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Using WordPress to Fundraise

WordPress is a powerful community building tool, in addition to a blogging and public relations tool.  But did you know nonprofits/not-for-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) use WordPress to cultivate millions in donations every year?  In fact, the amount of money raised by nonprofits in the U.S. alone is staggering.  Just online, nonprofits raised around $22 Billion in 2010.  That number is 3 years old and still huge.

Although there are many many ways to raise money online, WordPress makes it super easy.  Especially when a nonprofit is using WordPress to power their website, using these themes.  Integrating with a payment gateway is simple, secure and professional.  Some of the third party fundraising sites work well too, but since we are all about WordPress at Pingable, this post focuses on the different ways to integrate fundraising with WordPress.

1. Cash in on your existing network

If you already have a large network of supporters and website visitors, this is the fastest way to cash in.  But be warned, visitors do not always equal stakeholders.  You can’t buy useless traffic using ads if the visitors don’t convert to active participants in your cause.  However, nonprofits with an engaged following that care about the mission and relate to the personal stories you tell on the website can turn into a source of consistent financial support.  Consider this tutorial that covers creating a donate form on your website.  The aforementioned tutorial covers adding a pretty complex and native donate form using a premium forms plugin and Paypal integration.  For the more novice user, you can use a simple Paypal donate widget.

2. Go pro with a crowdsourcing plugin

Crowdsourcing is all the rage.  From Kickstarter to IndieGoGo, there are a million project-funding sites.  What they promise is the ability to raise funds quickly.  What they don’t say is that 90% of funds come from friends and family unless your project goes viral.  Crowdsourcing is primarily for non-business or individual projects.  However nonprofits can get in the game too.  Using the same platforms, nonprofits can raise funds and generate income tax deductions for their donors.

Using a premium plugin like IgnitionDeck is a great way to stand above the fray and raise money for your nonprofit.  A premium WordPress plugin, IgnitionDeck is a very smart crowdfunding tool.  In addition to accepting donations easily, you can set a smart target which automatically moves to the next tier when a goal has been reached.  For example, a nonprofit that uses it’s WordPress website to fund a community center might set a goal for a pool table, a goal for the renovations and a goal for purchasing the property.  When the community has contributed enough for the pool table, the renovations become the next goal.  Cool huh?  Never make success the barrier to more success!

Bonus: there are some premium themes available on ThemeForest (our fave) that seamlessly integrate IgnitionDeck.  Our personal favorite: FundingPress:


3. Get the community involved

Crowdfunding, by definition, is micro-donations or contributions that reach toward a larger goal.  Rather than seeking a large donor or investor, crowdfunded projects get lots of little support.  So in a way, this method is also crowdfunding like all of the above, however this one really leverages relationships and community.  Using a plugin called Personal Fundraiser, your nonprofit can allow stakeholders to create their own fundraising pages.  This way, they are encouraged through many different calls-to-action to get their own network involved.

By leveraging other people’s networks, you have the potential to not only raise more funds, but reach more people which can turn into other opportunities.  Never turn down a chance to discuss your mission with someone, you never know who they are.

Building a powerful social network with WordPress

WordPress is many things.  A blogging tool, a business tool, a constituent relationship manager (CRM), a community gathering place, even a social networking platform.  With the right plugins and powerful theme, WordPress can be given the tools to create a social networking platform that rivals the big boys.

Why build a social networking platform on WordPress?  There are lots of good answers to this question.  Not the least of which is the WordPress platform is one of the simplest, fastest and most secure platforms on which to build.  Additionally, WordPress comes to you lean and clean, without unnecessary add-ons.  (This is why I switched away from Joomla! years ago).  With WordPress, you can pick and choose the features you need, and leave the rest.  But I’m preaching to the choir here, aren’t I?

When building a social network on WordPress, you have several choices.

