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Available Plugins

Accordion Shortcodes

This plugin allows you to add accordion drop-downs for content on your posts and pages.

Admin Commenters Comments Count


In the words of the plugin developers, “Anthologize is a free, open-source, plugin that transforms WordPress into a platform for publishing electronic texts. Grab posts from your WordPress blog, import feeds from external sites, or create new content directly within Anthologize. Then outline, order, and edit your work, crafting it into a single volume for export in several formats, including—in this release—PDF, ePUB, TEI.” Click here for a longer tutorial.

Category Sticky Post

Category Sticky Post is a plugin that allows you to mark a post as sticky within a specific category archive. It works exactly like the typical sticky post functionality within WordPress, except that it’s specifically for category archives.

CM Tooltip Glossary

This plugin allows you to create a glossary of terms from your site and show the definition when users hover over a word.

Contact Form 7

This plugin allows you to create a contact form (or multiple forms) to add to your site. You can also easily customize the forms, as well as use CAPTCHA and Akismet for simple spam prevention.


CubePoints is a way of awarding points to site visitors and members for participating in a site. Site administrators can choose what sorts of activities are worth points, and how many each activity is worth. If you connect points to real-world prizes, or even just honorary titles, you might find your site visitors and members are more active. The plugin keeps track of each user’s activity, allows for a “leaderboard” on the site home-page, and gives the administrator many specific options, making it very customizable. Click here for a longer tutorial.

Duplicate Post

This plugin allows you to clone an existing post or page on your site, or edit it as a new draft.

DW Question & Answer

This plugin that allows you to add a question and answer section similar to Stack Overflow, Quora, or Yahoo Answers.

Easy Custom Sidebars

This plugin allows you to create and add custom sidebars that display only on specific pages or post archives.

Easy Table of Contents

This plugin allows you to create a table of contents (TOC) for pages and posts on your OpenLab site. Visitors to your site can click a link in the TOC, which allows them to jump down to that section on the page.

Edge Suite

Edge Suite allows you to manage and view Adobe Edge Animate compositions on your site.

Expire Sticky Posts

This plugin allows you to set an expiration date on sticky posts so you don’t have to go back and “unstick” posts.  They’ll simply become “unstuck” on the date you set.


FeedWordPress is a plugin that pulls the posts from a site or multiple sites (using the RSS feed), and aggregates them on another site so that they appear on that site’s main blog page. Click here for a longer tutorial.

Gravity Forms

Gravity Forms is a very robust plugin for creating forms that can do many different things, from polling users, collecting contact information, to organizing reservations for events, and more. It can also be used as a way for site members to submit files.  Click here for a tutorial on how to use it to collect work.

Gravity Forms Change Entry Creator Add-on

This plugin is an add-on for Gravity Forms, which allows you to edit the user who created an entry in a form.

Gravity Forms Dropbox Add-On

This plugin allows you to automatically send files uploaded with Gravity Forms to your Dropbox account.

Gravity Forms Quiz Add-On

This plugin allows you to quickly create Quizzes that are automatically graded or scored when the form is submitted.

Google Docs Shortcode

This plugin allows you to embed a Google Doc into a post or page on your site.

Google for WordPress

This plugin allows you to integrate many of Google’s products into your site, including Google+, Calendar, Drive, Fonts, Groups, Hangouts, Maps, Translate, and more.

Highlighter Pro

This plugin allows you to highlight text in a page or post, as well as to add inline notes with your highlights.


This plugin integrates your site with Hypothesis, a web annotation tool that allows users to provide commentary on top of a site. You can highlight words, phrases, or other elements on your site with commentary that becomes visible when you hover over the elements.  You can find out more at


Jetpack is a plugin created by that adds many different enhancements to your site, including stats, image optimization, custom CSS, contact forms, image galleries and carousels, and more.

Link Library

This plugin allows you to add a list of links and link categories to your site.  You can also include notes and descriptions of all the links.  The links and categories are those that you’ve defined inside the Links section of your Site Dashboard.

Link Manager

The link manager was removed from WordPress Dashboards in a recent update. You might still see it on older sites, but on new sites you’ll have to activate the Link Manager plugin to use the feature.

OpenLab Attributions

This plugin allows anyone to add attributions for Creative Commons licensed content they’re using on an OpenLab site. Each attribution will add a superscript number that links to a reference list at the bottom of a page or post.

