Aug 12 2007

6 Spanking New WordPress Plugins You Haven’t Seen

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. ContactNG
    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.
  4. MyDashboard
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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  1. Becky @ PreBlogging.com said:

    Great post. I must check that automatic update plugin, it would save me a bit of hassle every 3-4 weeks on my blogs!

    Thanks,
    BeckyS

    August 13th, 2007 at 4:45 am
  2. Chris said:

    Well I’ve seen some of these :razz:

    The plugins tracker is getting better every day: When I first installed it, it only covered about 50% of my plugins, now it’s more like 95%.

    I like the sound of 1 & 2 but haven’t used them yet – I’ll let other people be the beta testers….

    August 13th, 2007 at 6:05 am
  3. K-IntheHouse said:

    Chris, I apologize for the overbearing title. Let’s just say I was low on caffeine yesterday. :-)

    I have tried the OneClick Install and it works great most of the times but sometimes it has trouble reading the zip file. I have to investigate further or follow up with the author. Especially, this plugin also comes as a Firefox extension which is going to be huge convenience to not even log in to the WP Admin paenl.

    August 13th, 2007 at 6:24 am
  4. K-IntheHouse said:

    @Becky.. thanks for the comment! I just manually upgraded to WP 2.2.2 when it released. So, my next upgrade will probably be with this plugin.

    August 13th, 2007 at 10:03 am
  5. chrisblogging.com said:

    There are definitely a few plugins here that I should be able to use…

    August 13th, 2007 at 10:23 am
  6. K-IntheHouse said:

    Glad you found it useful, Chris!

    August 13th, 2007 at 12:29 pm
  7. Melissa- SEOAware.com said:

    Great plugins! Thanks for the list!

    August 13th, 2007 at 2:14 pm
  8. Matt said:

    I submitted it to sphinn, its a nice little article. I always enjoy your weekly :)

    http://sphinn.com/story/2800

    August 13th, 2007 at 2:43 pm
  9. K-IntheHouse said:

    Melissa.. thanks for the link love! Glad you liked them..

    Matt.. thats kind man! Cheers.

    August 13th, 2007 at 7:33 pm
  10. Urban Kudos said:

    I like that automatic update plugin, thanks for that!

    August 14th, 2007 at 3:00 am
  11. Patricia Skinner said:

    Thanks for making a poor blogger’s life a little easier! :) Great plugins.

    August 14th, 2007 at 5:14 am
  12. K-IntheHouse said:

    You are welcome, Urban Kudos!

    @Patricia.. you can vote for these plugin authors if you’d like to show appreciation for their work. I just merely mentioned it here. :-)

    August 14th, 2007 at 10:20 am
  13. bLuefRogX said:

    I’m really finding the mydashboard pretty nifty!

    November 25th, 2007 at 6:35 am
  14. Julius said:

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. I’m downloading the plugins now!

    December 15th, 2007 at 7:33 am
  15. K-IntheHouse said:

    @blueforgx, glad to know you love it!

    @Julius.. you are very welcome. If you liked this, you would enjoy this post of my mine, even more.

    December 15th, 2007 at 11:25 am
  16. Blog for Beginners said:

    Of all the plugins, OneClick Installer is one plugin I can’t live without. It’s the mother of all the plugins.

    Yan

    July 10th, 2008 at 5:49 am
  17. Jack Carol said:

    WP Plugins Tracker is useless now, beacause WP 1.5 has already have this feature.

    July 10th, 2008 at 10:52 pm
  18. Pays to live green said:

    It took me so long to find a good contact form plugin and I ended up using ContactNG. Great list even though some are already out of date.

    Pays to live greens last blog post..Donate to Green Community Projects

    August 9th, 2008 at 3:13 pm
  19. Web-Betty said:

    Thanks for the list. I’ll definitely be checking these out! :)

    September 12th, 2008 at 5:43 am
  20. teraOm said:

    As a contributor to the open source wordprss platform, Wordpress automatic plugin is not safe. Backup always and on time..

    November 10th, 2008 at 3:14 pm
  21. James @ Total Web Review said:

    The link to the automatic wordpress upgrade is broken but here is the one to the wordpress site;
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/installation/

    James @ Total Web Reviews last blog post..Contest Live

    November 10th, 2008 at 4:25 pm
  22. Dorset web design said:

    I want to make a review website but i dont know what plugins i need and i dont know how to code any help.

    June 1st, 2009 at 1:33 pm
  23. Kacamak said:

    I want to make a review website but i dont know what plugins i need and i dont know how to code any help.

    June 12th, 2009 at 12:51 pm
  24. Zevkli izle said:

    Thanks for making a poor blogger’s life a little easier! :) Great plugins.

    June 13th, 2009 at 11:49 am
  25. John said:

    Have you heard of the WP plugin that doesnt show new visitors a posts date? This way if you dont post for a week the first time visitor doesnt get discouraged if there isnt a FRESH NEW post.

    July 25th, 2009 at 10:45 pm
  26. Russell Chambers Jr said:

    These are some really great plug ins! Thanks!

    August 7th, 2009 at 6:29 pm
  27. MyDailyBlog.Info said:

    thanks 4 the plugin list.

    August 12th, 2009 at 7:28 pm
  28. Building Your List Blog said:

    I am glad that you have posted that information. I’m glad to know it. Thanks for the list.

    September 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm
  29. Oracle said:

    I use Simple Tagging – great plugin. I must try One Click Install – it is very useful!

    November 5th, 2009 at 11:33 am
  30. Increase Web Site Traffic said:

    Since I have always been a .net programer / web designer, I have always been on windows servers. Since hearing how great WordPress is for SEO and getting ranked, I may have to get a ner server for my blogging needs.

    Love this post. Great information.

    November 13th, 2009 at 5:20 pm
  31. mma pound for pound said:

    i like OneClick Install plugin, it help me to install without ftp, great information about plug in..i will visit this blog regularly

    December 23rd, 2009 at 6:57 am
  32. kyle said:

    I love to install that new WP theme. thanks for sharing.Since I have always been a .net programer / web designer, I have always been on windows servers. Since hearing how great WordPress is for SEO and getting ranked, I may have to get a ner server for my blogging needs.,,

    December 27th, 2009 at 10:38 pm
  33. Ruben@AutoShipping said:

    MyDashboard looks promising

    February 13th, 2010 at 1:24 am
  34. Fernando said:

    Cool post, interesting plugins. I will try them. automatic update is cool, i hate to update every few weeks.

    March 3rd, 2010 at 7:35 am
  35. tattoo kits said:

    I like the look of ContactNG – I think I will add that to my blog today

    April 6th, 2010 at 5:20 am
  36. Faisal (Urdu) said:

    well i have seen most of these but my dasboard is new for me, thanks for introducing.

    April 19th, 2010 at 8:35 am
  37. Video Character said:

    Nice list you got here. ContactNG and OneClick install are two of my needed plugins but the automatic install maybe will be in my plugins as soon as possible.

    May 10th, 2010 at 7:26 pm
  38. car battery said:

    Those are some of the better plugins that I’ve come across. OneClick Install and MyDashboard are my favorites among them.

    September 1st, 2010 at 5:42 am

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