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DTWL – Best WordPress Plugins

One among the many other coolest things about WordPress is the support of powerful Plugin API, that let the developers write finest add-ons (GPL Compatible) across the world, to extend the basic functions of our blogs. Most plugins can be used simply by drag ‘n’ drop into your plugins folder and activating them, some requires you to add function codes into your template files with detailed instructions.

As a WordPress user, I too use them here, apart from using, I do regularly write about best new plugins as and when avilable.

On D’ Technology Weblog, I’ve started DTWL – Best WordPress Plugins post to point out a few of favorites. I’ll keep updating this post, if you come across any plugin that’s not listed here, please do write me, I’ll be happy to add ASAP. Till then…..check the list presented here:

Addicted To Live Search

Adds live search with ajax to the default search box; Update to WP 2.1 through Christoph LupprichBy John Nunemaker, Christoph Lupprich.


Place Google AdSense ads in your WordPress Posts. Requires WordPress 1.5 or higer. For complete usage and configuration click on AdsenseDeluxe under the “Options” menu.By Acme Technologies.

AJAX Comments

Post comments quickly without leaving or refreshing the page.By Mike Smullin.

Ajaxified Comment Preview

Allow your visitors to preview their comments before submitting.By C.H.Weng.


Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put <?php akismet_counter(); ?> in your template.By Matt Mullenweg.


Verify the reasonable and stop the spamming comments by using codes in image(simple and no database support)By Sandy Lee.

Category Converter

Move Categories to Other Categories – Go To PluginBy Timothy Haroutunian.

Feedburner Feed Replacement

Forwards all feed traffic to Feedburner while letting through some important User-Agents.By Steve Smith.

Giraffe AJAX Calendar

A ver sion of the WordPress calendar that uses AJAX to allow the user to step through the months without updating the page. Additionally, a click on the ‘expand’ link shows all the posts within that month, inside the calendar. Caching of content can be enabled to increase speed.By John Godley.

Google (XML) Sitemaps

This generator will create a sitemaps.org compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported By Google, MSN Search and YAHOO. Configuration PageBy Arne Brachhold.


Integrates coComment into your blog, allowing its users to easily track their & others comments. [Plugin Home] [Plugin Feed (RSS2)].By Amit Gupta.

iG:Syntax Hiliter

Syntax Highlighter for various programming languages, using the GeSHi engine. See the MANUAL for more instructions. [Plugin Home] [Plugin Feed (RSS2)].By Amit Gupta.

Landing sites

When visitors is referred to your site from a search engine, they are definitely looking for something specific – often they just roughly check the page they land on and then closes the window if what they are looking for isn’t there. Why not help them by showing them related posts to their search on your blog? This plugin/guide lets you do that, works with a long list of search engines! Plugin is made with help from these scripts: wp-related-entriessnippetslazarynBy The undersigned.

LMB^Box Comment Quicktags

Inserts a quicktag toolbar in the blog comment form.By Thomas Montague.

LMB^Box Smileys

A Clickable Smilies hack for WordPress. Add, edit, remove, and manage the display of your smileys!By Thomas Montague.

MyBlogLog Widget

Adds MyBlogLog widget to your blog.By MyBlogLog Team.


Adds an advanced page navigation to WordPress.By Lutz Schröer.

Pierre’s Wordspew

A plugin that creates a live shoutbox, using AJAX as a backend. Users can chat freely from your blog without refreshing the page! It uses the Fade Anything Technique for extra glamourBy Andrew Sutherland, Modified by Pierre.

Post Updated

Display notice/date/time of when a post was last updated.By Kaf Oseo.

Recent Posts

Displays a list of the most recent posts. Instructions and help online.By Rob Marsh, SJ.

Related Posts

Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches.By Alexander Malov, Mike Lu & Jon Bourne.

Share This

Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites. Thanks to Thomas McMahon for footwork on the URLs. Questions on configuration, etc.? Make sure to read the README.By Alex King.

Subscribe To Comments

Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Based on ver sion 1 from ScriptygoddessBy Mark Jaquith.

the_excerpt Reloaded

This mod of WordPress’ template function the_excerpt() knows there is no spoon.By Kaf Oseo.


Wraps up the functionality of the Acronym Replacer, AutoLinker, and then some. Can replace anything with anything, and includes (optional) domTT powered tooltips.By Joel Bennett.

Ultimate Tag Warrior

Ultimate Tag Warrior is a tagging plugin, that’s heavy on tag visualisation. I Like Pi!By Christine Davis.

Update Manager

Displays update notifications for WordPress plugins.By Martin Fitzpatrick.


Ajax-y category controls added to the Manage Posts screenBy Mike Purvis.


WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you. It can be implemented on a page or a post. It currently works with WordPress 2.0+. Script modified by Doug Karr to require a challenge question and response to fight spam.By Ryan Duff.


Manages your WordPress database. Allows you to optimize database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries.By GaMerZ.

WP-Enhanced Plugin Management

Add some additional functionality to Plugins Manager (e.g. deactivate/activate, toggle, totals) using Javascript and AJA’X’ for server sideBy Martin Wiso.


Enables you to display how many times a post had been viewed. It will not count registered member views, but that can be changed easily.By GaMerZ.

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