WP Plugins To Be Explored

WP Plugin Roundup » Running Now or In Test | Needs Improvement |

These are plugins that caught my attention for some (positive) reason … maybe because of something in their design, maybe the functionality, maybe because they’re well documented?

  • Lists of …:
  • The CandyBowl:
    • Subscribe to Comments Author: Mark Jaquith – “… a robust plugin that enables commenters to sign up for e-mail notification of subsequent entries. The plugin includes a full-featured subscription manager” Lovely work, as usual. But Mark, tell us what plugin you’re using for ReplyTo! Does it also thread comments?
    • Sexy Comments Author: Matthew Batchelder Plugin by: Matthew Batchelder at BorkWeb – “Replacing the comment section of your template, this plugin outputs forum style comments optionally with avatars. The latest update has brought Ajax helper features! The full feature list is as follows: [long list!!]”
    • CommentLuv Author: @commentluv (concept & coding) – “This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their last blog posts, tweets or digg submissions which they can choose one from to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.”
    • AJAX Comments Authors: DjZoNe, Mike Smullin – “More than that, it checks if all fields filled correctly, and also makes sure to avoid comment duplication, and has flood protection capabilities as well.”
    • Ajax Comment Posting Author: regua – “There are many comment-related plugins in WordPress plugin directory. However, if you’d like to find just a simple, reliable comment-posting Ajax plugin, you won’t find any. […] Not only will it post your comment without refreshing the page, but it will also make sure that you’ve filled all the form fields correctly.”
    • TinyMCEComments Author: mk – “… turns the comment field from a primitive into a WYSIWYG editor, using the internal TinyMCE library […] Functions that only available to writers will not show up in the toolbar.”
    • Ajax Comment Preview Author: Michael D Adams – “… uses AJAX and other buzzwords to send each previewed comment through WordPress’ inner voodoo. With the click of a button, your site’s visitors can preview their comments exactly as they will appear when they submit them for realies.
    • Zemanta Author: Zemanta Ltd. – “Zemanta recommends content while you write your post.” (For my own purposes, this is key.)
    • Efficient Related Posts Author: Aaron D. Campbell – “There is a problem with related posts plugins [..:] Basically, current related post plugins build the list of related posts on the fly when the user needs to view it. […] Efficient Related Posts moves all this effort into the admin section, finding related posts when a post is saved rather than when the user views it. The advantage is that if the query is slow it happens less often and the post writer is the one that waits rather than the user (which I think is WAY better).
    • Learning More Author: Kyle Truscott – “Adds a simple ”Learn More” widget to the sidebar. Let’s a user quickly send you an email requesting more info. AJAX validation.” This could be sweet.
    • #geek ThickBox Content – “… adds a button to the text editor’s toolbar and allows to display your content in a thickbox effect. The plugin can include any inline content, iFramed or Ajax content located on other pages.”
    • Arkayne Related Posts Plugin Arkayne.com – Possibly requires success of the over-all Akayne networK? BTW very nice intro video on the corporate site. “[…] delivers relevant links at the bottom of your content. Arkayne examines every viewable word on the page and then searches your site, sites within your network, and the web for the most contextually relevant matches. Arkayne does what other related content plugins don’t:
      • Allow your friends to recommend your relevant blog posts.
      • Show more of your posts in your RSS feeds.
      • Introduce you to other bloggers in the same space.
      • Deliver high CTR rates that increase your audience.
    • Sliding Panel Plugin; see also integrating a sliding panel into WordPress”
    • WPMU Contextual Related Posts Author: Alex Bilbie – “Creates relationships between WordPress MU blog posts based on user defined tags, relevant Open Calais tags and extracted terms. It requires an Open Calais (http://www.opencalais.com/) API key and a Yahoo Term Extraction API key (http://developer.yahoo.com/search/content/V1/termExtraction.html) This plugin was created for the JISC (http://jisc.ac.uk) funded JISCPress project (http://jiscpress.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk”)
    • HookPress brings webhooks to WordPress! from the WebHooks blog; see also HookPress at mitcho.com
    • … show/hide contents … I’ve implemented this a number of times, so have made it work, but when I see for e.g. this implementation in mitcho.com I find myself wishing for a short-code in WP. Is there such a thing? Haven’t found it. But there are lots of resources i.e. JQuery Toggle and Vertical Sliding Menu with Jquery and Reusable Jquery Toggle and on and on. But just look at the “News Briefs” section on the CircleID homepage … yaaa, that’s what I mean.
    • TinyMCE Advanced Author: Andrew Ozz – *shudder* (I use this editor. It works. In HTML mode. But I still hate the way it interferes w/o being helpful. Maybe smarter to jump to “Foliopress” – True WordPress WYSIWYG?)
    • The Tina MVC framework – “Tina MVC is a development framework for WordPress that uses a loose model view controller (MVC) design pattern.” see also Install and Quick Start Tutorial
