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Mind Blowing WordPress Plugins

opencamp 2010 logoIn Dallas, August 29, 2010, at OpenCamp I presented “Mind Blowing WordPress Plugins.” Here are the WordPress Plugins and more features during my presentation.

Let me first define what my qualifications for a “mind blowing WordPress Plugin” were, as I had to sift through thousands of Plugins and then filter down to include the following in my 50 minute presentation.

To me, a mind blowing WordPress Plugin is one that breaks the rules. It is unique and original in its implementation, and pushes WordPress. It might not be a Plugin that everyone must have on their site. It might not be a Plugin that even interests you. What these will do is to get you to look at the incredible diversity of Plugins available. If you are a Plugin author, hopefully these will light up your imagination as to the possible, building upon these and incorporating their originality into your Plugins.

I’d love to know if you’ve found a WordPress Plugin that really and truly blows your mind, pushing the capability of WordPress beyond “just a blog” or simple website. Almost all Plugins push WordPress, but I adore the ones that really shove it around.

WordPress Plugins

As of the day I gave my presentation, there were 11,040 WordPress Plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory. That’s not counting all the WordPress Plugins not in the Directory.

In fact, our blogs are built on WordPress Plugins. Even here on , Plugins fire up a lot of the features we use, even if we can’t add Plugins ourself.

In the beginning of 2006, I spent an entire month writing about almost nothing but WordPress Plugins in a A Month of WordPress Plugins, showcasing over two hundred WordPress Plugins. Introducing it, I spent months crawling the web to gather your Lists of Your Favorite WordPress Plugins and compiled the results of your lists into What Are Your Favorite WordPress Plugins? I reviewed the list to see which Plugins were still active with continued support and interest and was surprised to find most of them still rocking, and some even incorporated into the core.

The cumulative list included:


Development of WordPress is a crowd sourced project. Visit WordPress Ideas to have your say and rate the Plugins you use in the WordPress Plugin Directory and comment to let the authors and WordPress know which ones your blog is dependent upon.

WordPressers Just Wanna Have Fun – Fun WordPress Plugins

One of my favorites for being an unusual WordPress Plugin is Next Of Kin. The author sums it up as:

This plugin is useful for those that want their blog to out-live them, and serve as an online memorial. Even without use of this plugin, all are recommended to make sure someone can handle their website in case of emergency.

Tags: afterlife, death, will

If you don’t log into your blog within, say, 3 days, it will send you an email to remind you. If another two days passes without a login, it will send a note to you and to another person or two to let them know you are ignoring your blog. Another couple days and they send out a note saying something you write like “please stop by my apartment and sniff the door for an ominous smell.”

Liz Comment Counter by Ozh WordPress Plugin is one of the few Plugins attributed to a person. I’ve written extensively about it, including the initial announcement in “My Comment Count is Bigger Than Your Comment Count!.” The Plugin puts a chicklet on your sidebar that tracks the number of comments on your blog. is renown for Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon), which will be outside of Chicago for the first time in Colorado, September 17-18, 2010.

Business WordPress Plugins

Donation Cloud WordPress Plugin

  • The Donations Cloud features your donors in your sidebar in a donor cloud.
  • WP Greet Box WordPress Plugin permits different visitor “welcomes” and greetings dependent upon their referrer URL.
  • The Events Calendar WordPress Plugin for adding events to your blog with maps and calendar.
  • MapWorks WordPress PluginMapWork WordPress Plugin by Jillian Ada Burrows incorporates Google Maps into your blog with a shortcode and custom text and logos/picture with street view featuring artwork.
  • Business Directory WordPress Plugin allows you to host a free directory page for readers, advertisers, community, staff, members, etc. Includes ability for members to promote themselves on the directory in an “ad.”
  • RoloPress is a contact organizer for tracking contact and companies contact information, social networks, websites, and more.
  • Edit Flow WordPress Plugin is designed to manage multi-user newsroom’s editorial work flow including pitches, monitoring, tracking, and assigning.
  • WP-Invoice sends web invoices and bill clients online through the WordPress Administration Panels.
  • real-time web analytics brings real-time interface to Administration Panels.

