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WP Ajax Edit Comments (for WP 2.5+) allows users and admins to edit comments on a post. Users can edit their own comments for a limited time, while admins can edit, mark for moderation, mark as spam, and delete all comments. It looks very nice and it is really handy for blogger with lots of comments everyday. The version 2.0 has the following improvements.

  • New theme independent comment-editing interface.
  • Timer on both the post and in the comment-editing interface.
  • Improved usability and look-and-feel.
  • Better error and status messages.
  • Entirely re-written codebase for maximum stability and extendability.

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Pricing: Free
Requirements: WordPress 2.5+
Source: http://www.raproject.com/ajax-edit-comments-20/

Nowadays, there are a lot of affiliate marketing websites out there. Some of them are raking in tens of thousands of dollars every month just by running review sites. It is because one of the last things a potential customer does before making a purchase is look for reviews. A couple good reviews from other customers can tip them over the edge. If your site is one with those reviews, you can get the commission easily.

With WP Review Site, you can turn WordPress into a powerful review site engine, easily creating niche review sites for vitually anything. This plugin adds star ratings to your comment forms, turning them into powerful Amazon-style customer reviews.

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WP Review Site has already been downloaded hundreds of times, and powers many successful review sites. With the new version 2.0, there is an “affiliate links” settings screen where you can enter keywords and affiliate URLs, and it’ll automatically add a link whenever those keywords appear in your posts or pages.

Pricing: $199.95 (Discounted: $97)
Requirements: -
Source: http://www.wpreviewsite.com/

It’s a brilliant idea to tag blog post. It enables people to find information they’re looking for, but because tag clouds usually offer a more adventurous mode of navigation. If someone clicks on a tag called “water” there’s no way of telling whether he is going to end up reading about water shortages in the third world or the chemical composition of rain.

However, the way tag clouds traditionally look is boring. Enlarging the font for often-used tags causes all sorts of line height weirdness as well. This why Roy started experimenting with Flash to see if he could come up with something better looking. He has created WP-Cumulus which allows you to display your site’s tags, categories or both using a Flash movie that rotates them in 3D. It works just like a regular tags cloud, but is more visually exciting.

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Pricing: Free
Requirements: -
Source: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-cumulus/

SmashingMagazine has released Infinity — a free professional WordPress-theme. The theme has 3 fixed columns, thumbnails integration, Flickr, Delicious and Twitter integration as well as an attractive visual design. The theme was designed by Zhang Yichi, the creative mind behind Vikiworks Studio from Shanghai, China especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

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You can use the theme for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both designer’s and Smashing Magazine’s permission

Pricing: Free
Requirements: WordPress 2.5+
Source: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/08/infinity…

Subversion is a version control system that makes it easy to get the latest version of files, or go back to previous versions. It is used by many different pieces of open source software and has been around since 2000. Subversion is considered the successor to the Concurrent Versions System.

Say you were running a Subversion server and your resume was checked into it when you first created it. Years later, if you have maintained your Subversion repository, you could go back and look at all of the changes you have ever made to your resume.

Subversion made upgrading a quick and simple event rather than a multi-day chore. Once set up correctly, there is very little you can do that will cause a mistake to be made. GeeksareSexy has written a nice article about ‘How To Upgrade WordPress Using Subversion‘.

First, upgrade your current blog using FTP, or whatever other method you choose to the latest stable version of WordPress.

Then, log in using SSH, and browse to your current blog. Go up one folder using the command cd .. in the terminal window.

Next, create a directory using mkdir. I usually make a directory called public_html_new.

mkdir public_html_new

Now browse into that directory, and using the instructions above, install the version latest stable version of WordPress using Subversion.

Once that is complete, copy your wp-config.php file from your old blog in the regular public_html folder to the public_html_new folder. This will allow your Subversion controlled blog to access your current blog’s database.

Next copy your wp-content folder from the old public_html folder to the public_html_new folder. This will give your new Subversion controlled blog all of your plugins, images, and themes.

Lastly, rename your public_html folder to public_html_old and then rename your public_html_new folder to just public_html. Check to see if your blog is working, and if so, you are most likely seeing your blog, now being version managed by Subversion.

Source: How To Upgrade WordPress Using Subversion

WP Coda is a theme that is created by modifying several already-existing code snippets and implementing them with a stunning design. The result is a wordpress theme that mimics the functionality of the very popular Coda website that is the object of so many developers envy. Every aspect of the Coda website was duplicated and this theme works in every major browser.

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Pricing: Free
Requirements: -
Source: http://wordpress.bustatheme.com/coda/

If you are selling ads directly, you may have been frustrated with the excessive time involved managing your ads. Not only do you have to find advertisers to sponsor your blog, you have to manually edit your template to put the ad in, and then head over to your favorite calendar app to set an alert to remind you when to take the ad down.

Time consuming practices like those are a thing of the past. The WP125 plugin can help you manage your ads more efficiently, leaving you with more time to write new posts. The plugin adds a new “Ads” menu to the WordPress admin, featuring submenus for tweaking display settings and adding and removing ads.

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You can show as many ads as you want, and in either manual or random order. Keep track of how many times an ad is clicked. When creating a new ad, you don’t have to calculate the end date yourself. Just input how many days you wish the ad to run for, and the correct date will be applied. The ad will be automatically taken down when the time comes.

Pricing: Free
Requirements: -
Source: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp125/

WordPress is first and foremost a blogging platform, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used for other things as well. In fact, the development of WordPress have been such that I wouldn’t be surprised to see a non-blog focused fork soon, because the necessary functionality for most web sites on the admin side of things are already there. In general, using WordPress as the CMS just means that you’ll design a theme as you would for a WordPress powered blog. Most of the things you need to keep in mind is what should be powering what on the site.

Thord has shared us the Things To Consider When Using WordPress as a CMS. These are the things we need to think about before choosing and designing a website where WordPress will be used as the CMS.

  • Is there even a need for a CMS for the client?
  • Is WordPress the correct CMS? Will it fit the needs? Is the translations available for the WordPress backend good enough? How will it be upgraded?
  • Will I need to extend WordPress using plugins? Are any hacks to the core necessary, because if they are, how will I make sure that these won’t break when the core is upgraded?
  • What types of content will there be, and what should be deemed static (i.e. use Pages), and what is flowing updates (i.e. Posts)? How will I present this, and what is the main type of content?
  • How will the permalink structure be? Should it really say “category”, why not “view” or “updates” or something else?
  • Will the menu be static (i.e. coded into the theme) or controlled by WordPress (i.e. listing using WordPress tags for Pages and categories)? How could this go wrong in the future?
  • What hierarchy will the Pages have? This is important for the URL, since it should be coherent with the menu hierarchy after all.
  • How will I present sub-pages (i.e. Pages having a mother Page)? Should there be any at all?
  • Do I need Page templates for various sections? How will these work with sub-pages?
  • What categories will I use? Should the client be allowed to create new categories?
  • How will I present Posts content?
  • Do I need category templates for the various categories?

Source: Things To Consider When Using WordPress as a CMS