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Top 10 WordPress Plugins And Where You May Find Them

| August 18, 2006 | 10 Replies

5/2007 Note: Please note, many of you are coming to view this page for the latest plugin article on my site.  I have an updated article found here:

http://www.mustech.net/2007/04/a-dozen-wordpress-plugins-my-new-list/

Please bookmark, promote and visit the link above for more and newer WordPress Plugins Used on this site.  And the ones found below still aren’t bad! :)  ~J. Pisano

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If you don’t have a [tag]Wordpress[/tag] blog you can get one here: http://www.wordpress.com or http://www.wordpress.org. You can host a WordPress blog on wordpress.com for free or you can download the software free at www.wordpress.org.

Plugins in brief:

A [tag]plugin[/tag] is software code that is “pre-coded” for you so that you don’t have to know programming or to make programming much, much easier. Most of the plugins I use, for WordPress, require no programming experience at all and can make your website easier to use, more interactive, visually stunning and way cool.

Many of these plugins will work with other blog software if you can acquire the correct versions.

If the don’t make one for your blog software you probably will be able to find similar ones if you search around.

You may see most of these plugins in action on my website: http://www.mustech.net.

The list:

Sidebar Widgets- A must have! Makes plugins even easier! Required by some of the other plugins listed here.
http://automattic.com

wp-notable- Allows you to add [tag]social bookmarks[/tag] to your blog.
http://www.calevans.com/view.php/page/notable

Akismet- Helps get rid of SPAM on your website.
http://akisimet.com/

Jerome’s Keywords- Allows keywords to be associated with each post. You can create “clouds” from these and they allow for quick searching.
http://chipstips.com/?tag=phpjerome

[tag] Simple Tags[/tag] – Allows you to easily enter Technorati Tags into your posts and places them rather “cooly” at the bottom of your posts.
http://www.broobles.com/scripts/simpletags/

[tag]Translator[/tag] – Translates your blog into eight languages!
http://blog.taragana.com/

[tag]Subscribe2 widget[/tag] – Makes keeping track of subscribers and getting them easier.
http://www.prescriber.org.uk/

About me widget- A great “about me” sidebar information panel, including picture.
http://www.samdevol.com/about-me-widget-for-wordpress

Executable PHP widget- Allows you to execute php code from a box located in the sidebar.
http://ottodestruct.com/blog/

[tag]Weather Sticker[/tag]- Allows you to create a forecast on your blog.
http://dropdeaddick.com/

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More WordPress plugins can be found here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins

More WordPress widgets can be found here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/WordPress_Widgets

TIP: WordPress widgets will not work with every WordPress theme. You must have a “widget enabled” theme for them to work properly.

You can get one here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/WordPress_Widgets
For more information about WordPress you can check out Wikipedia.

~J. Pisano

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Fine Arts at Grove City College, PA and the Vice President of TI:ME. He also writes for DCI Magazine, In-Tune Monthly and has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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