Edit Flow WordPress Plugin Editorial Calendar

WordPress Administration Panels: The Backend

Feed Pauser WordPress Plugin

WordPress Blog Network WordPress Plugins

Content WordPress Plugins

  • WP Content Filter WordPress Plugin filters out the “inappropriate” words in content and comments with asterisks. It’s f**king awesome.
  • Dave’s Whizmatronic Widgulating Calibrational Scribometer adds a project monitor graphic to your sidebar to let your readers know how far whatever is along in the process.
  • Insights WordPress Plugin by Vladimir Prelovac increases productivity by adding to the Administration Panels the ability to search your own blog for posts and link to the current post, insert multimedia from YouTube, Flickr, etc., search and find links in Wikipedia, Google, and other resources to include in your post, insert a Google Map and much more.
  • Photo Dropper WordPress Plugin searches for public domain, free-to-use images from within the Edit/Write panel, you select from 3 sizes, and it adds the image into the post with the proper citation.

Photo Dropper WordPress Plugin for royalty free images in your post content

User Generated Content

  • FV Community News WordPress Plugin allows visitors to submit links to “Community News” for moderation and inclusion in a sidebar listing.
  • TDO Mini Forms WordPress Plugin adds customizable forms for content submission to your site.
  • Facethumb WordPress Plugin allows visitor to take snapshots with a webcam and display the image on your sidebar. Visitor can add their name and a URL which will link to the picture, and a automatic gallery is created of user submitted images.
  • Dropbox Upload Form is one among several uploading services with a WordPress Plugin for registered members to upload images to those services from within the Administration Panels.
  • WordPress Download Monitor WordPress Plugin is a download monitoring panel for the Administration Panels. Unfortunately, it includes ads on the panels for the free version.

WordPress Theme and Design WordPress Plugins

CMS Your Mess with WordPress Plugins

Recent Posts and Customizable Post Listing WordPress Plugins in useCustomizable Post Listings WordPress Plugin is the “kitchen sink” of WordPress Plugins allowing you to bring content, comments, and other content to your sidebar, header, footer, and content area in an infinitely customizable way with percentage tags (shortcodes) for the template files in your WordPress Theme or through widgets. For more information, see my basic tutorial on an older version of the Plugin.

Rule Breakers and Blog Changers

The following are examples of WordPress Plugins truly breaking the rules and changing how we blog as well as how we create WordPress Plugins.

M Realty in Portland, Oregon, is developing the tentatively named “Octopus WordPress Plugin.” It is a brand new, radical way to view your post content by geo-location, on a local or global scale.

PDX Octopus WordPress Plugin for M Realty

An example is found at Portland Oregon Neighborhood Map Search on a multi-user WordPress version. Zoom in on the map to see map icons featuring MLS listings as well as blog post content set by geo-location on the map and styled by category. Hover over the knife and fork icon and a balloon will popup showcasing a blog post review of a restaurant. Hover over a school icon and get a post about the nearby school description and activities. Click on it to get the post to appear in the left sidebar. Click on the post in the sidebar to go directly to the agent’s blog post. Map icons can be filtered to only show the specific things you are looking for on the map.

Example of code for Contextual Help Menus for WordPress Plugin

The Officers Directory WordPress Plugin by Douglas Bell creates a simple but powerful way of displaying your “officers,” authors, contributors, members…in an easy to update and use Administration Panel and embedded into your post with a simple shortcode. Each position includes a contact form with an obfuscated email to send directly to the person or department the visitor needs to contact. Open positions can be marked as such, letting the association or company know that this position is vacant.

What makes this Plugin special is that it is one of the early adopters of the new Contextual Help Menus in WordPress. Click on the HELP link at the top of the Plugin Panel’s screen to get a drop down, inline help tips and advice for using the Plugin. Douglas wrote up instructions so all Plugin Authors can use this in Adding Contextual Help to Administration Menus on the WordPress Codex.

For WordPress Authors or Blog Administrators or webmasters, think of the possibilities. You can put to do lists, help, tips, advice, and even encouragement easily into the Administration Panels through a simple “help” page. A great way of integrating customer support right into WordPress.

Talking Plugins To Plugin Authors

A why ago I wrote a Love Letter to WordPress Plugin Authors to help them understand how we, those who worship the ground they float over, need to interact with us so we can find and use their amazing WordPress Plugins. It’s still valid.

