3 WordPress plugins for rapid development

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These 3 plugins for wordpress impressed me enough to write a blog post about them ’cause they were all well programmed with “Good enough” and “Don’t over do it” approach.

WordPress Popular Posts

The first one on the list is a plugin that comes with it’s own administrative interface which offers just enough options you would need out of it. Here’s the screenshot from the admin interface.

Displays popular posts, supports images, comments and customizable through WP admin.

Description: Retrieves the most active entries of your blog and displays them with your own formatting (optional). Use it as a widget or place it in your templates using < ?php get_mostpopular(); ?>

Plugin URI:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-popular-posts/

Author URI: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-popular-posts/

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Recent posts

Recent posts plugin is pretty self explanatory with options in displaying the number of posts, skipping posts and a few other “might come in handy” tweaks for your needs.

Description: Retrieves a list of the most recent posts, you may pass parameters when calling the function to configure some of the options.

Plugin URI: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/recent-posts/

Author URI: http://nickmomrik.com/

Recent Comments

Description: This plugin displays excerpts of the most recent comments and/or trackbacks that have been posted to the articles in your blog.

Plugin URI:http://blog.jodies.de/2004/11/recent-comments/

Author URI: http://blog.jodies.de

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On top of retrieving a list of the most recent comments it has it’s own pretty well programmed backend where you can choose from the number of options like:

  • Number of comments displayed
  • “Chopping” of the comments text
  • Word wrapping
  • Excluding by author

… and a few other handy options.

Hope you find these 3 plugins useful enough to put them in your toolbox and save time :)

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