WPCandy packs a ton of features and content into its single-installation site. Naturally, we’ve had to rely on a large set of plugins to give the site its fluid functionality. Here’s what’s currently helping to power our site.
We used this plugin heavily while re-organizing the posts on our site. Instead of editing each post’s category manually we were to move multiple posts at a time quite easily. We still had to do all the .htaccess rewriting ourselves, though.
This simple plugin puts the category selector back under the Save and Publish buttons when writing a post.
This is our own little plugin that lets you change the login page’s logo in two steps. It’s available for a free download from our site.
This plugin powers our site’s site map.
The ExecPHP plugin allows us to execute PHP within our posts and pages from the WordPress post editor.
Keeps our Advertise page’s feed stat up to date.
Adds a single banner ad to our posts in feed readers. This ad spot might still be for sale.
Flash video player for a certain easter egg video on the site…
Manages our site’s banner ads ads and randomizes their display order.
This one is for the admin. It moves the navigation to the top and lists the subpages in dropdown menus, making for much easier navigation.
It may not be as secure and advanced as Apple’s tactics, but the Maintenance Mode plugin helped keep the new site under wraps throughout the two months of development on two different servers. Now we use it when making larger changes to the site and doing routine maintenance.
Helps us to keep track of any ideas our genius authors come up with for future posts.
Adds a set of reminders to the new post page for Mike so he doesn’t screw up the site. 😉
Powers the Related Posts section beside an article. We took the time to tag all of our articles so it’d work, so hopefully some peple are using it. We’ve also modified the plugin a bit to work better with our unique site setup.
Puts the post, category, page, and link IDs back on the manage pages so we can see them.
Manages a few categorial excludes for feeds, archives, etc.
Lets us and our readers share the site with the rest of the world’s nerd community.
Simply hides the ‘/category/’ from the URLs. We needed this because the posts are organized into parent categories for the different sections of the site and it makes our URLs look pretty. Because Dan pushed for this, we also manually rewrote some 150 URLs in the .htaccess file and are anticipating on finding a plugin that could have automated the process very, very soon.
Automatically upgrades our WordPress installation when a new version is available.
Spiffy comment editing, approving, spamming, and deleting for our admins.
Dan has an iPhone so he uses this plugin to iPhoneitize the WordPress admin during those rare times he ventures away from his desk.
Adds the pagination bar to the bottom of the archives.