Thirteen More “Lesser Known” Helpful WordPress Plugins

Thirteen More “Lesser Known” Helpful

Here are thirteen more useful plugins for your consideration:

1. Admin Theme Preview

Want to try out a new theme but do not want to make it live and visible to readers while you consider whether to implement and/or modify it? This is a must-have plugin! It allows you to preview any theme you have uploaded while your existing theme remains live.

2. BlogRush Click Manager

You can decide whether to include a particular post in the BlogRush feed, as well as give it a unique title designed to attract readers when it appears in the BlogRush widget on other sites. Since BlogRush automatically allows only 40 characters in post titles, this can be extremely helpful. The number of characters used is displayed in order to help you stay within the limit.

3. CommentLuv

This verbiage appears just beneath the comment “Submit” button below:

The CommentLuv plugin parses each commenter’s feed and displays a link to their site’s most recent post. Please be patient as it may take a moment for the plugin to fetch the information. Thanks!

The link beneath some of the comments to that visitor’s last blog post is courtesy of CommentLuv! It’s a great way to give some link love back to your readers. Note, however, that it only works with Feedburner. So if your visitor has not burned a Feedburner feed for their site, the link will not appear.

4. Different Posts Per Page

This plugin gives you the flexibility to direct how many posts will appear on your front page, as well as archive and search result pages. For instance, I have five posts on the front page, but if you perform a search, you will see up to 20 post excerpts on each results page.

5. What Others Are Saying

In the sidebar, I invite you to “Check Out These Other Great Sites!” There I display the most recent post from some of my favorite blogs. How? It is so simple using Sarah’s wonderful plugin! Just install it and then insert the feed address for your favorite sites in your blogroll. Under “Blogroll Management,” expand the “Advanced” tab and place the address on the “RSS Address” line. Every three hours (by default), the feeds will update. Again, this is a great way to kick the blogroll concept up a notch and spread some link love.

6. Trackbackers

Speaking of link love . . . in the sidebar, I say “Thanks for the Link Love!” using this plugin. When another site links back to yours, “if their server is configured to send a trackback (and most all blogging software is), your blog will be notified and that trackback will display on your site.” This plugin counts the number of times a site has linked to you and displays the ten who link most often (default value).

7. Digg This

Want to let your readers know when one of your posts has been Dugg? This plugin detects when a particular post has been Dugg at least once and appears. If it has not yet been Dugg, the Digg badge is not displayed.

8. Shortcut Macros

Alex King has written several really great plugins and this one is no exception. If you link to the same websites from time to time, you can set up a macro, enter the code into a post or page, and the link will magically appear! So, for instance, I have set up a macro labeled “##hl” which will automatically insert a link to my other website and save me from having to type the full code, <a href=””>Here’s looking at . . . me!<a> each and every time.

9. WP-Page Navi 2.20

Want to provide your readers with greater flexibility when navigating your site? Just add one line of code to the theme’s footer and activate this plugin. Visitors will be able to see the total number of pages that make up your site and review each one sequentially or jump to a specific page. You can customize the appearance via the WordPress plugin editor. You can see it in action at the very bottom of this page.

10. Delink Comment Author

Perhaps a visitor left a nonobjectionable comment along with a link to a site that you do find objectionable. Once again, Alex King has provided a solution. This plugin allows you to simply remove the link while retaining the comment.

11. WP-Print 2.20

Your readers may appreciate your articles so much that they want to print them to read later or share with friends. Just click on the link that appears under every post and a new window will open displaying the article in printable format, along with a summary of all links contained in the article.

12. KB Advanced RSS

How did I get the lists of my recent Stumbles and Diggs into the sidebar?

Did you know that your Stumbleupon home page has an RSS feed link in the lower right corner? If you log into Digg, visit your Profile page and click on the “History” tab. You will find the orange RSS icon right next to the drop down box. Just grab the address of the feeds by holding your mouse over the icons — the address will appear in the lower left corner of your browser window.

Yes, WordPress features built-in RSS widgets, but there is no flexibility. By installing the KB Advance RSS widget, you can control the title, icon, number of items displayed and add HTML code to style the way the feed items appear.

Just enter your RSS feed address and you can display all the pages you have recently Stumbled or Dugg, yet again giving a shout-out to your favorite sites.

13. WordPress Upgrade Preflight Check

Have you upgraded to WordPress 2.3 yet? If you are feeling unsure about whether or not to upgrade, you can utilize this plugin to check your site and pinpoint any potentially incompatible themes and plugins.

Is there a plugin you use on your own site and/or have developed that is not listed here? Leave a comment with a link to the site where it can be downloaded!

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  1. This is going to be very helpful for WordPress folks.

    My TT is up.

