Although WordPress started as a small blogging system, it has now become a powerful CMS because but administrating your blog can be quite difficult sometimes. Luckily, there are some plugins that can make your life easier as an administrator.
The following is an essential list of most popular administration plugins for the world famous website builder – WordPress.
Let me know if you think there’s a plugin that should be on this list and I will update it.
WP Stats – Download
Once it’s running it’ll begin collecting information about your pageviews, which posts and pages are the most popular, where your traffic is coming from, and what people click on when they leave. It’ll also add a link to your dashboard which allows you to see all your stats on a single page. Less is more.
StatPress – Download
Once the plugin StatPress has been activated it immediately starts to collect statistics information. Using StatPress you could spy your visitors while they are surfing your blog or check which are the preferred pages, posts and categories. In the Dashboard menu you will find the StatPress page where you could look up the statistics (overview or detailed). StatPress also includes a widget one can possibly add to a sidebar
Wassup – Download
WassUp is a new WordPress plugin to track your visitors in real time. It has a very readable and fancy admin console to keep tracks of your blog’s users visits. It has a “current visitors online” view and a more detailed “visitors details” view where you can know almost everything your users are doing on your blog, it’s very useful for SEO or statistics maniacs. Now it comes with a new “Spy” view in Ajax like the Digg Spy. The aim of WassUp is the knowledge of what your visitors do when they surf your blog, it is not intended to show grouped statistics for periods like visitors per day, pageviews per months and so on (there are many others tools to better gain that, like Google Analytics). With WassUp you’ll get a cronology of your blog’s visits with a lot of details for each single user session.
Google Analytics for WordPress – Download
The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin automatically tracks and segments all outbound links from within posts, comment author links, links within comments, blogroll links and downloads. It also allows you to track AdSense clicks, add extra search engines, track image search queries and it will even work together with Urchin.
Google Analyticator – Download
Google Analyticator easily adds Google Analytics tracking support to a WordPress-powered blog. Google Analyticator also comes with an easily customizable widget that can be used to display specific information that is gathered by Google Analytics using the Google Analytics API. It supports all of the tracking mechanisms that Google Analytics supports such as external link tracking, download tracking, tracking without counting administrative users, and any other advanced tracking the user wishes to add. Google Analyticator works with a majority of themes as long as these themes provide the proper plugin hooks.
Redirection – Download
Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.
Development Theme Test – Download
Development and staging environments are crucial for website development. It is very poor practice to make direct edits to the live site. WordPress does a good job about allowing an author to develop pages and preview and edit them without publishing them but there is a lack of tools when it comes to theme development. This plugin is meant to bridge the gap when it comes to developing themes without disrupting the experience for the users.
Plugin Manager – Download
Plugin Manager lets you to view, download and install plugins from wordpress.org from an AJAX’ed interface, instead of manually downloading, extracting and uploading each plugin.
Secure WordPress – Download
Little help to secure your WordPress installation: Remove Error information on login page; adds index.html to plugin directory; removes the wp-version, except in admin area.
removes error-information on login-page
adds index.php plugin-directory (virtual)
removes the wp-version, except in admin-area
removes Really Simple Discovery
removes Windows Live Writer
remove core update information for non-admins
remove plugin-update information for non-admins
remove theme-update informationfor non-admins (only WP 2.8 and higher)
hide wp-version in backend-dashboard for non-admins
Add string for use WP Scanner
Block bad queries
WP Security Scan – Download
Scans your WordPress installation for security vulnerabilities and suggests corrective actions.
WordPress admin protection/security
removes WP Generator META tag from core code
Clean Options – Download
The Clean Options plugin provides an easy way for WordPress bloggers to manage their wp_options table. It has many built in safety features that will help prevent accidental deletion of table rows that may be needed for the error free operation of the blog. It’s goal is to give plugin users an easy and safe way to get a bloated wp_options table down to a manageable size, thus improving the performance of their blog, and keep it that way. It also provides warning messages that will alert plugin users of potential problems that are encountered.
Advanced Category Excluder – Download
This plugin was born because there was a no other real alternative to enable content sparationd and some CMS like functionalities in WordPress. The main goal was, to enhance WordPress’s functionalities, to hide some unwanted categories, from defined parts of the blog.
Today, ACE can override your search results, your RSS feed listing, your category listing, your recent post, and recent post widgets and also your entry page, or even hide whole categories of posts from web crawlers if you want to. This is great, for SEO reasons, for content separation, for grouping information, and handle them as real sub pages.
