WordPress Plugins

Instead of creating a top 10 best WordPress plugins list, here at ThemeLab we take pride in offering detailed analysis and review of the best WordPress plugins. Each plugin we recommend is tested by our expert team.

BackupBuddy WordPress Plugin – Video Review + Giveaway!

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A new premium WordPress plugin store launched the other day called PluginBuddy, the same people behind iThemes. Their latest plugin is called BackupBuddy which describes itself as an “all-in-one solution for backups, restoration, and migration”. You can check out my quick video tour below where I go through all the menus and take a (surprisingly)

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Spectacu.la Releases Threaded Comments Plugin

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Spectacu.la, a WordPress theme club, has just announced the release of their free threaded comments plugin for WordPress. Basically what this plugin does is replace your theme’s comments template with a new one, generated by the plugin. In addition to that, you also get pagination and jQuery based roll up of subordinate comments. For those

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To WordPress Plugin Authors – Add Changelogs

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The lack of changelogs in a lot of WordPress plugins is something that’s bothered me for a while, and I wasn’t the only one. I’m very wary of upgrading plugins, and when I see that a plugin needs to be upgraded in my WordPress dashboard, I’d like to know exactly what’s being changed. It might

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Wrongfully Flagged As Spam By Akismet?

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For the past few days I’ve had some real trouble trying to comment on other blogs. I would make a comment, and it would seem like nothing happened. No “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” message would show up. Same story even with blogs I’ve had previously approved comments on. I started to suspect that for

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How To Add PollDaddy Polls On WordPress Blogs

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It’s been a long time since I’ve written a tutorial here. I thought with Automattic’s acquisition of PollDaddy, this would be a good opportunity to write one about adding polls to your self-hosted WordPress blogs, more specifically – PollDaddy polls. In this tutorial I’ll go over: Installing the PollDaddy plugin Signing up to PollDaddy (if

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WordPress Theme Authenticity Checker

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I just came across this excellent WordPress plugin, and thought I would share it with all of you. It’s called the Theme Authenticity Checker, or TAC for short. What this plugin does is scan for encrypted code and other suspicious looking material within a theme. If you have a theme with base64 encoding, for example,

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If A Commenter Does Not Have A Gravatar

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Let’s face it, not everyone who comments on your Gravatar-enabled blog has a Gravatar. Instead, commenters lacking their Gravatar are assigned a boring default icon. What if these commenters could have their own uniquely generated icon, that remained constant as long as their e-mail remained the same? That’s where these WordPress plugins come into play:

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The 3 Most Underrated WordPress Plugins

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There are certain WordPress plugins you hear about all the time. You see them repeated across multiple blogs as the “best” WordPress plugins like a broken record. Who ever looks back and tries to find underrated WordPress plugins though? These are plugins that don’t get much publicity, but are very useful in one way or

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