPal page where people can donate money to you.

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    Hiding your image buttons for some sidebar goodness : hiding blogtopsites images buttons(or any other type of messy images) so as not to make your sidebar/footer a clutter.

    The sure way to get at the top of any blog toplist and boost your traffic : quick and easy way to make it at the top of blog directories.

    Making it quick and easy for you to bookmark and earn traffic : quick and easy way to submit your posts to Social Bookmarking sites.


    Thanks a lot for the previous mention. Hope you’ll enjoy these posts too.

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    How To: Twitter Bar, Popular Posts, Random Stats : Quick how-to display twitter status, popular posts for the current month, and random stats


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    Thanks for the links, although “Create and manage Custom Fields on the fly” isn’t really appropriate as a description for “Better Feed” :)

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    Gregarious seems to have become pretty popular (>10,000 downloads). There are numerous features – too many to list, some of the popular ones are:
    Uses the Digg API to display a dynamic Digg button on your site.
    Automatically detects when site has been Dugg.
    No template customizations or coding knowledge necessary.
    Includes updated version of Alex King’s “Share This” plugin.
    Everything is customizable via options page.

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    Is there a possibility of having adsense running for wordpress.com blogs?

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    July 1, 2007 9:43 pm

    Thank you, folks. You’ve helped us to create a really great collections of WordPress life-savers. Thank you.

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    Sebastian Silfverstierna

    July 2, 2007 3:15 am

    Unlike Cory Miller I use /%postname%/ – nothing else. This ensures that the permalink at hand stays the same regardless of current/future modified date and/or category location.

    Read More: View SEO for WordPress – The Complete Guide by Jim Westergren

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    Another useful plugin is Feeds With Comments. The name itself tells what it does. It gives you the option to have the comments posted into your feeds.

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    Jermayn Parker

    July 2, 2007 2:37 pm

    Have to disagree with Cory Miller. This does not allow you to modify your categories if needed at a later date. I personally use year/ month and if a blog use date and the ‘slug’…

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    So, What’s the result ?

    You said that “you’ve 24 hours,folks” when you published this article.
    Since the deadline is finished almost two days have been passed….

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    I am too late, but the lists misses the WordPress Theme Generator. For blog beginners, create your own unique theme in a few clicks: http://www.yvoschaap.com/wpthemegen/

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    As the author said on comment #57 the result is a:

    great collections of WordPress life-savers.

    Thanks Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz for this bookmarked article.

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    I note that you recommend Lightbox 2 by Lokesh Dhakar. Why not use the significantly lighter clone, Slimbox instead.

    Slimbox runs on the excellent library, mootools.

    I have used it to great effect on many sites. Check out a demo at http://www.digitalia.be/software/slimbox

    That said, I’m not a WP man, Joomla being my poison of choice. Much better offerings to be had there… like the rokzoom viewable when you click on any of the images at http://demo.rockettheme.com/jul07/

    Note to moderator: I am a paying member of Rockettheme, but otherwise have no affiliation with them. Feel free to edit my post to remove any reference to rokzoom if you believe it violates your policy on spam/advertising or will not interest your readership.

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    bad link in subscribes to comments!

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    I’d like to add a few (not so basic) plugins:

    iMP-Download, which is a nice plugin for offering downloads on your site and keeping tab on the stats (quite easy to extend if you know some php/mysql).

    is_child, handy to check if a page is a child of another page (I use it to make navigation links active for subpages of the parent)

    Custom Query String, lets you change the amount of posts for individual types of archive pages.

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    Adhesive keeps being included in these lists. The thing hasn’t been updated in years and isn’t even available for download in the pages it’s usually linked to. It hasn’t even worked for me ever.

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    A super-basic, step-by-step instruction on how to post for people with zero web/wordpress knowledge:

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    i like it.it quite helpful.

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    Thanks for such a great list of plugins, this list are so helpful for the new guy.



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    wordpress quickstart guy

    August 12, 2007 10:10 pm

    awesome information here. I will definitely bookmark your site and give my comment regularly here.
    especially this resource “How to create WordPress theme from scratch: a series of 16 articles, which shows how to create WordPress themes from the very beginning to the very end. ”

    Thank you!

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    i want to add images gallery into into my wordpress template where can i get this plgin

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    Nice work, where i can see more something likes this plugins?

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    Amazing work

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    Web Site Çevirisi

    January 13, 2008 8:39 am


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    Very Good! thanx!

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    I am completely confused. I hope someone can help me. I started a wordpress blog on my own server recently and loved it. The plugins, themes, etc. it was just awesome. I had some server issues so I decided to go ahead and move my blog from my own server to wordpress.com. This has been a nightmare to say the least. No plugins, I can only use their crappy themes and what is the deal with not being able to use embed code? What exactly is the purpose of the tags if you can't actually put any code in between them?? I am just so confused and frustrated by all this. Can anyone explain a thing or two to me? PLEASE!!!!


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    andy (June 29th, 2007, 9:02 pm)

    I have no tutorials so here is some advice for wordpress users, dont use wordpress!

    wordpress it the best !!

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    Authority website

    February 16, 2008 1:54 pm

    I hear that there are 6 plugins for WordPress that can be used to start a product review blog but… I’ve tried to do a Google search to find them myself but I only managed to find 1 of them:

    1) The DG Review Site (DGRS) plugin for WordPress

    can anybody help here?

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    Here is my spam blocker, it stops spam before it starts so you do not have to moderate all those comments. Here is my write up on it.


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    Thanks for tutorials list.

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    zeroideas staff

    March 5, 2008 7:29 pm

    Its amazing, only that I want to say, ah-!!! dont forget… visit us in http://www.zeroideas.wordpress.com Design blog, but ofcorse smashingmagazine,,, you are the best in all web.! yes!

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    Very good…Thanks this web site..Wordpress topic and plugins detail WordPress Plugins

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    Thanks for tutorials list.

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    thanks so much for the great info!

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    Create and manage manage a virtual PageFlip with WP-PageFlip Lite.
    See you there :)

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    April 7, 2008 10:21 am

    Great work, it make my life easier , thanks.

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    this is the plugin which you must add in this list

    ” Permalinks Redirect ” this plugin change your post’s link to SEO Friendly Links:)

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    Hi there,
    Know anyone how plugin to use if I want only a part 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?

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    excellent post, i found several handy pluggins.
    thanks for taking the time to post them

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    Hi, I’m new here!

    Anyhow, have you seen this article? It’s crazy, and there are pictures!

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    and that was crap advice, i think you have the dumb and cant brain today. stay away from the interweb, it will eat you

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    I just write a new plugin WP Widget Cache, which can cache the output of your blog widgets. You can treat it as a plus to WP Cache, especially when Google is crawling your site, I think it will significantly reduce your server usage.

    Will you please have a try, and add it to your list. Thanks very much.

    Here’s the plugin url:

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    WoW, what an extensive lists for WP user……thanks for compiling into an single page. Really appreciate that. ^^;

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    I have bookmarked this informativ site. Thanks Kfz Versicherung

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    Sinergio Katarismou

    November 21, 2008 6:36 am

    Excelent good article and blog. I wish good luck

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    Excellent! Thanks!

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    Amazing Site I like it. It Was Quite Interesting NiceWork I appreciate the information you provided Excellent post. Keep it up! Good day!

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    Excellent article friend!! :-)

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    I enjoy reading your article friend.. its nice!!


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    Superb article friend…

    Wishing you to add more articles like this!!!

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    Nice post friend!!

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    Wow, quite a comprehensive list of plugins. Much appreciated…

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    Another excellent list! Definitely bookmarked yet again :)

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    Wow another killer post from smashingmagazine.

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    I think “HeadSpace2″ is an indispensable plugin – allows you to add and configure metadata tags both sitewide and for individual posts.
    “nextGen” seems to be the best image administration plugin – ifind however the flash slideshow disappointing you need to go for “Highslide” (but don’t use the plugin, configure it manually) – actually I’d like to find a way of showing images that isn’t flash…
    “TinyMceadvanced” soups up the editor and gives additional coding possibilities.

