It’s been a while since I’ve highlighted any interesting plugins that I’ve come across so since I now have 10, I thought it would be a good time to posts a new list.
I can not vouch for these as I am not using any of them and I tend to prefer a non-plugin solution, if at all possible.
But people are writing so many unique and useful plugins that they really are worth giving a mention.
- Twitter Avatars – This plugin will show Twitter avatars in your WordPress comments. If the commentator doesn’t have a twitter account, the plugin will then search gravatar before using a default avatar. The match is based on the email address used in the comments, which is the same that gravatar does it. This is useful if a lot of your commentators use Twitter or if your blog is about Twitter.
- Custom Excerpts – This plugin gives you more control over the excerpts used on your site. Excerpts are frequently used on the archive and search pages. You can choose the length of the excerpt, implement custom excerpt text and state which html tags are used in the excerpt. The plugin also gives you the option to make links within the excerpt nofollow or dofollow.
- Gloss WordPress Plugin – Gloss assists you in creating glossaries, adding them to posts and pages and in formatting them. This could be used for tutorials, education, or any sites that are geared toward beginners.
- Post Templates – With this plugin you can save templates for posts and pages. If you frequently write posts with this the same structure, this would be very useful. For example, most of my posts have an image credit link at the end of them and it would be nice to have a template with this piece of code on it. The posts for my portfolio page also have a particular layout that could be used on a template. Personally, I think this is a feature that should be built into WordPress and not require an extra plugin.
- WP Click Track – With this plugin you can track clicks on the links in your posts and pages. It converts all links to be trackable and has an extensive reporting system. This plugin only works with WordPress 2.7+.
- WP Optimize – This plugin allows you to cleanup and optimize your WordPress database without having to use PhpMyAdmin. This plugin has only been tested with WordPress 2.7+. I would be a little nervous using a plugin like this and would rather use PhpMyAdmin on my webhost so I recommend backing up your database before using a plugin like this. This is useful for users who don’t know how to use PhpMyAdmin and would prefer to access the database via the WordPress admin.
- Public Post Preview – This plugin creates a link of a preview post to send to anyone so they can look at the preview. I really could have used this when I started blogging. I was so nervous about each article that I wanted someone to check them for me.
- Favicon Generator Upload any image and this plugin will turn it into a favicon. A favicon is the little square image that shows up next the url in the address bar of your web browser.
- MapPress This plugin makes it easy to quickly add a google map into your blog post.
- Widget Context This could be very useful for themes that use sidebar widgets rather than code. With this plugin you can designate which pages the widgets are displayed on. So, if you only want to display your archives on the home page, this plugin will make it easy to do that.
photo credit: Yukon White Light
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