The all-in-one solution: BuddyPress


BuddyPress is a ready made collection of plugins that were built to work together.  The BuddyPress core enables the individual plugins and thus, is required.  Every other option is up to you.  The latest version is 1.7, released April 8th, 2013.  Known as “Totonno”, BuddyPress 1.7 brings some cool new features to the old BuddyPress.  The full feature list is available on the official Codex, but here are some of my favorite new and old features:

  • BuddyPress can now work seamlessly with almost any WordPress theme.  Previously, a WordPress admin would have to find a BuddyPress compatible theme, that problem is no more.
  • Rich group administration makes it easier to manage subgroups within your WordPress social network.
  • Installation is now much easier.  Previous versions of BuddyPress required quite a few steps for the admin, now the whole thing is automatic.  Suh-weet.

The options

BuddyPress has the capability to offer the following features for a social networking site:

  • Rich user registration
  • Customizable user profiles
  • Messages between users
  • Connectability between users (think Facebook friend function)
  • Full integration with bbPress, the forum designed by the creators of WordPress
  • User blogs, each user can write their own blog
  • And lots more with plugins for BuddyPress


BuddyPress also comes with a small collection of theme designers that are striving to make WordPress themes specifically for BuddyPress sites.  I’ve found the free stuff to not be worth it, but the premium BuddyPress themes at ThemeForest are really nice.  With Totonno, you can also use any other WordPress theme you love.

The analysis

BuddyPress seems to be the oldest project that adds social networking functionality to WordPress.  Age doesn’t guarantee the top choice, but it does lend itself to a more comprehensive solution.  But there are others you should consider before making a choice.

The minimalist solution: WP Mingle


The options

Mingle is newer and smaller, but has real promise.  It offers many of the core features of BuddyPress, with a vibrant community as well.  Features include:

  • User profiles
  • Friending between users
  • Profile posting and commenting
  • Member directory
  • Email notifications

WPMingle is very simple with a smaller but vibrant community of developers building plugins to support it.  It seems to be mainly supported by the primary developer, Blair Williams.  Blair is the genious behind Pretty Link, a heavily used WordPress link redirect and cloaking plugin.

Plugins developed for WPMingle include integration with AWeber, a forum, donation button and friend request widget.


Blair recommends Thesis Theme, because WPMingle has not been tested or developed to work with everything.  A serious drawback, but the theme shouldn’t be your only parameter when choosing a WordPress social networking option.

The Analysis

WP Mingle would be better if you just need the features listed above.  If you are looking to build a truly powerful social network, consider going with BuddyPress.  With any larger, more comprehensive plugin, you may loose some flexibility with customizations.

What did I miss?  Please comment below to make this article even better!

20 Time Saving WordPress Plugins

What’s most important to the WordPress admin?  Security, simplicity, quality.  These all make the list.  But time is perhaps the only true asset, something you can’t get back.  I have scoured the web looking for WordPress plugins that will save time.  And time is money folks.

This is not an all-inclusive list, so if you’ve come across a WordPress plugin that has saved you time, please add a comment below, or reach out to me on Google Plus.

Pretty Links

pretty link wp admin

An indispensable tool for the WordPress admin.  The easiest and fastest link cloaking plugin I have used thus far.  The free version is very functional, allowing for different types of redirects (301, 302, etc.) as well as basic cloaking.  Stop those affiliate commissions from being stolen and cloak those links!  You can also bulk-add cloaked links with the pro version and generate some handy reports.

ManageWP Worker

manage multiple wordpress sites

Manage all of your WordPress sites from one dashboard! Forget about logging into each site individually, this plugin centralized administrative control.  Very handy for those of us that run more than one site.  It is totally secure (according to the developer) and allows for one-click plugin updates among many other handy features.

Theme Test Drive

This plugin lets you work out the kinks on a new theme while showing your existing published theme to viewers.  This cuts out gobs of time spent customizing a new theme on a local WordPress install or a clone of your site.  You no longer have to export your theme from the local install and hope it works fluidly on your live site.  With some exceptions to functionality, this plugin lets you test your new/potential theme where only you, the admin, can see it.

Plugin Central

time saving plugin central

This plugin lets you streamline the installation of other plugins.  But here is the real time saver.  You can use Plugin Central to bulk transfer plugins from one site to another.  This is a huge time saver for anyone who is moving to a clean installation of WordPress, or who likes to use a default grouping of plugins on all sites.  Very nice.

