As of today, my personal blog turns five years old. Over the past five years, I have seen WordPress evolve from a bare-basic blogging tool to a full fledged blogging application.
Whenever I install a new blog using WordPress, I make sure I have a few basic plugins installed as well. The following are ten of my favorite plugins.
This is one necessary plugin that all blogs require to battle the spam crisis that we face. Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it.
A must have when most of the traffic that gets to your site is via search engines. This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.
While WordPress has done a good job of improving it’s multimedia manager. I still resort to the very old IImage Browser for managing my images. It allows me to create subdirectories to sort my images, create thumbnails for them and generate the necessary code to insert the image into your posts.
This is a plugin that works as an addon to IImage Browser above for thumbnailed images. Clicking on the thumbnail opens up a new window with the full size of the image. Can function totally independent of IImage Browser.
You can greatly increase the time a visitor spends on your blog by linking to your other posts. This plugin returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches.
While WordPress comes inbuilt with tags now, working with them is still not ideal. Simple Tags greatly enhances the inbuilt WordPress tags with related tags, tag suggestions from your existing tags, Yahoo Term Extractions API and Tag The Net.
If you want your visitor’s to contact you, then you’ll need a plugin that enables them to do so. After a lot of searching I finally settled down to using this plugin. It provides basic spam protection in the form a question-answer.
WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. It generates html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly.
This provides a anti-spam defence before Akismet kicks in. It greatly reduces the amount of spam that finally lands up in the spam bin by deleting obvious spam comments, pingbacks and trackbacks directly.
Keep them coming back. This plugin allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry.