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WordPress Plugins – The Most Wanted List

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WP-Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs. [resource: WordPress Plugins]

Here’s a short list that I’ve put together of some of the most useful and most popular WordPress plugins. All these plugins are essential for a good and professional blogging site and I am using these plugins here on the gonzoblog on a daily basis.

Akismet

Akismet is a spam-filter that checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not, also checks the trackbacks for spam. You can review the spam it catches under “Manage” and it automatically deletes old spam after 15 days.

Download the plugin here: Visit plugin site | By Matt Mullenweg

Google XLM Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By Arne Brachhold

PXS Mail Form

Creates a mail form with multi part verification, various messages and an auto redirect on successful send. Originally based on the contact form by Ryan Duff. Enter the code in your posts/page where you want the form. New feature for this release allows the sender to CC themselves.

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By Shane Marriott

Feedburner

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. Forwards all feed traffic to Feedburner while creating a randomized feed for Feedburner to pull from. For those who don’t know, this allows you to track everyone that subscribes to your RSS feeds, giving you many stats and useful information. Also makes it possible for your readers to subscribe to RSS by e-mail!

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By FeedBurner

WordPress Plugins

All in One SEO

Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. As they say, this plugin is streamlined for best SEO practices for WordPress. Actually very easy to install, and the user interface is easy to fill out. Recommended for the serious blogger.

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By Michael Torbert

Show Top Commentators

Encourage more feedback and discussion from readers, by rewarding them every time they post a comment! Readers with the most comments are displayed on your WordPress blog, with their names (linked to their website if they provided one).

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By Nate Sanden

del.icio.us – Bookmark this!

This plugin will allow you to add an “Bookmark this page on del.icio.us/digg/furl/etc.” link on you sidebar, posts or wherever. Don’t forget to add the code in your templates OR use the code inside “The Loop”. Look at the included readme.txt for more information.

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By Arne Brachhold

Do Follow

Removes the evil nofollow attribute that WordPress adds in comments. Reward Your Commenters: You can increase comments by providing incentives to those who do comment.  You can give your readers some page rank by providing ‘dofollow’ links on your comments. The whole existance of internet is based on sharing ‘linklove’.

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By Denis de Bernardy

Subscribe To Comments

Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Based on version 1 from Scriptygoddess

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By Mark Jaquith

WP-phpMyAdmin

Provides phpMyAdmin from the WordPress admin console. WordPress functions as a wrapper for phpMyAdmin, so you have one thing less to log on and provides you the best way to control and save your database.

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By Roland Rust, Christopher Hwang

Thank Me Later

Automatically send a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages the visitor by reminding them to check back for responses or new blog posts. The plugin is highly configurable with multiple messages, variable delay and restrictions.

Download it here: Visit plugin site | By Brendon Boshell

Conclusion

There are also plugins like for instance – Related Posts. My latest Tweets, Most Recent Post, Related Posts and Popular Post I all have coded into the left sidebar.php of the gonzoblog or on the single.php page of my gonzoblog-theme. Thinking that could be a good idea for a new article here on the gonzoblog.nl, ofcourse the code will be included ;-P

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If you have some good plugins to share, please don’t forget to mention them in our comment-section. I’ld love to hear what your favorite plugins are …!

 

Author: Jan Rajtoral

Jan Rajtoral AKA Gonzo the Great is the Founder of and Designer at gonzodesign, providing design services across the full spectrum of Brand Identity, Graphic Design, Print and Advertising Design & Website Design.

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  1. Hi! Nice list. Top Commentators is a nice addition :)

    But aren’t you missing some other indispensable plugins?

    I couldn’t live without Antispam Bee (instead of Askiment) and Antivirus, both from Sergej Müller from ebiene.de.
    Analytics360 is great too if you have Google Analytics on your site.

    • Hi Philipp,

      Top Commentators is a great ‘tool’ to support readers to comment too! It’s natural when a human sees a list, he/she wants to be in it ;-P

      Thanks for the additions, I’ll certainly will take a look Analytics360, cause I’m a sucker for statistics! BTW: there are some more articles with hacks or code snippets for WordPress (please see ‘Related Posts’ section). Thank you sooo much for your suggestions of other great plugins, appreciate that!

      Have a great weekend, Cheers & Ciao ..

  2. Hi Frances,

    thanks for your comment and visit, much appreciated! Cheers & Ciao ..

  3. Hi Kemdeatacrast,

    cheers mate, highly appreciated! Subscribe to the blog’s RSS if you are that impatient, haha, … you’ll be first to know!

    Cheers & Ciao …

  4. Hi smithmaria61,

    hope I could be of any assistance with these plugins? Thanks for your comment …

    Cheers & Ciao ..

  5. Thanx a lot for that great list of pluggins!! This would be of great help!!

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