WordPress Plugins for TDL Blogs

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Plugins are modular pieces of software that can add custom functionality to a Wordpress blog. TDL makes a number of plugins immediately available to blog owners that they can activate and configure to customize their blogs. Additionally, TDL  has installed and activated certain plugins sitewide (mostly security-related plugins).

Questions about plugins can be directed to the TDL Helpdesk at support@tdl.org.


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Need a plugin not already available in TDL Blogs?

Thousands of plugins have been developed for WordPress and can be found in the WordPress plugin repository. If a TDL blog administrator finds a plugin he or she would like to have installed, he/she can contact the TDLHelpdesk (support@tdl.org or 855-495-4317) to request it.


Available Plugins for TDL blog owners

The following plugins are installed in any new TDL blog and can be activated by the blog owner.

AddtoAny

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/add-to-any/

This plugin helps people share, bookmark, and email your posts and pages using any service, such as Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Google, Digg, Delicious, and well over 100 more sharing and social bookmarking sites.

Akismet

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/akismet/

This plugin keeps your site protected from spam. To get started: 1) Click the "Activate" link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.

PS: You'll need an Akismet.com API key to use it. Keys are free for personal blogs, with paid subscriptions available for businesses and commercial sites.

All-in-One Event Calendar

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-event-calendar/

This plugin is an event calendar system with month and agenda views, upcoming events widget, color-coded categories, recurrence, and import/export of .ics feeds.

Calendar Features For Users

  • Recurring events
  • Filtering by event category or tag
  • Easy sharing with Google Calendar, Apple iCal, MS Outlook and any other system that accepts iCalendar (.ics) feeds
  • Embedded Google Maps
  • Color-coded events based on category
  • Event-registration ready
  • Month and agenda views
  • Upcoming Events widget
  • Links to filtered calendar views

All in One SEO Pack

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

This plugin automatically optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).

Some features:

  • Support for Custom Post Types
  • Advanced Canonical URLs
  • Fine tune Page Navigational Links
  • Built-in API so other plugins/themes can access and extend functionality
  • ONLY plugin to provide SEO Integration for WP e-Commerce sites
  • Nonce Security
  • Support for CMS-style WordPress installations
  • Automatically optimizes your titles for search engines
  • Generates META tags automatically
  • Avoids the typical duplicate content found on WordPress blogs
  • For beginners, you don't even have to look at the options, it works out-of-the-box. Just install.
  • For advanced users, you can fine-tune everything
  • You can override any title and set any META description and any META keywords you want.
  • Backward-Compatibility with many other plugins, like Auto Meta, Ultimate Tag Warrior and others.


Author Bio

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/author-bio/

This plug-in will add the post authors biographical information (from their wordpress profile) to the bottom of the post (although only on the single page view of the post, not the main page).

Better RSS Widget

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/better-rss-widget/

This plugin, if activate, replaces the built in RSS widget that adds an optional link target, shortcode, and page conditionals.

Features:

  • Add title or post tags to the feed URL in the shortcode.
  • Excerpt lenght can be set in both the widget and the shortcode.
  • Page conditionals select whether or not to show on Home, Front, Single Post, Archive, Search, Category, Tag, and Date pages.
  • Shortcode to allow embedding RSS feeds into posts and pages.
  • Choose whether to cache the RSS feed and set the cache duration per feed, defaults to 3600 seconds (1 hour).
  • Option to display the post time.
  • Allows multiple widgets each with different settings.
  • Adds the link target to both the RSS Title and all articles.
  • Default settings screen allows you to decide what defaults will appear when adding a new widget.

Bluetrait Event Viewer

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bluetrait-event-viewer/

Bluetrait Event Viewer (BTEV) monitors events (such as failed login attempts) that occur in your WordPress install. You can publish these events via a password protected RSS feed if you need to monitor multiple WordPress installs.

Broken Link Checker

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/broken-link-checker/

This plugin checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.

Category Posts Widget

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/category-posts/

Category Posts Widget is a light widget designed to display the most recent posts from a certain category.

Contact Form 7

More information: http://contactform7.com

A simple but flexible contact form plugin. Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.

Google Analytics (old)

Adds Google analytics to your blog, with various advanced tracking features enabled.

