Since the release of WordPress back in May 2003, personal website owners and bloggers have been able to establish their online presence without much of technical hassle, and effectively focus on aesthetics, usability and overall user experience. What once started off as a blogging platform soon was adopted for all kinds of online establishments; Brand websites, search engines and forums, even eCommerce websites started to use WordPress as their stable, robust and very customizable platform.
This evolution has literally opened up the Pandora’s Box of themes, plugins and installable extensions that can accomplish almost everything you could ever dream of on your website. And amidst millions of these plugins, you are likely to come across some absurd, yet comically interesting; even entertaining plugins that you can choose from. Why you ask? Because people need reasons to remember your website. If you have thousands of people coming on your site, and you want to grow to millions, give them a reason to spread the word on why your site is so cool!
Today, let’s take a look at 4 such wacky plugins that you can use to entertain your website visitors:
Hello Darth: True homage to the Star Wars nerds, as soon as you read ‘Darth’ the Darth Vader theme tune starts ringing in your ears, and you prepare to embrace the Dark Side! With a humongous fan following and popularity, Star Wars references are deeply embedded in popular culture. What this plugin does, is displays random Darth Vader quotes within your WordPress Admin/log-in area. It’s basically the ‘Hello Molly’ plugin that comes pre-installed with your WordPress but way cooler!
Also, the quotes do not appear on the front end, but within admin and member areas. Basically post login areas is where it will start showing up, which is a good way to control the tackiness towards only the interested. ☺
Asteroids: Arcade Gaming? Anyone remember that? If you do, you are Awesome! I grew up with arcade games; games like PC-Man, Galaga, and Donkey Kong! I used to spend hours putting in quarters in those machines and smacking the buttons till I could no longer feel my fingers! The good old days! There is one such plugin that brings the old arcade magic back with a very popular arcade game called Asteroids! With this plugin, you can basically turn your website into a game and use your spaceship to fly around and destroy stuff on your site! You can literally fly around the page and destroy images, banners, buttons, tabs, navigation links, everything!
CAPTCHA Garb: Yes, CAPTCHAS are annoying and really boring! But, then again, they are necessary and they are EVERYWHERE! Type in letters, or type in Numbers, or Click on Photos with/without cars, or shops or street lamps! All of them BORING! Why can’t they give me something fun like solving a puzzle or something! Well, this plugin just does that! The plug-in comes with 58 cool puzzle images and you even can upload yours direct from CAPTCHA garb admin page! 🙂
Go ahead, spare your visitors with boring CAPTCHAS and receive thousands of silent blessings for those who visit your site!
DoppleMe Avatars: Social personas are so important these days. Hell, people meet and interact online a lot more than in person. Not that I have a problem with that, but everything being digital, it adds the pressure of being presentable online. And sometimes for some of us, you know that your own picture is just not going to make the cut, or you want to have something way cooler and strikingly unique that stand out! The DoppelMe Avatars plugin help users to create cool graphical likeness of themselves, for use as an avatar in forums, instant messenger, and blogs; in fact almost elsewhere on the web.
One other thing that should be spoken of when you are talking about WordPress and WP plugins, is Site health and hosting. If you have good amount of traffic coming to your website and you are putting up and installing a lot of WordPress plugins, themes and installables, you should definitely check out special WordPress hosting for your website. It’s a great way to ensure everything is working smooth and all essentials are updated and installed and you have someone how can help scale the system as and when required. I prefer WordPress Hosting plans from ResellerClub, they have a great support team and helpful add on features to help manage your WordPress site better!
So there you have it! I really hope you guys can check these crazy plugins out and be sure to put up your thoughts and views in the comments section below!