I also recommend a review of Joost de Valk’s article, Lessons Learned From Maintaining a WordPress Plug-In on Smashing Magazine, as it has some great tips for WordPress Plugin Authors, though the first tip is that a WordPress Plugin is spelled Plugin not plug-in, which is something you stick into the wall to get electricity to your iPhone. :D

Here are some more tips:

How NOT to Describe a WordPress Plugin

This is the description of a Plugin that perfectly makes my point on how NOT to describe a WordPress Plugin to the world. (Note: This is not to pick on the author, for whom English is not his native language, but to provide a good living example.)

A New Plugin For Your New WordPress 3.0

The latest WordPress version was launched. Yes, WordPress 3.0 was already available and ready to
optimize for our blog. Indeed, WordPress is always the best blogging platform for me and I believe for many other blogger. However, as in title, I will introduce you with a great WordPress plugin which I believe perfectly match with WordPress 3.0. It can be said as a new plugin for a new WordPress blog.

After crawling through a lot of useless information, this is my version of the summary of the WordPress Plugin:

Best Blogroll WordPress Plugin

Allows customization of the blogroll or sidebar links for dofollow or nofollow.

Now, I do not recommend this Plugin as nofollow and dofollow don’t work and are games best left unplayed, but now you do know what the Plugin does, with clear, findable words.

Unleashing Your WordPress Plugin Into the Wild

  • Test in variety of environments and not too early.
  • TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST.
  • Prepare for feedback
    • Your site
    • WordPress Plugin Directory
    • WordPress Support Forums
    • Google Search
    • Twitter
    • Facebook
  • Be ready to update for fixes immediately.
  • Make it brain-dead stupid to use.
  • Add version numbers EVERYWHERE including database option arrays.
  • Ask users the version number.
  • URL Bugs: Embrace https, subdomains, subwebs.
  • Never assume.
  • Listen, Listen, Listen, LISTEN DAMN IT!

Where to find more WordPress Plugin JOY!

Hug a WordPress Plugin Author

Our WordPress sites are built on the foundations of WordPress Plugins. Many won’t upgrade their site for fear of losing access to these Plugins or having the upgrade break the Plugins. Since we depend upon them so much, how about giving back a little.

  • Write about your favorite WordPress Plugin(s).
  • Tweet out your favorite WordPress Plugin(s).
  • Follow and chat up your favorite Plugin authors, even if it is to say thanks.
  • Interview a Plugin Author on your site, podcast, or video show.
  • Buy them a beer, if that’s all you can afford via the donation links on many WordPress Plugin Directory pages or their sites.
  • Buy them dinner. Imagine you are taking them out to a decent restaurant and spoiling them with a steak or seafood dinner. What a great way of saying thank you for their generosity on your site.
  • Give a percentage of your income. Even if it’s a little, look at your income and donate a slight percentage of it to them – you know you couldn’t do what you do without them, so share a little wealth.

Without our support, those who give so much of their love for WordPress and code and keep our blogs running wouldn’t continue supporting their Plugins. Give as much or little as you can, but give something back. They deserve it.

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61 Comments

  1. Posted August 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle I really enjoyed your presentation and you gave me tons of ideas. Thanks so much for sharing all of these plug-ins!

    Stephanie

  2. Posted August 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Great presentation! I think I got more stuff that I will actually use from your presentation than any other at OpenCamp. Every presenter was good, just not all topics were of use to me. Thanks!

  3. Posted August 31, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    This is super awersome Lorelle. I’ve read through the entire article and there are some cool plugins that you have talked about that I’ve never heard of, now I know that I need quite a few of them and will try installing them soon. Thanks once again for this detailed post. Very useful. ***** Stars.

  4. Posted August 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Excellent plug-in summary. These really are the best of the best of WP plug-ins to date.

  5. Posted September 1, 2010 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Thank you for this post! I’ve bookmarked it and will have to revisit it to take it all in!

    A while ago I played around with some thoughts on making donations to plugin authors more accessible:

  6. Mathias Astrom
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the awesome list! I think you should add Custom Field Template plugin to your CMS your mess with WordPress plugin list. That plugin gets way to little attention!

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/custom-field-template/

  7. Posted September 1, 2010 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    I will have my web developer do my plugins thank you very much
    why?? if i start screwing around with things blind folded as it were MY computer will crash land somewhere in lala land

  8. Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Great post Lorelle, thank you – a few of them I’ve not come across before, they’ve been added to a task list

    We use a custom plugin/widget for our network. It is an adsharing widget for our bloggers that is bridged with our openx campaigns….one day we’ll get round to releasing it (i hope!)

