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WordPress Plugins – A New Summation.

Introduction

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I like to categorize and organize. So what did I do? I reviewed the first one hundred pages of plugins on WordPress’ Plugin Directory ordered by most popular. From the first number of pages I included essentially every plugin (categorized), but as I moved through additional pages, I included only those which seemed to be interesting, unique, or well-known in some way. Here is the result. I hope you find it useful as you determine what plugins you will install in your WordPress instance.

Those plugins which I use regularly I’ve bolded. Those which I have used regularly in the past I’ve italicized.

Anti-Spam

Forms

SEO

Social Media Sharing

  • Social Media Widget
  • Shareaholic[2]
  • Facebook
  • WP to Twitter[3]
  • Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons
  • AddThis[4]
  • NextScripts
  • Add Link to Facebook
  • WP Socializer
  • ShareThis[5]
  • Facebook  Like Button Plugin
  • Facebook Comments
  • Sociable
  • Social
  • Floating Social Media Icon
  • WP-Email

Multiple

  • Jetpack by WordPress.com

Import/Export

  • WordPress Importer

Images

  • NextGen Gallery (see also NextGEN Gallery Optimizer)
  • Lightbox Plus
  • WP Photo Album Plus
  • Gallery
  • Lightbox Gallery
  • jQuery Colorbox
  • Grand FIAGallery
  • Image Widget
  • WOW Slider
  • Easing Slider
  • Slideshow Gallery

Audio/Video

  • Viper’s Video Quicktags
  • Smart YouTube Pro
  • Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting Plugin
  • JW Player for WordPress
  • Embed Plus
  • MediaElement.js
  • WordPress Video Plugin
  • Video Embed & Thumbnail Generator
  • S0undCloud Shortcode

Administrative

  • Broken Link Checker
  • Advanced Custom Fields
  • All in One Favicon
  • WP Maintenance Mode
  • Regenerate Thumbnails
  • AdMinimize
  • Enable Media Replace
  • WP-DBManager
  • Postie
  • ManageWP Worker
  • WP-Optimize
  • Duplicator
  • Thank Me Later
  • CloudFlare
  • Duplicate Posts
  • DB Toolkit
  • Admin Menu Editor
  • OptionTree
  • WP Robots Txt
  • Use Google Libraries
  • P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
  • Add From Server
  • InfiniteWP Client
  • Front-end Editor
  • Plugin Organizer
  • Kontrol Developer Kit
  • Configure SMTP
  • One Click Close Comments
  • Custom Post Type UI
  • Editorial Calendar
  • Peter’s Login Redirect
  • WordPress MU Domain Mapping
  • SB Welcome Email Editor
  • Peter’s Collaboration E-mails
  • OpenHook
  • Bulk Delete
  • underConstruction
  • Co-Authors Plus
  • Simple URLs
  • One-Click Child Theme
  • wp-FileManager
  • After the Deadline
  • Peter’s Post Notes
  • User Switching
  • Advanced Excerpt
  • Ultimate Coming Soon Page
  • Redirection
  • WP Mail SMTP

Statistics

  • Google Analytics for WordPress[6]
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Analyticator
  • WP-SlimStat
  • WP-PostViews

WYSIWYG Editor

  • Ultimate TinyMCE
  • TinyMCE Advanced
  • Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
  • CKEditor for WordPress

Performance

Add-On Functionality

  • BuddyPress
  • bbPress
  • WP-Ecommerce
  • WooCommerce
  • The Events Calendar
  • Ready! eCommerce Shopping Cart
  • Events Manager
  • Polldaddy Polls & Ratings
  • WP-Polls
  • All-in-One Event Calendar
  • eShop
  • Connections
  • Link Library
  • Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin
  • Ajax Event Calendar
  • Calendar
  • JigoShop
  • Mingle Forum
  • WordPress Poll
  • easyReservations
  • GigPress
  • WP-CRM
  • CataBlog
  • WP-Invoice
  • Participants Database
  • Q and A
  • Business Directory Plugin
  • Booking Calendar
  • wpsc Support Tickets
  • ClickDesk Live Support
  • Quick Chat
  • Event Organiser
  • Seriously Simple Podcasting
  • RSVP Plugin
  • ComicEASEL
  • Webcomic
  • Yet Another Photoblog
  • WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart
  • WP Symposium
  • Job Manager
  • WP-Property
  • Gravity Forms Directory

Security

  • Wordfence Security
  • Bulletproof Security
  • Better WP Security
  • AntiVirus
  • Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner
  • Login LockDown
  • WordPress HTTPS
  • No Right Click Images Plugin

