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Top Wordpress Plugins
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Plugins in brief:
A plugin is software code that is “pre-coded” for you so that you don't have to know programming or to make programming much, much easier.
Many of these plugins will work with other blog software if you can acquire the correct versions.
If the don't make one for your blog software you probably will be able to find similar ones if you search around.
All of the best and the most useful Wordpress plugins, broken down by categories, and with a brief description of each:
Admin Tools Plugins
- SpotMilk - WordPress Admin Theme. Changes look of your Dashboard, adding new buttons, forms, menus, and sub-menus.
- Admin Drop Down Menus - Adds drop down menus for users of the SpotMilk plugin.
- Update Manager - Checks for updates to your plugins.
- WP-Cache - WP-Cache is an extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make your site much faster and responsive. It works by caching Wordpress pages and storing them in a static file for serving future requests directly from the file rather than loading and compiling the whole PHP code and then building the page from the database.
- WP-Contact Form - You want some contact information on your blog without exposing your email id. WP-Contact Form helps you avoid E-mail spam by having users fill out a contact form to E-mail you.
- WP-Database Backup - An easy-to-use plugin to quickly backup your WordPress database. You may download the backup file, or have it emailed to the address of your choice.
- Adsense-Deluxe - Advanced options for managing the automatic insertion of Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your WordPress posts. With this plugin, you can create customized blocks of code that you can insert within your posts by adding just one word of code.
- Adsense-Earnings - Displays your Google Adsense earnings in your Dashboard, check your earnings for specific period, show to the public how many $ do you have for today
- Paypal Donate - Allows you to add a Paypal Donate button to your website. This is a plugin for WordPress that adds a small PayPal Donation form on your sidebar. It allows visitors of your site to make a donation or contribution via PayPal, the most popular and largest online payment processing service. Some settings can be changed via the Options Page.
- Akismet - Wordpress as a default plugin. Activate it and use it if you wish to be as spam free as possible. Will catch most all spam before it hits your website.
- Auto-Close Comments - A supporting plugin is the Auto-Close Comments which closes comments on your posts after 21 days of publication. Spammers are known to target old posts since these are indexed by Google and bloggers are less likely to notice spam. But use it with caution because you never know when one of your old posts might get its "fifteen minutes of fame".
- Bad Behavior - Prevents known spam bots from accessing your website. Bad Behavior is a set of PHP scripts which prevents spambots from accessing your site by analyzing their actual HTTP requests and comparing them to profiles from known spambots. ***Works with Akismet***
- Spam Karma 2 - Sends all comments through various filters before they appear on your blog. This is a popular plugin for people that aren't getting good enough results with Akismet. Spam Karma has a host of options that you can modify to adjust the severity of protection against spam.
- Extended Live Archive - Implements dynamic archiving.
- One Year Ago - This plugin for WordPress shows X years ago entries/posts (if exists) of today or each post.
- Smart Archives - If you don't have an Archive page on your blog, use this plugin to create one. Having an archive page gives your readers an “index” of all your past posts…it's a truly awesome feature.
- Brian's Latest Comments - Shows an overview on the site of the recently active articles and the last people to comment on them.
- Comment Live Preview - Adds a Live Preview box to your comments and applies similar formatting to WordPress.
- Comment Timeout - Removes comments after a certain amount of time.
- Comvatars - Combines Gravatars and Favatars plugin to show avatar images on user comments much like various bulletin board systems do. (Requires Gravatar and Favatar Plugins).
- Edit Comments - Allows commenter to edit their comment for a set amount of time after this post.
- Favatars - Allows you to place a "favicon revisited" alongside user comments.
- Gravatar - The official Gravatar plugin by Tom Werner, the creator of Gravatars. It allows users to see their Globally Recognized Avatar next to their comments on your website.
- Rate Comments - Uses Ajax and php to install a rating system very similar to the one used on Digg. Very easy to install. Allows users to rate each post's comments.
- Show Top Commentators - This one is a must have as well, and will help encourage more discussion from your readers, by displaying their names (linked to their website if desired) and number of comments they have made recently to your sidebar.
- Subscribe to Comments - Adds a box commenter's can click to be notified via E-mail of follow up comments. This is the single most important plugin you can have to bring return visitors back to your website. Subscribe to Comments allows commenter's on your blog to check a box before commenting and get e-mail notification of further comments.
- Angsuman's Feed Copyrighter - Adds a copyright message to your feed to help stop people from stealing your content.
- Feedburner Standard Stats - Installs the Feed Flare script on your Wordpress blog (which is required for their stat tracking service).
- Feedburner Feed Replacement - This plugin forwards all feed entry clicks to your Feedburner feed. Feedburner helps bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers promote, deliver and profit from their content on the Web.
- Full Text Feed - Use full text RSS feeds or partial RSS feeds. Decide for yourself, but personally, you should be using full. This will work, but if you split your long posts with the <!––more––> tag, it may break. This plugin fixes that "bug".
- Subscription Icons - Adds your choice of subscription icons for news aggregators (My Google, My Yahoo, Bloglines, Newsgator, etc.) to your sidebar (or anywhere else in your theme).
- Related Entries - Shows designated number of related entries below your post. A plugin to display any number of entries related to the post being viewed.
- Related Posts Link - Allows you to manually select related posts once the post has been completed. Simply add related_id or related_post_name to custom fields separated by commas and let the plugin do the rest.
- Add Meta Tags - Adds the Description and Keywords XHTML META tags to your blog's front page and to each one of the posts, static pages and category archives, helping with Search Engine Optimization.
- Google Sitemaps - Generates an XML-Sitemap file of your website that Google, Yahoo!, and MSN use.
- Dagon Sitemap Generator - Allows you to create a Sitemap for your website.
- Head Meta Description - Automatically adds keywords to your posts, pages, categories, and archives to improve Search Engine Optimization. Fully customizable.
- Ultimate Tagging Warrior - Popular plugin to do a variety of different tagging styles. Using this plugin will not only allow you to boost your SEO value immensely, you can also get suggestions for tags using the Yahoo! keyword suggestion service.
- Popularity Contest - Calculates the most popular posts on your website. The plugin uses the statistics/user behavior i.e. comments, trackbacks, views for each post to rank your posts.
- Top Posts by Category - Shows top posts by category, comments, etc. (Similar to Popularity Contest). When I visit a blog, I always like to see their best material. Using it this plugin allows your readers to see all your best articles by simply visiting your home page.
- Ultimate Google Analytics - Allows you to add Google Analytics to your blog without dealing with the source code. Plugin offers advanced features, like tracking outbound links, links to downloads and ignoring hits by logged on users to prevent skewing statistics.