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WordPress Most Innovative Plugins List

Not all plugins created equal and while all of them enhance [tag-tec]WordPress[/tag-tec] core functionality in one way or another some go way beyond and take [tag-tec]blog[/tag-tec] platform beyond its intended use be it a new way to present content, earn via AdSense or other affiliate programs, etc.

What you are about to read is my view of what innovation is and my personal opinion based on my own experience with these plugins. I’m creating it as much for my own reference as for your enjoyment. Perhaps you will find some of them useful to your bloggin efforts and disagree with me on others. Either way I welcome your comments and contributions.

If you think I have missed a [tag-tec]plugin[/tag-tec] that fits this list – please provide a link in your comments, as I’m sure everyone would love to know about it.

  • FeedSmith – formerly known as Feedburner Feed replacement this plugin is a must have to extend options available for your RSS feeds. Perhaps one of the most useful functionalities of this plugin is extended stats about your feed readers.
  • Sphere Plugin is an easy to install addition that increases contextual value to your visitors by scanning your content and on-click generates a list of related articles. Without the need to write anything extra you get opportunity to give your visitors what they are looking for – information.
  • Ultimate Tag Warrior and Tagalize It – these 2 in my opinion should be combined as once you install them – your blog turns into super tagged traffic machine loved by Technorati. Use of these plugins takes your WordPress blog into Web 2.0 generation and provides a way to easily identify all your posts.
  • Share This – This plugin will allow your visitors to share your content via social bookmarking sites and/or e-mailing the post to a friend. Provides support for multitude of social networks without taking much of your precious blog real estate.
  • Spam Karma 2 is one plugin I can’t imagine myself without. Once installed and activated with default options it has completely removed any comments SPAM from my blog while allowing everyone to comment without any issues. In over a month of usage I have only had one false positive, easily recovered.
  • An-Archos – Anarchy Media Player plugin for your WordPress blog. One of the most feature-rich media player’s available, with excellent support and frequent updates. If adding all forms of video is important to you, I highly recommend you check this one out.
  • PodPress – install this plugin to turn your blog into ultimate podcast platform. With complete support for iTunes, mp3 and other popular podcast formats it gives you freedom to create and capitalize on one of the most popular trends on Internet.
  • GaMerZ WP-Plugins. There are too many to list here and each one is of excellent quality with great documentation. While each of them extends only small functionality of your blog I have found myself using so many of them that their combined effect makes these plugins a true modification of my blog. They are independent from each other and can be installed as needed, so feel free to pick what you like.
  • AdSense Deluxe – most of the bloggers rely on AdSense for a source of income or as simply a way to at least partially pay for their efforts. AdSense-Deluxe is a WordPress plugin offering advanced options for managing the automatic insertion of Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your WordPress posts.
  • All in One SEO Pack – search engine optimization is a must for your blog. This plugin takes care of some of the most daunting tasks associated with this effort and gives you freedom to do what you do best – write great content.
  • Page Link Manager – yes, I consider this one an innovation! WordPress is great but I have found that controlling pages is not an easy task and requires some manual intervention and code editing. This plugin will become your savior when it comes to solving this problem. Now you can decide which pages are displayed in Navigation and which you can add to credits.
  • Automatic Stats – extends core functionality of your blog and gathers stats on your blog that actually matter to you as blog writer. But the best part is – all stats are hosted by WordPress and don’t take up any of the resources on your server.
  • WP-Translate is a simple drop in way for users to view your blog in their language. Its easy for any most users to add this functionality to their site. I haven’t tested it with latest version of wordpress so any comments on this one would be appreciated.
  • WordPress Mobile Edition creates a version of your blog easily readable in PDA and new breed of cell phones that become so popular now days.

And last but not least a small trick that provides you access to extended functionality of WYSIWYG editor that I have found on Solo technology:

  • To enable additional formatting options in your WordPress editor simply hit alt-shift-v (Firefox) or alt-v (IE) to toggle extended editor.

Please remember that this post was created to provide list of WordPress Most Innovative plugins, if you are looking for a more extended list of plugins that make your blog rock visit my WordPress Web 2.0 Guide. Now I leave the floor for your comments. Let’s see how many I missed!

