The end of the year is coming, and for my blog it is very exciting time to look back at the great products that were popular in the past 11 months. I have received many emails from you, dear blog readers, asking me to overview some of the hottest WordPress plug-ins of 2011-2012.
Frankly, I found the idea of creating such top very exciting, so it is a great pleasure of mine, to introduce you, “Top 10 most useful WordPress plugins 2011 by myprogrammingblog.com “.
This plug-in adds custom icons to navigation menu items, without css. Icons are connected directly to menu item, thus you can press on them like simple button.
Category: Social Networking
Good News: Tweeter is still alive and popular. Users like to re-tweet favorite posts. Topsy had created nice plug-in with a variety of designs. It is much more stable, than a popular TweetMeme.
Unfortunately basic WordPress is limited in its page navigation by only backward and forward options. But wait! This must-have plug-in allows you to change navigation in comments, allowing for example to easily jump from page 1 to 71. One more good thing is that it supports different languages! ( Screenshot of Russian version)
This plug-in optimizes your page into an iPhone application-style compatible theme, so users can easily view your blog from iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Palm Pre, Samsung touch and BlackBerry Storm/Torch mobile devices.
ClickDesk allows visitors to make direct calls and chat with you from the browser. At this point It is compatible with Skype, Google Talk, MSN, AOL and Yahoo! IM client soon will be supported too.
This is the fastest cache engine for WordPress, with DB Cache Reloaded your site will work much faster and will use less disk space for cached files. Your visitors will always get actual information in sidebars and server CPU loads will be as low as possible.
Simple, but also essential plug-in shows traffic statistics for your blog. Is able to show visitors and unique IP per day, week, month. Nice bonus – if you have non-english blog, you can translate labels for each line.
If you are writing unique content and don’t want that somebody make magic with Ctr+C, Ctrl+V – use WP-CopyProtect. It disallow selection of the text and of course copy.
2. Smart Ads
Smart Ads is definitely the easiest way to add and manage your Google AdSense ads. Plug-in provides controls which allows you to insert ad depending on the post content volume, age, and other factors. Also Smart Ads has options to add ad before or after the post. Moreover, you can add custom AdSense block with simple tag [smartads].
This is the first plug-in to install on your blog. Without this plug-in, nobody will find you on Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. Google XML Stemaps adds a sitemap to your blog in an understandable for search engines form.
That’s it for today!