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10 WordPress Plugins That You Didn’t Know About

Apr 09, 2010 90 Comments

One of the greatest things about WordPress is that thanks to the numerous plugins for it, you can customize it in any way you like. It is true that there are many cool WordPress plugins and it is very subjective what a must have plugin is but here are some recent and not very common (or at least not yet) WordPress plugins you can use:


Zemanta is a popular plugin you will find on many best WordPress hosts and its main function is to find related content (articles and images) from all over the Web and list it on your site.



This plugin is great, if you want to integrate your Twitter posts and the comments you get there with your blog because it automatically retrieves them from Twitter (the whole thread) and posts them as a post on your blog.



The simple way to turn your WordPress blog into a Social Network. Mingle uses your standard WordPress website and standard WordPress theme to create profile pages, user friending, profile page posts, profile activities, social comments, email notifications (with privacy settings) and a full directory of members.


Comment Rating

For blogs with tons of comments, Comment Rating is very handy because it allows to give users the option to rate comments, thus sorting useful comments from the crap.



This plugin allows you to display advertisements from various different networks or ad sizes! You can have 3 different widgets with ad code on, so you can quickly select what code you wish to display, and then put them in the position that you want.


Thumbnail previews of hyperlinks on a WordPress page are commonly used on many blogs. This plugin not only displays thumbnails but it also allows to choose which links to preview.


Autopublish Highlights

If you blog a lot about stuff you find on other blogs, then you will certainly appreciate this plugin, which allows to automatically embed/quote a portion of any web-page (and your comments). The main advantage of the plugin is that it speeds the process of post writing.


Mail On Update

This is a small plugin with a very useful functionality, if you have many other WordPress plugins installed. The Mail on Update plugin sends you an email when a new version of an installed plugin is available, thus saving you the trouble to log into wp-admin.

Instant Highlighter

Instant Highlighter is a nice way to help your visitors promote your site because when you install this plugin, users can highlight in color portions of your site and post it On Facebook, MySpace, delicious, digg, Tweet and other social networking/social bookmarking sites or share them with their friends. Additionally, all highlights are automatically saved and stored.


Display Widgets

Finally, this plugin is really, really useful. It does one thing but it is brilliant – it allows you to choose which pages a particular widget will be displayed on. This is very flexible because you don’t have to display a widget on all pages when you need it on only one or a couple of them.



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  1. Apr 09, 2010 @ 07:40:37


    great post! some really cool plugins her….i never heard of mingle, but i just checked it out and signed up. i think i may need to pay with it and see how powerful it really is, but there are a lot things i could use this for.

    thanks for sharing.

  2. Apr 09, 2010 @ 09:59:10


    Good post. A lot of good plugins that I hope to add to my new blog.
    Thanks for taking the time to collate and share.

  3. Apr 09, 2010 @ 10:21:52


    ZEMANTA wonderfull but others lack.

  4. Apr 09, 2010 @ 11:04:02

    Amber Weinberg

    Display Widgets is perfect for development of large custom non blog sites, thanks!

  5. Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:28:03


    Great. Thank you for posting this. I’m going to check out Zemanta now. Comment rating looks cool too for posts with too many comments.

  6. Apr 09, 2010 @ 16:54:51


    great Plugins.

    thank you very much.

  7. Apr 10, 2010 @ 02:00:12


    I like this, Thank ;))

  8. Apr 10, 2010 @ 05:02:44

    Mohammad Radwan

    Great Collection :))


  9. Apr 10, 2010 @ 11:47:08


    Amazing collections. Thanks. More “best wp plugins” posts please.

  10. Apr 10, 2010 @ 21:14:53

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    Oh, i like Mingle plugin, i’ll try it

  11. Apr 11, 2010 @ 18:10:10


    Great List. Tagaroo (http://tagaroo.opencalais.com/) is a good one that’s not really talked about, similar to zemanta.

  12. Apr 11, 2010 @ 23:04:26

    Joe Nyaggah

    This is a nice list of useful plugins.

  13. Apr 12, 2010 @ 00:37:12

    Maria Fidalgo

    Great list…thanks for sharing

  14. Apr 12, 2010 @ 10:40:28

    Andy Griffiths

    Thanks for this list. Some I don’t think would bother using but others might be worth a crack on some projects.

  15. Apr 13, 2010 @ 22:28:37


    very useful plugin .. thank you

  16. Apr 14, 2010 @ 04:55:37


    Really great post. Thanks a lot! I’ll certainly use at least 3 of them on my next project.
    Cheers! :)

  17. Apr 14, 2010 @ 05:35:30

    Kız Kulesi

    Thank you for sharing ;)

  18. Apr 14, 2010 @ 06:05:41

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    Great list, thank you. I have never heard about Mingle and that’s exactly what i’was looking for my new website (i’m trying to develop a social network about music).
    Thank you :D

  19. Apr 16, 2010 @ 07:28:55

    İbrahim Mumcu

    Thanks for sharing. I like it :)

  20. Apr 17, 2010 @ 10:40:51


    thanks . I like #1 because It great ! :)

  21. Apr 18, 2010 @ 06:22:50


    Thanks, very usefull post!

  22. Apr 18, 2010 @ 11:44:54


    hey thanks for this, going to use it

  23. Apr 19, 2010 @ 09:07:49


    Excellent plugins …

    Try it soon … if you know how to install them ;)

  24. Apr 25, 2010 @ 22:30:59

    Nauman Akhtar

    this is great, I used the ratings plugin before, but the Zemanta Plugin is awesome

    • Jun 30, 2010 @ 00:36:20


      I agree with ND’s this comment its really awesome

  25. May 17, 2010 @ 19:17:11


    I never heard all the plugin. I’ll give it a try next weekend. Display widget looks useful than adding PHP tag in widget

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    Great post. You did very nice job.

  28. Jun 30, 2010 @ 00:35:47


    thanks for this post as I dont know about this plugin yet


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  30. Jul 10, 2010 @ 08:57:10

    Jon Wizmath

    Great article! Will definitely include some of these plugins on my site.

  31. Jul 14, 2010 @ 13:08:30

    Elizabeth K. Barone

    I’ve never tried Mingle, but BuddyPress is by the WordPress team and makes your MU installation a social network. I love it so far, and highly recommend it.

  32. Jul 15, 2010 @ 14:42:34


    I do not know them indeed…
    Thanks for telling me :)

  33. Sep 09, 2010 @ 19:28:31


    Nice list – the one I like the most is Mail On Update.
    And Display Widgets is a time-saving plugin.
    Thanks for the useful post.

  34. Feb 28, 2011 @ 18:46:38


    Thanks for taking the time to collate and share. Keep writing.

  35. Apr 09, 2011 @ 03:18:23


    It’s very interesting. I need display widget plugin.

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    Great article and list of plugins. I think i will use some of them of them on some of our sites or blogs for our clients.

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