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If you’ve been itching to try out some of the latest and greatest WordPress plugins, this post is for you. There are several newer plugins that are quickly becoming some of the most popular currently available add-ons for your WordPress site.

If you’re looking for an easy way to link to all of your social media profiles, without taking up all of your valuable sidebar space, give Social Slider a look. You can choose from more than two dozen social media sites or RSS services, and from several different design modes. The box slides out when users run their mouse over the graphic, and then slides back out of the way when they move the pointer again.

There are a lot of plugins that allow site users to leave comments on your site through their Facebook profiles. Unfortunately, most of these plugins are useless from an SEO perspective. Search engines can’t “see” these comments and associate them with your page. SEO Facebook Comments changes that. Not only does it allow users to comment with their Facebook ideas, it makes the comments visible to Google, helping with your site’s SEO. It also allows nested comments.

Comprehensive Google Map Plugin does exactly what it says; it makes it easy to add in and customize a Google Map on your website. This does more than just stick a map on your page, though. There are a long selection of options you can use to customize the map to best fit your needs, and the needs of the people using your website.

Ultimate Tiny MCE takes the current editing and design capabilities of your WordPress page or post editor, and adds an incredible number of new features and options. With this plugin, you can add, create, and manipulate tables or pictures, format text, and even add in emoticons with just a click. One of the more impressive features is the ability to create separate columns of text, creating a more visually dynamic post.

If you need to put forms (such as a contact form) on your website, check out Visual Form Builder. You can add fields with one click, and then just drag and drop to rearrange them. Visual Form Builder has all of the functionality of a more complicated form plugin, but you don’t need a lot of know-how to figure it out.

SEO Rank Reporter is an easy way to track your rank for the keywords you’ve chosen. Just add the keywords you want to track, and your rank is reported right on your dashboard. You can also compare your site’s rank to the rank of your competitors, monitor other keywords that are leading searchers to your site, and download all of the data for easy use with other programs.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create a mobile, touch-screen ready version of your website, WPTouch might be just what you’re looking for. It turns your current site into a mobile app-like theme, geared for touch phones, whenever a mobile user lands on the site. The user can decide between the mobile version and the original version of the site. The original design of your site isn’t changed by this plugin, so users using a computer see the same website they’re used to.

What newer WordPress plugins are you using, or thinking about using, on your website?

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