Yesterday Ben, from Binary Moon, released a new plugin that allows you to modify your WordPress login screen without worrying about it being being overwritten by future WordPress updates. This got me thinking about my very favorite adminstrative WordPress plugins that make my life easier when using WordPress. These are plugins I have used or want to use that focus on things like making the admin panel more friendly, that help organize and customize advertising, block spam, gather information, and more.
Customizing Admin Features
- Custom Login Page – Change the default WordPress login screen to a customized version. Great for client projects or multi-authored blogs.
- WordPress Dashboard Editor – Change the default information on your WordPress dashboard screen. You can remove everything, add anything and then some – you will be able to completely customize the dashboard – even edit it based on user level.
- Wp-SimpleCode – For those of us who use HTML markup code examples in our posts this plugin automatically “takes standard markup and processes it for use within code examples.” (In laymans terms it takes the HTML code you type in your post, and turns the code into the appropiate HTML entities so it will display in the browser instead of trying to execute).
- WordPress Search and Replace – Allows you to search your posts and pages and replace information automatically. Careful though – once done it can’t be undone!
- WordPress Reports – I use this on almost every WordPress website I run. This is a statistics package that pulls in information from Google Analytics and Feedburner. Obviously this works off the API for both of the applications so you have to have accounts with both already. The plugin displays information in bar graph formats and gives you nifty stats on what content is gaining and losing popularity. (
Note: Unfortunately on July 18th Google ended support for it’s old stats interface, so wait for an update for this plugin as the author is editing it to work with the new Google interface.)
- Popularity Contest Plugin – “Popularity Contest keeps a count of your post, category and archive views, comments, trackbacks, etc. and uses them to determine which of your posts are most popular. There are numerical values assigned to each type of view and feedback; these are used to create a ‘popularity score’ for each post.” Also if you utilize widgets, check out this one by JAW that allows you to display a list of your most popular entries using Popularity Contest’s stats.
- Most Popular Categories By Posts – Allows you to display the most popular categories based on the number of posts in each category by a certain date range you define.
- Naatan.com – Offers a few useful stat plugins such as Useronline and MyStats, but my favorite is Page Activity which “Shows detailed information in your admin section about active users on your site and what they are currently doing. Features information such as referer, user agent, ip, browsing history.”
- Word Count – For those who are sticklers for knowing how many words they used in articles, or who need to keep track in a multi-author situations.
- Useless Stats – Displays a summary of “useless” statistics on your dashboard like average number of posts per week/year, average number of comments, age of blog, etc.
- Daily Top 10 Posts – gives you daily statistics on how many views your posts are getting each day.
- Text Link Ads – Allows you to easily download a WP plugin to integrate TLA with your site.
- Adsense Earnings – Allows you to display your earnings (and adjust date ranges) with adsense right in your WP administration panel. Also allows you to display your earnings on your blog, but I’m not quite sure why you would want to do that, and if it’s even permissible by Google…
- Adsense Deluxe – “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.”
- CG-InBetween – Allows you to display ads in between posts as you determine. You can also display other types of information such as a PHP code, images, HTML, etc.
- Feed Footer – Let’s you add advertisments to the footer of your RSS feed posts (can actually be any information you choose).
- Amazon Context Link Ads – Allows you to easily add in your Amazon Context Links affiliate code.
- TicTap Contextual Ads – Also works with Amazon Context Links, but allows you to add the code to each post. You can decide to use a default setting or utilize WordPress’ custom fields to add in unique keywords for each post, or if you are running a multi-authored blog, the affliates ID.
- Download Counter – Very simple plugin that counts the number of times a file has been downloaded. You provide it with the URL to your file, and it will generate a new URL for you to track downloads.
- WordPress Download Monitor – Offers additional features compared to the former plugin with the ability to change download stat numbers, reupload files, ability to display popular, recent and random downloads in your theme.
- Akismet – is preinstalled with WordPress and great at what it does. Akismet Spam Count Display allows you to brag on your site how many spams you have blocked via Akismet.
- Bad Behavior – “Bad Behavior complements other link spam solutions by acting as a gatekeeper, preventing spammers from ever delivering their junk, and in many cases, from ever reading your site in the first place.” Bad Behavior Stats will display the stats on your site for additional bragging like with Akismet
- Spam Karma – Another spam blocking/detecting plugin.
- Do You Pass Math? – A simple addition to your comments section that provides the commenter with a simple math equation to solve to prove that they are indeed human. Or at least math savvy.
- Simple Trackback Validation – As simple as it sounds. A plugin that analyzes trackbacks to make sure they are not spam.
- Ajax Contact – A very light weight, simple plugin that offers a quick, simple, functional contact form powered by ajax.
- intouch – Another contact form – not one of my favorites, but is functional and works well for many users.
- cforms II – One of my very favorite form plugins. Allows for multiple form instances, copying of forms, any type of form field, SMTP, CSS customization and SO much more.
- Enhanced WordPress Contact Form – I haven’t yet used this plugin, but I like some of the stats it offers by giving you the referring page, or search query that lead the person to your contact form.
- Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form – Another favorite! A secure, accessible and valid form that allows many customization and several prepackaged themes. Also allows you to edit the CSS in the WordPress backend.
If you found this useful, you may also like to check out my Thirteen Completely Underrated WordPress Plugins article.