6 Spanking New WordPress Plugins You Haven’t Seen
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WordPress fans might have heard about the WordPress Plugins competition held at WeblogToolsCollection blog. Out of the 30 entries (+6 that haven’t submitted their final code), I have chosen 7 WordPress Plugins that I think are really useful for enhancing WordPress functionality.
Let’s see what they are and why they made my list in no particular order.
- WordPress Automatic Upgrade
This plugin will be a welcome relief for a lot of bloggers who are jittery about upgrading their WordPress installations. Even for the seasoned bloggers, the steps offered by this plugin is nice so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to do a little thing in between an upgrade.
Read through the linked page to understand how it works before you start upgrading with this plugin. A backup before an upgrade is still highly recommended. A clear winner for making WordPress upgrades blogger friendly.
- OneClick Install
A second plugin that is going to make self hosted WordPress installations more popular among bloggers. With this plugin, you just point to a URL or a downloaded zip file of a theme or a plugin and it installs it in ONE click! How cool is that?
Plus, check out these neat features:
- Forget the hassle of ftp-ing, unzipping theme & plugin files
- Comes with a Firefox extension to do this – forget going to the Dashboard
- Helps non-techie bloggers as well as people with Firewall restrictions
- Updates itself
ContactNG is simply a contact form done right. A contact form is essential for any blog and there is no reason it should look shabby. Use skins of your choice with this customizable form, even generate your own buttons. It sports intelligent and unobtrusive anti-spam features. Comes with support for the language plugin, Polyglot.
If you have used Netvibes or iGoogle like interface, you’ll love what this plugin does to the WordPress Admin interface. You get gadgets that you add/remove, drag and drop and rearrange, change skins and if it’s your cup of tea, add your own gadgets with the API. It comes with standard gadgets that mimic the standard information in the Admin Panel like LatestComments, LatestPosts, IncomingLinks, etc.
I am looking forward to seeing more community developed gadgets for MyDashboard with the API provided with it.
- WP Plugins Tracker
Another usability plugin that helps plugin management. Anyone who has been running a WordPress blog will know the hassle of finding out if the plugin they have is up to date or not. This plugin lists in a nice visual list of current version and the latest version of all plugins (including inactive) installed in your blog. Only caveat is that the plugin has to be listed in wp-plugins-db.org repository. But, I found that 90% of my plugins were indeed listed.
- Simple Tagging
If you like tags, you are probably using, the very able, Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin. Simple tagging addresses UTW’s shortcomings like poor performance, absence of auto-complete as you type, tag management, feeds for tags, etc. Check out the full list for an array of impressive features offered by this plugin.
Check out these plugins as well as the others in the list. I picked out the ones that will be most useful for a majority of bloggers and the rest are not inferior by any means.
Use the comment section to sound off your thoughts and if you like any and why you like them.
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