  9. Posted September 1, 2010 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    I always love your plugin posts. Might I have your permission to reference and link to several of these posts on my blog? I’m doing a blog challenge and week 1 is going to include a discussion about plugins. this would be an excellent reference for my followers. :) Thank you!

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

      @gigi: The Plugins are not mine to control. The Plugin authors would love to have you write about them and share them with your fans.

      @sam h: Come on, give back sooner rather than later. :D

      @kelly: LOL! Most WordPress Plugins are easy to use. Fear not the Plugin.

      @Mathias Astrom: That Plugin was in my original show notes but I decided to cut the whole section on custom fields or I would have been up there for three hours. :D It’s a great Plugin.

  10. Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    That is a really comprehensive list. The “Octopus WordPress Plugin” is really interesting – particularly for some kind of community-based review site. Very cool!

  11. Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Good article. It was interesting to read.
    Thanks for the good and warm words about plugins authors in conclusion.

  12. Posted September 1, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle! Great post! It was great getting to know you at Word Camp…. how’s your shoulder? : )

  13. Peter Lurie
    Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Lorelle… thanks for the great list. How’s the Geneaolgy CMS project coming on?
    Cheers
    Peter

    • Posted September 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      @Peter: We will talk. Don’t worry. :D

      @Rex: It was great dancing with you. An ice pack and I’m back in order again. :D Thanks for making the event so much fun for me.

  14. Posted September 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Wow – that’s a pretty comprehensive list Lorelle! I’ve found a lot of them in the bpast but there’s a few in there that I’ve not heard of but will definitely be taking a closer look at. Thanks!

  15. Posted September 2, 2010 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Lorelle – I know the plugins are not yours, but this article, which is a great aggregation of them, is. I’m going to link to this article, which, in turn should give a lot of love back to the developers!. :)

  16. Posted September 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Lolelle Would you mind to reiterate which Greasemonkey scripts you fave?

    • Posted September 3, 2010 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      @Happy Hotelier: Good idea. I haven’t done a good Greasemonkey article in a while. I’ll get on that. I love them, but some of my favorites are gone, and with Firefox crashing every few minutes, it’s getting harder and hard for my life to depend upon Firefox and Greasemonkey, even though you can use GreaseMetal on Chrome. Thanks!

  17. Posted September 2, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Your talk was definitely a Mind Blower. I’m waiting in line for the Octopus Plugin. So much info in such a short period of time. Thank you

  18. Posted September 2, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Hello Lorelle

    I’m writing a post on techniques for engaging visitors to WordPress blogs and found “user generated content” most interesting. I also had a few chuckles here and there as I read this post.

    Thanks a lot.

  19. Posted September 3, 2010 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    @Lorelle ;) ha! Well the tricky thing with that particular plugin is that it’s *very* bespoke to our needs. We did also develop a WPMu and SMF forum bridge, but with Mu now 3.0 and SMF having some HUGE community/developer troubles even we are trying to get away from it. Which is a shame – it took a helluva lot of man power! We do our best to give back when we can and I sincerely hope you’ll hear more from us soon :)

  20. Danielle
    Posted September 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m looking for a plugin that will play self-hosted audio/recordings. What do you suggest?

    • Posted September 4, 2010 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      @Danielle: There are many and I’ve blogged about them in the past. It depends upon what you want it to do as they do different things from a simple push button to play to a huge player with links to related content and other people’s content. Up to you to test drive them. Most are free and in the WordPress Plugin Directory. If you can get podPress or Blubrry to work for you, I like those but many like something called Simple Player or a name similar to that. Depends upon what you are looking for.

  21. P
    Posted September 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle… I am glad you mentioned Firefox crashing all the time… I though it was just me.
    Constant freezes, wiggles and burps. And 1 in 10 times it can restart with all tabs open at the state they were when I shut down.
    What’s going on with FF? It has such good features… I wish they could stabilize it.
    P

    • Posted September 4, 2010 at 8:39 am | Permalink

      @P: It’s making me bonkers. I adore/worshipthegrounditfloatsover Firefox. It’s not Firefox that is at fault. It’s Flash. They haven’t kept up with updates that fixes this issue. Chrome and Firefox crash all the time on me. I have Flash turned off in Firefox as it crashes more, but it still crashes Chrome at least once a day. We seriously need to blame the right folks, and it’s Adobe. They’ve admitted that they aren’t in a hurry to change their development schedule to meet the demands of browser users, so we have to wait for the fix. Blame them. Loudly.

