10 WordPress Plugins Guaranteed to Save You Time

May 27 2009 by Pranav Shirodkar | 90 Comments

In these days of the ever-increasing competitive world of the web, time is as valuable as money. To be noticed, and to stay at the top of the game, content writers must post a lot of content on a regular basis. To keep up with time constraints, WordPress plugin authors provide an array of useful plugins that will drastically reduce the time required to write, format, and post your content.

In this article, you’ll find 10 excellent WordPress plugins intended to reduce and simplify tasks associated with blogging so that you can spend more time creating content, and less time with site administration.

1. Post Ideas – take charge and manage your post ideas

Post Ideas

Post Ideas is a basic plugin that enables you to create rough drafts of ideas and thoughts for future articles without having to make a draft of the post. This plugin helps the writer enter a draft title, description, keywords, links, and most of all, priority of the post idea. Once all the ideas are collected, the writer can pick an article to write by either priority or self-preference. This will enable you to have a web-based idea bank that sits right inside your WordPress installation.

2. Tidy Up – Automatically find errors and clean up your HTML

Tidy Up

Tidy Up is a port of HTML Tidy into WordPress. This plugin can run the HTML Tidy algorithm through all of your posts and or pages and return a proper generated report regarding the HTML code in your posts or pages. In case it contains any kind of errors, it points out to the writer where it is and how to fix it. The plugin does not stop there; it also features a database-cleaning utility that removes unnecessary data in your MySQL database.

3. Pages+ – Deal with many pages with ease

Pages+

The Pages+ plugin is very handy in case your site has many pages. The default ‘manage’ option via the Administrative Control Panel in WordPress provides very little features for managing any of your  pages. Page orders, categorization, deletion, addition, and much more, can be accomplished via this awesome plugin.

4. Mass Post Manager – Save time managing old posts

Mass Post Manager

Mass Post Manager helps you easily manage existing posts. This plugin enables you to manipulate the categories and comments related to existing posts. This is an essential plugin to have in case you need to re-allocate categories of your posts, or manage the comments in the same posts, which is quite tedious via normal WordPress Administration Panel.

5. Attachment List - Easily spice up attachment icons without coding

Attachment List

Attachment List is a simple plugin that spices up those boring old icons that appear on the attachments of a post. You can use this plugin to replace the default icon used by WordPress and replace it with a set of icons, available free-to-use from FAMFAMFAM.com.

6. Survey Gizmo – Dealing with polls can’t be simpler than this

Survey Gizmo
Survey Gizmo
is a premium plugin that has a free version. This plugin is for creating, running, and managing survey results within the WordPress interface. The plugin also allows you to generate printable reports of your results.

7. Tweetable Twitter – Saves time in updating your Twitter feed

Tweetable Twitter

Tweetable Twitter is a great plugin if you use Twitter. Tweetable Twitter allows the user to integrate Twitter into your WordPress blog and automatically Tweets the latest post that you publish. The automatic Tweeting can also be configured to choose the URL shortening service of your choice.

8. Secure Files – manage file uploads securely

Secure Files

Secure Files is a plugin that aims to solve the problem faced by Registered Only plugin users. The latter plugin allows only Registered users on a particular website to view the content in it, whereas guests can’t see anything at all. Although this protects the content of your database – other files, such as images and CSS files, aren’t protected. The Secure Files plugin is developed to take care of that issue. This plugin allows users to create a directory outside of the root directory for file uploads and downloads. This is an essential plugin to have for multi-author blogs.

9. SmartVideoPlus – embed videos with ease

SmartVideoPlus

SmartVideoPlus is a plugin that will completely change your simple blog layout to a full-blown video website! Watch the demo of this awesome plugin here.

10. Sticky Post – no need to hack your WordPress theme to sticky a post

Sticky Post

Sticky Post is an impressive plugin that adds the specified post or article on top of each post in the website, without having to modify the current theme that the site uses. This is quite useful, if you want to grab the visitors’ attention with an old, but still is important, blog post.

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About the Author

Pranav Shirodkar is a 21 year old IT Student, Currently pursuing a Graduate Degree from India. With a passion for technology and a knack for writing, He owns and runs TechMirage, an online technology updates Blog. If you wish to contact him, you can use Twitter or MSN.

