WordPress Plugins to Display and Highlight Code in Blog

If you have ever tried to display code within a post you will know all about the problems this can cause. That is why there are some amazing developers who create plugins to make that solve this niggly issue.
Which is the best? I have been using Code Markup, it is simple to use and displays the code just the way I wanted it. To be honest, they are all good, it just depends on your needs.

Make sure that the WYSIWYG editor is disabled, in most cases these plugins will not work with these types of plugins.
Some plugins haven’t been tested all the way up to version 2.7 but,the chances are that they will work.

WP Advanced Code Editor WP Plugin

Plugin URL : WP Advanced Code Editor.
Description : WP Advanced Code Editor integrates the EasyArea advanced code editor into WordPress. This adds real time syntax highlighting, line numbering, full screen editing, and more to the code editor in the “Add New Post” and “Add New Page” screens.
WP Compatibility : 2.3 – 2.7.
Note : Make sure that the WYSIWYG editor is disabled, the plugin is not compatible with the WYSIWYG editor.

WP Advanced Code Editor Screenshot (Admin View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

Developer Formatter WP Plugin

Plugin URL : Developer Formatter.
Description : This plugin makes use of the GeSHi highlight system, so you will have support for more then 110 languages, including PHP, ASP, Html, JavaScript, CSS, Java, Python, Delphi, C++, C, Visual Basic and much more.
WP Compatibility : 2.5 – 2.7.

Developer Formatter Screenshot (Admin View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

File Inliner WP Plugin

Plugin URL : File Inliner.
Description : This plugin displays the content of a file in a post. The content of the file (called a “snippet”) is put in a pre block.
WP Compatibility : up to 2.6.

File Inliner Screenshot (Blog View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

FV Code Highlighter WP Plugin

Plugin URL : FV Code Highlighter.
Description : This plugin supports the highlighting of PHP, HTML, CSS and XML. The default tag-highlighter color scheme uses the same colors that Adobe Dreamweaver uses. This makes it easy for your visitors to recognize what type of codes you wrote. These colors can be changed to your liking in the WPadmin section of your blog.
WP Compatibility : 2.5 to 2.7.

FV Code Highlighter Screenshot (Blog View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

WP-SynHighlight WP Plugin

Plugin URL : WP-SynHighlight.
Description : This plugin aims to provide complete functionality in syntax highlighting for the wordpress users by using shortcodes (much like Bbcodes) it does simplify the job.
WP Compatibility : up to 2.7.

WP-SynHighlight Screenshot (Blog View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

Code Snippet WP Plugin

Plugin URL : Code Snippet.
Description : A large number of languages are supported with this plugin and it can be easily extended for more. it is recommended that you always wrap your code in a pre however, most times you generally do not need to.
WP Compatibility : Tested up to 2.3.

Code Snippet Screenshot (Blog View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

Code Markup WP Plugin

Plugin URL : Code Markup.
Description : The plugin works by escaping most special HTML tags and characters so they display exactly as typed, but leaving certain ones alone so they will render as normal HTML. The default set of allowed tags is the standard formatting tags like em, strong, span and so on. You can control this explicitly.
WP Compatibility : Tested up to 2.5.

Code Markup Screenshot (Blog View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

WP Chili WP Plugin

Plugin URL : WP Chili.
Description : WP Chili is a plugin for installing Chili (Chili is a jQuery code highlighter plugin) into WordPress with ease.
WP Compatibility : Tested up to 2.6.

WP Chili Screenshot (Blog View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

Google Syntax Highlighter WP Plugin

Plugin URL : Google Syntax Highlighter.
Description : This plugin easily integrates with the Google Syntax Highlighter for displaying code within WordPress.
WP Compatibility : 2.0 and higher.

Google Syntax Highlighter Screenshot (Blog View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

Highlight Source Pro WP Plugin

Plugin URL : Highlight Source Pro.
Description : Powerful, flexible, XHTML-compliant, server-side code highlighting.Set your code-blocks as preGeSHi (see filelist in the /GeSHi-directory) use the filename (without extension) as language-attribute. If your code is encoded add the ‘enc__’ – prefix.
WP Compatibility : Up to 2.5.

