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1. WordPress jQuery Lightbox Plugin
Used to overlay images on the current page. You can check for more information and samples here.
A WordPress implementation of the stellar Slimbox2 script by Christophe Beyls (an enhanced clone of the Lightbox script) which utilizes the jQuery library to create an impressive image overlay with slide-out effects.
Lazy loader delays loading of images in (long) pages. Images below the fold (far down in the page) wont be loaded before user scrolls down. This is opposite of image preloading. Using lazy load on long pages containing heavy image content makes page feels snappier. Browser is in ready state after loading visible images. No need to wait for unknown amount of pictures to load.
Live comment preview without page reboot. Works on jQuery.
- Live comment preview, which does not take that extra space on the page.
- Simple HTML-editor (instruction on using the editor are on the plugin options page).
- You can customize comment preview block as you wish. You can display: comment author name, avatar (static or dinamic using gravatar.com), comment date and time, comment text. All this can be designed with CSS.
- You may don’t connect plugin’s CSS file (optional) if you wish to reduce number of queries to your server.
- Plugin’s JS and CSS files are connected only on the pages with comment form.
Snazzy Archives is a visualization plugin for your WordPress site featuring an unique way to display all your posts. Your archive page will never be boring again!
8. Audio Player
Audio is a slim (450 Bytes!), fast plugin to create a flash mp3 player when mp3 links are clicked. In order to reduce clutter and file transfer, the links are unmodified until they are clicked, at which point a div with the player is faded in after the link. A second click on the link fades the player back out.
9. Mint Plugin
Mint is a slim plugin to integrate statistics from Shaun Inman’s Mint statistics package into WordPress*. Mint does require a valid Mint installation to function.
11. GD Star Rating
GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog. You can set many options for displaying the rating stars, and also add widgets into the sidebars for displaying top ratings and other statistics generated by the plugin.
jQuery-Pagebar show instead of the next and prev links a jQuery slider as a modern pagebar. So it’s easy to navigate through many pages.
13. jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries
Makes the native WordPress galleries use a lightbox to display the fullsize images. The lightbox used in this plugin is currently the jQuery lightBox plugin by Leandro Vieira Pinho.
14. TinyMCE Advanced
This plugin adds 15 plugins to TinyMCE: Advanced hr, Advanced Image, Advanced Link, Context Menu, Emotions (Smilies), Date and Time, IESpell, Layer, Nonbreaking, Print, Search and Replace, Style, Table, Visual Characters and XHTML Extras.
This plugin is currently compatible with an hAtom-based theme like K2 or Sandbox.
WP-CodeBox provides clean syntax highlighting and AJAX advanced features for embedding source code within pages or posts. It support wide range of popular languages highlighting with line numbers, code download, Copy to clipboard, collapse codebox,automatic keywords link to API manual and maintains formatting while copying snippets of code from the browser.
17. Advanced Spoiler
New version of Ajax Spoiler plugin renamed to ‘Advanced Spoiler’.
Show or hide contents(text, image etc.) with animated effects wrapped by spoiler markup tag([spoiler][/spoiler]).
Adds an SEO friendly, accessible regular or dropdown menu to your WordPress blog. Visit the PixoPoint Menu Plugin page for more information about the plugin, or the PixoPoint forum for help with adding the menu to your theme.
The Google AJAX Translation WordPress plugin provides a quick, simple, and light way to add translation to your blog.
20. Quick Search
Quick Search add AJAX Search to your site sorting results by Posts, Page and Comments. You can easly customize the popup menu style by modifying the file quick-search.css. You can find some option through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
Highlights search terms using jQuery when referer is a Google, Yahoo or Lycos search engine or within WordPress generated search results. This plugin is a light weight, low resource demanding and very simple fusion between How to Highlight Search Terms with jQuery – theme hack by Thaya Kareeson and Search Hilite by Ryan Boren.
22. Image Drop Shadow
Image Drop Shadow wordpress plugin adds stylish drop shadow to images posted on your blog using jQuery. Just install it and all your posted images will automatically have a drop shadow. The plugin uses the method described by Brian Williams in the article “Onion Skinned Drop Shadows” –
This is a different menu that uses your post images as a background. You can insert the menu wherever you want: content, php files or widget if your theme allows it. Visit the plugin page for demo and details.
This plugin allows to use the Lightbox features for images and wordpress galleries without touching the html code. It includes an option ‘Open using lightbox’ on the Setting Panel to be used before inserting the single images on your post.
Ever got annoyed when submitting a comment on a wordpress blog and just getting a blank page with a error message like “please fill out required fields” and nothing else? This plugin aims to help by adding validation to the comment form. When a user submits the form and something is missing, an appropiate message is displayed and individual fields are highlighted. When the email or url is in an incorrect format, a message is displayed accordingly.