Customize Look & Feel

  • WP-PageNavi
  • WordPress Related Posts
  • Display Widgets
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
  • List Category Posts
  • Widget Logic
  • WP Google Fonts
  • Options Framework
  • Breadcrumb NavXT
  • WP-PostRatings
  • GD Star Rating
  • Custom Meta Widget
  • Theme My Login
  • Special Recent Posts
  • Crayon Syntax Highlighter
  • MaxButtons
  • Theme-Check
  • Infinite-Scroll
  • WP No Category Base
  • Post Layout
  • Background Manager
  • Gantry Template Framework
  • Dynamic “To Top” Plugin
  • WordPress Post Tabs
  • Collapse-O-Matic
  • WP-Paginate

Membership/Roles

  • s2Member Framework
  • User Role Editor
  • Role Scoper
  • Members
  • Advanced Access Manager
  • Simple Facebook Connect
  • Google Authenticator
  • Social Login
  • WordPress Social Login
  • Social Login & Social Sharing by JanRain
  • User Access Manager
  • WP-Members

Comments

  • Disqus Comment System
  • CommentLuv[7]
  • Disable Comments
  • WP Ajax Edit Comments
  • IntenseDebate Comments
  • LiveFyre Realtime Comments

Monetization

  • AdRotate
  • QuickAdsense
  • WP125
  • Adsense Insert
  • AdSense Manager
  • Affiliates
  • Ad Injection
  • Easy Adsense
  • Adsense Extreme
  • Ad Squares Widget
  • Ad Codes Widget
  • Ads Manager WP/BB
  • Amazon Product in a Post Plugin
  • Amazon Link
  • Simple Ads Manager
  • Google AdSense Plugin
  • Easy Ads
  • Paid Memberships Pro
  • AdSense Now!
  • Easy Digital Downloads
  • AdSense
  • PayPal Donations
  • WP Auto Affiliate Links
  • Adminer
  • WP-Insert

Backup

  • UpDraft Plus Backup
  • Online Backup for WordPress
  • BackWPup
  • WordPress Backup to Dropbox
  • BackUpWordPress
  • WP-DB-Backup
  • Simple Backup

Page Management

  • CMS Tree Page View
  • Post Types Order
  • Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin
  • Exclude Pages
  • Related Posts
  • WordPress Popular Posts
  • Google Doc Embedder
  • Advanced Page Manager
  • Simple Page Ordering
  • My Page Order
  • 404-to-start

Mobile

  • UppSite
  • WordPress Mobile Pack

Newsletters

  • Wysija Newsletters
  • Constant Contact for WordPress
  • Subscribe2[8]
  • MailChimp List Subscribe Form
  • Newsletter
  • Newsletter Sign-Up

Downloads

  • WordPress Download Monitor
  • WordPress Download Manager
  • WP-Filebase Download Manager

Other

  • MapPress Easy Google Maps
  • Comprehensive Google Map Plugin
  • WP Google Maps
  • Leaflet Maps Marker
  • Print Friendly and PDF Button
  • WP-Print
  • Pretty Link Lite
  • Meteor Slides
  • WPtouch
  • Page Links To
  • Social Slider
  • FeedWordPress
  • Types
  • Relevanssi
  • Advanced Code Editor
  • White Label CMS
  • Google Calendar Events
  • Groups
  • Portfolio
  • Liveblog
  • Strictly Auto Tags
  • Magic Fields 2
  • More Fields
  • Custom Field Template

Multilingual

  • qTranslate
  • Transposh WordPress Translation

PHP

  • Exec-PHP
  • PHP Code Widget
  • Shortcode Exec PHP
  • Allow PHP in Posts and Pages

Post Enrichment

Gamification

  • CubePoints
  • Achievements for WordPress

 Twitter

  • Tweetily
  • Tweetable
  • Twitter Tools
  • Xhanch – My Twitter
  • Twitter Widget Pro

 Available Elsewhere

  • CiviCRM
  • Simple:Press
  1. [1]I used this before Jetpack came along and offered bundled Contact Forms.
  2. [2]I used this before Jetpack provided social sharing.
  3. [3]I used this before Jetpack provided integrating sharing to Facebook and Twitter.
  4. [4]I had used this in the past, but had replaced it with ShareThis, etc.
  5. [5]I used this before Jetpack provided integrated sharing.
  6. [6]I still use this on occasion, but WordPress stats included in Jetpack are usually sufficient for me.
  7. [7]I’m not sure if I will continue using this plugin.
  8. [8]This has been replaced by Jetpack’s functionality.