It is preferable to activate the “Google Analytics for WordPress” plugin (see below), which is more recently updated.

Google Analytics for WordPress (preferred)

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/ and http://yoast.com/wordpress/google-analytics/

This plugin tracks your WordPress site easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.

HTML Purified

More information: http://urbangiraffe.com/plugins/html-purified/

HTML Purified replaces the default WordPress comments filters with HTML Purifier, a super HTML filtering library.

Insights

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/insights/

Insights allows you to quickly search and insert information (links, images, videos, maps, news..) into your blog posts.

Lightbox Plus

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lightbox-plus/

Lightbox Plus permits users to view larger versions of images without having to leave the current page. Lightbox is able to add a lightbox to WordPress gallery images, display simple slide shows, video, forms and external content in overlays. The use of the dark or light background, which dims the page over which the image has been overlaid, also serves to highlight the image or video being viewed. Lightbox Plus captures the image title for display in the overlay.

Mingle Forum

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mingle-forum/

Mingle Forum is a discussion forum plugin that lets users easily discuss topics online.

Video Tutorials for setup are available here: http://cartpauj.icomnow.com/projects/mingle-forum-plugin/tutorials/

No Self Pings

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/no-self-ping/

This plugin keeps WordPress from sending pings to your own site. Some people really like that WordPress sends pings from their own site because it gives them a trail of related posts. Some people do not like this behavior; it clutters up their comments. This plugin disables intra-blog pinging.

Redirection

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/redirection/

Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections and keep track of 404 errors without requiring knowledge of Apache .htaccess files.

Search Everything

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-everything/

Increases WordPress' default search functionality.

SEO Friendly Images

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-image/

This plugin automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images. Improves traffic from search results and makes them W3C/xHTML valid as well.

Simple Sidebar Navigation

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-sidebar-navigation/

This plugin adds a widget into the Widgets dashboard that allows in a simple way, without writing any PHP code on your part, to create custom navigation in any sidebar pre-defined by your WP theme.

Simple Tags

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-tags/

Extended Tagging for WordPress: Suggested Tags, Mass edit tags, Auto-tags, Autocompletion, Related Posts etc.

W3 Total Cache

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/

This plugin improves site performance and user experience via caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.

Widget Logic

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/widget-logic/

This plugin gives every widget an extra control field called "Widget logic" that lets you control the pages that the widget will appear on. The text field lets you use WP's Conditional Tags, or any general PHP code. There is also an option to add a wordpress 'widget_content' filter -- this lets you tweak standard widgets to suit your theme without editing plugins and core code.

WordPress Importer

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-importer/

This plugin imports posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.

WordTwit

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordtwit/

WordTwit is a plugin that uses the Twitter API to automatically push a published post to your Twitter account as a tweet. WordTwit keeps track of when you publish new posts, and automatically informs all followers by pushing out a Twitter tweet. All links are automatically converted to tiny URLs to save space.

WP-Stats

More information: http://lesterchan.net/portfolio/programming/php/#wp-stats

This plugin displays your WordPress blog statistics. 

WPListCal

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wplistcal/

WPListCal will display a simple listing of events anywhere on your Wordpress site.

Plugins Activated Network-wide

The plugins listed below are activated across all TDL blogs.

AntiVirus

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/antivirus/

AntiVirus for WordPress is a smart and effective solution to protect your blog against exploits and spam injections. Malware protection for your blog.

Bad Behavior

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bad-behavior/

Bad Behavior prevents spammers from delivering their junk, and in many cases, from ever reading your site in the first place.

Block Bad Queries

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/block-bad-queries/

Protect WordPress Against Malicious URL Requests.

Exploit Scanner

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exploit-scanner/

Scans WordPress sites for possible exploits.

Shibboleth

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shibboleth/

Externalizes user authentication to a Shibboleth Service Provider.

TimThumb Vulnerability Scanner

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/timthumb-vulnerability-scanner/

Keeps instances of Timthumb up to date and free from vulnerabilities. Also checks for obvious signs of compromised sites.

WordPress Firewall 2

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-firewall-2/

This Wordpress plugin monitors web requests to identify and stop the most obvious attacks.

WP Security Scan

More information: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-security-scan/

Performs security scan of WordPress installation.

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