10 Useful Text Enhancing Plugins for WordPress

By / Nov 9, 2009 / Resources

Out of the box, WordPress is an amazing product and comes loaded with tons of features. However, one area that might be lacking is text formatting. There’s not really any tools built in to do things like dynamic image replacement, code highlighting, and other styling to improve the look of your text. Luckily there is a community of talented developers that have created plugins to fill this need. I’ve listed here 10 of the most useful text enhancing WordPress plugins.

TTFTitles

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TTFTitles lets you use images to replace the titles of your posts, thus circumventing the problem of guessing what fonts your end-users might have installed.

wp-Typography

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wp-​​Typography is a one-​​stop-​​shop for improved web typog­ra­phy in Word­Press. Some of it’s key features include: hyphen­ation, spacing control, and intel­li­gent char­ac­ter replace­ment.

Drop Caps Plugin

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With the Drop Caps plugin, all drop caps are added on the fly meaning you can disable them if you change theme and you don’t need to think about them when you write your posts.

Simple Pull Quote

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The Simple Pull Quote WordPress Plugin provides an easy way for you to insert pull quotes.

Google Syntax Highlighter

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This plugin easily integrates the Google Syntax Highlighter by Alex Gorbatchev into WordPress.

WP-Syntax

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WP-Syntax provides clean syntax highlighting that supports a wide range of popular languages. It supports highlighting with or without line numbers and maintains formatting while copying snippets of code from the browser.

WP-Syntax Colorizer

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WP-Syntax Colorizer is a plugin that runs along side WP-Syntax and gathers all of the functions required to set custom colors for your code snippets.

Text Control

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Text Control lets you to choose from a variety of formatting syntaxes and encoding options.

PS Disable Auto Formatting

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PS Disable Auto Formatting stops automatic formatting of WordPress (wpautop), and modifies the html source generated by the visual editor.

Dynamic Font Replacement

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Dynamic Font Replacement allows you to use your own ttf- or otf-fonts with WordPress.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

  • http://victoriaanndesign.net Vicki Willingham

    Interesting, but I really can’t see the need for most of these, especially the drop caps plugin. That type of styling can make a site look rather dated, in my opinion.

    I’m sure others will correct me.

    Vicki

  • http://www.psdfan.com Tom Ross

    Wow, I didn’t even know you could get this kind of plugin for WordPress. Seems pretty useful with more and more blogs integrating beautiful typography. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://wpswitch.com Matt Alexander

    The Disable Auto Formatting will come in very handy. I prefer to format the whole thing in the HTML editor.

  • http://designinformer.com Design Informer

    Nice. I like wp-Typography.

  • http://www.internet-praxistipps.de frank katzer

    simple-pull-quote – thanks for that – simple (as the name says) and very useful for my blog…

  • http://www.hughesitsolutions.com Orlando Web Design

    How great is that. I just got done launching a simple WordPress site. This is really perfect timing. Thanks again for another great post!

  • http://gainfullyunemployed.net Chris

    Simple Pull Quote will be added to my blog by the end of the day. I also like the one that capitalizes the letters for you–saves a keystroke.

  • http://www.sufined.com naveed

    thanks for sharing they are all really usefull specially the very first one which replaces the font with image :)

  • http://www.designfollow.com/ designfollow

    thanks for the great post

  • http://pcw.me Philip

    Great article! Another reason why WordPress kicks serious @#%!!

  • http://www.moinid.com Design Ideas

    Nice list of WP Typography. Thanks!

  • http://what-what.net shoaib

    Knew of only drop caps will use some others too,like the one for replacing post titles with images.

  • Popo

    What I’m really looking for is a way to *limit* fonts and colors on a multiple-author blog. Anyone know how to do this?

    • http://missioncommunicate.com Tim

      Now wouldn’t that be absolutely superb! Let us know if you figure this out 😉

  • http://www.brettwidmann.com Brett Widmann

    Very nice plugins. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.blogandwp.com sonesh

    Nice collection,,some are really helpfull

    Thanks