Essential plugins for WP


I have already told you how to set up a blog. I am using the fantastic tool called WordPress to publish this one. You can enhance WordPress by installing plugins. Huge amounts of trial and error is needed to find the best enhancements out there. Now it’s time to share my experience and list the plugins I am running at the moment to power

Enhance the functionallity that lets you post to WordPress by mail. Postie supports attachments and a lot of advanced preferences.

Spam Karma 2 – Reloaded
The movie sucked. The plugin does not. Stop comment spam!

Bad Behavior
Stop comment spam before it starts by trapping and blocking spambots before they have a chance to post comments.

Comment Quicktags
Inserts a quicktag toolbar on the blog comment form. – Bookmark this!
This plugin will allow you to add a “Bookmark this page on” link on you sidebar / posts / wherever.

IImage Browser
This plugin adds an “IImage Browser” button to the Quicktags area which opens an image browser to select from all previously uploaded images and add the appropriate code to the post. Yes, I have tested Exhibit and Photopress but I like IImage Browser because you have the possibility of setting thumbnail size in the GUI when uploading.

This plugin uses the StatTraq table to report on the most popular pages based on the number of times each has been viewed

Feedburner Feed Replacement
Forwards all feed traffic to Feedburner while creating a randomized feed for Feedburner to pull from.

JÄÅ Preview Plugin
Plugin for “real” preview of your posts.

Random Banner
Spits out a random image

Contextual Related Posts
Show last 5 contextually related posts on single blog posts, increase exposure

This plugin will allow you to keep track of every hit on your public WordPress site. It seems like StatTraq gives a very low hit rate because of the wp-cache plugin that I also run. However, I run StatTraq mainly to create the “most popular” lists on my site, and as long as all posts are treated equal this works fine regardless of the fact that StatTraq does not count all visitors. I use Mint to keep track of visitors and referrers.

Notifies an email list when new entries are posted.

Very fast cache module. It’s composed of several modules, this plugin can configure and manage the whole system.

WordPress Database Backup
On-demand backup of your WordPress database.

More activity on my blog makes this plugin interesting:
Recent coments
This plugin displays excerpts of the most recent comments and/or trackbacks that have been posted to the articles in your blog.

Essential plugins for WP

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