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10 Useful Lesser Known WordPress Plug-ins

There are countless of posts that highlight great WordPress plug-ins and after sometime you keep coming across the same ones over and over again. The fact is that no matter how good or great these plug-ins are sometimes they are just overkill for your needs. Once a plug-in is popular developers will mostly keep expanding its features to satisfy all its users.

For a change I decided to look around what other plug-ins there are out there that are almost never mentioned and I came across more than two that I will be using on my own WordPress install. Especially wp Time Machine and Simple SEO are plug-ins I can’t believe I didn’t know about.

Check out these 10 plug-ins for different purposes.

postMash – custom post order

Wordpress Plug-ins

Organize the order of your posts using a handy AJAX drag and drop admin interface. Handy if you use WordPress more like a CMS then for content publishing only.

Pretty Link

Wordpress Plug-ins

Your own URL shorten-er with your domain address. Easily hide affiliate links and keep track of amounts of clicks, where users click from and other details. There is also a pro version.

wp Time Machine

Wordpress Plug-ins

Create a back-up of your WordPress:

  • Your data (from your WordPress MySQL database)
  • Your files (and Uploads) — everything in wp-content
  • Your .htaccess file
  • Instructions for a smooth recovery
  • A shell script that can help automate recovery — though this is still a “work in progress”

and store them on your DropBox account, Amazon AWS S3 or on another server using FTP. You need to have PHP5 to use Amazon and DropBox. A cheaper alternative then VaultPress if you can’t afford the latter.

Shortcode Exec PHP

Wordpress Plug-ins

An admin interface to create and manage your shortcodes.

SEO Data Transporter

Wordpress Plug-ins

Transfer your plug-ins and SEO data from theme to theme and plug-in to plug-in.

Supported Themes

  • Builder
  • Frugal
  • Genesis
  • Headway
  • Hybrid
  • Thesis
  • WooFramework

Supported Plug-ins

  • All in One SEO
  • Headspace2
  • Platinum SEO

MailChimp Archives

Wordpress Plug-ins

Display your past MailChimp newsletters on your site using a shortcode.

Facebook Likes it!

Wordpress Plug-ins

A simple plug-in to add Facebook like button, fully customizable. It’s a modified version of Like plug-in by Bottomless.

Breadcrumb NavXT

Wordpress Plug-ins

Custom location breadcrumbs.

Easy Verification

Wordpress Plug-ins

Verify your website with Google, Bing and Yahoo! without going through the hassle of FTP and file editing. Just fill out your verification code and the plug-in will generate the correct meta tags.

Simple SEO

Wordpress Plug-ins

Add a custom page and menu title to your pages for usability or SEO purposes. This plug-in is perfect if you don’t need the whole SEO she bang or use WordPress as CMS for a low key website.


  1. By Calítoe.:. (Cristina MJ) posted on August 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm
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    Thanks for the post, I didn’t know most of these.
    Just one thing: *than*. ;)

  2. By Hyde posted on August 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm
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    Glad you liked it and thanks for pointing the mistake out!

  3. By Michael Cannon posted on August 27, 2010 at 2:21 am
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    Great stuff. I had known about a few of them but several are completely new to me!

  4. By ambuj posted on August 27, 2010 at 11:18 am
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    I didn’t know many of these plugins.Thanks for haring this article

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