Top 10 WordPress Plugins And Where You May Find Them

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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 an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.

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