MyFTP WordPress Plugin – Download
My FTP WordPress Plugin: Manage files on your server from within WordPress. WordPress administrators no longer need to rely on using a stand alone FTP client to edit, delete, upload and create files and folders. My FTP is a file management Plugin for WordPress that enables a blog administrator to (much like an FTP client) navigate folders and files on the server where their WordPress installation is hosted. The administrator can then edit, delete or upload files on the fly from within the WordPress administration panel. It is also possible to create new folders and upload complete directory structures.
WP Admin Bar Reloaded – Download
WP Admin Bar is an indispensable WordPress plugin which displays links to the Administration Panel at the top of a blog’s page – but only for users who are logged in and have permission to view the given functions.
Keyword Statistics – Download
With this plugin you can optimize your WordPress blog for search engines. It can automatically generate meta informations (like keywords and description for example) needed for the search engine optimization (SEO) of your blog.
WordPress automatic upgrade – Download
Wordpress Automatic Upgrade allows a user to automatically upgrade the wordpress installation to the latest one provided by wordpress.org using the 5 steps provided in the wordpress upgrade instructions.
Broken Link Checker – Download
Once installed, the plugin will begin parsing your posts, bookmarks (AKA blogroll), etc and looking for links. Depending on the size of your site this can take from a few minutes to several hours. When parsing is complete, the plugin will start checking each link to see if it works. Again, how long this takes depends on how big your site is and how many links there are. You can monitor the progress and tweak various link checking options in Settings -> Link Checker.
Verve Meta Boxes – Download
Verve Meta Boxes is a robust custom fields plugin with an intuitive, polished interface that allows for creation of text, textarea, image, file, date, time, datetime, select, radio, and checkbox custom fields for posts and/or pages.
Manageable – Download
A WordPress plugin that allows for inline editing of the date, title, author, categories, tags, status and more on both posts and pages without leaving the “Manage” admin sections. No need to load each post or page individually. Simply double-click anywhere in the post or page row and when you’re done, press enter.
Search Regex – Download
Search Regex adds a powerful set of search and replace functions to WordPress. These go beyond the standard searching capabilities, and allow you to search and replace almost any data stored on your site. In addition to simple searches you have the full power of PHP’s regular expressions at your disposal.
Download Monitor – Download
Download Monitor is a plugin for uploading and managing downloads, tracking download hits, and displaying links. Download Monitor requires WordPress version 2.5 or above. Version 3.0 is a major update and many of the template and post tags have been changed and improved. See the usage page for full details before upgrading.
Blog Protector – Protect Your Content – Download
Protect your valuable blog content(Pages & Posts) from getting copied.
Disable right click on your blog
Disable selection of text on your blog
Disable dragging of images on your blog so that images can’t be saved using.
Disable Microsoft Image Toolbar to protect images from your blog.
Audit Trail – Download
Audit Trail is a plugin to keep track of what is going on inside your blog. It does this by recording certain actions (such as who logged in and when) and storing this information in the form of a log. Not only that but it records the full contents of posts (and pages) and allows you to restore a post to a previous version at any time.
Automatic Image Hotlink Protection – Download
The WordPress Automatic Image Hotlink Protection plugin is a single step script designed to stop others from stealing your images. Simply add an .htaccess file to your uploads folder thereby stopping external web servers from linking directly to your files.
The script automatically tests to to see if your web server is compatible with the script before adding the .htaccess file and setting the appropriate permissions. If deactivated, the script removes the code from your .htaccess file.
Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu – Download
The lazy and the productive will love it : all admin links available in a neat horizontal CSS driven drop down menu. No need to click on “Manage” then “Pages” to edit pages, go to any admin page from any admin page.
Pretty Link – Download
Shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website. Unlike other link shrinking services like tinyurl, budurl, and bit.ly, this plugin allows you to create shortlinks coming from your own domain! Pretty Link tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, os and host. Pretty Link is a killer plugin for people who want to mask their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, increase the reach of their website by spreading these links via Twitter, forums or comments on other blogs.
WP Maintenance Mode – Download
Adds a maintenance-page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenancetime. User with rights for theme-options get full access to the blog including the frontend. Activate the plugin and your blog is in maintenance-mode, works and see the frontend, only registered users with enough rights. You can use a date with a countdown for informations the visitors or set a value and unit for infomrations. Also you can add urls for exlude of maintenance mode.
More Fields – Download
More Fields is a WordPress plugin that adds boxes to the Write/Edit page. These boxes contains input fields, so that additional (more) fields can be added to a post. For example, if you write about books, you can add a box where you can enter title and author, etc. The boxes can be placed either to the right or to the left on the Write/Edit page.
In addition, the new version of More Fields enables you to define post types, which are custom Write/Edit pages that contains a pre-defined set of boxes. For example, you write about books and you write about your holidays, then you can define a post type ‘Book’ and a post type ‘Holiday’ each containing the input boxes relevant to each type of text. You can also set pre-defined categories, tags and templates for each post type.
