20 Great WordPress AJAX Plugins

WordPress is without question, the #1 blogging platform and content management system (CMS) available.  For obvious reasons like simplicity, speed, flexibility.  But what about all those subtle differences that you notice, but can’t quite put your finger on?  It has a lot to do with AJAX or asynchronous JavaScript and XML.  From saving changes to editing content and post tags, AJAX makes it all easier and faster.

In addition to making the admin’s life easier, there are a number of WordPress AJAX Plugins that will help the user experience as well.  Here are 20 of our favorites.

  1. Google AJAX Search – A live search plugin
  2. Tagboard Widget
  3. Gregarious – Social bookmarking plugin
  4. AJAX Shoutbox
  5. Google Pagerank
  6. AJAX Comments No longer available.
  7. Inline AJAX Page Very Cool! – No longer available.
  8. WP-Post Ratings
  9. Google AJAX Translation
  10. AJAX’d WordPress – AJAX site navigation
  11. AJAXed Twitter for WordPress
  12. Formidable – A drag and drop form builder
  13. Contact Form 7 – Super easy contact/other form builder
  14. FAQ Builder
  15. Business Directory – A link directory plugin
  16. Link Library – Another link directory plugin
  17. Comment Rating
  18. Mingle – a complete social networking plugin (profile pages, profile activities, etc.)
  19. AJAX Comment Posting
  20. Pretty Link – Convert affiliate or advertising links to links of your choosing.

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26 thoughts on “20 Great WordPress AJAX Plugins”

  1. I absolutely love wordpress! I have been playing the internet marketing game for sometime and just recently discovered how INCREDIBLE having a wordpress blog could actually be. I am always thinking of new features that I want to put on my site and every time I have a new thought, I just search for a plugin that will be able to meet my needs. There is almost always a plugin that will provide me with the functionality I am looking for. That is why I absolutely love finding blogs that list there favorite plugins that allow me to discover even more cool plugins that will make my blog that much better! Thanks for the great list! :)

  2. WordPress is definitely the best. I’ve been using wordpress for a long time now and it has been great. And using the plugin makes it a lot easier depending on what I need. I got a lot of plugins from your post. I’ll surely use one of them sometime. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Pretty Link is one hell of a plug-in. I’ve never opted for the paid version because the free one is simply great. You can make new “pretty links” in 3-4 seconds. I don’t really let users interact with it, though; it’s purely for my satisfaction hehe. It’s great for SEO purposes as well if you are not too sure about using CPanel etc it can be a great help for 301 redirects and such. I’ve gotta try out some of these other AJAX-coded plugins as well… I like the smooth on-page rendering that AJAX provided (part of the reason I loved Gmail so much when it first came out as it was rockin’ it… no more page-to-page BS!)

  4. Wow-list :) I’ve found the FAQ builder extremely useful. Not only for FAQs but for building browsable lists and tidying up large chunks of data. Not sure about the shoutbox, though. I think the big G doesn’t like those.

  5. The WordPress platform has thousands of plugins, and many of them now use ajax to improve usability. thank you for your good collection of plugin list.

  6. I wouldn’t say that it’s the #1 CMS, If you were any close to serious business online, and you would understand how platforms being developed – you wouldn’t even consider WordPress. Why go ahead and use a free platform like WordPress in a serious business, you would better put some money into a good CMS, sure if you need blogging and some content on your site, WP can do the trick, but anything above it, like eCommerce – it just wont carry it.

  7. Pretty Link is one hell of a plug-in. I’ve never opted for the paid version because the free one is simply great. You can make new “pretty links” in 3-4 seconds. I don’t really let users interact with it, though; it’s purely for my satisfaction hehe. It’s great for SEO purposes as well if you are not too sure about using CPanel etc it can be a great help for 301 redirects and such. I’ve gotta try out some of these other AJAX-coded plugins as well… I like the smooth on-page rendering that AJAX provided (part of the reason I loved Gmail so much when it first came out as it was rockin’ it… no more page-to-page BS!)

    For sure!

  8. I am having trouble with using AJAX on my wordpress blog, but thanks a lot for compiling those useful sites. You have saved me a lot of time. Cheers!

  9. Hey, thank you for listing this Business Directory plugin! I was looking for something like that. Didn’t know it even existed. Keep more of those great articles coming!

  10. I’ve just started using wordpress and I don’t have a clue about plug-ins and what they do. This a a great list you have and I can’t wait to check all of these plug-ins.

  11. WordPress is awesome, there is no comparison of it. The wide availability of handy plug-in even makes it the best CMS of the time. I am soon going to add the Business Directory to my WP blog.

  12. Since Ajax is already built into the core WordPress administration screens, adding more administration-side Ajax functionality to your plugin is fairly straightforward, and this section describes how to do it.

  13. Well, I’ve gotta try out some of these other AJAX-coded plugins as well. I like the smooth on-page rendering that AJAX provided (part of the reason. I loved Gmail so much when it first came out as it was rocking it..

  14. I do not even know the way I ended up here, but I assumed this publish was great. I do not realize who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you happen to are not already ;) Cheers!

  15. I wish that the search engines can index AJAX content, indexing Facebook comments was the first step… Hope they will end up being able to index all the ajax content on the internet.

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