  22. Posted September 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this. Super job on the presentation, nice wrap-up to the conference.

  23. Posted September 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    I need to know if there is a plug in that allows my wordpress members to upload their images/pictures that will be automatically be added to plug in gallery on my wordpress site. Where can I get information on that?

    Thanks,
    Erik

    • Posted September 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      @Erik: Did you check out the image uploading Plugins in this post? There are a variety of things like that out there to try.

  24. Posted September 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Arrived from Google to find manga plugin, but with this article open my mind with collection of plugin need to implement.

    Thanks lorelle.

  25. Posted September 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I spend too much time window shopping for WordPress plugins. The two things I have not found yet are something to list the links in the style of a web directoy (with subtopics) on a Page and a way to post illustrations I have made in an email greeting card style where people can send my illustrations to friends – have them come back to my blog to pick them up. I sometimes find a plugin that might work but so far no luck in pulling it off.

    • Posted September 11, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      @thatgrrl: It’s all in the name of what you are looking for. You are first looking for an archive or site map. I’ve highlighted Snazzy Archives in this post, but working with some Plugin Authors to restore the faithful site map to blogs. I’ll be writing about that soon.

      And I’m with you. It’s all about the hunt.

  26. Posted September 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all the great plugins that are awesome. Keep them comin.

  27. john
    Posted September 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Hi,
    Can I assume you’re using the Event Calendar Plugin somewhere? I’ve read a lot of complaints about it being buggy and lacking some basic features. I’ve searched quite a bit for a good Calendar. And your endorsement carries a lot of weight.
    So, I’d be curious to know if it’s been good for you.
    Thx for your post.

    • Posted September 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Please don’t assume. :D I found these as examples of “mind blowing” not necessarily fully functional or currently supported. I haven’t a need for one so I have not used one, but many of my clients have used this one and others as meets their needs. Not all Plugins are equal. Just because one doesn’t meet your needs doesn’t mean there isn’t one out there that will. Good luck with the search.

  28. johnnyriss
    Posted September 23, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the clarification!

  29. Posted November 5, 2010 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Lorelle,

    Just listened to the podcast where you whizzed through all these plugins. Was so happy you put the list up on your blog. Now, I’ve added it to my delicious link and will also link to this in an upcoming blog post of my own. Several plugins you mentioned were not new – but I had forgotten them. A couple of standby’s will also be receiving donations from me for all the effort that has gone into them.

    Totally love the WP community and the passion that is unleashed as people make the statement, “I want to: _______________” and then a plugin is found, perfected or even created. So many ideas still waiting to be uncovered ;-)

    Officer’s directory, Photodropper, Greetbox and More fields have my attention right off… again – thanks for publishing this brain squeezing post :-)

    Tim

  30. Posted November 10, 2010 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I was wondering if you know of any plugin that detects the plugins being used by a blog? I develop blogsites for clients and it would be easier to have a detector than scrolling through all of the code to figure out how a blog is achieving certain abilities from plugins.

    Thanks for any info / direction to look in.

    Cheers,
    Chase.

    • Posted November 11, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      There isn’t a “detector” though a quick look through the JavaScript on the page source code or with any of the different script and code web development browser extensions will often turn up enough information to get specific. If you can figure out a way to “detect” the Plugins, that would be cool. You have to be careful though as not all code in Plugin form is open source, GPL, or even public in any way, but all serve as learning tools to do it yourself – probably better.

  31. Matt22
    Posted November 15, 2010 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    I cannot find a self hosted WP.org plugin that adds a checkbox “Subscribe by email to this site” like you have here?

    Be great if you would talk about this, since I have spent nearly 2 days searching and trying out plugins without any luck.

  32. Posted December 4, 2010 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    lorelle do you know alternatives to facethumb? and a plugin that allows visitors to generate tag lines (quotes)

    • Posted December 4, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      I’m sure there are a variety of alternatives to Facethumb, I just haven’t found them yet. I know that TDO Mini Forms permits readers to submit content for posts, so maybe that’s an alternative.

