WordPress plugins extend the functionality of your website. I have seen many WordPress websites where they have installed many plugins to include almost everything  to their websites. The use of too many plugins destroy the website as it slow down the website and users don,t have all day to set and wait for your website to load. So i always recommend to use plugins wisely and according to your website needs. In this post i am going to write about 09 rare and Useful WordPress plugins for your website. Choose Wisely and have fun!

Video Thumbnails

Video Thumbnails

Video Thumbnails makes it easy to automatically display video thumbnails in your template. When you publish a post, this plugin will find the first video embedded and locate the thumbnail for you. Thumbnails can be saved to your media library and set as a featured image automatically. There’s even support for custom post types and custom fields!

Video Thumbnails currently supports these video services:

  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • Facebook
  • Blip
  • Justin.tv
  • Dailymotion
  • Metacafe
  • Funny or Die
  • MPORA
  • Wistia
  • Youku
  • CollegeHumor

Content Aware Sidebars

Content Aware Sidebars

Manage an infinite number of sidebars. Make your WordPress site even more dynamic and boost SEO by controlling what content the sidebars should be displayed with. Creating flexible, dynamic sidebars has never been easier, and no code is needed at all as everything is easily done in the administration panel. No extra database tables or table columns will be added.

Email Address Encoder

Email Address Encoder

A lightweight plugin to protect plain email addresses and mailto links from email-harvesting robots by encoding them into decimal and hexadecimal entities. Has effect on the posts, pages, comments, excerpts and text widgets. No UI, no shortcode, no JavaScript — just simple spam protection.

Acunetix WP Security

Acunetix WP Security

Acunetix WP Security plugin is a free and comprehensive security tool that helps you secure your WordPress installation and suggests corrective measures for: securing file permissions, security of the database, version hiding, WordPress admin protection and lots more.

Acunetix WP Security checks your WordPress website/blog for security vulnerabilities and suggests corrective actions such as:

  1. Passwords
  2. File permissions
  3. Database security
  4. Version hiding
  5. WordPress admin protection/security
  6. Removes WP Generator META tag from core code

WordPress Plugin by AtContent

WordPress Plugin by AtContent

Provides backlinks, posts distribution, guest posting and analytics. Usually bloggers increase audience for 30% to 300% in 90 days by using AtContent!

Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security is a free enterprise class security plugin that includes a firewall, anti-virus scanning, cellphone sign-in (two factor authentication), malicious URL scanning and live traffic including crawlers. Wordfence is the only WordPress security plugin that can verify and repair your core, theme and plugin files, even if you don’t have backups.

Redirection

Redirection

Redirection is a WordPress plugin to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation.

Cookies for Comments

Cookies for Comments

This plugin adds a stylesheet or image to your blog’s html source code. When a browser loads that stylesheet or image a cookie is dropped. If that user then leaves a comment the cookie is checked. If it doesn’t exist the comment is marked as spam. The plugin can also check how long it took a user to enter a comment. If it’s too fast it’s probably a spam bot. How fast can a legitimate user enter their name, email, web address and enter a well thought out comment?

WP-DBManager

WP-DBManager

Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up, optimizing and repairing of database.