OpenLab Gradebook

OpenLab GradeBook provides faculty with a simple and secure way to keep track of and share assignments and grades for a course. When logged into the OpenLab, faculty, as admin of their course site, will be able to enter and view all grades for their course via their course site dashboard, and each student will be able to see only their own grades.

OSM – OpenStreetMap

This plugin allows users to embed OpenStreetMaps in their posts or pages.  Features include ability to display different open map types (such as OpenStreetMap, OpenWeatherMap, BaseMap), display maps with markers, geotag posts, display photos on the map, and more.


PageMash makes menu customization easy. Use it if you want to hide pages so they don’t show up on your menu, if you want to quickly rename the page, or if you want to create parent/child pages (e.g. a dropdown menu). You can do all these things without PageMash, but the plugin makes it easy and intuitive. Click here for a longer tutorial. Click here for a longer tutorial.


Papercite formats BibTeX entries to display a bibliography or citations in posts and pages.

Prezi WP

This plugin allows users to embed Prezi presentations into posts and pages using a simple shortcode.  Prezi is a “cloud-based presentation software” that allows users to create presentations with different animated effects. Since it is web-based, the presentation is available anywhere you have an internet connection. Click here for a longer tutorial.

Really Simple CAPTCHA

This plugin works with Contact Form 7, and can be used to add a simple CAPTCHA to the form submission to prevent spam.

Require Post Category

This very simple plugin can do wonders to organize a site with multiple users, just by making sure users can’t post without choosing a category first.


ShareThis adds a social media bar to all posts and pages, allowing your followers, members, or readers to easily share posts or pages from your site on other social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Click here for a longer tutorial.


This plugin allows “comprehensive email subscription management.” Many of its features overlap with existing email members settings on the OpenLab. But it also provides a number of things you might find valuable, including customizable unsubscribe messages. It might be particularly useful for those sites that have or hope to have a non-City Tech readership and want to make it easy for non-City Tech readers to follow your site. If they subscribe through this plugin, which will accept any valid email address, they will get a message anytime you add a new post.

Tako Movable Comments

This plugin allows site admins to move comments from one past or page to another.

Text Hover

This plugin allows users to add hover text to specific terms included on posts or pages.  When site visitors hover their mouse over the word or phrase, they’ll see additional text, such as definitions or additional information.

The Events Calendar

This plugin adds a customizable events calendar, which can be embedded in a page, post, or sidebar widget.

TinyMCE Advanced

This plugin will allow you to add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar. Once enabled, you can decide which buttons/functions to include in the settings page. Some of the features added by this plugin include: support for creating and editing tables, more options when inserting lists, search and replace within the editor, editing in-line CSS styles, advanced image dialog that offer a lot of options, and adding and removing HTML tag attributes.

Ultimate Category Excluder

With this plugin, users can choose categories to exclude from the site home page, archives, feeds, or search results.  Posts in those categories will not appear on those pages, if chosen.

WP Accessibility

This plugin helps correct a number of common WordPress accessibility issues.

WP Grade Comments

The WP Grade Comments plugin is very simple to use, and it has an easy interface for privately leaving grades only the post creator and administrator can see.  You can also leave private comments.


This plugin allows you to add polls to your site, on a post, page, or in your sidebar. It includes the ability to customize different options and styles.

WP Broken Link Status Checker

This plugin allows you to check your site for any broken links. It works on both pages and posts. Each time you launch a new scan, something called a crawler is run to check for broken links.

WP Document Revisions

This is document management and version control plugin allows multiple site members to collaboratively edit and track versions of files uploaded to the site, such as text documents, spreadsheets, images, and many others. It also allows site members to securely upload and download password protected documents that are available only to site members.

WP QuickLaTeX

This plugin allows site members to use LaTeX code in posts, pages, and comments to display mathematical equations and formulas.

WP Twitter

This plugin allows you to connect a WordPress site with your  Twitter account.

WTI Like Post

According to its developers, “WTI Like Post is a plugin for adding like (thumbs up) and unlike (thumbs down) functionality for wordpress posts/pages….[I]t will show a maximum of the 10 most liked posts/pages….It comes with a widget to display the most liked posts/pages which you can place in any widget area. It has live updates of the like count on the widget if you like or unlike any post/page.” Once you activate the plugin, you’ll see the like icon appear at the bottom of your post.

*Descriptions for many of the plugins taken from the Plugin Directory.