Themes and Plugins For Extreme WordPress Functionality

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging software with large community behind it. There are numerous themes and plugins which allow you to easily create and manage corporate, news paper, magazine type of websites with it. Due to its popularity and ease of use, developers are constantly looking for ways to extend WordPress even further.

Amazingly WordPress has proven to have a really robust architecture allowing developers to take WordPress beyond blogging. W3Avenue has compiled a list of themes and plugins which allow you extend functionality of your WordPress powered website beyond a blog with minimum effort.

Frankly speaking every plugin is suppose to extend functionality of your WordPress installation in some way. WordPress themes are meant to customize the look and feel, but there are many which also extend its functionality. Our list consist of themes and plugins which either change the overall function of your website from a blog to something else or add new function that will otherwise require a separate software.

Discussion Forum

  • OnePress Community
    The OnePress framework is an integrated website and forum solution. It is, simply, a WordPress theme to serve as the foundation and framework for your web site and online community. Leveraging the powerful WordPress and phpBB projects, OnePress provides a set of features focused on helping you build and maintain your site from the inside out. With this set of tools, you can easily run your community and do so with professional presentation.
  • Simple:Press Forum
    Simple:Press is a feature rich forum plugin for WordPress. It fully integrates into your WP based site utilizing the same user records and database and displaying on a single WP page. It is fully customizable and comes with a number of skins and sets of icons to get your started.

Membership Site

  • Members Only
    Members Only is a WordPress plugin that allows you to make your blog only viewable to visitors that are logged in. If a visitor is not logged in, they will be redirected either to the WordPress login page or a page of your choice. Once logged in they can be redirected back to the page that they originally requested. You can also protect your feeds whilst allowing registered user access to them by using Feed Keys.
  • Magic Members (Commercial Plugin: $97)
    Wordpress Membership Plugin that turn your WordPress blog into a powerful, fully automated membership site. Features include: Multiple Membership Levels, Easy Integration with Existing or New WordPress Blog, Flexible Membership Options, Payment Integration Modules, Control Subscription Length and more.
  • WishList Member (Commercial Plugin: $97)
    WishList Member plugin is a membership script that can turn any WordPress blog into a full blown membership site. Popular features include Total Content Protection, Sequential Content Delivery, Easy Member Management and much more.
  • Suma (Commercial Plugin: $199)
    Suma is a Membership and Subscription Management plugin for the WordPress publishing system.  It provides functionality that transforms WordPress into a pay-to-view, membership-oriented, subscription-based content publishing platform.

News Aggregator

  • FeedWordPress
    An open-source Atom/RSS Aggregator plugin for the WordPress weblog software. It syndicates content from feeds that you choose into your WordPress weblog; if you syndicate several feeds you can use WordPress’s posts database and template engine as the back-end of an aggregator (“planet”) website.
  • OneNews (Commercial Theme: $49)
    Commercial WordPress Theme that allows you to create a single-page news aggregator like Popurls or multiple-pages news aggregator like Alltop. It allows you to add and arrange feed blocks for normal text feeds; Flickr feeds; Youtube, Metacafe and Dailymotion feeds; and any PHP or HTML code, including JavaScript.
  • WP-o-Matic
    WP-o-Matic plugin makes automatic blogging a snap by automatically creating posts from the RSS/Atom feeds you choose, which are organized into campaigns.

Email Newsletter / Notifications / Mailing List

  • MeeNews
    A WordPress plugin that lets you customize the layout of the template as you like, manage mailing lists, create newsletters, etc. Its configuration is very easy and simple and does not require much knowledge of programming; compatible with all major email clients: Outlook, Thunderbird, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.
  • MailPress
    MailPress is a WordPress plugin that will add Newsletter Mailing functionality to your blog. MailPress allows you to send text or HTML based emails from your WordPress.
  • Subscribe2
    Subscribe2 WordPress plugin provides a comprehensive subscription management and email notification system for WordPress blogs that sends email notifications to a list of subscribers when you publish new content to your blog.

e-Commerce Site

  • WP e-Commerce
    The WordPress e-Commerce plugin is a state-of-the-art e-Commerce platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards and usability. It integrates with Google Checkout, Paypal, Authorize.net, Payment Express and many other trusted payment processors.
    Free Themes Using WP e-Commerce Plugin: SimpleCart(js), Crafty Cart, Vanilla Cart, wpStore
  • ShopperPress
    ShopperPress is a fully featured shopping cart plugin for WordPress, suitable for selling any types of products, services, and digital downloads online. It has built in support for multiple payment gateways allowing you to accept product payments online.
  • Market Theme (Commercial Theme: $55)
    The Market Theme is a fully featured WordPress theme that transforms a standard installation of WordPress into an e-commerce storefront. Utilizing custom fields all over the place, Market allows you to easily add products, set prices, and instantly create buy now buttons automatically.
  • Shop (Commercial Plugin: $55)
    Shopp is an e-commerce plugin that adds a feature-rich online store to your WordPress-powered website or blog.

