May’s Top 5 Picks from the WordPress Newest Plugins List
If you have ever browsed through the Newest Plugins section of WordPress.org, then you know that it can be a little overwhelming to wade through all of the recent plugins to figure out what’s worth trying out and what’s not. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to periodically evaluate the top new plugins from WordPress.org and then share them with all of the readers here, in the hopes that not only will it help you find some great new plugins, but that it will also save you time in doing so:
WP-TwitterSearch: Although there are lots of plugins that allow you to display your Twitter stream, this one takes a new approach. With this new plugin, you can display the latest results from a specific Twitter search feed. This plugin gives you the ability to specify unlimited search terms, limit how many tweets are shown and limit the number of tweets from a single author for those keywords.
FriendConnect Login: As you may know, Google Friend Connect allows users to become members of your site community using their Google, Yahoo!, AIM or OpenID accounts. This plugin will allow users who are logged into their FriendConnect account to comment without needing to re-enter their name, email address and web site URL.
PrintFriendly: A part of the PrintFriendly.com web site, this plugin makes it simple to add the PrintFriendly widget to your WordPress blog. Not only does this plugin allow a user to print a single post or page (minus all of the extra elements that make up the blog’s layout), but it also gives them the option to generate and save a PDF file from the selected content.
WordPress Mobile Pack: More people are started to browse the Internet from mobile devices, which is why it’s important to make sure your WordPress blog is easy for someone to load on their cellphone or other mobile device. The WordPress Mobile Pack takes care of all of your mobile needs by offering a wide variety of features, including a mobile switcher to select themes based on the type of user that is visiting the site, a selection of mobile themes, extra widgets, device adaptation and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit the site or write new posts when out and about.
Tracked RSS: This plugin may be simple, but it provides the ability to perform a very useful task. With the Tracked RSS plugin, you can use Google Analytics to track your RSS feed. This plugin can also be used in conjunction with the Tracked Tweets plugin (from the same author), which allows you to use Google Analytics to track your Twitter activity (in addition to several other useful features).