Cool WordPress Plugins Released In October

Better late than never but here is a list of plugins that were released during the month of October that caught my eye. It amazes me each time I do a post like this to see the amount of creativity that takes place on a monthly basis to either improve upon WordPress or to add functionality to it that didn’t exist before. Quite a few examples can be found within this list.

WP Blurb – Limit posts, pages, categories or your custom text. Limit the number of characters to what you like. You are calling the plugin function from your theme.

TDW Combobox Links – Display links in a combobox.

bbPress Live – bbPress Live allows you to pull data from a bbPress 1.0 forum using the new XML-RPC publishing API in bbPress.

Xavin’s Review Ratings – Xavin’s Review Ratings is a WordPress plugin that adds a shortcode tag [xrr rating=”4/5″] that displays a rating in one of several formats.

HeadSpace2 – HeadSpace is a powerful all-in-one plugin to manage meta-data and handle a wide range of SEO tasks.

CommentLuv – Appends a titled link using AJAX to the authors last blog post on their comment giving back some love to the people that join your discussion.

Lazyest Gallery – Lazyest Gallery is an integrated image gallery with automatic thumb and slide creation

Business Directory for WordPress – Business Directory for WordPress is an easy way to host a free directory page for your readers, affiliates, advertisers, community or club members. Invite them to submit a simple advertisement listing for themselves on your blog

WP Double Opt-In List Management – This WordPress email list management plugin allows the visitors of your blog subscribe to your mailing list using a double opt-in method. The signup form (Email, Name and other fields) is placed on the WordPress blog sidebar. After a user fills in the form and clicks “Subscribe”, WP double opt-in plugin sends an email with the subscription confirmation link to the user.

FV Community News – Allow your visitors to add articles to the sidebar or anywhere else. Complete with moderation panel and a settings page, you can sit back while you have full control about the look and articles that being posted.

Update URLs – When you move WordPress to a new domain or directory, the permalinks are not updated. This plugin updates all permalinks. In addition, it also gives the user the option to update any links within posts and pages.

FTP Plugin for WP Database Backup Plugin – This plugin adds a fourth way to save the database backup files of the WP Database Backup plugin. With the standard WP Database Backup plugin you can save the database tables of your weblog a file. This backup file can stored on the server of your weblog, send to an email account or saved (manually) to your local hard disk.

Wp2BB – Wp2BB integrates your WordPress blog and your phpBB forum. It automatically creates new topics in the forum for every new post in your blog.

ZdMultilang – ZdMultilang is a Multilingual plugin for WordPress allowing you to blog in more than one language. You can define multiple languages and translate posts/tags/categories using the interface that will be added to your blog’s administration panel.

Event Calendar 3 – Manage future events as an online calendar. Display upcoming events in a dynamic calendar, on a listings page, or as a list in the sidebar.

DasboardZone – Displays statistics about your posts and post frequency on the WordPress Dashboard

Lightbox Plus – Lightbox Plus is a plugin that implements Lightbox JS by Lokesh Dhakar. Lightbox Plus is used to create overlay display images on the webpage and to automatically add the correct overlay links to images. Lightbox Plus captures the image title for display using a fairly robust regex to capture most character that may appear as part of the title.

Stumble! – Stumble! for WordPress extends WordPress to support a “random article” feature, similar to StumbleUpon’s StumbleThru and Wikipedia’s (Mediawiki’s) ran.

FeatPlug – Featplug is a plugin that can mine your WordPress (or any other Blog/CMS/Forum software’s) posts and generates “featured content” section

Results Count – Results-Count is a very simple plugin that does exactly what it says on the tin & will count the number of posts that result from operations in WordPress such as a search, viewing a category, or viewing a monthly archive etc.

Highlight Comments – Highlight Comments allows you to highlight comments, which are worth reading. It can highlight your own comments as well and is fully customizable.

Lifestream – Lifestream displays your social feeds and photos much like you would see it on many of the social networking sites.