90 Comments

Jon Mack

May 27th, 2009

Excellent list, WP 2.7 already has a sticky post function though?

insic

May 27th, 2009

I have to try Sticky post plugin and tweetable twitter, looks awesome. nice post

Matt

May 27th, 2009

Man, seriously Post Ideas looks like a great idea. I so needed this last week. I’m downloading and installing this right now. Thanks for the article.

ED

May 27th, 2009

These are all a bit old and none are compatible with WP v2.7.1
Most of the functions are now native in WP

frank

May 27th, 2009

Thanks! Already installed three of these since reading!

Thad

May 27th, 2009

Thank you. I will give them a try.

Anie

May 27th, 2009

Tidy Up – mast have. Thanks for the list!

Troy Peterson

May 27th, 2009

That’s a great list! It should be “The most useful plugins no-one has ever heard of!” :) Thanks for sharing!

Roseli A. Bakar

May 27th, 2009

Cool. Some of these plugins I don’t even know exist!

Zhu

May 27th, 2009

Mmm… Tidy Up plugin apparently is only compatible for WordPress 2.2, as well as Post Ideas.

As for Sticky Post plugin, WP 2.7 already takes care of that.

taylan

May 27th, 2009

Thanks for Tidy Up absolutely. I need it a long time :). And I think “Sociable” must be on this list.

James Holmes

May 27th, 2009

Pranav – Thank you for a great set of useful tools for Word Press. I plan experiment with a few of these tools to add that something extra to a couple of my blogs.

Greatly appreciated!

Craig Allen

May 27th, 2009

Thanks for the list. I’m starting a big project that will use a lot of pages, so the Page+ plugin will be a huge help.

Oliver

May 27th, 2009

An alternative to Pages+ would propably be http://www.schloebe.de/wordpress/admin-management-xtended-plugin/

Nice list, some plugins are definatly worth a try!

scott webb

May 27th, 2009

This is pretty cool. I have been wanting something like tweetable for some new blogs of mine. It looks like my blogs are php 4 gotta figure out how to fix that up. great post though.

redwall_hp

May 27th, 2009

Nice list, and thanks for including Tweetable.

michael soriano

May 27th, 2009

Excellent list – most of these plugins I’ve never heard of.

Thank you

Diogo Azevedo

May 27th, 2009

Excellent list!
Post ideas would be great, but it doesn’t work with WP 2.7.1, any alternative?

I’ve asked the plugin author for an update but he haven’t answered me yet.

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Pallab

May 28th, 2009

Thanks for Post Ideas. I was using Google Docs to record my post ideas till now.

Garcya

May 28th, 2009

Cheers for the list, I’ve got Tweetable Twitter out of this :)

Callum Chapman

May 28th, 2009

Great list, I might dabble with these in the future!

Vaughn

May 28th, 2009

Hmmm, Tidy Up will definitely be useful. Not sure about the usefulness of Post Ideas though – isn’t that what drafts are for? In fact the section for quick posts on the dashboard act and look the same…

Avangelist

May 28th, 2009

I gotta say, they all sounded pretty cack.

I don’t think I would ever have a need for them personally or for anyone I was building for.

now the equivalent of the CCK Tool for Drupal, THAT would be a good plugin, flesh out those custom items a little more.

Dario Gutierrez

May 28th, 2009

Great list!! Is possible use someone of these! Thanks 4 sharing!

Douglas Wade

May 28th, 2009

Good list of ideas to check into!

I’ll have to look at these in more detail, anything to make work go faster and smoother.

Thanks

Ashton Sanders

May 28th, 2009

What a great list. I’ve just downloaded half of them.

Seeing Pages+ made me realize that a good Page Management plugin is really the only thing holding WP back from being a full blown CMS. But Pages+ was last updated in 2007 or something. I search WP, and found PageMash, which looks unbelievably awesome! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pagemash/

Thanks again for the list.

Loren

May 28th, 2009

Weird. I’ve never heard of any of these. Will have to give them a try.

jonathan allen

May 28th, 2009

Thanks a lot for this post. I have downloaded four of these plugins and i think they will really help me. I like the post idea one. Better than having scattered drafts to sift through the posts to find… thanks again.

Dicky

May 28th, 2009

Seriously, i think every blogger should install Post Idea. Before i install the plugin, i have to record all my ideas using pen and pencil.