  33. Posted December 4, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Thanks lorelle im impressed with your fast answering i have been looking a lot for alternatives for facethumb and didnt found any (facethumb never works with me)…do you know a way to have my posts posted in a blogspot account as soon as i post them in my offline wordpress.org?

    • Posted December 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

      I cannot help you with Blogspot. I don’t understand what you mean by “offline” WordPress.

  34. Posted December 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    i have installe wordpress in my machine (localhost) thats what i meant when i said offline :) i wanted to post from my machine and that my machine posts to facebook, twitter, blogspot, just like posterous does, but i wanted to do that from wordpress.

    • Posted December 7, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      I’m not familiar with a method that will take content that isn’t on a public host and send it to other sites. Feeds will work on public hosts. Can you get a feed from your local host site into, say, Google Reader? If so, then the feed is “public” but please, don’t duplicate content across multiple sites. It’s bad manners and considered bad SEO by Google and others as duplicate content, which can result in penalties. If you want titles and excerpts, that’s okay, but not whole content.

      Posterous isn’t installed on your local machine and limited to that space. It’s a web-based app which permits it to perform that way.

  35. LKramer
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Lorelle,
    Thank you for all you do for the WordPress Community, especially for us Newbies. There is so much to learn and so much information, sometimes it’s a daunting task.

    I am trying to find a plugin that will allow readers to upload a image for just one of the pages on my blog. Of course I want it to upload to the administrate back end first in order to review them. Is there such a plugin? Finally if there is, how do I keep my blog safe from someone trying to upload malicious code when they upload?

    • Posted December 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      There are several such WordPress Plugins, and I think I mentioned one in here. Try TDO Mini Forms, and check for more in the WordPress Plugin Directory.

  36. Posted January 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I gave microdonations to WP plugin developers last month. It’s amusing who replied with tremendous thanks and who didn’t reply at all. I am thinking of writing a follow-up article.

    • Posted January 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      Part of the joy of writing WordPress Plugins is to give without expectation of return. Few Plugin authors ever get the thanks they deserve. You should give without expectation of return as part of your support for their services. Consider their continued efforts on the Plugin as thanks enough. Don’t get snarky about not getting thanks. Picking on Plugin authors who say thanks or not is petty.

  37. Danny
    Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Hi
    I have an article website with wordpress theme. Users can register and post the articles there. Now, the problem is lots of user post the copied content in my website but i don’t want that. There is lots of posts pending for Review, i m not approving them now. May you Give me any wordpress plugin, that can find that the post content is original and never used by any other person on any other website before.
    thanks

    • Posted March 1, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      Check with Jonathan Bailey at plagiarismtoday.com for his recommendations.

  38. Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Lorelle,
    I was listening to some back podcasts of Jeffro from WordPress Weekly and heard your presentation on these plugins. Thought it was great and it gives me some great fodder for my podcast. Thanks for sharing your tips and insights I got some good laughs from it. Thanks again for this excellent list of interesting and great plugins.

    John Overall

  39. Posted September 7, 2011 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    So many ideas – thank you!

  40. Posted November 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Just about to get into a WordPress site….maybe a few actually. Thankful to have found this resource. Awesome.

  41. Joe
    Posted December 29, 2011 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Hello, I would like to know how should I build on WordPress platform something like community photoblogs about interesting pictures from all around the world.
    I mean Create page that the content will be created by registered user. On main page there should be 1 picture and some short text about it.

    Do you know ho to build page like this ?

    Thanks

    Joe

    • Posted December 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      Are you talking about sharing your own pictures or someone elses? User-generated content? There are so many ways to start and I would not begin with design but with an education in copyright policies and laws internationally, as well as other privacy, comment, interaction, publishing, and such laws.

      Then search for “WordPress user generated content” and read the tons of articles, WordPress Theme options and techniques, and WordPress Plugins that will help. My article series on managing multiple authors with WordPress will also help, as will articles on creating a photoblog.

      There are many ways to go about this and without more information, I can’t be more specific. Good luck!

  42. Posted January 9, 2012 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    i am looking for a wordpress directory plugin but i never find it. Those i find do not have all the features i want for my website. “All the directories now available are not complete” for sure

    But the best way si to do it by yourself.

    • Posted January 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

      There are a variety of Plugins for directories, as you say yourself, but there is always room for improvement.

  43. luvmyjoes
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for mentioning Photodropper in this awesome roundup!


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