Gallery Site

  • Snapshot
    Snapshot is a flexible WordPress theme from WooThemese that can be used for either a photo showcase, portfolio or design gallery. It provides two different theme layouts / capabilities to allow you to switch between a photoblog / portfolio showcasing your own work or using Snapshot as a design gallery.
  • CSS Gallery
    A CSS Gallery WordPress theme for webmasters who want to build CSS showcase or web gallery. Packed with built in Tagging, Google ads and a sidebar block with 125 x 125 banner ads. Theme is valid XHTML 1.0 transitional and valid CSS.
  • More Themes: Gallery, CSS Gallery Theme 2.0

Micro Blog

  • P2
    A group blog theme for short update messages, inspired by Twitter. Featuring: inline comments on the homepage, a posting form right on the homepage, inline editing of posts and comments, real-time updates so new posts and comments come in without reloading, and much more.
  • TWEEM (Commercial Theme: $15)
    WordPress theme that let you create your own Twitter Microsite. Features include: ability to create up to 4 tabs of Twitter search stream; easy configuration using built-in theme options; powered by jQuery; built on BluePrintCSS for easy customization.

Job Board

  • JobPress (Commercial Theme: $79)
    JobPress is a WordPress theme that turns your website into a perfect working Job Board Software. It comes with all features a website of this kind needs; its easy-to-use, easy-to-customize, easy-to-read and a great way to monetize.

Review Site

  • GD Star Rating
    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 along with thumbs based ratings. Plugin supports use of cache plugins and dynamic loading of data using AJAX.
  • WP Review Site (Commercial Plugin: $97)
    WP Review Site plugin turns WordPress into a powerful review site engine, allowing you to easily create user-powered review sites on virtually anything – review products, services, websites, restaurants, hotels, credit cards! Use it to run a complete affiliate review site, or add star ratings to your existing website or blog.

Event Management

  • Events Manager
    Events Manager plugin is a full-featured event management solution for WordPress. Events Manager supports recurring events, venues data, RSVP and maps. With Events Manager you can plan and publish your tour, or let people reserve spaces for your weekly meetings. You can then add events list, calendars and description to your blog using a sidebar widget or shortcodes; if you’re web designer you can simply employ the template tags provided by Events Manager.

Social Network

  • Mingle WordPress Plugin
    Provides simple way to turn your WordPress blog into a Social Network. Mingle uses your standard WordPress website and standard WordPress theme to create profile pages, user friending, profile page posts, profile activities, social comments, email notifications (with privacy settings) and a full directory of members.

Directory

  • DirectoryPress
    DirectoryPress is a fully featured directory theme for WordPress, it allows you to turn your standard WordPress blog into a powerful online link directory.
  • zeList
    WordPress plugin that allows you to run a directory on your WordPress powered website. Features include:     full use of WordPress taxonomies, extension of _links table, links Custom fields, links inline edit, custom permalinks, AJAX back-end, front-end and back-end site submit, API to check for spam and duplicates.
  • Business Directory
    The Business Directory plugin for WordPress is an easy way to host a free Directory page for your readers, affiliates, advertisers, community or club members. Invite them to submit a simple advertisement listing for themselves on your blog. Listings include company name, a short description, and contact information including a live URL. The plugin includes an admin tab that allows you to approve of listings before they appear live on the site. You can also edit and delete listings.

Contact Management

  • WP-CRM
    WP-CRM is a WordPress system for creating a basic Contact Manager / CRM.  The system requires a combination of plugins and a theme. Features: Add contacts from the front end of WordPress; Associate an image with each contact; Assign each contact to a company… or don’t; Create a note history for each contact; Clickable email and website links; Google map contacts address; Dial a phone number; Fully hcard / vcard compatible.

