Create a Community Blog with 10 WordPress Plugins

1. Customize Your Community

Customize Your Community

This plugin will allow you to create custom login, registration, and lost password pages, while letting you place them within your current theme.

The Customize Your Community (CYC) Plugin for WordPress was conceived by Sugarrae will help you theme your backend WordPress pages using your existing WordPress theme and will not show obvious traces and branding of WordPress on the registration, lost password, login and logout pages to all users. Additionally, the CYC plugin will also theme profile.php pages for all registered users that are labeled as “Subscribers” in your administration panel as well as redirect “Subscribers” to their profile page upon login, bypassing and hiding the traditional WordPress dashboard”.

It also adds in the possibility to show a captcha on the registration form.

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2. Register Plus

Register Plus

Register plus can add custom fields to your registration page, and let users set up their own passwords. Check out the plugin information below for even more features.

Enhance your Registration Page.

Custom Logo Tired of that WordPress logo getting all the attention? Upload your own custom logo image and get your brand in the spotlight.

Password Field Hate those forgettable auto-generated passwords? Allow your users to set their own prefered password during registration. Includes that sweet Password Strength Meter from the Profile page.

Invitation Codes Is your blog super exclusive? If so, you better require an invite to join your high end crew. Setup multiple codes and track where your new users are coming from with the optional Invitation Tracking Dashboard Widget.

Disclaimers Worried about legal liabilities? Setup a general disclaimer, licence agreement and/or privacy policy for new users to agree to during registration.

Captcha Validation Hate spam? If you don’t want those spam bots registering with their very own passwords, you need some protection. Includes a simple captcha easy enough for real humans to read as well as the ability to add a reCAPTCHA.

User Moderation Need absolute control? Check out every new user yourself and hand pick who can stay and who gets the boot before they are able to login to your site. (Manage under Users > Unverified Users)

Profile Fields Want more done sooner? Have new users fill out there entire profile or just bits you need all during registration, you can even make them required.

User Defined Fields Not enough info yet? Add your own defined fields to the registration page for users to fill out. It also adds the new fields to the profile page as well so current users can add their own info and update as needed. Now includes the abililty to add date, select, checkbox, radio and textarea fields!

Duplicate Email Registration Got multiple users using the same email address? Easily solve this prediciment without forcing them to sign up with unneeded email accounts. Also useful for administrators to create another account with one email address.

Customized Admin & User Registration Email Tired of the same old emails when someone new registers? Spice it up with your own From/Reply-To address, customized subject and customize the entire message! You can even disable those tiresome Admin notifications for new registrations.

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3. WP Forum

WP Forum

While BuddyPress still holds the most popular title for WordPress forums, this plugin will create a forum without the need of WordPress MU. It’s also much more customizable with a bit of PHP knowledge.

Simple discussion forum plugin for WordPress. With support for different skins, 3 included by default, changeable from the WP admin interface. Admin can choose if unregistered posting is allowed and Captcha (optional) is used for spam control. Tight interaction with WordPress makes an easy to use and aminister plugin.

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4. WP Polls

WP-Polls

A popular widgetized plugin to create custom polls.

WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.

All the information (general, changelog, installation, upgrade, usage) you need about this plugin can be found here: WP-Polls Readme. It is the exact same readme.html is included in the zip package.

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5. IntenseDebate Comments

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Adds a bunch of functionality to the comments section of your blog, encouraging comments and debate.

IntenseDebate Comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog or website. Custom integration with your WordPress admin panel makes moderation a piece of cake. Comment threading, reply-by-email, user accounts and reputations, comment voting, along with Twitter and friendfeed integrations enrich your readers’ experience and make more of the internet aware of your blog and comments which drives traffic to you!

Full comment and account data sync between Intense Debate and WordPress ensures that you will always have your comments.

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6. User Community

User Community

This plugin allows more options for user profiles. With this plugin users can have profile pages, photo galleries, link to posts from your blog on their profile, and much more.

A plugin to build user communities all around WordPress, mainly it’s around having a well integrated profiles system. This plugin will provide all needed functions and widgets to make it easy and flexible the ways to show all information about a user. Also, there is some user privacy settings to permit which information to show in the profile page.

With this plugin, you can manage you user profiles and have a user list. For each user, a profile page is provided. The information shown in the profile page is based on your privacy settings. Also, you can select the user list order, ascending or descending, and ordering by different fields: ID, login name, display name or date registered. WordPress avatars can be replaced by local avatars. And also a user picture at big size, is shown in the user profile page. This requires the Gallery component running. For the user profile pages, the labels for IM addresses can be replaced by your own. (As example, you can change ‘Yahoo IM’ for ‘Skype’). This requires the upcoming WordPress 2.8 or to apply this hack to your current version.
In the WordPress login page, the WordPress logo can be replaced, and the links will be changed to point to your blog. (By default the WordPress logo is shown and the links point to the WordPress site).

Features:

  • Paged user list and the user profile page.
  • Customize the logo on your login’s page by uploading a new logo.
  • Manage user galleries and upload user pictures.
  • Moderate user pictures by using WordPress capabilities (Optional moderation).
  • Links posts authors and comment authors to user profile (Optional).
  • Use the local avatars if them exists. User can select which picture to use as Avatar.
  • User photo is shown in the profile page. A photo Gallery is also provided. User can select the picture to show from loaded images.
  • Settings page for profiles and gallery.
  • A plugin to use local avatars in bbPress 0.9.x. (Needs an additional download).

