Everyone and their friends have probably written about their favourite WordPress plugins – plugins one can not do without. However, this list is slightly different. Here, I present to you five wonderful plugins, which I feel haven’t received the spotlight that they deserve. In fact, a quick search on Technorati revealed that these plugins havent been covered by any English blog in Technorati Top 500.
Future Post is a very useful feature present in WordPress blogs that allows scheduling of posts. In order to use future post all you need to do is to set a future date while publishing the post. Several High Profile bloggers have already covered future posts, so I wont elaborate on it (if you wish you can check out article on this topic at ProBlogger). Instead I am going to present a little known plugin that should help bloggers using Future Posts extensively. This plugin helps you in scheduling future posts by adding a month by month calendar to the “Edit Posts” page that shows all the days you have future posts for. Now, all you need to do is click on a date that doesnt have any future post assigned to it.
4. LMB^Box Comment Quicktags
It is a simple and light-weight plugin that makes things easier for commenters by adding a quick codes toolbar to the comment form. Nothing much to explain here. The download package contains detailed usage instructions. And if you want a demo, just scroll down .
SRG Clean Archives lists all your previous posts in a neat and organised manner. Instead of having the Archives in the sidebar, I recommend putting it in a separate page. You can see SRG Clean Archives in action here. However, there is a small hiccup. If you want to include SRG Clean Archives in a page you need to also have the plugin runPHP installed. SRG Clean Archives is excellent for 404 error pages also.
Update (17th May) : A new version of SRG Clean Archives has been released. Now, you dont require the runPHP plugin to use Clean Archives.
This plugin allows your readers to edit their own comments. Visitors can edit comments posted by themselves for a period specified by you, and admins can always edit any comment. Moreover, since this plugin uses AJAX editing is possible inline without opening a new page. This is one plugin I wish more bloggers used as I have a habit of committing terrible and sometimes embarrassing mistakes while commenting.
The navigation system in WordPress Admin Control Panel is extremely sloppy. Most of the pages are two clicks and hence two page loads away. If you want to save yourself from some frustration install this plugin.This plugin solves the problem by adding a neat and light-weight drop down menu which works perfectly in MS Internet Explorer 7, Opera 9 and Firefox 2. If you aren’t a fan of vertical drop down menus you can choose this horizontal variation (in my opinion the vertical drop down menu works much better in this situation).
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