Turning WordPress Into Your Own
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WordPress is my chosen blogging platform. Since I’ve begun my blogging journey I’ve come across many great plugins and customizations that other WordPress users have created.
All our web hosting plans come with easy to install scripts, one of them being WordPress.
There are plenty of similar plugin and hacks list out there like this one, however, I’ve been asked by a few of our customers which plugins I use and where they can find some more great mods. Therefore, I created the following list.
1. Create A Custom Landing Page
Instead of displaying your most recent posts as your blog’s home page, create a landing page that shows whatever you want.
2. Formatting Images For Your Feed Reader
Show images correctly in feeds.
3. Embed Google Ad in First WordPress Post
Place an ad after the first post in your WordPress blog main page.
4. Display Your Most Popular Posts Plugin
A plugin that will show your most popular posts in your sidebar.
5. Word Count Plugin for WordPress
Counts and displays the number of words and images.
6. Display A Stripe Ad At The Top Of Your Blog
7. How to Put Your Best Content Forward
Two ways to put your best content in front of other posts.
8. Ban Users From Your Blog Plugin
Ban users by IP, IP Range, host name, user agent and referer url from visiting your WordPress’s blog.
9. Creating a Print Stylesheet in WordPress
Shows how you can create a clean print of your blog articles for your readers.
10. WordPress Blog Post Print Plugin
Displays a printable version of your WordPress blog’s post/page.
11. Display Twitter Messages In WordPress
Customize the Twitter message displayed on your blog.
12. Separate WordPress comments from pings and trackbacks
Very useful for keeping your comment section human chat flowing. See an example in my blog post here.
13. Create a poll plugin
Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog.
14. Moving a Static HTML Site to WordPress
How to move your .html pages over to WordPress and keep the same web address.
16. Create a WordPress Sticky Plugin
Adds a sticky post feature to your WordPress’s blog.
17. Add Related Posts To Your Feed
18. Random Posts Plugin
This plugin displays a list of posts chosen randomly from your blog.
19. All in One SEO Pack Plugin
Probably the most popular plugin of all time. However, if you’re looking for a program like this, I suggest taking a look at #35 down below. I prefer that plugin over this one as it automates a lot of the seo functions for you.
20. Secure Contact Form Plugin
Has an easy reCapatcha image verification to ward off spam.
21. Highlight author comments in WordPress
When commenting in your comment section, here’s how you can highlight your comments.
22. Customize Your 404 Page
The Google 404 widget is a quick and easy way to embed a search box on your custom 404 page and provide users with useful information designed to help them find the information they need.
23. Sitemap Generator Plugin for WordPress
Generate a site map for your WordPress blog. See our blog’s site map as an example. We have it set to only display posts, not pages.
24. Collapsible Archive Widget
Again, see our blog’s sidebar for an example.
25. Lucia’s Linky Love Plugin – remove the “nofollow”
We all know incoming links to your site is good. This plugin will remove the “nofollow” tag after commentator’s links in their name after they comment however many times you set for.
26. CommentLuv Plugin
Adds a little note at the bottom of a commentator’s comment in your blog that tells everyone what that person’s last blog article was. See our blog’s comment section as an example.
27. Post Teaser
Post Teaser generates a preview or “teaser” of a post for the main, archive and category pages, with a link underneath to go to the full post page. This is also good because it’s what Googlebot likes.
28. Recent Comments Plugin
Display recent comments in your sidebar.
29. Similar Posts Plugin
Display a short list of similar posts at the end of an article. Great for promoting other articles you have written but are buried in your archives.
Speed up your blog by caching your posts.
31. WordPress Automatic Upgrade
The easy way to upgrade your WordPress blog to the newest version.
32. Disguise email addresses from spambots
Feel free to display your email address with this plugin which stops spambots from recording your email address.
33. Automatic WordPress database backup plugin
Get regular backups of your blog sent to you via email with this plugin.
34. Top Commentators Plugin
Display your top commentators names in your sidebar.
35. Platinum SEO Pack
In my opinion this plugin is better than the All-In-One SEO plugin. This one will automatically generate META tags for you based on what you write as well as automating other things.
36. PHP ImageManager + Editor
The ImageManager provides an interface for browsing and uploading image files on/to your server. The Editor allows for some basic image manipulations such as, cropping, rotation, flip, and scaling.
37. Sexy Comments Plugin
Make your WordPress comment section resemble a forum style discussion.
38. Quicktags Plugin
Quick and easy buttons for commentators on your blog.
39. Post Footer WordPress Plugin
Automatically add any custom paragraph, html code, ad code, technorati tags and/or related links list to the end of every posts.
40. Bad Behavior Plugin To Fight Spam
Bad Behavior acts as a first line of defense for fighting spam. It works even before Askiment sees the spam. In my experience, it has greatly reduced the amount of spam that reaches my Askiment filter.
41. Akisment Plugin To Fight Spam
Akismet is a must for fighting spam if you have a WordPress blog. If you don’t have it, get it!
42. Adsense Deluxe Plugin
The easy way to insertion Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network ads to your posts.
43. Adsense Inline Plugin
Easily insert Google’s AdSense ads inside the content of your blog post.
44. AdSense Widget for WordPress Sidebar
Insert Google AdSense in your sidebar.
45. AdSense Earnings Plugin
Display your AdSense earnings within your WordPress admin panel.
46. Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress
This program will generate a sitemap for Google to crawl and index your blog better.
47. One Click Installs Plugin
Makes installing and uploading of plugins easy.
48. PlugInstaller WP Plugin
Another program that makes installing plugins easy. With this plugin you can install a new plugin directly from te plugin site.
49. Maintenance Mode Plugin
When upgrading your blog or doing any sort of maintenance that will cause your blog to go down for a bit, this plugin lets you customize a landing page for visitors during this period.
50. Sociable Social Bookmarking Plugin
Add social bookmarks to the end of your posts.
51. I Love Social Bookmarking Plugin
A simple drop down menu of social bookmarks for a cleaner look.
52. Share This Plugin
A drop down social bookmark plugin that also allows you to email and post.
53. Social Bookmarks 3.2
Allows for drop down or display of your social bookmarks.
54. Hack Up Your WordPress Theme
An article which shows a bunch of code snippets you can use to customize your theme to do what you want.
55. iWPhone WordPress Plugin and Theme
automatically reformats your blog’s content for optimized viewing on Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch.
56. WordPress Security Tips and Hacks
Some great tips on protecting your blog from hackers and unwanted visitors.
57. Filosofo’s WordPress Gravatar Plugin
The plugin fixed my issue of not being able to get gravatars to work with my blog. If you’re looking to put gravatars on your site in the comment section, Filosofo’s code is well written.