  2. If I wasn’t so dumb this would be helpful. I hear there’s a book coming out soon “WordPress for Dummies”
    Happy TT…

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  3. Wow, this is really a very insightful list.. thanks!

    Mine is up here:

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  4. These sound wonderful, now if I could figure out how to add them!! 😆

    Happy TT!

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  5. I will definitely be saving this post! Thanks for sharing precious info.

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  6. I use a couple of those. But I think I like the “What others say” one. Too bad it can’t go into a post and the listed sites ping’d for linkage. xD I’m so sneaky.

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  7. I am hopelessly not technical

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  8. I just started using the CommentLuv plugin and I really like it!

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  9. Hey..thanks for sharing..!! It’s very useful to me..!! 😛

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  10. Thanks for mentioning my CommentLuv plugin. 😎 FYI: It doesn’t need the user to have a Feedburner feed as long as they have a feed in a standard location or linked in the head part of their site.

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  11. Hey very nice post. Thanks for the information.

  12. great list. I’m going to go check out some of those now.

    happy tt

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  13. I know I will be coming back to see if I can stick some of this on my blog.

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  14. Interesting list. I know a lot of TTers use WP. Happy TT.

  15. nice post – I definately hadn’t seen some of these – so thanks a lot!

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  16. I really like that comment luv plugin. It was one of the first that I put onto my site, and it has been really useful.

    A couple of others you’ve listed sound great, once my sprogs are in bed I’l have time to look into them properly. Thanks for this :)

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  17. Thank you so much for this list, I love finding interesting plugins. In particular I like the sound of the Blogrush Click Manager, Comment Luv and What Others Are Saying.

    Thanks again! :mrgreen:

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  18. Very cool! I am going to bookmark this for when i switch, hopefully before the end of the year 😀

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  19. What a great post. I am going to activate the print plugin and the trackbackers plugin.

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  20. Ikes! Your post just makes me realize how little I know about all of the blog options! There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

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  21. i love the commentluv plugin but am having some trouble in it’s rendering on my site.

    how’d u get that paragraph that reads, “the commentluv plugin parses each commenter’s…” to appear BELOW your submit button? mine appears above the entire comment form on my blog! grrr…

    did you custom create that paragraph or is that the one that installs with the plugin?

    thanks for any help you can give!

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  22. I tried to install the trackbackers plugin, but for the life of me I couldn’t not figure out how to get it to work. I activated the plugin, but can’t find any way to place the module in my sidebar. What am I doing wrong?

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  23. Great stuff! I am in the process of starting my blog in WP

  24. Thank you! The CommentLuv plugin looks awesome!

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  25. Hi—Janie:I recently added CommentLuv and think it is a super cool plug-in. Love the idea behind it. I had not heard of the BlogRush plug-in or a few others you mentioned. Thanxs for the referrals. :smile: Missy.Missy’s last blog post..CommentLuv Installed, Please Thank Andy Bailey.

  26. Very nice list. Your right, some of them are lesser known, but still good.

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  27. Nice list, my friend! I have downloaded a couple of them but I haven’t activated them.

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  28. Wow, great list! Thanks a bunch for writing this. I actually didn’t know about very many of these at all so you brought some great resources to my attention. :)

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  29. Great list!, I’m checking out some of them.

  30. Loved your list! Many useful pluhins!

  31. CommentLuv is a great idea. I wish my blogspot could have it. All blogs should have this plugin.

    Another great one is so commentors can edit their comments for a few minutes after pressing the submit button – good for fixing spelling, not sure of its name.

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  32. You do use the edit plugin – well done!

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  33. I need a better design for me site LOL I wanna use all these nifty plugins!!

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  34. I may be late seeing this but I’m glad I did. There’s several goodies listed here that I hadn’t heard of. I’ll be stopping back to get the download links again.

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  35. Thanks for posting these. I need all the help I can get. There seem to be so many tricks that I am just learning about. Keep em coming.

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  36. Hey there Janie. Again, really nice of you to share. But Im just wondering, what plugin are you using to display the last blog post in the user comments. It’s really cool.

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  37. These are some great plugins, thanks!

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  38. Tropical Sunset says:

    awesome list of plugins!

  39. Awesome guide! I’ve never heard of many of these plug-ins, but they look very useful.

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  40. Word press plug-ins are awesome.

    Just hope people continue to develop original plug-ins

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  41. This tips are quite helpful. I am particularly intersted in 3 of them and I am adding to my plugin library. Thanks for sharing this. Cheers.

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  42. Hello,

    Well i have to be honest over here – these are lesser known plugins fore sure but i have no doubt that a person who understands wordpress and blogging would be using atleast 5-6 plugins already.

    I am one of them actually!!

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