Best Plugins From The WordPress Plugin Competition
While the SandBox WordPress theme competition has received a lot of attention. I would like to remind my readers that simultaneously a WordPress Plugin competition has been taking place. I saw a number extremely useful and amazing WordPress Plugins. I would like to highlight some the best Plugins that have been developed by the community.
Who Sees Ads?
An extremely powerful AD Management Plugin for your blog. Its time to ditch you Adsense deluxe and landing page WordPress Plugins. This baby can do it all and more. A super cool drag drop interface, a well thought out interface. A rules engine i.e. you can specify who see ads your regular visitors, search engine visitors etc. Its even compatible with the Adsense Deluxe Plugin. This Plugin has so many features that it would be better if you checked it out yourself, and yeah I am blogging about this the third time.
This Plugin is extremely useful if your running a multi-author blog. The default purpose is to track core events, such as users writing posts, changing profiles etc. Sometime back I had wished for such a feature in WordPress after someone deleted a post on a multi-author blog that I was running. If you run a multi-author blog it very hard for to track what the authors or users are doing. I personally feel this Plugin needs to part of the core. The popular Drupal CMS has something similar to this.
Another Powerful Plugin to manage your file uploads and downloads and to organize them. File organization is a mess in WordPress. Another Plugin that needs to part of the core WordPress.
- You can upload and store any type of files (not just image files). You can use the installation of WordPress as a file storage, so you have access to files anywhere, as long as you have the Internet access.
- Browse files in Ajax-powered interface.
- Attach image gallery to any posts or pages using stored files, without additional coding. It works without fiddling with any WordPress or theme files. There is absolutely no coding needed. No copy-and-pasting a piece of code. Not even inserting tags into your post entries.
- Make image or non-image files available for download.
- Organize files by tagging them.
- Built-in protection on published files to discourage hot linking.
This is how the WordPress default dashboard needs to look like. All netvibes, pageflakes and iGoogle Fans or users are sure to love this Plugin. And for people complaining about not being able to customize your WordPress dashboard this must be god sent. What you can do with this Plugin.
- Drag and drop to reorder the gadgets location to your liking.
- Add or remove gadgets at will.
- Fully extend-able – easily add your own gadgets to the dashboard using the very simple API.
- Skinable – The look of the dashboard can be changed simply by selecting a different skin (CSS style sheet).
- Standard gadgets – I have provided a number of standard gadgets.
WP Plugins Tracker
Another Plugin that needs to part of the WordPress core. This Plugin helps webmasters to track the new releases of the Plugins they are using in their website from admin panel. But I guess the WordPress guys are working on something similar to this for both Plugins and themes.
It just what the title says with a single click it helps you install Plugins and Themes, how cool is that. It allows uploading of a Plugin or theme without the need of manually uploading by FTP, allowing the upload from the Admin panel. All you have to do is browse for the zip file and click “upload” and the Plugin does the rest.
WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin
A Plugin that update your WordPress blog automatically. While upgrading WordPress is pretty easy most end users find it a big hassle.
CRM WP Plugin
Customer Relationship Management WP Plugin. Er. I don’t have to tell what this is do I. It looks like a really powerful Plugin I don’t see end users using it but for large sites or sites that use WordPress as a CMS this Plugin would be very useful.