Can you say that title five times very fast?
In my last post I discussed WordPress plugins that can spruce up your WordPress based website. What I would like to do in this one is point out five sidebar widgets that you can put to use in your own sidebar to expand its capabilities and add additional functionality to your site for your visitors.
- Sidebar Login: This plugin is not only a widget that you can drag onto your sidebar in the admin interface but also provides a template tag that you can use anywhere in your site to show a login box. Once your visitor logs in via this form they will be returned to the page they signed in from instead of into the admin panel (unless they are an admin then they log into the admin interface).
Not logged in
- Registration Widget: What better widget to have right next to the Sidebar Login widget above then the one that lets a visitor register a user account so they can use that nifty Sidebar Login form as well. Very straight forward install and then add the widget to your sidebar where you want it.
- Moon Phases: Now this plugin would obviously be perfect on an astronomy or space blog/website. Its premise is simple after installing the plugin go to your appearance admin panel and add the Moon Phases widget to your sidebar and save it. There are four settings you can change which include Title; Show Zodiac; Show age (not yours – the moons); and Show details. I am a space and astronomy buff so stuff like this grabs my attention easily
- Global Translator: Just what it sounds like with up to 41 language options at your disposal depending on what translation engine you select. Adds a widget to your appearance admin panel that you can add to your sidebar. Just click on the flag of the country you want to translate the page into.
- TwiBadge: I guess this list would not be complete without a little Twitter love. Here is a sidebar widget plugin that lets you add your Twitter Badge to your own sidebar. It is very configurable and does not require your Twitter password to work.
So what is your nifty sidebar widget that you can not live without on your site? Looking forward to hearing what your using.