In his talk There’s a Plugin for That at WordCamp Detroit (#wcdet) in Novi, Michigan, Anthony Montalbano talked about the plugins that extend WordPress. Anthony’s recommendation for finding plugins: visit the WordPress Plugin Directory and use search. There’s likely a plugin for what you’re seeking. I was amazed when he said there were almost 12,000 plugins!
My head was spinning from all the plugins Anthony discussed, I couldn’t keep up. Here’s a partial list:
- After the Deadline – spellchecker, style and grammar checked using artificial intelligence
- Akismet – manages spam on your site
- All-In-One SEO – optimize your websites for search engines
- Contact Form 7 – contact form for your site
- Google Analytics for WordPress – logfile analysis of your site
- Google Translate – provides translation of pages
- NextGen Gallery – photo gallery with lightbox effects
- podPress – allows you to host a podcast
- SexyBookmarks – adds social networking menu to your post or page
- Subscribe to Comments – make it simple to follow the conversation in comments
- Twitter for WordPress – include your Twitter stream on your site
- User Role Editor & Adminimize – work together to modify users roles and the administrative area
- WP Auto Tagger – will read the content you just wrote and add tags to your post
- WP-DB-Backup – backup your WordPress database regularly (best practice: set up a unique gmail account and have all backups sent to that email account)
- WP-e-Commerce – add a shopping cart to your site
- WP-Invoice – create and send invoices and setup recurring billing for your clients
- WP-PageNavi – adds pagination to your posts
- WP Super Cache – handle heavy loads on your site. Makes site pages load faster when you have lots of traffic.
Anthony graciously shared his presentation online.