Top 10 Sleeper Plugins of 2010: Lesser-Known Yet Extremely Useful WordPress Tools

This year the WordPress community saw some excellent plugins, many of which are very important and will continue to change the WordPress landscape, such as WordPress SEO by Yoast or the WordPress Membership plugin. These plugins tend to get a lot of attention, as they meet a large number of user’s needs. However, in this post I want to feature some of the sleepers, that is, a few extremely useful tools that are still somewhat lesser-known. I think you’ll find a few gems among them.

Ozh Tweet Archiver

This plugin provides the best way to keep a searchable archive of your tweets using WordPress. It takes just minutes to set up and is automatic thereafter. Take ownership of your Twitter data and never lose your tweets.

Our Review: Back up Twitter with WordPress in Minutes Using Ozh Tweet Archiver

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BuddyPress Humanity

BuddyPress Humanity allows you to customize your own security question. This is a highly effective plugin for reducing BuddyPress signup spam. In many cases you can completely eliminate spam bot signups. BuddyPress Humanity works with both single user WordPress and Multisite BuddyPress registration forms.
Our Review: BuddyPress Humanity: The Newest Weapon to Fight Signup Spam

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Anthologize is a plugin that has a lot of potential to extend WordPress publishing into other arenas. It lets you format and organize your WordPress blog content and easily publish it in print and digital formats, such as PDF, ePUB, and TEI formats. The drag and drop interface makes it easy to organize content for publishing.
Publish Your Own Book With WordPress and the Anthologize Plugin

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BuddyPress Courseware

The BuddyPress Courseware plugin brings an innovative, social approach to learning. It has everything you need for creating a Learning Management System (LMS) with WordPress and BuddyPress, including courses, assignments, bibliography, schedules and more.

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XCloner – Backup and Restore

This is a full backup and restore plugin that handles both files and database. It’s a high quality alternative to the major premium backup services. Restore a clone of your site to any location with the automatic Restore script.
Our Review: Make Regular Custom Backups of Your WordPress Site for FREE with the XCloner Plugin

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BuddyPress Moderation

This plugin can save your BuddyPress community from going down tubes with inappropriate content. It utilizes crowd-sourcing to manage the task of moderation sitewide by attaching flags to content created within the various components.

Our Review: BuddyPress Moderation Plugin: A Must-Have Community Management Tool

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WP Hive

WP Hive is an alternative to WordPress Multisiate and allows multiple WordPress sites to run on a single installation. It is tailored to the WordPress administrator who manages many sites and is looking for a way to consolidate the plugins, themes, and files for all their sites with ease.

Our Review: Introducing WP Hive – The WordPress Multisite Alternative

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WordPress Multisite Enabler

With the merge of WordPress and WPMU this year, many users wanting to experiment with Multisite found that it was very involved to set up. This plugin lets you enable Multisite in WordPress 3.0 without the process of digging into the code.

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Stout Google Calendar

There really is no better option for adding Google Calendars to your WordPress site. The plugin can handle multiple instances and the calendars are highly customizable and easily embeddable.

Our Review: New Plugin Seamlessly Integrates Google Calendars and WordPress

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White Label CMS

This plugin is the quickest way to white label WordPress as your own CMS and personalize your user’s experience in a matter of minutes. Eliminate confusion and simplify the user interface to make the installation your own.

Our Review: How to White Label WordPress and Brand it as Your Own CMS

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