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Recommended WordPress Plugins

February 6, 2007 – 7:38 pm | by Bill

I’ve compiled a list of the wordpress plugins that I use on my blog, I hope that some of you find it useful. Some of these plugins I’ve only installed recently (such as Brian’s Threaded Comments and Subscribe to Comments) however I recommend them to anyone using the WordPress blogging platform.

Adsense-Deluxe allows you to add Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your WordPress posts. It is very easy to install and manage your ads, and you can choose which parts of your site that you would like to ads to run on. The plugin also keeps record of the number of ads displayed and makes sure that no more then 3 ads on one page (to prevent violation of Googles terms of service). I highly recommend this plugin to anyone who has or is considering having ads on their blog.

Akismet comes with WordPress, and is one of my most valued plugins. When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your blog it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down. This way you don’t have to update any kind of a blacklist, or do any maintenance! To activate it you will need an API key, which you can get for free by signing up for a WordPress Account.

Brian’s Threaded Comments is a threaded comments plugin, that allows you to minimize threads and replies. It structures comments in an organized fashion, unlike the way that WordPress organizes them. Without the plugin, if you are replying to comments If you were to reply to a comment on a blog that doesn’t have this plugin installed, the comment will appear at the bottom of all the other comments. If it is a blog that receives many comments, then this causes a lot of confusion.

Feedburner Feed Replacement sends all of my RSS feed traffic to Feedburner, and it gives me a lot of information about the people who subscribe to my blog. Feedburner tells you how many people are subscribed to your feeds, the RSS reader that they use, etc. You can also have Feedburner track other stats on your website, such as referrers, search engine traffic, pageviews, etc.  Instead of me going through the installation process step by step, here is a nice walkthrough.

Subscribe to Comments allows readers of your blog to subscribe to the comments of a post, after commenting on the post themselves. It emails the reader once there have been new comments on a post. This can be helpful for example if someone asks for help or advice, then closes the window and forgets about it.  They will receive an email once there have been new comments on the post.

WordPress Database Backup also comes installed with WordPress. It allows you to backup your WordPress database through the WordPress control panel. You have several options for exporting your database. You can have it emailed to an email address of your choice, download the file, or back it up to a directory on the server. For those of us who do not backup their stuff regularily, it is very easy to do. It’s a good idea to backup every few days, or even after every post you make. This way, in the event of a server failure, you still have all of your posts and comments in the backup file.

I know that there are a ton of other great plugins out that, however these are the ones that I have tried and chosen to keep using. I find that not using a lot of plugins keeps the server load low, which is always nice. I am looking for more useful wordpress plugins, so if you know of any let me know!

  1. 4 Responses to “Recommended WordPress Plugins”

  2. By Leroy Brown on Feb 19, 2007 | Reply

    subscribe to comments is HUGE. I leave comments like birds leave droppings, and I can’t for the life of me remember where I left comments, and what I said. With the email reminders, I don’t have to. This should be standard on every wordpress installation.

  3. By Bill on Feb 19, 2007 | Reply

    I totally agree that WordPress should have that functionality built into it. Maybe in the future the development team will integrate it.

  4. By Leroy Brown on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    The WP team is usually pretty good about stuff like this – if there’s enough public support, then we should see it before too much longer. No worries for the meantime, because it’s on my shortlist of ‘must-have’ plugins every time I setup a WP blog.

  5. By Bill on Feb 20, 2007 | Reply

    Yeah, they are pretty good about that. For example in 2.1 they added the auto-save feature, which is great! I lost a couple posts due to power outages and not having that feature.

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