Highlight Source Pro Screenshot (Blog View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

Sniplets WP Plugin

Plugin URL : Sniplets.
Description : Sniplets is a generic text insertion plugin with support for an extensible processing framework. At its simplest this means you can dynamically replace text in your posts with text that may be defined elsewhere, or created by some other module. For example, you can use Sniplets to perform syntax highlighting of files, execute custom PHP code, insert data from a database, and perform all manner of other useful tasks within a standard interface.
WP Compatibility : Up to 2.7.

Sniplets Screenshot (Admin View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

CodeColorer WP Plugin

Plugin URL : CodeColorer.
Description : CodeColorer is the plugin which allows you to insert code snippets into the post with nice syntax highlighting. Simple yet effective.
WP Compatibility : Up to 2.7.

CodeColorer Screenshot (Blog View)

WP Code Plugin Screenshot

20 New, Useful WordPress Plugins

1. WP Greet-Box

This plugin lets you show a different greeting message to your new visitors depending on their referrer url.

For example, when a Digg user clicks through from Digg, they will see a message reminding them to digg your post if they like it. Another example, when a visitor clicks through from Twitter, they will see a message suggesting them to twit the post and follow you on Twitter. You can also set a default greeting message for new visitors (not matching any referrer URLs) suggesting them to subscribe to your RSS feed. Having these targeted suggestions will help your blog increase exposure, loyal readership, and reader interaction


Downloads 39,232

2. My Page Order

Gives you manual control over the order of your WordPress pages by letting you easily set an explicit order. Works with subpages too. Now with built-in Widget support.


Downloads 93,157

3. Stray Random Quotes

Stray Random Quotes helps you collect and display random quotes everywhere on your blog with many features. The plugin is so flexible that it can be used to display random words of all sorts: taglines, “leave a response” messages, footer or header sections etc.


Downloads 21,667

4. No Self Pings

Prevents WordPress from sending pings to your own site, for example there are times when you want to link directly related articles like Part 1, Part 2, by default site will get pinged by itself.

Really self explaining so this time I didn’t add any screenshot to this one.

Downloads 12,539

5. GD Star Rating

GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog. You can set many options for displaying the rating stars, and also add widgets into the sidebars for displaying top ratings and other statistics generated by the plugin. Plugin includes advanced settings panels that will allow you to control many aspects of rating. Plugin also supports multi ratings.


Downloads 87,474

6. SEO Smart Links

SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more.

SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog.

Further SEO Smart links allows you to set up your own keywords and set of matching URLs. Finally SEO Smart links allows you to set nofollow attribute and open links in new window.


Downloads 59,285

7. Broken Link Checker

This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found. Pretty useful in long run especially if you have lots of content on your blog.


Downloads 63,951

8. Google Analyticator

Google Analyticator adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog. This eliminates the need to edit your template code to begin logging.


Downloads 347,793

9. Post Ideas

Manage and keep track of your blog article or post ideas. I usueally save my links on notepad, but this is a great way how to start writing article or just collect your ideas doing a little research. Set priority, sort ideas, everything is up to you.


Downloads 1,769

10. HeadSpace2 SEO

HeadSpace2 is an all-in-one meta-data manager that allows you to fine-tune the SEO potential of your site, click through the link to see many features. Pretty popular plugin already, but I think in most cases underestimated, since there are All in One SEO Pack.

Downloads 190,535

11. Eventr – Event Registration Plugin for WordPress

Use this plugin if you want to use your blog an an event management tool. This will let people signup for the event – it can also show a list of all the attendees. Once the event is done, you can just deactivate the event – and no more signup will be allowed.


Downloads 2,776

12. FV Community News

Many blogs out there can only produce a couple articles a week while their visitors ask for loads more. It’s sometimes a good idea to add related articles from other blogs to your sidebar. Adding them manually takes lots of time we don’t have. With this new Community News plugin you allow your visitors to add articles to the sidebar. Complete with moderation panel and a settings page, you can sit back while you have full control about the look and articles that being posted.


Downloads 4,679

13. Sphere Related Content

The Sphere Related Content plug-in displays an icon link at the end of your blog posts. When a reader clicks on the icon link, Sphere finds blog posts and media articles related to your content. See it in action on over 1 billion article pages on popular media sites and blogs like the WSJ, New York Times, TechCrunch and Real Clear Politics. See it live on intowit website.


