WordPress plugins, widgets, and layouts

Recently my boss/professor had me find some widgets for his WPmu install. I spent several days looking at many different sites, and here is what I came up with to fill his needs.

Del.icio.us cached++

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/delicious-cached/del.icio.us cached++ uses the built-in MagpieRSS engine functions to create a list of the latest bookmarks on a del.icio.us account, from its RSS feed, keeping the feed cached in the database.This plugin respects del.icio.us’ ToS and will not to overload the feed with subsequent requests, since the default cache refresh period is 60 minutes.Since version 1.3, the plugin is wigdet compatible. To take advantage of that, you’ll need either 1) WordPress 2.2 or higher, or 2) the Widgets plugin. You can still use the plugin without this feature (on WordPress 2.0/2.1 and/or along with a theme that’s not widget compatible); just check the FAQ.

Related Entries

http://wasabi.pbwiki.com/Related%20EntriesThis plugin will output a series of “related” entries based on keyword matching.


http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flickr-rss/This plugin allows you to easily display Flickr photos on your weblog. It supports user, public and group photostreams. The plugin is relatively easy to setup and configure via an options panel. It also has support for an image cache located on your server.

Sideblog Plugin

http://katesgasis.com/2006/05/02/sideblog-plugin-v30/Sideblog is a plugin for WordPress Blog Platform. It is one way ofimplementing “Asides” – a series of “short” posts, 1-2 sentences inlength. Sideblog is now in version 3.Sideblog v3 differs from previous version in that it is SidebarWidgets enabled. For those whose theme do not support Sidebar WidgetsSideblog v3 can still be use. In Sideblog v3, multiple categories canbe published in the sidebar.


http://recaptcha.net/plugins/wordpress/The reCAPTCHA WordPress plugin uses a CAPTCHA to prevent comment spam.



Live amazon data feeds, product links, wishlist links, keyword lookups, all product types/catalogs, article inlined and sidebars, keyword lookups, admin interface, caching system.


http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/photoxhibit/PhotoXhibit, formally Benjamin Sterling Galleries, was born out of the fires of so many not-so-great gallery/image manager plugins for WordPress.This plugin uses photos from your Flickr, Picasa, and/or SmugMug accounts as well as allows you to upload and build Albums to help you build inviting Photo Galleries on and through out your site.

Twitter Tools

http://alexking.org/projects/wordpressThis plugin creates an integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account. Pull your tweets into your blog and create new tweets on blog posts and from within WordPress.

Mowser Word Press Mobile

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mowser-wordpress-mobile/Mowser (http://mowser.com) includes a service that allows publishers to display their existing web content to users on mobile phones and other handheld devices. This plugin detects when a user is on a mobile phone and automatically redirects them to the Mowser optimized version of the page they were trying to access.The plugin also adds headers that inform search engines that the Mowser version of pages should be used for mobile devices, and can be used to insert information about how to add mobile advertising. For more information about the headers that Mowser uses see:http://pub.mowser.com/wiki/Main/HeadersOverviewOnce the plugin is installed, and if you’re using a recent version of WordPress that support widgets, you can add a Mowser button to your sidebar using the Widgets tab under the Presentation heading. Drag the Mowser Widget box to the sidebar area on that page to add the widget, and click “Save Changes” to make it active.

3 Column Layouts


Flickr Tag Cloud Widget

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flickr-tag-cloud-widget/This is plugin for the Widget Sidebar in WordPress. It will display your flickr tags as a tag cloud in your blog’s sidebar.Please visit the official website for the latest information on this plugin.

Elegant Twitter Widget

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/elegant-twitter-widget/A WordPress widget that displays twitter updates in yummy valid semantic XHTML code. The code is heavily commented and the output is in template functions so everything is fully customizable.In this version, the plugin grabs the XML twitter feed and parses it using the PHP XML parser, instead of SimpleXML, to support PHP 4.


http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpg2/WPG2 is a WordPress Plug-in that embeds Gallery2 within WordPress to share photos, videos and any other Gallery2 content seamlessly into the WordPress Sidebar and Blog entries.

WPG2 Features

  • G2Image insertion tool in your Edit Toolbar to help you select one or more Gallery 2 Images, Videos, Albums (displays the Album Highlight Image) in your Blog Posts or WordPress Pages
  • Random, Recent, Daily, Weekly, Popular Images and/or Albums can be displayed as widgets in the WordPress Sidebar
  • Single Signon of WordPress Users into Gallery2, with the ability to restrict Gallery2 Sign on through WordPress User Roles and Capabilities
  • Display your Gallery2 Page(s) from within the automatically created WordPress Page.
  • Add Lightbox Effects for your Gallery2 Images

Category Cloud Widget

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/widget-category-cloud/The Category Cloud Widget is a widget that displays your categories as a tag cloud in your sidebar.