DMSGuestbook – Download
DMSGuestbook is an easy configurable guestbook with a lot of features. You can customize the whole DMSGuestbook to your desire.
DB Cache Reloaded – Download
This plugin caches every database query with given lifetime. It is much faster than other html caching plugins and uses less disk space for caching.
WP DB Backup – Download
WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.
Sabre – Download
Sabre is an acronym for Simple Anti Bot Registration Engine. It’s a set of counter measures against spam registration on your blog.
Your visitors are granted permission to register freely on your blog and now you are plagued by fake users automatically created by spammers? Sabre is the solution to stop definitely these robotized visitors
Simple Tags – Download
Simple Tags is the successor of Simple Tagging Plugin This is THE perfect tool to manage perfeclty your WP tags. It was written with this philosophy : best performances, more secured and brings a lot of new functions
WP Ban – Download
Ban users by IP, IP Range, host name, user agent and referer url from visiting your WordPress’s blog. It will display a custom ban message when the banned IP, IP range, host name, user agent or referer url tries to visit you blog. You can also exclude certain IPs from being banned. There will be statistics recordered on how many times they attemp to visit your blog. It allows wildcard matching too.
No Self Pings – Download
Some people really like that WordPress sends pings from your own site to your own site when you write posts; it lets them easily leave a trail of related posts.
Some people do not like this behavior; it clutters up their comments. So here’s a plugin to disable self pinging. I couldn’t find any prior art, but if you know of any other plugins that do this, please let me know.
Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator – Download
This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.
More information about what XML-Sitemaps are and how they can help you to get indexed by the major search engines can be found at Sitemaps.org and the searchenginewatch blog.
WP-Cache 2.0 – Download
WP-Cache is an extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make your site much faster and responsive. It works by caching Worpress pages and storing them in a static file for serving future requests directly from the file rather than loading and compiling the whole PHP code and then building the page from the database. WP-Cache allows to serve hundred of times more pages per second, and to reduce the response time from several tenths of seconds to less than a millisecond.
WP Super Cache – Download
This plugin generates static html files from your dynamic WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts.
99% of your visitors will be served static html files. Those users who don’t see the static files will still benefit because they will see regular WP-Cache cached files and your server won’t be as busy as before. This plugin will help your server cope with a front page appearance on digg.com or other social networking site.
Hyper Cache – Download
Hyper Cache is a new cache system for WordPress, specifically written for people which have their blogs on low resources hosting provider (cpu and mysql). It works even with hosting based on Microsoft IIS (just tuning the configuration). It has three invalidation method: all the cache, single post based and nothing but with control on home and archive pages invalidation.
W3 Total Cache – Download
The fastest and most complete WordPress performance optimization plugin. Trusted by many popular sites like: mashable.com, smashingmagazine.com, makeuseof.com, kiss925.com, lockergnome.com, tutsplus.com, johnchow.com, ilovetypography.com, webdesignerdepot.com, pearsonified.com, css-tricks.com, yoast.com and others — W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your blog by improving your server performance, caching every aspect of your site, reducing the download time of your theme and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
All in One SEO Pack – Download
Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
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
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.
SEO Friendly Images – Download
SEO Friendly Images is a WordPress optimization plugin which automatically updates all images with proper ALT and TITLE attributes. If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according the options you set. Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid as well.
ALT attribute is important part of search engine optimization. It describes your image to search engine and when a user searches for a certain image this is a key determining factor for a match.
Fluency Admin 2.2 – Download
Fluency Admin give the WordPress admin interface a boost, with a new style and some cool features.
Switch bettwen full menu view and icon-only view
Hot keys for menu/submenu access
Support for both Grey and Classic/Blue color schemes
Turn on/off Fluency login styles
Display your own custom logo on WP Login page
New in Fluency 2.2:
Customisable menu width (for users with wiiiide menu items)
Disable menu fixed positioning (for users with loooong menus)
Option to hide icons from menu when in expanded mode
Tested with a few more plugins for compatibility
Bug fixes and updates to support WordPress 2.9
WPhone – Download
Looking to manage your WordPress install via your phone? Then the award winning WPhone plugin is exactly what you need. It creates an option while logging in to replace the default admin interface with one designed for your phone (see screenshots).
It contains two versions of the mobile admin interface:
JS Style Admin – Download
Js Style SpotMilk Admin is base on SpotMilk Admin,with a few cosmetic change,
Js Style SpotMilk Admin updated, make some change on the css and added the Spotmilk Admin Drop down Menus support. Spot milk Admin Drop Menus plug-in is a very convenient and pretty tool, it can help you save many space if you use many plug-in.
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