FAQ Management

  • iMasters WP FAQ
    You can use iMasters WP FAQ plugin to manage FAQ in your WordPress based site. Organize your FAQ’s in categories and put them in posts or pages.
  • FAQ-Tastic Lite
    FAQ-Tastic Lite is a multiple FAQ plugin for WordPress that makes it easy for you to answer questions from your site visitors. FAQ-Tastic can handle multiple categories of questions on your site.

Wiki

  • WordPress Wiki (Commercial Theme: $30)
    The “WordPress Wiki Theme” is created with idea that anyone can have a Knowledge Base or Wiki in a few easy to follow steps. The theme come with six color variations to choose from and is very easy to customize. Built with a custom Frequently Asked Questions plugin to help extend the functionality of your web site. The plugin acts as a custom write panel that displays in essence short FAQs below posts in their respective categories.

Classified / Auction Site

  • Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin
    This plugin is designed to allow you to add a classifieds ad section to your blog. You can use it to add pretty much any type of classified ads service that can run under a simplified structure taking some basic information from the user.
  • Classified Ads Theme (Commercial Theme: $49)
    ClassifiedTheme is a Premium WordPress theme that lets you transform your wordpress or blog website into a genuine classified website. Some of its features include: PayPal integration, autodelete old posts, set ad period and lots more. You can turn your blog into any classified ads type of site, like: auto/car ads, real estate ads, PC Ads, food ads, high-tech ads, etc.
  • WP Auctions (Commercial Plugin: $39.99)
    WP Auctions plugin enables you to host auctions on your blog.Features include: use any currency; place auctions in a post or page; auctions for registered users only; accept PayPal, wire transfers or checks; sell items on “Buy It Now” basis; upload multiple images for each auction.
  • Reverse Auction Theme (Commercial Theme: $54)
    This premium theme allows you to transform your WordPress based website into a genuine auction or reverse auction website.

Marketing / Sales

  • Affiliate Theme (Commercial Theme: $97)
    This theme allows you to build new affiliate websites using WordPress.
  • FlexSqueeze (Commercial Theme: $129.99)
    WordPress theme that allows you to create niche blogs for affiliate or AdSense purposes.

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11 Responses to “Themes and Plugins For Extreme WordPress Functionality”
  1. Just Say ON says:

    I love these plugin / theme lists that extend the functionality of WordPress. I’ve tried a good chunk of ‘em (even commercial), and some work better than others.

    But I have to wonder: since WordPress is distributed under the GPL license, any product which integrates with WordPress must also be released under the GPL license. That means commercial plugins must be available for free, free use, to modify and to redistribute.

    I’m not looking for an answer, or to bust somebody over broken rules, but it’s a worthwhile topic for discussion methinks.

    Thanks for the list. Bookmarked.

  2. Andres says:

    I can include here the autoposter RSS plugin http://www.sitemile.com/p/auto-post-plugin

  3. Kevin says:

    Gravity Forms would be a good plugin to add to the list – it adds tons of functionality to WordPress for creating posts, contact forms, managing data, etc.

    http://www.gravityforms.com

  4. Malaiac says:

    zeList could be added to directory plugins
    see -http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/zelist/ or -http://www.zelist.net/ for details
    Disclaimer : I’m the author

  5. Ray Gulick says:

    What a great list of plugins! Thanks for pulling this together and sharing it.

  6. Tmdesigner says:

    Davvero una bella lista di plugin per aumentare le funzionalità di Wp..molte non le avevo mai sentite.. Davvero interessante! Thanks for Sharing

  7. Mike says:

    Regarding classified ads, there is also another strong WP theme: http://bit.ly/classipress

  8. Brandon says:

    Definitely have to agree with Mike here on Classipress. That one should be added under the classifieds area. I have purchased the other two auction plugin/theme and they both work great. Great list!

  9. I created a wordpress plugin (http://shoultes.net/wordpress-events-registration-with-paypal-ipn/) for managing event registrations and payments form within the WordPress administration. The plugin uses the PayPal IPN (Autorize.net is also available) to record payments to the built in WordPress database.

    Addons are now available for the pro version (http://shoultes.net/upgrade-to-pro-version/). Addons allow you to extend the plugin in many ways. For example: Want to hold member only events or offer discounts to members of your blog? There’s an addon for that. Want to add your own templates, shortcodes, and functions? Well, there’s an addon for that as well.

  10. Fantastic post. I was actually looking for a theme like a yellow page and your post has guided me.Thanks

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