30 WordPress Plugins To Help You Improve Your Sidebar

title-wordpress-sidebar-pluginsNowadays almost everyone has a WordPress powered website, but not everyone has a professional build blog. To build a professional blog you have to concentrate on few aspects. One of the most important aspects is of course the design. The design of your blog is without a dub the one who decides if your blog is going to be a successful one or not.

The design of your blog is based on the way you structure everything and the actual look. In this post I will talk only about the ways to improve your sidebar structure and make your blog more accessible to your visitors.

I will list here the most recommended WordPress plugins for your blog sidebar. You don’t have to use all of them, using all of them will create chaos in your blog and people will be annoyed. You should choose the ones you think that fits your needs and try to avoid the situation described bellow.

1. Subscription Options

Is a simple yet very useful plugin for beginner bloggers. This plugin will allow you to add the classical icons for subscription: twitter, rss feed and email of course effortless.

subscribtion-options

2. Alexa Ranking Plugin

The earnings from your website are pretty important, the most effective way of getting high profits from your website is of course by selling ad space. In order for advertisers to buy ad space, they need to see what’s your alexa rank and if they like it, they will buy ad space from your blog.

alexa-ranking

3. Twitter Blender

Is a wordpress plugin that displays twitter updates in a simple widget box in your sidebar. The Twitter blender also has an updates archive.

twitter-blender

4.WordPress Newsletter Widget

WordPress double option widget bulk email plugin for newsletter subscription will allow users to subscribe to your newsletter and also you will be able to manage the subscriptions.

sidebar-newsletter-submit

5. Recent Comments by Entry

As I believe you figured out, the Recent Comments by Entry plugin will display the latest comments and also the entry where they were posted.

recent-comments-by-entry

6. Post videos and photo galleries

Helps you to easily maintain your media works and place them into your blog sidebar.

videos-and-images-widget

7. WP Carousel

WP Carousel is a plugin that create a carousel with a category’s posts, and you can put it anywhere on the sidebar or blog.

wp-carousel

8.Ad Code Widget Plugin

This plugin helps you to easily maintain the ads you display in your sidebar and in your blog. It was created by Primo Themes and it supports any image format and also any size and also you can add HTML/JavaScript/IFrame/etc codes.

ad-code-widget

9. Login With Ajax

This is a pretty cool widget plugin that allows your blog members to login. Using the ajax technologies, “Login with Ajax” will improve the aspect of your login page and also will impress all of your members.

login-with-ajax

10. Visitors Map and Who’s Online Widget

This will display a cool who’s online widget and also you will be able to see where the user comes from by using this great geographical positioning system.

visitors-maps-and-whos-online

11. Twitter Bubble

Will display your twitter updates in a simple widget who has the shape and the design of a twitter page included in a cool twitter bubble.

twitter-bubble

12. Post Google Map

If the blog you own is a business one and you have to show people where they can find you, Google Map is always the best solution. Post Google Map will help you to do that effortless.

post-google-map

13. Simple Flickr Photos

Nowadays everyone has a Flickr account and everyone wants to share their photos with friends and why not will all internet users. Simple Flikr Photos allows you to add a Flickr widget with your latest added photos.

simple-flikr-photos

14. PayPal Donations Plugin

This is definitely a must have plugin for developers and people who are offering services for free. Paypal was always the best friend of this kind of people and it helps them everyday.

paypal-donations

15. Collapsing Archive

Being able to collapse your archive will save you some useful space in your sidebar. Collapsing archive is the plugin you want for this, and it is based on javascript.

collapsing-archive

16. General Stats

General stats counts almost everything from users, number of posts, days, and adds a simple widget to display this stats.

general-stats

17. Tag For Me

If you own multiple blogs or websites, Tag for me will help you to display your stats using their widget.

tag4me

18. Flash Tag Cloud

Displays the tags into a very interesting and cool way. The tags you write more are of course bigger and the ones that you don’t are smaller. The plugin is using the action script programming and is very stable.

flash-tag-cloud

19. Page Spot

This actually lets you to configure multiple types of sidebar and choose which one to display.

pagespot

20. WP FlashTime

Adds cool and flash clock. This will help you to improve the design and it will make your site more dynamic. The plugin also contains over 25 different clocks.

wp-flash-time

21. Quick Adsense

It is a flexible and easy to use Adsense management plugin. With quick adsense you will add and maintain your adsense ads in no-time.

quick-adsense

22. Sidebar Tabs

Includes a widget which adds multiple functions displayed in other tabs.

