In honor of Daniel’s Blogger break-up, here are 10 WordPress plugins I use and recommend:
- Ultimate Tag Warrior: Does a lot more than build that ugly/hot/buzzwordy tag cloud over on the right, it gives search engines a leg up on knowing what you’re writing about, which makes it easier for people to find you. Then, once they’re at your site, it gives them lots of handy links to read what interests them.
- Tiger Style Administration: Makes your Admin panel look a lot more Mac-ish, and more importantly, it’s just plain nicer to look at than the default WordPress backend.
- BA Stats: Simple stats on page hits, referrers, IP addresses, browsers used by your readers, etc. Bug Owen Winkler to put the plugin back up for download, though, because the project appears to have gone dormant.
- Get Recent Comments: It gets recent comments. Oh, and puts them where you want them, like in your sidebar, for example. Very configurable.
- Fuzzy Recent Posts: Like #4, but with your latest posts.
- Angsuman’s Referrer Bouncer, Trackback Validator, Spam Karma 2, Bad Behavior: It’s hard to tell which of these is doing the lion’s share of the work, but I rarely ever have to see any comment or trackback spam on my blog. Obvious honorable mention to Akismet. I don’t know how this stuff works, but it gets the job done.
- Random Quotes: I love this. It’s designed to display a random quote from a list you make in a handy admin-panel interface, but in theory, I think it could be used to display random images or other hunks of code. I use it for the different ‘About’ blurbs you see on the top right corner of this site.
Yeah, I count 11, too. I’m not a math major.
Add the 12th by leaving a comment and telling everyone the one WordPress plugin you don’t leave home without.