    • Plugin WP-Table Reloaded … for my own purposes. *No, I’m not tellin’!* Likewise Ndb_UserHidden – “… hides parts of wordpress posts for unidentified end users. By surrounding private text with [hide] and [/hide] tags you can force guest users to register and login to view member-only content.”
    • Huseyin Berberoglu’s “Favorite Posts” Plugin … I’m /fascinated/ by the ability to persist readers’ choices and data.
    • Social Blo­groll (for­merly known as Feed Rea­ding Blo­groll) – “… pro­vi­des a sidebar-widget and a template-tag that add an enhan­ced blo­groll to your side­bar. It checks on all your lin­ked sites, when the most recent update has occu­red. The plu­gin is inspi­red by Blogger’s Blog List.”
    • Rico Tabbed Menu – Using Rico to impliment an Ajax tabbed panel inside posts.
    • Buzz Comments – “… for users who’ve connected their blog to Google Buzz. It adds the Buzz replys to your Blog Comments.” I just started with Buzz … this might be useful.
    • Hikari Titled Comments – “… enables each comment to have a title, so that commentators can give a subject meaning to their comments.” Nice idea!
    • Sortable Nicer Archives for WordPress – “The archives list can be sorted by date and category and filtered by author and year.” Okie dokie … kinda homely right now, but it’s a nice bundle of function.
    • WP User Defaults Author Jerod Santo – “With this plugin, a WordPress site Administrator can set some default options for new user accounts. All new users registered on the system will inherit these settings.”
  • Discovered but not explored:
    • Automatically publish highlights of any website, directly to your Blog
    • GD Star Rating – “… allows you to set up rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog. You can set many options for displaying the rating stars, and add widgets into the sidebars for displaying top ratings and other statistics.”
    • Mingle – “… uses your standard WordPress website and standard WordPress theme to create your Social Network instantly.”
    • Links – “… used to be able to create a page on your web site that will contain a list of all of the link categories that you have defined inside of the Links section of the WordPress administration, along with all links defined in these categories. … For links that carry RSS feed information, Link Library can display a preview of the latest feed items inline with the all links or in a separate preview window.”
    • WP-UserOnline – “… enables you to display how many users are online on your WordPress blog with detailed statistics of where they are and who they are (Members/Guests/Search Bots).”
    • Login With Ajax – “… adds the capability of placing a login widget in the sidebar with smooth AJAX login effects.”
    • Comment Rating – “… automatically embeds clickable images in comments using simple AJAX javascript (no heavy jQuery) to allow visitors rate comments in Like vs. Dislike fashion. The votes are displayed along with the comments in either two numbers, one combined, or both.”
    • WP Ajax Edit – “Users can edit their own comments for a limited time, while admins can edit all comments.”
    • Ajax Category Posts Dropdown – “Lists all categories in a dropdown box and after selecting one the second dropdown box gets populated via Ajax with all posts from this category. You can use this plugin as widget.”
    • Infinite Scroll – “… adds the following functionality to your wordpress installation: When a user scrolls towards the bottom of the page, the next page of posts is automatically retrieved and appended.”
    • Live Blogroll – “… will show a number of ‘recent posts’ for each link in your Blogroll using Ajax. When the user hovers the mouse above the link, RSS feed from the site is automatically discovered and a number of recent posts is shown dynamically in a box.”
    • Comment Rating Widget – “… an add on to the Comment Rating plugin (version 2.9.0 or later). It displays ratings along with the most recent comments in the sidebar in formats of your design. The comment rating and images on display can be “Likes only”, “Dislikes only”, or Both. This is customizable by the “Value for comment_karma” option in Comment Rating.”
    • Ajax Comment Posting – “I developed a simple and small yet functional Ajax Comment Posting (ACP) plugin. Not only will it post your comment without refreshing the page, but it will also make sure that you’ve filled all the form fields correctly.”
    • Drag-To-Share eXtended – “This plugin mimic the Mashable functionality where news stories and interesting articles can be shared to social networking sites. The functionality is driven by the images accompanying the articles, you click and hold on an image and can then drag it into a toolbar to share it.”
    • LiveUpdates – “Creates a section in the sidebar which displays a live message which can be updated from the admin area without the page being refreshed by the viewer.”
    • jQuery Archive List Widget – “… displays a collapsible archives list in your sidebar by using jQuery.”
    • Seriously #Geek: WordPress Console – “This plugin adds a “Console” page to the administrator’s Tools menu which provides a JavaScript-based interactive console that loads the WordPress environment. It allows execution of arbitrary PHP code as well as anything defined by WordPress or activated plugins.”

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