9 Must Install Textpattern Plugins
There are hundreds of plugins out there for Textpattern, everything from admin-side, navigation, and commenting to keywords, meta data and statistics. Here is a list of 9 plugins I find myself using over and over again on many of my Textpattern powered sites.
This plugin creates a navigation bar as seen on Google when you search for something. It has a wide variety of attributes so you are able to customize it until you drop.
I have only just recently started using
ob1_googlenav) for several reasons, it allows for easier and better handling of paging in Textpattern as opposed to simple previous and next page links, but more importantly this is a good one for SEO and the robots that crawl your site. The multitude of deep links to previous pages on your site greatly increase the chances of your older data being crawled.
ob1_pagination – More info | Download
The description might be brief on this one, but it is pretty self explanatory.
tru_tags brings article tagging to Textpattern with ease and simplicity, however it does use the Textpattern code and Keywords field to hold the tag data. This may be a draw-back for some if you are already using this field for something else, if not, this plugins rich feature set is a definite must have if you are a fan of tagging.
tru_tags – More info | Download
Textpattern does allow you to edit what the Comment Invite link says, by default it is Comments and the number of comments on that article are appended so you end up with a link looking like “Comments (4)”.
With the fantastic
gho_comments_invite plugin you can create much friendlier comment invites, for example you could have “No comments yet, be the first” to start and after a comment has been left you can display “1 Comment”, “2 Comments”, “7 People have Commented”… the possibilities are endless with a great set of customisable attributes.
gho_comments_invite – More info | Download
Alternates output based on even- or odd-numbered comments
A pretty simple but very helpful plugin that allows you to output different data depending on the comment number, particularly useful for alternating comment colour rows through CSS.
ajw_comment_alt – More info | Download
Note: This can be achieved just as easily with the zem_nth plugin which would be my 10th Must Install plugin.
gravatars for your comments
If you are a fan of Gravatars and you get your fair share of comments then this plugin adds a nice friendly touch to your comments, outputting the commenters Gravatar from the email address they submit their comment with.
glx_gravatar – More info | Download
Article listings by date or by category/section. Archive menu by month or year with totals.
In my opinion this should be built into the core of Textpattern, this is a definite must have plugin that allows you to create an archive of your old articles. There are three tags contained within this plugin, allowing you to display your older data in a variety of different ways.
rss_suparchive – More info | Download
Form mailer for Textpattern
Again, this is another Plugin for Textpattern that I feel should be in the core files. A brilliant plugin that has a vast array of features that allow you to create a very customisable form for your site. All the usual form attributes are obviously included as well as some helpful extras such as Server Info and Article sending. Don’t forget the required seperate language plugin,
zem_contact_reborn – More info | Download
Automatically expand article advanced options.
rss_admin_show_adv_opts More info | Download
The rss_unlimited_categories plugin enables you to assign an unlimited number of categories to an article so that youâ€™re not limited to the default number allowed by Textpattern (2).
The third plugin in the list by Rob Sable does exactly what it says on the tin. This is a very useful plugin, especially if you are unable to use the
tru_tags plugin mentioned above. The plugin adds a multiple select list so that you can add an article to more than Textpatterns default 2 categories, and also offers some great public side tags for displaying categories which is an improvement over the original Textpattern cat’s.
rss_unlimited_categories – More info | Download
More Textpattern Resources & Links
Remember, this is a list of my must install Textpattern plugins, there are a whole host of other plugins that I haven’t mentioned, infact, I haven’t even scratched the surface of the Textpattern plugin community. Be sure to list you favorites or must haves in the comments!