Ultimate Google Web Fonts

time saving plugin

Stop hand coding CSS or importing Google Font functions into WordPress.  This plugin ($14 at Code Canyon) does it all for you.  Play with lots of different fonts to get just the right look on your site.

OSE Firewall

ose firewall save time with wordpress

Protect your site with one plugin against hacking, viruses and spam.  The built in scanner consistently checks your WordPress site for malicious code so you don’t have to be (as) diligent.

Developer Mode

developer mode plugin

Completely customize how different user levels see and interact with the WordPress admin.  Save time by restricting what your clients can see and change in the WordPress admin.  This cuts down training time, repair time (when they break something) and generally streamlines your clients’ admin experience.

Simple Optimizer

Stop downloading different optimizing plugins and tools, this one does it all for you.  It optimizes the database among many, many other things.  Here’s a brief video on what it can do:

Admin Bar Removal (aka annoying top bar thing slayer)

I always go in and remove this admin bar, it’s worth doing permanently.  The admin car causes multiple problems for the speedy WordPress admin, throwing off layouts and themes and just visually getting in the way of good site testing.

Post Snippets

wp time savers

Use Post Snippets to keep a personal library of assorted code so you’re not looking it up every time you need it.  Perfect for a theme’s shortcodes or javascript, HTML or PHP.


fast plagiarism check

Plagiarism automatically scours the web for copied content.  This is particularly helpful for any WP admin that accepts guest posts.  You want to make sure work is original, but don’t have time to check everything manually.  This plugin automates the process.

Infinite WP

wp admin time saving plugins

Another way to manage multiple WordPress installs.  This one is completely free, just install this plugin on all sites you want to manage and you will have access to them through the accompanying plugin, Infinite WP Admin.

Infinite WP Admin

You’ll need this plugin to manage Infinite WP.

Global Content Blocks

global content blocks shortcodes

Similar to Post Snippets, this plugin lets you create your own shortcodes.  This is particularly helpful and time saving if you regularly use the same code over and over.  Kind of takes some of the appeal away from fancy themes with built-in shortcodes.

Content Progress

content progress plugin

Insert workflow management into the post writing process.  Very helpful for multi-author blogs.  Label your posts as in-progress, ready for review, etc.  Will be a time save for anyone who frequently uses guest authors or those that manage other writers.

WP Butler

wp butler

This plugin creates a text field in the WP dashboard that allows admins to jump to commonly used admin actions.  Handy even for people that know their way around the WordPress dashboard rather than waiting for the (sometimes slow) menus.


wp dashboard

I like this one because I like a clean dashboard.  Adminimize allows the WordPress administrator to select what displays on the dashboard.  Of course this can be done manually by modifying the WP core which isn’t recommended.  Instead, use adminimize to pick and choose what you see.

Tidy Up

Tidy Up does exactly what it says, goes through your posts and pages and looks for sluggish or improper coding.  You can then choose (a nice feature) to update the database with the tidied code.  Be warned, this plugin is not actively maintained but appears to still function.

Advanced Excerpt


Advanced Excerpt lets you customize the length and behavior of the standard WordPress excerpt function rather than hand-coding the changes.  I use this plugin surprisingly often.  Image credit.

Simple Backup

simple backup plugin

Simple backup takes the process out of “backup process”.  You can regularly download backups of your WordPress site, and optionally run some database optimizations.  This is the kind of plugin you wish you had when it’s too late, but you never think of until it’s too late.

Official Facebook WordPress Plugin Causes Serious Lag

For the last few weeks we have been trialing the official Facebook WordPress plugin. It seemed like a no brainier, adding some nice features including a nice widget the floats down the bottom of the page and encourages users to browse more content on your site that has been popular on Facebook. However, we have noticed on our setup that it was causing some serious issues.

  1. We had some heavy backend lag, and sometime backend pages wouldn’t even load, the comment moderation page seemed to be the worst.
  2. We noticed that the front end of the site was much slower to respond too. It seemed to double the response time of the site which floats around 400-500ms, and has been averaging over 1000ms since we enabled Facebook’s official WordPress plugin.

