50+ WordPress Plugins & Hacks Candy Store

by John Hoff on July 9, 2008

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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.

15. Create a custom login page

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.

30. WP-Cache
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.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Lucy July 9, 2008 at 10:06 am

Great list – several there I need to look into.

I find Future Calendar very useful, as is the 404 Notifier plugin. And I’ve used Autor Exposed, Shutter Reloaded and Featured Content just for pretty.

Lucy’s last blog post..Squirrels of Sustainability


John Hoff July 9, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Hello Lucy :)

I like those plugins, especially the Featured Posts and 404 Notifier – I believe I will be downloading those.

Question: For the Future Calender, must you have it displayed in the sidebar or is that only an option?

Thanks again


Barbara Swafford July 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Wow John,

What a great list. I use some of them, but will have to check out the rest.

You put a lot of work into this post. I, for one, appreciate it! :)

Barbara Swafford’s last blog post..Your Today Is My Tomorrow


John Hoff July 9, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Thanks, Barbara. Yes, I did put a lot of time into this post (thanks for noticing).

I know for myself I still need to add a couple of these.


Lucy July 10, 2008 at 12:44 am

I have the Future Posts thing set up so only I see it, on the Write Post/Manage Post admin pages – though I can see that for some sites, visitors might like to know when the next post is scheduled.

What it doesn’t do, and I’d like because there are several bloggers on my blog, is show me who is scheduled to post which posts on which days at what time … I’m using good old-fashioned pencil and paper to manage that!

Lucy’s last blog post..Squirrels of Sustainability


John Hoff July 10, 2008 at 6:07 am

Yeah I can see how that would be a problem. If everyone posts on a regular basis, maybe authors only post on certain days, that way you don’t have to keep track?

That would be a nice addition, though. Maybe mention it to the plugin’s author – they like feedback. I don’t think it would be all that difficult to color code them or something.


Kyle Eslick July 11, 2008 at 8:32 am

Nice post! I guess you could say I’m a sucker for these types of posts and I always find at least one thing I didn’t know about.

Keep up the good work!

Kyle Eslick’s last blog post..WordPress Template Tags Reference Guide


John Hoff July 11, 2008 at 9:14 am

Thanks Kyle. I know, I’m a sucker for these kinds of posts, too – that’s why part of the post’s title is “Candy Store.”

I equate finding cool new plugins to mod out my blog like walking through Best Buy or Ultimate Electronics with no worries about money.

Love your site by the way. I mean, with a site named “Hack WordPress,” how can you go wrong?


Jennifer July 11, 2008 at 9:55 am

Lance, thanks for this great well researched list! Very helpful!

Jennifer’s last blog post..How to Stop Negative Thinking in its Tracks


John Hoff July 11, 2008 at 10:04 am

LOL Hi Jennifer. Actually, I listed them, but Lance is a good guy, too. ;)

Welcome over to my little corner of the Internet and thanks :)


Marelisa July 11, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Hi John: I deactivated All In One SEO and installed and activated Platinum SEO Pack. I’ll stop by later and pick some more plug ins to install. This is great, thank you!

Marelisa’s last blog post..Create a Long List of Ways for You to Feel Good


John Hoff July 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm

My pleasure, Marelisa. Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you need any help.


Suzanne Bird-Harris | vAssistant Services July 14, 2008 at 9:35 pm


Great list and thanks for stopping by today! I really appreciate lists like this. Many of the items listed here I knew about already – but many I didn’t! Thank you for sharing!


Suzanne Bird-Harris | vAssistant Services’s last blog post..50+ WordPress Plugins and Hacks


Barbara Ling July 19, 2008 at 2:12 am

Excellent list! Might I add my contribution – free peel away ads at http://www.webpicasso.de/blog/pageear-free-peel-away-ad/ . Works pretty well too!

Best wishes, Barbara

Barbara Ling’s last blog post..2008 Animal Planet Hero of the Year


John Hoff July 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm

@ Suzanne – No problem, thanks for the link. I love lists like these, too. Even if this post were 200+ Wordpress plugins I bet I’d still of missed a lot.

@ Barbara Ling – Thanks for stopping by :). I’ll have to add that Peel Away plugin to my growing list in our forum. It’s pretty cool and I like the graphic. Put on the right page that could be very useful.


Annie Anderson August 25, 2008 at 9:32 am

Hi John,

This is a great post! There are a couple of plugins I didn’t know about here. Like the PHP Image Manager – that might come in handy.

The problem for me with some of these plugins is that I use a desktop posting software (MarsEdit [for Mac]) and don’t actually post from within my blog’s admin. So, things like the post footer plugin don’t work properly. I have to save my post as a draft, go in to the admin area on the blog and edit the post, then publish – which is cumbersome and time consuming. And defeats the whole purpose of using MarsEdit.

Oh well! ;-) It’s a great list, though. Thanks! I will certainly be checking out a couple I don’t have.

~ Annie

Annie Anderson’s last blog post..This week’s around the web


John Hoff August 25, 2008 at 9:45 am

Hi Annie. I have a different way of drafting up all my posts as well. I actually use either Dreamweaver or FrontPage to write my articles in and then I copy/paste it to my WordPress WYSIWYG editor.

If you find or know of any plugins you’d like to share, please feel free to leave links to them. If it hits my spam filter don’t worry, I’ll should see it and will approve it.


china wholesale July 28, 2009 at 7:24 am

This is really cool, and I cannot wait to try it. I will have to spread the word.


Aaron June 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I’ve tried that sexy comments plugin and have found that users do not use it as much as a very simple sharing plugin/buttons. I think they don’t know how to use it, or its just too flashy for some sites.

I have been a fan of using “Stripe” type ads on the top of the page, to really grab attention where the eye is trained to focus. That works very well for contests or news.


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