March 26, 2007 in Web Design News, Wordpress News

Top 10 WordPress Plugins


I use WordPress for my web design projects and as most of you know a great advantage of this is the massive range of plug-ins that are available. I have been working with WordPress for some time now and seem to use a few of them quite often so I thought I would follow Mike Jolleys lead and make a shortlist of my top 10 favourite WordPress plug-ins;

10.Header Image Rotator

By Matthew Hough

Very simple header image rotator that rotates images in your blog based on different time variables (Day / Month etc). Upon activation you have to create a folder called wp-contents/header-images/ and simply stick the images you want to rotate within that folder and configure the image rotator to what time variable you need.

9.Search Everything

By Dan Cameron

Adds Extra search functionality with little setup. I mainly use it to quickly add the searching of pages and not just posts which is the wordpress default install. You can also search attachments, drafts, comments and custom fields (metadata). A simple solution to enable you to add better search capability to WordPress.

8.Exec PHP

By Sören Weber

This plugin Allows tags inside the content or excerpt of your posts and pages to be executed just as in usual PHP files. Not much else you can say really it just one of those plugin’s a developer cannot live without.

7.Secure and accessible contact form

By Mike Cherim and Mike Jolley

A contact form that features exceptional accessibility and usability features leaving the rest of your website struggling to keep up with the high accessibility level. Its one of the best quality plugin’s you’ll come across and knowing both the authors support will be perfect too. It also includes a great anti-spam feature. I highly recommend this to the semantic and accessible designers out there.

6.WP Wetfloor

By Shirley Man

I am as guilty as the rest of you for wanting shiny reflective surfaces underneath every image I create – Though I have held back on Designbit. The effects known as wetfloor and is an unobtrusive plug-in that adds a quicktag button to your “write posts / page” and enables this beautiful effect with one click making you hungry for more.

5.WP-Email

By GaMerZ

Handy plug-in if you want a feature that allows your users to email a post/page to their friends. The forms relatively customizable and easy to use it adds a quicktag button in your “write posts / pages” for you to click or you can integrate it into your template which is my preferred method.

4.Lightbox JS

By Safirul Alredha

I love the Unobtrusive Lightbox JS and have been watching its development like a hawk and this is the easiest way of getting one onto your blog, click on my latest work pics in the side bar to see it in action. Upon activation it optionally adds a quicktag button into your “write post / page” admin and voila lovely Lightbox image overlaying effects.

3.Feedburner Feed Replacement

By Steve Smith

I love RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and my favourite feed publisher is Feedburner, it makes sense that there’s a great plugin to add it to your blog. It simply forwards all feed traffic to Feedburner and you can login to your feedburner account and manage your feeds and track your subscribers.

2.Ultimate Tag warrior

By Christine Davis

Probably not a surprise that this plug-in is so near the top of my list. Ultimate Tag Warrior is a tagging plug-in, tags are bits of meta information that describe your posts and this plug-in manages to squeeze in loads of great options as to how you want your tags displayed. Upon activation it adds a text input underneath your normal posts text input where you can simply add your comma separated words (tags). I love tag clouds! This plug-in is also great for adding dynamic meta keywords for your posts.

1.Akismet

By Matt Mullenweg

It was easy for me to pick a winner and Akismet, that silent running angel is it. We all hate spam and this spam checker / stopper checks all your comments against a web service and comes installed with WordPress, just activate it and your away. Actually there is one more thing you need to do to activate the plug-in and that is get an API key from
http://wordpress.com/. You can also show off the number of spam comments that has been captured by Akismet by putting a little bit of code into your template.

Conclude

I just wanted to say a big thanks to all the authors of these wonderful plugins for their time and dedication. It is often the tireless support which amazes me and I want to remind that these people put all this effort in for free, a truly honourable statement to the open source community. If you have any Worpdess plugins I must know about please feel free to comment.


About Anthony

Anthony Brewitt is Design Bit, has been for years - he's an experienced WordPress Designer, and Muggle-born Marketing Philosopher. Let’s talk about your website; your marketing, blog design, and that cool new mobile web thingy. Contact Anthony

26 Responses to Top 10 WordPress Plugins

  1. Anthony

    I am glad somebody agrees with me as I thought I was on my own with that decision.

  2. Troy Miller

    I find it interesting and your probably quite right that Aksimet is number 1 plugin – bloody spammers!

    Wonders never cease.

  3. I think your list has some pretty good ones, top 3 especially. But, man, you forgot the links to the plugins!!

  4. Anthony

    Thanks for the comment Mike, I had the links to the developers websites under the titles I have now changed them to links to the download / plugin pages of the developers. Thanks for the heads up!

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  7. KP

    Interesting articles, I have justed set up my wordpress blog and I will sure install some of those plugin to try them out.

    Thanks for the great info 😉

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  9. Hey, you have the same link for #5 and #4. #5 goes to GaMerZ, as it reads… but #4 also go to the same site.

  10. Anthony

    Some of these plugins can really enpower your blog and its so simple to add great features.

  11. i just started using wordpress for my blog and these plugin sound great defo will check some of them out

  12. I wrote about the most useful plugins for my travel business website:
    http://www.businessblogboost.com/2007/07/09/top-ten-wordpress-plugins-for-your-blogs/
    However I think that will need to be changed to 11 now that I’ve discovered the Stats plugin:
    http://www.businessblogboost.com/2007/07/28/how-to-use-wordpress-stats-to-improve-your-blog/

  13. Vic

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

    Thanks

    Vic

  14. Anthony

    I know your just trying to help your SEO and for that reason “Bolton web design” I have allowed these links – In the future however I will not allow links unless you have something applicable to chat about.

  15. There are so many useful plugins for wordpress now i’ve downloaded many and i think there should be more sites like this for sure.

  16. Thanks for the plugins. But why I can’t find this plugins on wordpress.com?

  17. Here this all plug ins are really very good.

  18. Nice list thanks. Gives me a good starting point. I’m a fan of lightbox too.

  19. Idetrorce

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

  20. hi, just to give my opinion – there is one really interesting one – it’s to manage custom fields – and then you can really change the wordpress into proper cms – that’s what I often do. I hope you’ll find this webdesign tips useful,

    cheers

    a.

  21. A great Article and a kool list of really useful plugins.
    Great Work

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  24. How ya doing? You picked the ones closed to my heart too, despite the fact I know I am guilty of #1 when I don’t pay attention.

  25. I guess Header Image Rotator was discontinued, it’s a shame.

  26. Thanks for the good variety with plugins, i have some favourites to, such as the all known “All IN SEO “and also the easy privacy policy plus SEO friendly images (got some good results with it)and finally pretty links (great for cloacking) affiliate links…

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