Backlinks – A simple function to show blog posts linking back to any article, similar to Google Backlinks

WP Hide Dashboard – WP Hide Dashboard is a simple plugin that removes the dashboard link and prevents dashboard access to users assigned to the Subscriber role. This is useful if you want to allow your subscribers to edit their own profiles, but don’t want them wandering around the rest of your WordPress admin section.

J Post Slider – Show your post in fancy jQuery box, rotating images, with show-up text box with post description.

login required – Permit access to your blog only to the logged in users

MobilePress – MobilePress is a WordPress plugin that will render your WordPress blog on mobile handsets, with the ability to use customized themes. The plugin also allows specific themes for specific devices / mobile browsers, such as iPhone, Opera Mini, Windows CE Mobile and other generic handset browsers.

WP-Donators – Wp-Donators provides a smart donation function to autoleave the sponsor information in a container after payment. People can donate and submit name/URL or TextLink ad. The information of the latest donors are displayed in the cloud.

Landing sites – When visitors is referred to your site from a search engine, the plugin is showing them related posts to their search on your blog.

Slayer’s Custom Widgets – This plugin will make your widgetized sidebars so flexible that you will almost think that your running a more advanced CMS system and not WordPress.

Contact Form 7 – Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

Side Content – It enables you to define a set of widgets which are effectively placeholders. Each one is empty until you assign content to it when editing a page. This enables you to extend the content of the page into the sidebar.

MyADManager – Manages 125×125 ADs. Automatic activation and deactivation of ads. Ads can be bought directly, accepts payments via Paypal.

SocioFluid – SocioFluid is a Social Bookmarking Plugin, displaying small icons, which grows when the mouse is moved over, similar to mac effect.

Moderator – Moderator is a WordPress Plugin and associated desktop application, built using Adobe AIR, that allows you to view and moderate comments from your desktop.

eShop – An accessible Paypal Shopping Cart plugin.

New User Approve – New User Approve is a WordPress plugin that allows a blog administrator to approve a user before they are able to access and login to the blog.

WP Unique Article Header Image – Allows you to add/associate unique header image with each single post/page.So you can spice your blog to have a unique header image per post/page.

WordPress Link Directory – A link directory plugin for WordPress which allows other webmasters to add their link to your site. It can check for reciprocal links and even check the Pagerank of the other site and accept or refuse the link based on criteria you specify

List compiled via the WordPress Plugin Release posts on

16 thoughts on “Cool WordPress Plugins Released In October

  1. Thanks for this article. By the way, would it be okay if I start blogging with a free account and decide later on hosting the blog? Will the transition be easy enough to migrate from a free account to a paid one? Hope you could shed light on the query. Thank you.

  2. Great suggestion to limit login attempts. What makes WordPress different from other password protected systems is the way the login form is designed. Contrary to the best practice, when you enter a username and incorrect password instead of telling you that either your username or password is incorrect WP will say if you got the name correct or not. This makes the amount of combinations needed to break into wordpress much lower. And many users choose to have “admin” as a login name which also makes it a whole lot easier to guess. So enabling login limiter solves that particular problem.

  3. This post has been so insightful. I have been blogging for just over a year, and I’m slowly starting to look into plug-ins. But there are so many to choose from – it’s quite overwhelming. Thank you for the much needed information.

  4. I have no idea what WordPress Direct is. I’ve never heard of them. After doing some Google searches, and watching a few of their videos, I still don’t understand what it is they do or what the software does.

  5. That feature already exists within WordPress. When you write the post, you can schedule the post to be published at a certain time and date, no plugin needed.

  6. I have been looking for a list of all plug ins.Does any one know of plug in which can post automatically at the predetermined times? I have this huge list of PLR’s waiting to be loaded.

  7. WordPress is so wonderful and it’s plug-ins as well. I was looking for both utilities W2BB and Update URLS because I was about to move many of my blogs to new host. Thanks for giving an update on all that.

  8. Their are three WordPress version, (The Self Install Program), (Hosted Platform) and WordPress MU (Multi User) so no, they are not the same.

  9. Is wordpress the same as wordpress direct because if it is then I have not come across this so I am guessing the two are different.

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