Pingdom Response time report

I guessing the conflict may be something to do with our setup. Pingable uses a MAXCDN to speed up file delivery, so it may be a conflict with that or the way we have W3 Total Cache configured. Either way…a slow site isn’t good enough, so the Facebook plugin is going for now.

I’d be curious to hear if others are having issues with the new Facebook plugin. A quick search on Google uncoverd a few others having the same issues as we are:

Resource: How to Display Ads to Search Visitors

Micro-targeting visitors is an incredibly powerful SEO tool.  Think about this.  You search for a particular keyword, visit a particular website from the results, and don’t quite find what you’re looking for.  If there is an embedded advertisement in the website with the exact keywords you searched for, you are much more likely to click that ad than if it were an ad reflecting the content on that page.

Micro-targeting can be done easily within WordPress.  There are a number of free plugins that allow you to specifically target search visitors and users of a particular social media service.  Here are just a few ways to micro-target your advertisements using WordPress plugins.

1. Plugin: Ad Injection | Download (free)

Ad Injection is a plugin that inserts adsense, or other advertising code into your WordPress site anywhere.  It also works with Amazon Affiliates and Clickbank.  You can set ad placements within the plugin or use template tags to insert them anywhere your heart desires.  The plugin allows you to randomly insert ads between paragraphs, and limit which posts have ads by post age, length or a number of other parameters.

The most important feature is the ability to restrict ads by referrer.  This allows you to require search engine referrals show particular ad sets.  For example, I might set the plugin to display adsense ads when is the referrer.

2. Plugin: WP Greetbox | Download (free)

I have been using WP Greetbox for a long time to display welcome messages or prompt users to follow my blog.  It inserts a small content box below the post title.  What’s great about this plugin is that you can customize it to display different messages based on the referrer.  For example, I might say “welcome facebook user, please like our facebook page by clicking here”.  This gives the illusion of a slightly personalized message which is hard to come by on a website.

For our purposes, you can identify a specific message for those come from Google.  The plugin uses the example of having Googlers follow your RSS feed.  But with the advent of Google+, you can have users add you to their circles.  Targeting for search engine traffic is just one way to micro-target.  The sky is the limit.

This is also one of the best looking free plugins I have ever used on my site.  It includes the option to close the box, adjust the placement, round the corners and even add a dropshadow.

3. Popup Social Media Follows | Download

If you want to boost your social media presence, this plugin will let you target search engine traffic by popping up right after the page is loaded.  Although sometimes annoying, these tools can be an effective method of generating social media traffic.  This plugin lets you push Facebook, Google+ and Twitter buttons at users with a stylish overlay.  You can allow users the option of closing the window, or make it time-delayed.  If your traffic supports this kind of conversion tool, and if your content is good enough to push through it, this could be a really handy plugin.



How to Increase Form Conversions on your Blog

Web forms for a blog are typical means of converting casual visitors into engaged contacts. Once readers have made the step of dropping you a few lines, they are most likely to come back. However, feeding people’s appetite for filling out forms can be a tricky task. Here are some easy tips for increasing conversion rates. Further on, you can find out how to create forms that suit each blog using the 123ContactForm plugin for WordPress.


  • Simple layout, catchy design. Make the form simple by using the minimum number of fields and a one-column layout. If you plan on building a more complex form (e.g. a survey), it’s best to group fields into separate topic sections. Forms are powerful elements and their design should match the overall image of your blog. That’s because our vision usually sorts out the page elements that do not harmonize with the ensemble and ignores them. So leave grey aside and be creative. In terms of words, you can use humorous or teasing messages to spice up your forms.
  • User-friendly validation. Fields that prompt for e-mail addresses or phone numbers should have some simple hints below, stating which the desired input format is. This may seem redundant, but mistakes may occur in rush. If your form doesn’t have an autofill option, users should be aware of what they should pay attention to. This kind of interactivity is a must for a contact form, as well as for an order form for WordPress or any other type of web form that requires user input.
  • Non-alien CAPTCHA. Have you ever stood dazzled in front of a hieroglyphic CAPTCHA saying to yourself: “Gosh, I don’t have the keyboard for that”? Oh yes, so did we. There’s no reason in chasing away visitors by using an IQ test when a simple CAPTCHA will be equally successful in preventing spam. The even better solution is smart CAPTCHA, which only shows up when there is a sign that the form has been abused (e.g. multiple submissions from the same IP address).
  • Efficient error handling. Another means of good interaction with users is optimized error handling. A friendly way to do it is by highlighting the fields that contain errors, so that one can notice easily what needs to be corrected.
  • Custom “thank you” message. Even if this comes after the objective of having the form filled out has been reached, it’s best to send a warm message to users, thanking them for their time and announcing that your feedback on their message is on its way.