sidebar-tabs

23. iContact Widget

Add the iContact ‘Automatic Sign-up Form’ to your sidebar with this widget. Simply paste the code from the form you created in iContact into this widget. Your form will be converted into HTML (instead of Javascript, which takes more time to load).

icontact-widget

24. Display Widget

Choose which widgets to display and which widgets to hide. You can also choose to do this on which page of your blog you want.

display-widget

25. Visual Categories

This plugin enables you to build “category entries” which contain a link to the category and which may contain a link to the category’s feed, an image, the time stamp of when the category was last updated, and the current count of posts in the category.

visual-categories

26. TinyFeed

A simple ajax plugin that loads a micro feed on your sidebar.

tinyfeed

27. Flash Mp3 Player

It displays a cool flash player in your blog sidebar. You will be able to choose which MP3 file to listen and is more like the youtube player.

flash-mp3-player

28. Category and Page Icons

This obviously adds icons to your categories and pages links.

category-page-icons

29. ThemeSwitch

Using this plugin will allow you to easily change the current theme of your blog.

theme-switch

30. Gallery Widget

Gallery Widget is a simple plugin that let you show the latest/random images of the wordpress media gallery inside a widget, directly in your templates (it is possible to choose some categories to be included/excluded) or in posts/pages using a shortcode (see faq on how to use them).

gallery-widget

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Comments

  1. says

    Some very cool sidebar plugins, as of now my sidebar is extremely ugly and boring, I think I will be using the tag cloud widget to add some spice to my site :)

  2. Samrat Kafle says

    Really very informative article really these all plugins are superb to design sidebar thanks for the post .cheers !

  3. Aman says

    I have seen a lot of wordpress blogs. Yours is just an excellently designed one. While, i have read about a lot of plugins earlier also. I didn’t thought about AJAX powered login link in the sidebar; it is good for bloggers having a lot of people guest blogging for them. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  4. Stan says

    Interesting… :D I like the Twitter plugin. Twitter is a growing social network and plugins for it are helpful. :D

  5. Ned says

    Superb list you have here! these plugins will make my blogs more beautiful! thanks a bunch!

  6. BobbyV says

    The twitter bubble didn’t look anything like what you displayed here, on my site. Am I doing something wrong, the widget was like cut in half almost.

  7. Abhay Singh says

    Nice list ! I was actually looking for some Plugin for Collapsing Blogroll !
    I liked that Sidebar Tabs, will be using on my blog.

  8. Sean says

    Great selection of plugins ! I use some of them but AJAX Login really made my day ! This is going into my Bookmarks :)

  9. Donna says

    Awesome list of plug-ins, that improves the look and feel of your wordpress website or blog. thanks for sharing with us.

  10. says

    Great article! I was looking for a Twitter Bubble plugin for WordPress. Couldn’t find any decent examples. I stumbled across this page via Google and there are more useful plugins on this page. I think Im gonna use the Tiny Feed plugin as well!

  11. Adal Design says

    Beautiful selection. You linked to some widgets I’ve been searching for all day!

  12. says

    wow… what an awesome collection of useful plugins! :-) Thank you very much for putting this together! Sidebar tabs is beautiful – I’ll have to find a way to put that into my theme! :-)

    Many grretings and thanks again! :-)

    André

  13. shoaib says

    man u r rocking ,you are gonna blow of my head with these huge list of wp plugins.
    think m gonna visit this blog more often
    thnx again.

  14. Matty says

    That was very useful, thanks. Some plugins I never new were possible, that were exactly what I didn’t know I needed, but do now.

  15. tim says

    This was a strange thing to say…
    “Nowadays almost everyone has a WordPress powered website…”

    There are millions and millions of people that do not have WordPress powered websites.

  16. says

    Two of the most powerful sidebar plugins that I’ve come across recently are the QueryPosts plugin and the WidgetLogic plugin.

    QueryPosts allows you to visually select from all of the different parameters that WordPress’ query_posts function provides and display the results in a widget.

    WidgetLogic allows you to make conditional statements about a widget to determine if it will display on a specific section of your website.

  17. Thomas says

    Nice List, some of them are really great but some other are really crap (who need a Flash clock ?)

  18. says

    I’m pretty sure there is someone out there that has added all 30 to their sidebar… if so, please comment here so I can see it!! It would be funny

  19. Diane says

    What a completely useful list. I’ll be implementing some to improve my sidebar. Thank you.

  20. Matthew Stephens says

    I use TinyFeed on all of my websites. It’s also a great way to leverage my OneSpot feeds.

  21. says

    Hi, thanks for adding my Quick Adsense plugin into the list. This is a nice collection, I would definitely try some of the plugins.