A lot of friends I have converted into blogging lately and use WordPress. From uploading themes via ftp, changing themes and installing plugins, there are still a lot of things to be learned. Customizing themes to suit your personal preferences is a real challenge.
I prepared this post to showcase the WordPress plugins that I use in this site. I don’t say that they are the best or the top plugins out there, but at least they served helpful to me.
Check them out and see for yourself which may prove helpful to you as well: Otherwise, just browse the plugins directory for more.
UPDATE: For security reasons, I’m disabling the WordPress Plugins in Use plugin, and leave this page/post to be a static page. Hence, you might find versions here outdated.
Acme Technologies (url)
Place Google AdSense ads in your WordPress Posts. Requires WordPress 1.5 or higer. For complete usage and configuration click on AdsenseDeluxe under the “Options” menu.
Matt Mullenweg (url)
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put <?php akismet_counter(); ?> in your template. See also: WP Stats plugin.
All in One SEO Pack 126.96.36.199
Michael Torbert (url)
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
Antispam Collateral Condolences 0.2
Mark Jaquith (url)
Notifies people when their comment is caught as spam.
Audio player 1.2.3
Martin Laine (url)
Highly configurable single track mp3 player.
Batch Categories 1.4
Rob Miller (url)
Easily manage the mass categorisation of posts that match various criteria.
Broken Link Checker 0.4.10
Janis Elsts (url)
Checks your posts for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.
Chunk Urls for WordPress 2.0
This plugin shorten urls in comments so that they won’t break your site.
Cimy Swift SMTP 1.1.2
Marco Cimmino (url)
Send email via SMTP (Compatible with GMAIL)
Clean Archives Reloaded 3.1.4
Clean Options Beta 0.9.7
finds orphaned options and allows for their removal from the wp_options table
Comment Approved Notifier 1.1
Yakup Gövler (url)
Send an e-mail to your commenters when you approve their comments.
Comment Email Responder 2.3
Owen Cutajar (url)
Emails commenter when an admin replies to the comment, if commenter is not subscribed to email updates via Subscribe-to-Comments. Original idea/coding by Andrew Flusche
Enhanced WP-ContactForm 2.1
Joost de Valk (url)
WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you. In the message it sends to you it gives the page the user visited before the contact page, as well as the original outside referer. It can be implemented on a page or a post.
Favicon Manager 0.1
Digital Ramble (url)
Adds your favicon to your headers and/or rss feeds.
FeedBurner FeedSmith 2.3.1
Originally authored by Steve Smith, this plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.
Feed Count 1.2
Francesco Mapelli (url)
Displays the number of subscriber to your Feedburner account (without that ugly feedburner chicklet)
Stephen Cronin (url)
Allows you to add a copyright statement and a link to the original article, to the TOP of your feed entries, in an effort to hamper content scrapers.
Feed Footer 1.1
Sherief Mursyidi (url)
Add custom footers (copyright, notices, advertisements) to the bottom of your posts in your RSS feed. A special BlogClout plugin
Get Recent Comments 2.0.2
Krischan Jodies (url)
Display the most recent comments or trackbacks with your own formatting in the sidebar. Visit Options/Recent Comments after activation of the plugin.
Google XML Sitemaps 188.8.131.52
Arne Brachhold (url)
This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO. Configuration Page
Popularity Contest 1.3b3
Alex King (url)
This will enable ranking of your posts by popularity; using the behavior of your visitors to determine each post’s popularity. You set a value (or use the default value) for every post view, comment, etc. and the popularity of your posts is calculated based on those values. Once you have activated the plugin, you can configure the Popularity Values and View Reports. You can also use the included Template Tags to display post popularity and lists of popular posts on your blog.
Recent Posts 1.1.3
Nick Momrik (url)
Returns a list of the most recent posts.
Related Posts 2.02 + 404
Alexander Malov & Mike Lu (url)
Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches.
SimplePie Core 1.1.1
Ryan Parman and Geoffrey Sneddon (url)
Does little else but load the core SimplePie API library for any extension that wants to utilize it. Go to Options→SimplePie Core for more details.
SimplePie Plugin for WordPress 2.2.1
Ryan Parman (url)
A fast and easy way to add RSS and Atom feeds to your WordPress blog. Go to Settings→SimplePie for WP to adjust default settings.
ST Add Related Posts to Feed .02
Chris Kasten, aka HandySolo (url)
Adds Related Posts to your full content feed. Ultimate Tag Warrior or Related Posts is required. Big thanks to Otto42 of ottodestruct.com
Subscribe To Comments 2.1.2
Mark Jaquith (url)
Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Based on version 1 from Scriptygoddess
Twitter for WordPress 1.9.1
Ricardo González (url)
Displays your public Twitter messages for all to read. Based on Pownce for WordPress by Cavemonkey50.
Robert Tsai (url)
Cross-post your blog updates to your Facebook account. Navigate to Options → Wordbook for configuration.
WordPress.com Stats 1.3.2
Andy Skelton (url)
Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key.
WordPress Database Backup 2.2.1
Austin Matzko (url)
On-demand backup of your WordPress database. Navigate to Manage → Backup to get started.
WP Super Cache 0.8.4
Donncha O Caoimh (url)
Very fast caching module for WordPress. Once activated, you must enable the cache. Based on WP-Cache by Ricardo Galli Granada.
You may also want to watch out for the latest plugin in Weblog Tools Collection.
May 23, 2008 at 7:21 pm
Thanks for the info. I am using only 5 plug-ins right now. I will try to check on the others that you have listed. =)
May 26, 2008 at 2:09 am
No problem. Some plugins need you to do some hacks though.