5 ANTI-CONVERSION practices to avoid:

  • Design clutter. Without a powerful motivation, users would be distracted when faced with a cluttered form and they wouldn’t fill it out. Keep forms stylish, yet clean and simple.
  • Typing stress. Bad questions are the ones that don’t go straight to the point and call for too much typing. Use simple statements and include radio buttons or Likert scales, if suitable.
  • “Reset” button easily mistaken for the “Submit” one. There are few cases when a “Reset” button is necessary at all. Don’t use it when you don’t actually need it because, when hit accidentally, it will lead to users losing data and, naturally, giving up the form.
  • No interactivity. Users need guidance. If they spend more than 5 seconds all alone wondering what to do next, the following step will be leaving your page. Of course, you don’t have to stuff the form with explanations. Use them with generosity, but also with purpose.
  • No motivation. You have to point out why you’re asking users to fill out the form on your blog and/or what they will gain by doing this (even if it’s just a big Thank you).

How to build a highly customizable form using the 123ContactForm plugin for WordPress

123ContactForm is a WYSIWYG form generator that creates any kind of forms and surveys in 3 easy steps. No programming experience is required as a drag and drop form builder handles the entire process of form generating. Features of 123ContactForm include 3rd party apps integration (SalesForce, MailChimp, VerticalResponse, WebHook, iContact, Google Groups, Yahoo Groups), payment processing (integrations with PayPal,
Authorize.Net, Google Checkout). At any degree of complexity, your WordPress online form will blend perfectly with the image of your blog as 123ContactForm allows full CSS customization.

Let’s see the wizard in action!

Install the 123ContactForm plugin for WordPress:
1. Download the 123ContactForm plugin from the WordPress plugins directory.

2. Install the plugin to your WordPress database:
a. Unzip and move the folder 123contactform-for-wordpress to your wordpress/wp-content/plugins directory;
b. Visit your WordPress dashboard. In the Plugins tab, click on the Activate button for the plugin named 123ContactForm for WordPress.

Create your WordPress contact form:
1. Login/signup to
2. In your Dashboard, go to Create New Form and choose Contact form.

3. Choose your fields (you can use the preexistent ones) and edit them to set the validation rules, label text and positioning etc.

4. Go to the next step – Form Settings. Here, you can customize the “thank you” page, choose the email address where notifications will be received and set the security options (anti-spam features include: CAPTCHA, smart CAPTCHA, password protection, country filter). This is also the step where you can customize the form theme or even the CSS code to style the form in any way you wish to.
5. The final step – Publish Form. To post the form on WordPress, choose the WordPress option in the menu on the left. It returns a line of code. In the Publish section, you can also opt for using SSL encryption for the data sent through your form.

6. Go to your WordPress editor (either in the visual or HTML mode) and paste the code in the place where you need the form to be displayed.

There is a second way of publishing forms on your WordPress page, which is particularly helpful if you have more than one form to embed, because it gives you access to all the forms at once, without having to copy the code for each one. This technique works as follows:

  • Log in to 123ContactForm and go to your My Account section. Under Account Details, there is an API Key. The initial status of it is none. Press Create now. Copy the API Key that has been generated.
  • Go to your WordPress dashboard and edit your post. Make sure you are in the Visual mode (not HTML). The 123ContactForm icon was added to your menu when you installed the plugin. Click on it, paste the API Key in the lightbox that appears and press Connect.

