Wednesday, August 12, 2009

30+ New Useful WordPress Tricks & Hacks

Posted: 12 Aug 2009 06:29 AM PDT

wordpress tricks hacks

As an experienced WordPress user, we keep ourselves updated with the development of the core, plugin releases and useful WordPress tips and tricks shared by developers and enthusiasts. In today’s post, we’d like to share with you updated WordPress tips and tricks and plugins that are interesting and useful. Without further ado, here’s another 30+ More Useful WordPress Tricks & Hacks. Full list after the jump.

More useful Wordpress tricks & hacks articles we’ve previously published:

Antivirus for Wordpress

AntiVirus for WordPress monitors malicious injections and warns you of any possible attacks.


Digg/bury blog comments like

This plugin will allow users to digg / bury every thread of your comments, thus find out the most valuable comments as well as the human-spammers.

comment digg

Spell, Style and Grammer check with After the Dealine

Smart plugin that uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology to find your writing errors and offer smart suggestions.

after the deadline

Detect Adblocker and display alternative

Anti-AdBlock WordPress Plugin detects if a regular visitor to your blog (10 visits by default) has AdBlock software enabled. If so, it will display a floating notification message on the 11th visit to your visitor.


Insert anything into Wordpress Blog Post – WP-Insert

An allrounder wordpress plugin which takes care of it all be it your ads, your feeds, your tracking codes even the way you edit your posts!

wp-insert plugin

Improved web typography in WordPress – WP-typography

A one stop shop for improved web typography in WordPress. Ability includes:

  • Hyphenation
  • Spacing control, including: gluing values to units, widow protection, and forced internal wrapping of long URLs & email addresses.
  • Intelligent character replacement, including smart handling of: quote marks ( "foo" ), dashes ( foo - bar ), ellipses ( … ), trademarks ( ™ ), math symbols ( 1024×768 ), fractions ( 12/23 ), and ordinal suffixes ( 3rd )
  • CSS hooks for styling: ampersands (class "amp"), acronyms (class "caps"), numbers (class "numbers"), initial single quotes (class "quo"), and initial double quotes & guillemets (class "dquo").


Improve page load time – WP Minify

Once enabled, this plugin will combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time.


Disable Comments in Old Posts via PHP

Simply set the desired number of days by changing the number “30” to whatever you would like. As is, this script will close comments, pingbacks and trackbacks on all articles posted more than 30 days ago.

Custom ‘Read More’ and Thumbnailed Recent Posts

Display a customized Read More message and display related post in Thumbnails by manipulating Wordpress custom fields.

thumbnail related post

Add shadows to a range of objects

Wordpress Shadows plugin is a plugin to add shadows to a range of objects. Currently supported are images, divs and blockquotes.


Implement E-Commerce Shopping Cart – WP e-Commerce

State-of-the-art e-Commerce platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards and usability. Similar plugin: MiniCart


Alternative way to display dates – WP-RelativeDate

Change date displays to ‘Today’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘2 Days Ago‘, ‘2 Weeks Ago‘, ‘2 ‘Seconds Ago‘, ‘2 Minutes Ago‘, ‘2 Hours Ago‘.

Vote Post Up/Down

This plugin adds voting functionality for posts. This function is similar to Reddit or Digg, in that visitors can vote for and against.

vote post

vote post

Wordpress Thread Comment

An enhancement for Wordpress’s comment function. It enables users to reply on a exist comment, and the discussion will be displayed threaded or nested.

threaded comments

Add private notes to Wordpress blog post

How to leave admin-visible notes on a public visible blog posts.

Customized Greeting Messages – WP Greet Box

This plugin lets you show a different greeting message to your new visitors depending on their referrer url. For example, when a Digg user clicks through from Digg, they will see a message reminding them to digg your post if they like it. Similar plugin: Referrer Detector


Allow users to upload and share photos at ease – PhotoSmash Galleries

PhotoSmash Galleries makes it easy to create photo galleries in posts or pages that your users can upload images to. Click here for a demo.


Thank your commentators with Thank Me Later

Automatically sends out thank you emails to readers after they post a comment. By default, it will send emails out after 1 day to remind readers of their comments and to get them engaged with future discussion and your blog. Comment Relish is another similar plugin worth a mention.

thank me later

Paginated Comments

Plugin that gives you the ability to break your comments into a number of search engine optimized pages. Particulary useful if you have a lot of comments on blog posts.

paginate comments

Check for Broken Links

This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found. It also works for images.

Manage who sees the ads

Advanced ad management plugin that lets you decide who will see your ads, depending on user defined conditions. Click here to see a demo.

ad manager

Wordpress Download Counter

Shows the current download count and even refreshes the count every 15 seconds automatically.

download counter

Add Post Thumbnails with ease – Simple Post Thumbnails

With the Simple Post Thumbnails plugin, adding thumbnail images to your posts is as easy as uploading any image (no editing required) and clicking the “Update Post” button. Upon upload, the plugin will re-size and crop the selected image according to whatever parameters you specify within the plugin configuration.

simple post thumbs

Display Thumbnails for Related Post

How to increase pageviews by adding thumbnails to related posts using the popular YARPP plugin and Wordpress custom fields.

related post thumbnails


Link Codes to 33 Social Bookmarking Sites

If you prefer to manage and control your own blog posts’ permalinks to their respective social bookmarking sites instead of using plugins, these Wordpress link codes will come in handy.

wordpress link codes

Display Random Posts from Category

List random posts from a chosen category. You can choose how many posts to display, and whether to show the excerpt or the full content in addition to the post title.

random fro category

Mass manage Wordpress custom fields

Useful plugin to help people who use WordPress to manage their post’s custom fields with ease.

custom field manager

Create beautiful blogroll down-drop (without Javascripts)

Title says it all. Click here for a demo.

dropdown blogroll

Automatically insert content after each post

If you have something you’d like to insert in every blog post, this trick will save you from manually inserting them to each post one by one.

Better commenting functions and management with Intense Debate

A great commenting module that makes the default Wordpress module looks really dumb. Read more about what Intense Debate can do.

intense debate

Better Wordpress Search Page

By using a template file you can completely control the look and feel of the search results page.

better search

Filter content by country

This plugins allows you to control the visibility of Wordpress elements depending on the users country of origin. You can hide or show certain elements of a page or some sections of a post from users browsing from a particular country.

Create your own private Twitter site using WordPress

Turn your Wordpress blog into Twitter alike site.

twitter alike wordpress

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