Tr3ndy - svchost.exe

May 29th, 2009

Really really good collection!
Tidy Up is the best of the list… when I use WYSIWYG some time some tag can remain opened, and this plugin is very helpul! Thanks for share!

Unoblogger

May 29th, 2009

Nice list and well presented Pranav. Thanks for the post. Survey gizmo seems to be a wonderful plugin. i would check that soon

Black Sand

May 29th, 2009

I love “Sticky Post” plugin. Thanks for this post. I will use these plugin on my blog

Arjun Parsi

May 29th, 2009

Thank you Very much for this post, Really very useful

Michael Aulia

May 30th, 2009

Definitely something new! Great lists

The first one though, I don’t mind writing in a blog draft as I usually do. This way I can add a few opinions/ideas on that post gradually while I make the final touch ups :)

Alex Denning

May 30th, 2009

At first glance yet another list of plugins, at second glance a great list of plugins that have gone unnoticed. Great post.

Zemalf

May 31st, 2009

Thanks for sharing the list, several there I haven’t run yet. Going to test run at least a couple of those.

Kevin Chiu

May 31st, 2009

I believe WP 2.7 already has something akin to the ideas plugin – there’s a quick post box on the dashboard that you can tell to do drafts instead of publishing. (IIRC)

Michael

May 31st, 2009

Great list!

Aggie Villanueva

June 1st, 2009

Excellent. It’s always a plesure to learn of new tools. Thankx you for listing these. I’ve installed at least 3 so far.

aansa

June 1st, 2009

These plugins are excellent for making a blogger’s life easy though some functionalities are included in WP 2.7.

curiousEngine

June 2nd, 2009

Something interesting. Thnks!

Atul

June 3rd, 2009

i love Tidy Up

Bibokz

June 3rd, 2009

Nice tips… very informative.

Chris

June 4th, 2009

Thanks for that great list!
Your blog is one of my best favorites! I love it …!

Kikolani

June 4th, 2009

One word of warning about these plugins. I just downloaded and installed Mass Post Manager because I have a huge chunk of unapproved spam comments that I wanted to get rid of. I tried it on one of my categories – to delete any comments that are in a state of Not Approved.

I’m not sure if this is a Thesis theme / WordPress 2.7.1 issue, but when I did this, now all of the posts in that category show they have 0 comments. The comments are still there when you go into individual posts. Check out http://kikolani.com/category/dreams and http://kikolani.com/return-sleep-paralysis.html to see what I mean. I’m just glad I didn’t do it on one of my main, larger categories.

~ Kristi

Iva

June 4th, 2009

A little note from someone who’s been using Pages + since 2006: it does not update page slugs if you change them and that makes the preview from the plugin’s hierarchy pages impossible.

I tried to write to the author, but I assume he didn’t take it seriously or maybe he’s just busy.

Iva

June 4th, 2009

Oh, btw, Pages + does work in 2.7.1. other than the glitch I mentioned and the fact that it adds revisions to the actual number of subpages (even after they’ve been deleted).

Someone should really take that plugin over.

Bones

June 9th, 2009

Thanks for the tips. I think the Post Idea will be really useful ;-)

Daniel Richard

June 12th, 2009

The first plugin (post ideas) looks really neat! Beats creating drafts that I would most likely won’t return to. Ha!

Chandan

June 16th, 2009

Excellent list of useful wordpress plugins. Good job.

Imran

August 28th, 2009

Thanks a lot for sharing these great plugins i had installed first six they are really awesome.

Hamza

August 30th, 2009

Awesome list, Good job!

Jane Caron

September 13th, 2009

Good job friend, I wonder if there is any post about Plugins for WordPress.com blog…

robb

September 26th, 2009

i find tweetable twitter is the best of those.
and sticky post is one awesome plugin.

stop sweating

September 30th, 2009

Hey Thanks for the post. This a great list, I have been using the survey gizmo plugin and it has been awesome too!

Cellulean

October 15th, 2009

Hey I love this list!

I am always on the lookout for good plugins.

Paula

October 16th, 2009

I love the Post Ideas plugin. I have so many drafts up in my WordPress dashboard so this is going to be great to tidy that all up. Thanks!