  • Here, you can see a dropdown list containing all of the forms you have created with 123ContactForm. Choose the form that you want to publish and press Embed. You can edit the form at any time, to keep up with the updates in your blog design.

Authored by LAURA MOISEI

Being part of the team at 123 Contact Form, I enjoy keeping up with the latest trends in design, as well as with tech news, and share my discoveries.

Must Have WordPress Plugins for 2011

I build a lot of WordPress sites and these are, in my opinion, the must-have WordPress plugins for 2011.  I start almost every new WordPress install with these plugins, even if I don’t have a specific intention for them all at the time of development.  If for no other reason, these WordPress plugins will make your websites function at a top-notch level in 2011.

Jetpack WordPress plugin for 2011

Jetpack is a compilation of handy features for any WordPress installation.  It includes Gravatar Hovercards, WordPress stats (available as a standalone plugin), Twitter Widget, shortlinks, Sharedaddy social sharing plugin, and Shortcode Embeds.

jetpack wordpress plugin for 2011

Usernoise Contact Form WordPress plugin for 2011

Usernoise is an absolute must.  It is the easiest, smallest and best-looking contact form plugin available for WordPress.  It is super-simple to setup, but that means there’s not a lot of customization options.  Usernoise Plugin ads a floating “feedback” image on the side of your site, that when clicked, created a slick AJAX powered overlay contact form.

usernoise wordpress plugin for 2011

Donation Can WordPress plugin for 2011

Donation Can creates a widget that accepts both set and custom donations via Paypal.  It works magically, letting you choose fundraising goals like “Pay for our server costs” or whatever you’d like.  Set weekly, monthly goals, anything really.  Perfect for kickstarting your WordPress website development.

donation can wordpress plugin for 2011

Password Protect WordPress Plugin for 2011

Password Protect plugin is essential for development, especially if you’ve got a great idea that you don’t want stolen.  Make sure your WordPress install is not indexable by search engines, then install this plugin.  It will only show the front end to logged in users, ie: you.  You can even set a custom message to users who try and view your site.

password protect wordpress plugin

Facebook Traffic Pop WordPress Plugin

This plugin creates a floating Facebook like box that utilizes jQuery overlay to catch visitors for a set period of time.  They can either “like” you or wait for it to fade away.  This is a great, albeit pushy technique to increase your social networking presence.

facebook traffic pop plugin

Foobar Announcement Bar WordPress Plugin for 2011

This plugin expertly mimics the HelloBar which is a free but branded dropdown bar at the top of your page.  HelloBar limits what you can place in their bar, and asks for $25/monthly to unlock the best features.  That’s pretty steep, especially when this plugin only costs $9 once at CodeCanyon.

foobar wordpress plugin 2011

Google +1 WordPress Plugin for 2011

Despite how you feel about Google’s foray into social networking, savvy webmasters will need to adopt Google +1 as the next wave of content sharing.  This plugin is free, in the WordPress plugin directory and gives you tons of flexibility to choose how the button is displayed next to your content.

google plus 1 wordpress plugin

Envato Affiliate Premium Site search WordPress Plugin

What will this plugin do?

Envato Affiliate Premium Site search will allow you to display Envato marketplace results under or above your wordpress search results. This is a great way to drive affiliate sales as your user has signaled what they are looking form and you are simply displaying some premium results relevant to their search. Think about the power of search. Google knows it. When a user types a term into your search box they are telling you what they are looking for. Your site might have what you are after. If not, the Envato marketplace might have it, and you will make a sale.

This plugin is ideal for monetizing free resource sites, that have premium items on Evato. You if you have a site that gives away free: Vector Graphics, Icons, Fonts, Design Templates, Clipart, WordPress themes, WordPress plugins, Photoshop Brushes, PSD files, Joomla Templates, Flash or action script files, Magento templates or plugins, Sound files + the many more related items for sale on the Envato marketplace, then this plugin is a must have.

Why did I make this plugin?

I run a free vector graphics site called uberpiglet, and I was looking at ways of improving my affiliate sales through graphicriver, one of the Envato marketplaces. I had seen some of the larger vector graphic sites like Vecteezy were showing premium results under their site search results, and I wanted to do the same. A few hours of research later I figured out I was a bit out of my depth, and I would have pay someone to do it for me. I headed over to Elance, and hired lucid studios to create this plugin.

