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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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’.
Subscribe To Comments
Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Based on version 1 from Scriptygoddess
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.
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.
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 …!