Looking to get more out of your WordPress Blog? I’ve seen a few other blogs post about the plugins they use (and a few others ask me about the plugins I use on Moongrabber), so I’ve put together this list of my favorite plugins.
NOTE: This post is only a few months old, but already outdated with the release of WordPress 2.7 and some amazing new plugins that I hope to write about in the future.
|AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget (drop-down)||1.2||Help your visitor promote your website or blog. Put the AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget on your site or blog, so any visitor can easily bookmark it. The widget works with all popular bookmarking services. By AddThis.com.|
|AdSense Manager||3.2.13||Control and arrange your AdSense & Referral blocks on your WordPress blog. With Widget and inline post support, configurable colours. By Martin Fitzpatrick.|
|Akismet||2.1.6||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
|All in One SEO Pack||188.8.131.52||Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. By Michael Torbert.|
|Commentluv||1.98||Plugin to show a link to the last post from the commenters blog in their comment. Just activate and it’s ready. Will parse a feed from most sites that have a feed location specified in its head html. See the Settings Page for styling and text output options. By Andy Bailey.|
|Contact Coldform||0.88||Contact Coldform is a remixed plug-n-play contact form for WordPress 2+. By Perishable @ Monzilla Media.|
|DoFollow||4.0||Selectively disable the nofollow tagging for comments. Configuration: Options > DoFollow. By Kimmo Suominen.|
|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. By FeedBurner.|
|Google XML Sitemaps||184.108.40.206||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 By Arne Brachhold.|
|KeywordLuv||1.03||Reward your commentators by separating their name from their keywords, in the link to their website, giving them improved anchor text. For example, leaving Stephen @ Custom WordPress Plugins in the name field, will result in the following: Stephen from Custom WordPress Plugins. Requires a DoFollow plugin to be effective. By Stephen Cronin.|
|Math Comment Spam Protection||2.2||Asks the visitor making the comment to answer a simple math question. This is intended to prove that the visitor is a human being and not a spam robot. Example of such question: What is the sum of 2 and 9? By Michael Woehrer.|
|Simple Tags||1.5.7||Simple Tags : Extended Tagging for WordPress 2.3 and 2.5 ! Autocompletion, Suggested Tags, Tag Cloud Widgets, Related Posts, Mass edit tags ! By Amaury BALMER.|
|Subscribe To Comments||2.1.2||Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Based on version 1 from Scriptygoddess By Mark Jaquith.|
|Ultimate Google Analytics||1.6.0||Enable Google Analytics on your blog. Has options to also track external links, mailto links and links to downloads on your own site. Check http://www.oratransplant.nl/uga/#versions for version updates By Wilfred van der Deijl.|
|WP Super Cache||0.6.7||Very fast caching module for WordPress. Once enabled, you must enable the cache. Based on WP-Cache by Ricardo Galli Granada. By Donncha O Caoimh.|
So what plugins do you use on your blog? What are your favorite plugins that you couldn’t live without? What plugins do you hate?