Envato Marketplace

The Envato Marketplaces allow anyone to buy or sell digital goods like WordPress themes, background music, After Effects project files, Flash templates and much more. The marketplaces are home to a thriving community of over 450,000 users, authors and buyers and every day hundreds of new files are added.

Why the price tag?

This plugin wasn’t free to develop, but I really think it will help some of my sites make more money. It’s only $5 for pre-paid customers. Think about it, all you will need to cover the cost of buying this plugin is make 1 referral through the envato affiliate program. I think if you use this plugin on the right site you could make back the purchase cost very quickly. So because this plugin will make you money, I want to try and recover some of the cost I spent to make it.

Check out this plugin in action: Demo

Click here to buy The Envato Affiliate Premium Site search WordPress Plugin from Code Canyon.

Envato Affiliate?

If you are an Envato affiliate and you want to make some money promoting our plugin feel free to use the banner we made for this project below. Also we would love to read some reviews about the plugin.

 Envato Affiliate Premium Site search

10 Obscure But Handy WordPress Plugins

Where do you go to find helpful plugins?  I click “Plugins > Add New” from the dashboard.  That’s great for ease-of-use.  However, that database is limited to GNU/GPL licensed plugins accepted into the WordPress database.

These plugins are all not in the WordPress Plugin database and therefore, are not easily found.  Despite their obscurity, they offer some great services to the WordPress admin.

White Label WordPress Branding Plugin

Replace the WP logo from the login screen and dashboard to rebrand WordPress for your clients.

Like/Unlike Posts

Powered by WizyLike, this plugin adds a like/unlike functionality to each post.  Perfect for a community news site.

Font Replacement

Substitutes standard fonts with one of over 30 Cufon and Google Fonts.  Cufon is all the rage, take advantage of it with this killer plugin.

WP Geo Tagger

Integrate Google Maps by adding location information to posts.  This is an excellent option for community or event blogs.

Paypal File Download

Allows you to easily set up pay-per-download files.  I’ve tried to set this up before and this plugin would have been really nice to have back then.

Sliding Contact Form

Creates a slick, sliding contact form on any WordPress page.

Word and Phrase Spinner

Generates new content from existing stuff to prevent duplicate content issues with search engines.

Font Uploader

For those without HTML or CSS knowledge, this plugin allows you to upload your own fonts and apply them to any section of your site.

Social Pop

Allows for the easy insertion of 26 social bookmarking and sharing links below the content area of WordPress.

Search and Replace

This handy plugin lets you search for text and automatically replace with something else.  Can be used for text or links (read: automatic affiliate link conversion)

Click the image to check out any of these plugins.

jQuery Powered Sticky Footer Plugin

In a recent post, we hinted at the development of an exclusive jQuery powered WordPress Plugin. Today is the day! We have released the brand new, completely unique WordPress Constant Footer Plugin.

It uses a jQuery plugin combined with the simplicity of a WordPress plugin to create a super-simple sticky footer. The footer sticks to the bottom of the browser window regardless of how/where the user scrolls.

Complete with an easy-to-use dashboard settings page, the WP admin can change the opacity, color and height of the footer. Utilizing a slick fade-in effect, the plugin allows any HTML to be entered by the admin and displayed to the public.

Use the plugin to:

  • Showcase new content
  • Display site news
  • Encourage Twitter, RSS or other social media following
  • Offer premium, unique advertising space
  • Flag user attention for breaking news
  • And anything else you come up with!
  • (Tell us how you’re using the plugin in the comments belows)

The plugin is completely free, although donations are much appreciated.  Here are some helpful links:

Plugin Homepage | Demo | Documentation

Inclusion in the Plugin Directory is pending.  Until then, you can download the plugin from the homepage or by clicking here.

This plugin was developed by and released to our community of readers first.  We like you that much!  As with any new plugin, be patient as we work out any bugs.

Here are some screenshots:

Sticky Constant Footer PluginSticky Constant Footer Plugin