On my online WordPress journeys I come across a number of WordPress plugins.
Some are interesting, some are annoying, and some are very useful. Here I have listed 5 that are definitely interesting and could be useful for some users.
Areas covered by these plugins are twitter, tweetbacks, spoilers, email to staff, and statistics.
- WP Twitip ID – This plugin, which is by the same author as CommentLuv, adds a field to your comment form to allow users to input their twitter username. Tawny Press at Innoventions provides detailed instructions on adding the twitter field manually. I followed these instructions before the plugin was created and they worked great – my problem was I couldn’t decide where to display the twitter username in the comments. Silly, huh? So, if you love twitter and want your commenters to join you there, you can use this plugin or follow Tawny’s manual instructions.
- Tiny Spoiler – This plugin allows you to add spoilers to your content and then show or hide it with a plus or minus sign. I don’t have a use for this right now but this would be ideal for a gaming site that includes hints and walkthrough information.
- Mail to Staff – I don’t have a use for this plugin either because I am the only user of this site but this plugin will allow you to email all users. It provides an easy method of internal staff communication. In the back of my mind I keep thinking someone asked me about something like this in the last couple of months but it isn’t coming to me. That’s not that surprising since I can’t really even remember what I had for lunch ;-)
- Blog Stats – This plugin is for the stats junkie (you know who you are). This plugin provides stats on RSS subscriptions, page rank, Alexa rank, and technorati rank – you know, all those stats we say we don’t care about but secretly obsess over. The plugin provides the stats within the WordPress admin and updates them daily.
- Tweetbacks for WordPress – This plugin works like trackbacks in that anytime a link to your article is tweeted, that link is added to your tweetback section in the comments. It works with all of the major URL shortening services. I have not tried this yet because it has some pretty detailed installation instructions but I am going to test this one. I would like keeping track of when my articles are mentioned on twitter. If I do test it, I will provide a more detailed review.
So, do you think any of these seem useful? Have you tried any of them or do you think you will?
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