Downloads 29,274

14. Welcome Visitor

Welcome-visitor is a wordpress plugin, which will welcome visitors ( who come from others sites, e.g. google search, yahoo! serach or your friends’ links), and ask them to bookmark your site or to subscribe your rss feed. It will help you to get more readers and more attention!


Downloads 2,565

15. Role Scoper

Role Scoper is a comprehensive enrichment for access control in WordPress, giving you CMS-like control of permissions. Assign reading, editing or administration roles to users or groups on a page-specific, category-specific or other content-specific basis.


Downloads 7,184

16. Live Countdown Timer

Widget that will enable you to show a beautifull live countdown timer for an event, where y ou can choose from different designs. Requires JavaScript Enabled (for the countdown to work) or it will not work.


Downloads 882

17. Sliding Panel

The Sliding Panel plugin adds a panel that opens and closes to the top of your WordPress-powered blog. If you’re in need of an area to house more content yet not get in the way, this is the ideal plugin.

The plugin is built off the wonderful jQuery library and is fully widgetized, so you can add any content you want. If you want a login form. Add it. If you want welcome text. No problem. Category list? You’re covered.

This plugin is for WordPress 2.8+ only.


Downloads 723

18. Adsense Stats

Adsense Stats is a widget for WordPress to display detailed statistics about your Google Adsense earnings without requiring login into your Google account.


Downloads 280

19. WP Wall

WP Wall is a “Wall” widget that appears in your blog’s side bar. Readers can add a quick comment about the blog as a whole, and the comment will appear in the sidebar immediately, without reloading the page.

All comments are internally handled by WordPress so that means you have normal comment moderation, SPAM protection and new comment notification.

WP Wall is fully customizable with a CSS file and included graphics.


Downloads 58,722

20. Different Posts Per Page

“Different Posts Per Page” plugin will allow you to modify the number of posts shown in home, category, archive or search page. You can even set the order of posts by ascending or descending order.

There’s more settings if you prefer more control over your blog. You can set custom number of posts for other pages as well like: Author, Paged, Feed, Date, Month etc.


Downloads 24,408


21. Page Link Manager

Page Link Manager is a WordPress plugin that adds an administration panel that allows you to pick which page links are included in your site’s navigation. Adding it to your WordPress installation is as easy as ever

Downloads 26,609

Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress

This plugin generates a XML-Sitemap compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. This format is supported by Ask.com, Google, YAHOO and MSN Search.

More information what XML-Sitemaps are and how they can help you to get indexed by the major search engines can be found at Sitemaps.org and the searchenginewatch blog.

If you have questions about XML-Sitemaps or run into problems, have a look at my Sitemaps FAQ.

Note: The XML-Sitemap format was introduced in 2005 by Google and adopted in 2006 by YAHOO, MSN Search and Ask.com so thats why it’s often called “Google Sitemaps”.

Download | Installation | Support | FAQ | Changes | Donate

Problems with your sitemap? Read my Sitemaps FAQ.


  • Available for all WordPress versions since 1.5
  • No PHP skills or file changes needed
  • User interface to customize all parameters like priorities etc.
  • Available in many languages
  • Generates automatically a sitemap for all types of WordPress pages
  • Calculates a priority for each post, based on the number of comments
  • Notifies Ask.com, Google, Bing and YAHOO about changes via ping
  • Includes a WordPress filter for other plugins which can add their pages to the sitemap
  • Generates a static XML file as well as a zipped version
  • …and many more!

Download (includes all languages):

Download Icon Download for WordPress 2.1 and better (recommended)


Simply download the Zip-Archive and extract all files into your wp-content/plugins/ directory. Then go into your WordPress administration page, click on Plugins and activate it. After that you will have a new menu point called “Sitemap” under the “Options” menu. You can alter the default change frequencies, filename and other options there. Click once on “Rebuild Sitemap” to create your sitemap the first time.

The script needs write access to your Blog directory. Check out the WordPress Codex or have a look at the FAQ for help.


If you have comments/problems/suggestions, see something in the code which is not compliant to the WordPress Plugin Codex, or just want to say “Yeha! It works!”, feel free to create a post at the WordPress support forum and tag it with “google-sitemap-generator”. It’s likely that you’ll get an answer for your problem faster there than by writing me an email, because I get a lot of support emails and need some time to read and answer them all. If you think you’ve found a bug, please open a new ticket here.

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