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m n this chapter, I list ten of the most popular plugins available for your WordPress blog. This list isn't exhaustive by any means; hundreds of excellent WordPress plugins can, and do, provide multiple ways to extend the functionality of your blog. And if these ten plugins aren't enough for you, you can find many more at the official WordPress Plugin Directory (http:// wordpress.org/extend/plugins).

The greatest plugin of all is Akismet, which I describe in Chapter 10. Akismet is the answer to comment and trackback spam; it kills spam dead. It's installed with WordPress. Chapter 10 contains information on how to locate, download, unpack, install, activate, and manage plugins in your WordPress blog.

WP Print

Developer: Lester Chan


WP Print is one of several WordPress plugins developed by Lester Chan. While visiting the official WordPress Plugin Directory, do a search for the term gamerz, and you will find all of the plugins created by Lester. They're all great plugins and worth a look.

ëWP Print is an easy-to-use plugin that provides a clean, printable version of your blog posts and/or pages. Unless your blog theme has a specialized stylesheet for printing, posts and pages print rather messily. WP Print strips most of the style from your theme design (images and formatting, for example) and outputs a clean print of your article with black text on a white background.

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You can configure these options:

✓ Print Text Link for Post: This option configures a Print This Post link.

✓ Print Text Link for Page: This option configures a Print This Page link.

✓ Print Icon: Choose between two icons: print.gif and printer_fam fam fam.gif. The icon you choose appears on your site.

✓ Print Text Style Link: This drop-down menu presents settings for displaying the print link on your site.

✓ Additional printing options: You can specify whether comments, links, images, video, and disclaimer or copyright text will print.

WP Print doesn't automatically appear on your blog. You need to add a small snippet of code to your blog template in the area where you want the print link to appear:

<?php if(function_exists('wp_print')) { print_link(); } ?>

Place the code within The Loop. (See Chapter 12 for information about The Loop.)

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