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    whats the comment plugin which SM using?

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    Can anyone recommend a decent tool tip plugin?

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    Nori Silverrage

    May 29, 2009 9:07 am

    Good post, but it’d be nice if it was updated… For the related post the best one currently is YARPP: http://mitcho.com/code/yarpp/
    Sticky is included in WP 2.7 and adhesive wasn’t being updated anyway. For caching the best is WP Super Cache: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-super-cache/

    So yeah, thats about it.

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    I created a small tutorial/tip/trick please have a look at it.

    2 Best Social Bookmarking Plugins for WordPress 2.8


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    Kathryn Callahan

    August 18, 2009 9:39 pm

    This is a very helpful site that I can make use of. I have bookmarked this in case I want to browse this information. I would need it anytime soon.

    From carhireireland.com

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    if you want turn wordpress to real CMS
    so you should go for Pods plugin

    the main advantage of Pods over other CMS plugins that Pods allow you to create a new content type and save it in separate database table
    instead of hacking blog posts trying to turn them to new content type using WP Custom Fields which have many limitations and confusions to separate them from other posts

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    I suggest to use free PHP IDE Codelobster PHP Edition with special WordPress plug-in.

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    Bookmarked this. Thanksgiving owing to you against sharing. Undoubtedly worth my time.

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    Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info.And this is sexy tips site/blog. It pretty much covers sexy related stuff. i love you

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    “This is a best station for such kind of articles,your site is a inspiration for me.
    i got so much benefits and good results after visiting here and the grace is increasing
    day by day in your posts”
    the above information is extremly essential……

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    Hi, I found cool flash photo galleries plugin for WordPress. Named GRAND Flash Album Gallery – multi category flash skin based photo gallery with powerful admin. I used it in my blog. There are so many different settings. You can adjust the color scheme for your blog as you wish. There are many different skins. You can present your photo gallery in a wonderful way, there is a full-screen mode. This is a very cool plugin.

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    Another suggestion, along with the ones already provided above, is AllWebMenus WordPress Menu Addin (tool for making menus for my WP site).

    If interested, you can take a look at:

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    Some of you may be aware of the new Google Web Fonts API. This is something I have wanted for some time now.

    I just wrote a WordPress Plugin that makes it easy to use Google Web Fonts from within the WordPress admin panel. It’s my first plugin, it’s free, and doesn’t put any junk on your website. I made if for everyone to use, and will be adding many more features to it in the future. I’d love to see it featured here, if you think it may be of use to your readers.

    Hope you like it – http://easywebcoder.com/wordpress-plugins/google-web-fonts/

    I welcome any feedback.

    Jeff Sebring

    **Note – Many of the fonts in the Google Font Directory are currently inactive. I think they may have rolled it out early for Google I/O, but I’m sure it will grow quickly.

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    I found it really amazing…
    Thanks contributors.

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    very informative
    i’m really interested with your post

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    Irmany of the fonts in the Google Font Directory are currently inactive.

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    Benedito do Oliveira

    August 13, 2010 2:08 am

    Parabéns a toda a equipe do blog. são todos abençoados.

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    This is a great article and a great website. I liked it very much. It will help me to optimise my websites in europe. I have website in travel and that meens a lot of seo work !!

    Thanks a lot and greetings,


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    for the home page featured slider i will suggest wordpress content slide having options to display custom images also images from posts.

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    You’ve got great stuff here and very informative indeed.

    I recommmend these plugins too: 7 plugins that improves your wordpress blog site’s Security and SEO

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    Hello, I would like to make the facebook like button visible at posts excerpts both in archives and categories as well as in the homepage, as you have it in your blog. Could you help me with this? Maybe write a new post explaining the steps?

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    check this resource as well.

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    Heftig! Sowas hätte ich niemals gedacht ;-)

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    Thanks so much! I’m using many of these plugins as of now!

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    really nice article buddy. very helpful. i can upgrade this little just vsit me on http://leadtoworld.com/. thank’s


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