Virginia Allain

October 23rd, 2009

Wow, I had no idea there was all this fancy stuff to use with WordPress. Thanks.

qammar

November 10th, 2009

Hi!

these are all excelent plugins for WP. thank you v much for sharing.

qammar

Anna Hayward

November 14th, 2009

I found first, fourth, seventh, eighth plugin best suitable for me at present and few I already downloaded while reading………

Senthil Ramesh

November 17th, 2009

You don’t need the last plugin at all. WordPress itself has an option of make the post sticky. This makes the post to be at the top of all other posts.

Computer Freezes

February 3rd, 2010

Great Post! I have been using the Secure Files plugin for a while now and I am very happy with it.

Trent

March 11th, 2010

I think the only one of these I had heard of before reading this post is #10 and I know the newer versions of WP allow you to do sticky posts anyway. The rest of these will be very helpful though. Thank you very much.

MS

March 24th, 2010

A little note from someone who’s been using Pages + since 2006: it does not update page slugs if you change them and that makes the preview from the plugin’s hierarchy pages impossible.

Shane

March 26th, 2010

Top list!! Great!

Another tool that could be added is one I use to make cross-browser web menus for my WP site/blog called AllWebMenus WordPress Menu Addin

Here it is:
http://www.likno.com/addins/wordpress-menu.html

Ritani

July 26th, 2010

I never knew about the sticky post plug in. I have always gone through the php code of each template and hacked it to death.

I guess that goes on my list!

Orfebre Martin

July 31st, 2010

little note from someone who’s been using Pages + since 2006: it does not update page slugs if you change them and that makes the preview

louis

August 1st, 2010

I never knew about the sticky post plug in. I have always gone through the php code of each template and hacked it to death.

Ernest Morse

August 6th, 2010

Great list. This is one of the better lists I have seen so far. Thanks for putting it together for everyone.

Amelia

August 12th, 2010

Thanks for explaining what each one does, I get lost with all the plugins and there purposes, thanks for explaining each one.

Jim Bruce

August 15th, 2010

I know this one is’nt on the list above but I have found it invaluable – having had one of my feeder blogs “stolen”

Wp-PreventCopyBlogs WordPress Plugin : Prevent and CopyProtect Your WordPress Blog from fraudulent copies

Jenny

October 17th, 2010

Sticky post is my favorite plugin, Thanks for sharing.

davide scalzo

October 19th, 2010

thank you for sharing, it is very useful!

wobenzyme

October 27th, 2010

How about seo plugins.

Martin Varesio

November 12th, 2010

I get lost with all the plugins and there purposes, thanks for explaining each one!!!

Mohammad Elsheimy

December 4th, 2010

Great collection, thank you very much. I think I’m going to try the first three.

Mistry

December 27th, 2010

SurveyGizmo looks really great… been looking for a wordpress questionnaire plugin for a while now. It’s really expensive though .. the other cons are that it’s hosted externally and on a multiuser blog it can be very costly to run (or if you are expecting many responses). Any other suggestions you have for survey plugins?

Rajesh Namase

January 9th, 2011

Thank you, Excellent list – most of these plugins I’ve never heard of.

williams george

January 20th, 2011

It seems Great Plugins. I am new to wordpress. Let me check with these plugins.

Duckjob

January 25th, 2011

Hey Pranav, what is the name of the plugin you use for your ‘Author Bio’ at the bottom of your post?

wptidbits

February 7th, 2011

I am using none of the above plugins. However one of the most useful plugins that saves my time is ‘Faster image insert’ in wordpress plugin directory. It enables many images to be inserted at one time. Check it out!

Rick

March 24th, 2011

Thanks Pranav

I have used a couple of them. I will check out Tidy Up and Post Ideas.. Thanks again for sharing.

Peter Tran

June 18th, 2011

Thank you for sharing.
I like Tweetable Twitter, best choice.
Thank again!

Christoph

July 3rd, 2011

Pranav, Thanks for the list – need to try Survey Gizmo! Thanks again!

Dave Clements

August 22nd, 2011

It’s interesting to see Survey Gizmo in here. I’d tried for ages to find a half decent poll plugin for free, but it was slim pickings. Thanks for bringing this to light – I’ll be sure to use it!

francois

August 27th, 2011

Thank you Pranav for this useful list. It allows me to find smartvideo for managing my videos :)

Jerry Mendyk

September 7th, 2011

Anxiously looking on all over the place on more knowledge about this kind of. Many thanks plenty.

Eric Uned

November 24th, 2011

Thanks for the plugin! I´ve finally found it.
Thats what i was looking for.

Kind regards!!

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