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14 of the Best WordPress Plugins

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We know you’re always trying to find new ways to make your WordPress blog or web site better, so we searched all over to bring you what we believe to be 14 of the best WordPress plugins!

Sociable

Looking for a way to automatically add links to social bookmarking sites like Digg, delicious, Facebook, and Twitter to your WordPress posts, pages, and RSS feed?  With this WordPress plugin, you can choose from nearly 100 different social bookmarking sites — it’s a great method of alerting visitors about new content on your site!

Global Translator

Parlez-vous français?  Your blog can!  The Global Translator plugin will automatically translate your site into another language using one of the following translation engines:  Google Translation Engine, Babel Fish, Promt, and FreeTranslations.  With this WordPress plugin, you will be able to attract new visitors from all over the world to your blog!

WP-Cumulus

Does your web site or blog need a little something to make it stand out from the crowd?  This WordPress plugin uses a Flash movie to rotate your tags and categories in 3D; it still works like a normal tag cloud, but it adds a lot more visual interest!

Excludes Pages

Need an easy way to add pages to your site or blog without having them appear in your navigation menu?  This WordPress plugin lets you to do just that by allowing you to simply uncheck a new button labeled “include this page in menus”.  The Excludes Pages plugin is great for anyone who wants to exercise more control over the layout and navigation of their blog or web site — who doesn’t want that?

WP Greet Box

Personalizing your blog doesn’t have to be difficult!  This WordPress plugin will display a different message based upon the URL new visitors clicked through from.  For example, if a user finds your site via Digg, then the greeting message will ask them to digg your post.  This plugin will make your site memorable and get your web site more exposure!

Twitter for WordPress

If you use Twitter AND WordPress, then it’s only right to combine the two!  This plugin will automatically display your most recent tweets in your WordPress blog, saving you the time and headache of having to do it manually.  Plus, this WordPress plugin can help encourage the readers of your blog to start following you on Twitter!

eShop

Want to turn your WordPress blog or web site into an online store?  This plugin offers a bunch of features for creating an internet shop, including several payment options, multiple shipping options, and various discount options.  This WordPress plugin even allows you to sell downloadable products, making it easy for you to earn extra money with your blog or web site!

Theme Test Drive

Looking for a way to experiment with new WordPress themes on your blog without changing how your site appears to visitors?  This plugin allows you as the administrator to test out a new theme, while anyone who visits your web site will still see your default theme.  Theme Test Drive makes it possible to play around with a new theme without having to make the commitment of changing how your site looks to the public!

Easy Contact

Still trying to figure out how to make it easy for legitimate visitors to get in touch with you but hard for spammers to hassle you?  Then Easy Contact is the plugin in for you! This XHTML-based contact form is completely customisable and features spam-reduction measures.  Plus, it uses shortcode, so you don’t have to spend time editing files!

Quotes Collection

Are you tired of doing ALL the talking on your web site or blog?  Quotes Collection can help you spice up your site with visitor comments, customer testimonials, or your favourite literary quotes.  This WordPress plugin will allow you to collect, manage, and display quotations of your choice on your site, and it offers translation for 19 different languages!

My Page Order

There’s got to be a simpler way of rearranging the order of the pages on your blog or web site, right?  Right!  This plugin makes it easy to change the order of pages on your site via a drag and drop interface. Thanks to My Page Order, customising the organization of the pages on your site is fast and simple with this WordPress plugin!

WP-DBManager

Databases — can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em.  Until now.  This WordPress plugin lets you optimize, repair, backup, restore, and delete databases.  Plus, you can run selected queries, drop and empty tables, and schedule automatic back ups and optimizations of your databases.  Managing your databases just got a little easier!

SEO Smart Links

Looking for a hassle-free way to SEOize your blog?  This plugin can automatically link phrases and keywords found in your comments and posts with the corresponding tags, categories, posts, and pages on your site.  By linking the content on your web site with certain keywords, you can increase your search engine ranking and attract more visitors.  Pretty cool, right?

Google XML Sitemaps

Sitemaps.  You know you need them, but they’re a hassle to create and submit, right?  Well this plugin does all the work for you!  It generates a Google compliant XML sitemap of your WordPress blog or web site, including any custom pages you make.  Plus, it will update your sitemap every time you create or edit a post AND submit it to all of the major search engines for you!  This plugin will allow you to  spend less time creating and submitting sitemaps and more time on making your blog the best it can be!

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