WordPress has become the web framework of choice for an extraordinary number of web developers and web sites. While WordPress was originally designed as blogging software it’s elegant and extensible code has allowed it to be modified so as to make it an outstanding web performer for all kinds of sites – not just blogs. As of 2012, WordPress is arguably more of a full-featured CMS than simply “blog software”. You can install a theme, in an instant, and turn WordPress into a news magazine, an auction site, a coupon site – and on and on. And as WordPress has become more popular, the open source community has contributed thousands of great add-ons, in the form of plugins, which can be easily installed to enhance the functionality of a WordPress site.
All plugin lists are incomplete
So, with a dizzying array of available plugins – and, especially, if you’re new to WordPress – how do you know which plugins provide the functionality you need, best suit your particular tastes, etc? Too, it’s unfortunate but some very cool plugins that worked with older versions of WordPress have been neglected by the developers and do not work with later releases. In fact, there are so many available plugins and so many other issues (some work on Apache but are buggy on IIS – and vica versa) that all lists of “great” or “must have” WordPress plugins are doomed to be incomplete and, sometimes, a bit inaccurate. On the other hand, it’s always helpful to surf the web and find out what other people are using and what they recommend.
We’ve compiled the following, short list, of plugins which we’ve found useful. In fact, we think they’re excellent – but you’ll nee to try them yourself to see if you agree! By the way: we’ll be updating this page with more info, on the various plugins, over the next few weeks.
WP-Polls – cool poll function