WordPress Adsense Plugins – An Overview.

I want to optimize my income from Google Adsense on my various WordPress based sites. How can I accomplish this most effectively? By using a WordPress plugin for Adsense of course! So, I went to WordPress’ plugin section and compiled all the most popular Adsense plugins.[1] I’ve included the list below as well as my commentary on the various plugins.

Plugin: Version: Updated: Rating: Downloads:
WPCustomAds 0.8.8 2011-7-5 5 Star * 1 644
Ad Inserter 1.1.2 2011-6-5 4.5 Star * 12 11,400
Adsense Insert 1.4 2011-11-23 4 Star * 14 9,197
Ad Squares Widget[2] 110709 2011-7-9 5 Star * 14 62,927
Adsense Made Easy 0.5.1 2011-9-20 5 Star * 4 10,562
Quick Adsense 1.9 2011-6-20 4 Star * 69 201,804
Ad Injection 1.2.0.7 2011-12-4 4 Star * 34 95,077
Easy Adsense Lite 5.07 2011-11-3 4 Star * 6 8,126
Adsense Manager 4.02 2011-9-23 3 Star * 96 334,944
Best Google Adsense 1.1.4 2011-11-22 3.5 Star * 13 29,333
Awesome Ads 1.0.4 2011-5-27 4 Star * 14 17,448
Awesome Google Adsense 1.0.4 2011-11-22 4 Star * 13 21,749
Simple Ads Manager 1.0.35 2011-7-18 3.5 Star * 24 25,610
Google Adsense Plugin 0.53 2011-11-23 5 Star * 2 621
Adsense Now! Lite 3.04 2011-11-12 4 Star * 5 3,160
Ads Manager WP/BB 1.5.2 2011-8-17 5 Star * 2 2,582
WP Ads Auto Post 1.2 2011-2-18 5 Star * 1 3,979
WP Random Ads 1.0 2011-9-10 5 Star * 3 740

As you can see there are a large number of options – and this is just a partial list. Lets take a closer look at a few of the best candidates:

  • Quick Adsense – This plugin has over 200,000 downloads and a 4 Star average review rating from sixty-nine reviews. It offers straightforward customization of where ads will be placed on a page but also requires you to generate individual code bits from Adsense for each slot.
  • Adsense Manager – While downloaded over 330,000 times it only has an average review of 3 Stars from ninety-six reviews. It doesn’t appear to be under ongoing development – although the author did release an update to enable the plugin to work with the latest version of WordPress.
  • Ad Injection – The third most frequently downloaded adsense plugin with 95,000+ downloads and holding 4 Stars with thirty-four reviews. Appears powerful with a lot of customization options, but also a fairly intuitive user interface.
    • This is the plugin that is my most preferred at the moment.
  1. [1]I think. If I missed one, let me know.
  2. [2]See also Ad Codes widget.

Looking for WordPress Plugin…the Results.

Well, no one told me about any plugins like the one I asked about in my original post, but I was able to find a few on my own that seemed to fit the bill. I figured I’d share the results of my search in case anyone else is looking for something similar…and also ask that if you happen upon any solutions in addition to the ones I’ve mentioned here – let me know!

  • Auto Schedule Posts – davidjmillerorg – 2.1 – Last Updated: 2010-9-11. Rating Average: 3 stars.
  • Auto Future Date – aelora – 0.1 – Last Updated: 2011-1-18. Rating Average: NA.
  • Automatic Post Scheduler – tetele – 0.9 – Last Updated: 2010-11-19. Rating Average: 4+ stars.
  • Drafts Scheduler – talus – 1.4 – Last Updated: 2011-1-25. Rating Average: 5 stars.

At the end of the day I decided to start with tetele’s Automatic Post Scheduler. I’ll let you know how it goes! 🙂

Does It Exist: Looking for a WordPress plugin to….

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So, I’m really good at keeping this blog up sometimes, but then other times I drop off the face of the earth for a few days or weeks. I want to minimize this from happening.

I also have a tendency to have ideas for a bunch of articles all in a row…and would like to write them, but then don’t want to publish them all at the same time.

So, I’m looking for a WordPress plugin…Does anyone know if this exists?

  • When I write an article I can choose to “publish” it or put it into “the bin”.
  • If I don’t publish an article for x time an article will be automatically taken from “the bin” and published.
  • This will repeat until such time as I write another article, which will then cause “the bin” to hold until I don’t write an article for x period.

I know I can schedule when posts are going to be published – but I’m looking for something more intuitive and automatic…something that measures my inactivity and wisely chooses to post when I don’t. Thoughts?