Future Planned Features

  • Custom user fields. For registration and profile.
  • Privacy settings per user.
  • Private messaging.
  • bbPress forums integration. (Evaluating this feature).
  • And some other under consideration. Like a framework to extend the plugin’s functionality.

Languages included:

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7. Co-Authors

Co-Authors

A simple WordPress plugin that allows you to have multiple authors on a blog post.

Allows multiple authors to be associated with a post. Co-authored posts appear on a co-author’s posts page and feed. Additionally, co-authors may edit the posts they are associated with, and co-authors who are contributors may only edit posts if they have not been published (as is usual). Editors may easily add co-authors via the ‘Post Author(s)’ or ‘Page Author(s)’ boxes on the post/page writing page.

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8. Admin Msg Board

Admin Msg Board

An internal message board for those with access to the WP admin only. Great for blogs with multiple authors.

Admin Msg Board is a plugin for WordPress that will add a messaging system in your WordPress admin area. This works for weblogs that are written by more than one blogger, so they can communicate with each other, without leaving the WP system. Messages can have up to 140 words like in twitter, and you can choose whether to write to all users or select recipients

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9. GD Star Rating

GD Star Ratings

A well-developed star rating system for posts, pages, and comments. Many star templates available, with developed customization.

GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog. You can set many options for displaying the rating stars, and also add widgets into the sidebars for displaying top ratings and other statistics generated by the plugin. Plugin includes advanced settings panels that will allow you to control many aspects of rating. Plugin also supports multi ratings.

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10. Invite Friends

Invite Friends

Once a community WP site is all set up, encourage new users with this plugin.

This plugins main goal was to provide the ability to any of your registered users, to invite more people to the community.

Some functions:

  • invitation sending
  • invitation cards limit per site
  • after activation, the user is logged in automatically
  • after activation, the user can be redirected to a custom URL
  • activation screen is using the same styles as the login screen (if you have customized login screen it will affect the activation screen as well)
  • Dashboard for custom settings Plugins > Invite friends settings
  • i18n support (localized messages)

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Written By Kayla

Kayla Knight is a 20 year old college student, part-time web developer, freelancer, and blogger. Webitect is where she spends too much of her freetime, sharing interesting finds and valuable resources. Be sure to check out her portfolio.

21 Comments

  1. Dicky

    June 16th, 2009 at 04:35 am

    Great tutorials on creating a community site using WordPress and its plugins!

  2. Adrian A.

    June 16th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Excellent post. Congrats for it and keep them coming :)

  3. Allison

    June 16th, 2009 at 01:55 pm

    Wow, thanks, Kayla. This is an awesomely helpful post. I’m currently working on a redesign of my blogging site & this will make everything a lot easier.

  4. MCSE Angie

    June 17th, 2009 at 08:26 am

    The usability and sheer number of plugins to fit any type of blog is probably the number one reason why I love WordPress more than any other blogger platform out there.

  5. Kawsar Ali

    June 17th, 2009 at 05:19 pm

    Great Post. The best thing about I love about wordpress are the plugins. Adding more functionality is so easy. Thanks for rounding this up

  6. Jay

    June 17th, 2009 at 05:31 pm

    Wow, who would have thought with plug-ins you can count on one hand you’d be able to create a very interactive site. This proves how great wordpress is, and I thank you much for the detailed explanation of each plug-in! :)

  7. Kayla

    June 18th, 2009 at 07:44 am

    Thanks everyone! It just takes a bit of organization of the plugin options to get any type of site out of WordPress.

  8. james

    June 18th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Thank u for compiling this list, i really find it helpful as i am trying to add a community element to my WP website. Thanks.

  9. Hesham

    June 21st, 2009 at 04:49 am

    This is a wonderful list of plugins Kayla, very good.. I will check some of it for sure!

  10. Cosmin

    June 22nd, 2009 at 02:10 pm

    totally bookmarked (upcoming project, will really be of use) :)

  11. UT-News

    July 2nd, 2009 at 02:07 pm

    Great information, Kayla. I’m not too keen on WordPress MU, so this collection of plugins will come in very handy!

  12. MarketingJeff

    July 5th, 2009 at 01:40 pm

    These are all great. I am just discovering the community building power of wordpress. Thanks.

  13. Your Name

    July 13th, 2009 at 09:56 pm

    oh thanks i just hope these plugins works in wordpress 2.8, i want to build a community site and this looks perfect.

  14. Simon

    July 16th, 2009 at 03:10 am

    Hi, thanks for the awesome post! Very useful information and I will definitely make use of a lot of these plugins…

  15. Travis

    July 16th, 2009 at 04:01 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this, very helpful. Bookmarked.

  16. LOmiG

    July 17th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Wow ! Wonderful post ! It will save me. I was about to install bbpress not to have a forum, but just to be able to make people to vote for comments, and to have a profile page…. so cool !

    Thanks a lot !

  17. Porush jain

    August 30th, 2009 at 03:04 am

    Thanks a ton! kayla usel alsmost all of the in my website for Indian sport fans

  18. Internet Marketing Consultant

    October 7th, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Great list of plugins. Am gonna try out the forum on my own site. Will let you know how it works out.