What kind of plugins are people using these days? I’m working on a new layout, and I’d like to include some of the more common plugin hooks if I can. Since I only use a few myself, I’m not sure what others I can/should include. So I’m looking to see what others are using, and maybe include the hooks for the more commonly used plugins.
One of the original WeatherIcon developers and I have continued work on the plugin. New versions here. 😉
After doing a little research (mainly looking at the lists provided above, viewing random sites from users around here, personal knowledge, and having participated in discussions previously), I’ve come up with a list of popular plugins that I plan to have canned with my new template. This means that the hooks for these plugins will be included as part of the theme out of the box. All you would need to do is install the plugin and activate it. It also means that the CSS to stylize it into the them will also be included.
And the list is:
- Uber Tooltips Replacer http://www.huddledmasses.org/2004/10/19/uber-tooltips-replacer/
- Comment QuickTags http://redalt.com/downloads/
- Edit Comments http://code.jalenack.com/archives/edit-comments/
- Gravatars http://www.skippy.net/blog/2005/03/24/gravatars/
- Live Comment Preview http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/LiveCommentPreview
- Related Posts http://www.w-a-s-a-b-i.com/archives/2004/05/26/wordpress-related-entries-plugin/
- Subscribe to Comments http://txfx.net/2005/06/10/subscribe-to-comments-20-beta-1/
- Subscribe2 http://www.skippy.net/blog/2005/02/17/subscribe2/
- WP Contact Form http://ryanduff.net/projects/wp-contactform/
- SpamKarma2 http://unknowngenius.com/blog/wordpress/spam-karma
- CG-Amazon http://www.chait.net/index.php?p=238
- Smart Unread Comments http://inner.geek.nz/archives/2005/02/11/wordpress-plugin-smart-unread-comments/
If there are any not listed that you would like to see included, let me know. I’m not going to guarantee that I will include it in the list (afterall I’m not doing *ALL* of the plugins out there, just the more commonly used/popular ones.
If you haven’t seen it yet, or haven’t seen it in the last 12 hours, take a look at it now. I’ve added some more items to it, including styling for the comments section. The sample page may look a bit weird, but it’s because I’ve included a number of things that are found in a typical WP page — just not normaly all on one page!
Lookin’ good, but: http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http://tannagh.com/test2.html
Out of two above, I would suggest Ultimate Tag Warrior. Bunny’s Technorati Tags appears to be out of the development cycle, but Ultimate Tag Warrior is always being improved.
Viper007Bond – it’s not ready sheesh…. I know it won’t validate, I’m not ready for that part (although I do need to add it to the list of things to do.) There’s a lot of cleanup that still needs to be done, and I have to move the CSS out of the file into it’s own file at some point too. It also doesn’t have a DOCTYOPE or an encoding set yet either. Those will come in time.
Besisdes it mentions “line 343,382,719″….. I *know* there aren’t *that* many lines…. proly some bad character got in there while I was copying & pasting the sample text. I’m not worried about it. Out of the box, it *will* validate, because I’m anal about that and I plan to use the theme as well.
Which reminds me, I need a name for the sucker….
And “seconds” on Subscribe to Comments, Ultimate Tag Warrior, Skippy’s Gravatar plugin, Comment Quicktags, WP-CommentForm… these are fairly essential.
I also really like Scott Yang’s Permalink Redirect which redirects alternate forms of your URIs to their real format. I wrote a small plugin that extends on that. For example, if you went to my site with “www.” and/or /index.php, it would redirect you to http://txfx.net/
I also use Kramer, which automatically creates Pingbacks from Technorati incoming links and validated incoming referrers.
disclaimer: I wrote or contributed to the development of almost every single one of these, so my opinon may be tainted. 🙂
Just so that everyone is clear: I don’t plan to package the plugins themselves with the themes, just the hooks. The ones I’m most interested in are ones that would require the user to open their template and make a change. My purpose is to, as Skippy put it, to ensure that “the inclusion of (proper!) support for the plugins in the theme itself will go a long way toward helping new users hit the ground running.”
Take the first four items in the list:
# Uber Tooltips Replacer
# Comment QuickTags
# Edit Comments
The first one is failry automatic, but I’ll include some styling in for it in the CSS. The next three actualy need a coding change in the template file itself. These are the ones that have things like “if (function_exists(“getWhatsPlaying”))” surrounding them. Things that are PnG (Plugin and Go) like the Permalink Redirect don’t affect the template. (although I may employ that plugin in my own site.) So, while it’s good to know about them, theme editing is the primary criteria for “making the cut” onto the list.
But, it is good to see what others are using, there’s a bunch of good stuff out there I never knew about.
Keep ’em comming.
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