The Plugins are like enormous icing over a cake for a feature-rich, open source blog engine like B2Evolution. Why are we calling them icing? Because Plugins contribute further to the feature list of software, just like a cherry or dollops of chocolate are used on the top of the cake for added taste and visual appeal.
The plugins as new features introduced in the Phoenix version of the software. The feature is designed to allow 3rd party developers to contribute to the existing software to add to its functionality or additional displays.
The B2Evolution plugins include several text formatting plug-ins such as Textile, Auto-P, Greymatter, BB code, Texturize, and graphic smilies.
In the B2Evolution Plugin Directory you will also find pluging which facilitates full integration with third party tools such as Gallery 2, YouTube and Digg.
So far as B2Evolution is concerned, plugins and hacks—both can be used to extend the software. Of them two, Plugins are easier to install. What you need to add pluging to your website is to drop a file into the plugins directory and then install it back through the BackOffice.
Here are the brief descriptions of some of the B2Evolution plugins:
This plugin allows users to add links to pictures in their blog posts that are displayed with Lightbox.
This is a footnote plugin which lets you add unobtrusive side/snide/additional/informative remarks without disturbing anty aspects of the main text.
This plugin lets b2evolution make use of the reCAPTCHA project from Carnegie Mellon University. This is still in a rough stage of development.
This Plugin allows you to integrate FCKeditor as a RTE (Rich Text Editor) for editing contents.
Gallery 2 Plugin
This plugin implements single sign on between a gallery (http://gallery.menalto.com/) installation and b2evolution.
AstonishMe Digg Plugin
This plugin allows you to add Digg buttons to your posts by just checking a box in the Write tab. To add any post to Digg, you will just need to click the Digg button. This plugin also helps to see how many Diggs the story has.