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22 Responses to “WordPress Most Innovative Plugins List”

  1. Chris says:

    Here’s a plugin you could use instead of the keyboard shortcut:

    Visualize Advanced Features

    It adds a button to the toolbar – click it and get the “hidden” buttons.

  2. TheSpot-er says:

    Thanks Chris!

    Your tip is greatly appreciated. And also one of my own additions …

    If you have noticed I now have a “Listen Odiogo” button on every article. Also created via plugin provided by A great way to create a podcast from your every post. All files generated and hosted by odiogo and only require that you enable full articles for RSS feed. You get nice interactive options, podcast subscription and it is all free.

  3. egorych says:

    I didn’t know there are so many useful plugins! I’m gonna test some of them 😉

  4. Hi Alex:

    Check out these plugins … tekkie/marketing benefits.

    1. dbmanager … to manage your MYSQL database within WordPress
    2. events-calendar … create events within your calendar from your WP admin
    3. riffy … visitors can add audio/video to posts … cool stuff
    4. live0.4.1 … view your blog visitors in realtime from your WP admin
    5. jpf_rank … view your technorati and alexa ranking in your sidebar

    Dr Wayne Nowland

    A satisfied Web 2.0 Wealth Customer!! Yeah!!

    • TheSpot-er says:

      Well, with dbmanager I had issues – it made a mess of database. So am staying clear from plugins that try to work with database in this fashion.

  5. on-host says:

    With regards to WP-Translate it seems it has issues with version 2.2. Upon activating the plug-in it creates a fatal error.

    Here is a link from the comments from the authors blog

    Not sure if has issues with other versions.

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    • TheSpot-er says:

      Well, what I have seen was spotty performance. It would work on one blog and not another. I don’t know why and hopefully author will develop it as idea behind it is great.


  6. Ainuddin says:

    WP-Translate would be a great tool I had downloaded.


  7. Mert Erkal says:

    Great post on plugins Alex. I appreciate…

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  8. bathroombuzz says:

    the list of plugins are amazing, I’ll try the technorati one, see how many traffic I can get 🙂 thanks

  9. Out of those I’ve only tested three, all in one SEO pack, share this and adsense deluxe. I do hear not so good review on WP Translate though. Apparently it uses a lot of resources and people on shared hosting often get kicked out because of that.

    The ultimate tag warrior is the most i’ve heard so far but it looks that you need to spend some times to get used to it.

    Too bad your related post was not on the list. I’ve been looking for one. Aizatto related which was the simplest are no longer available.

    good info nonetheless..

  10. I had issues with aLinks plugin on my grid hosting service. Author site was down, I could not get any help and I ended up looking for a replacement plugin, since my blog depended on aLinks a lot. I found a plugin called “Internal Link Building” and it is performing better than aLinks (in terms of CPU, and we all have limited CPU cycles). Hope this helps other readers.

  11. The Gamerz plugins are very useful – I use his wp-print to enable pages to be print-ready for my visitors.

    Enjoy, Barbara

  12. David says:

    You really got a good plugin list.I wonder which one is the best?

    • TheSpotter says:


      In my opinion “The Best” plugins are the ones you personally need and those that provide the functionality YOU and YOUR blog most require. For example – if you are trying to add polls to the blog and I tell you that Akismet is the best plugin – you might disagree because that is not the functionality you are looking for at the moment.


  13. kimrennin says:

    A plug in for Word Press, that allows you to cross-post your blog posts to your Face book Mini-Feed. The Face book app that this plug in works with will display a list of your most recent blog posts.
    social bookmarking

  14. Nick says:

    Great list of useful plugins. Instead of the Automatic stats plugin I have been using something similar called Wassup. It was more a case of Wassup was the first plugin I came across to provide stats, rather than a choice between the two, but have been pleased with it so far. Have you tried Wassup?

    It looks as though they both provide similar information but as you have recommended it I will try Automatic stats plugin on one of my new sites to see how the two plugins compare.

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