The traffic on my blog has exploded in the recent times. This on the down side results in a lot of spam and mails amongst other things. Thanks to these plugins which made my life easy managing the blog. This is all I use on my installation of WordPress.
On the same note remember the Pareto Principle which in this context means that 80% of the power come from 20% of the plugins. For the rest you may need to possibly explore more or code a few plugins yourself.
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. It has everything you need to tweak your SEO.
Displays the Internal WordPress Rewrite Rules. I host multiple blogs on the same hosting. And I have to use this for fine grained apache control.
Generates a fully customizable sitemap. The sitemap you see here is a courtsey of this plugin.
Displays draft posts on your WordPress 2.5+ dashboard. I work like a crazy scientist. I get and idea for a post and I create a draft post at least with the title. This one shows me on the dashboard where I need to start – from the drafts.
Greatly enhances your WordPress 2.5+ dashboard by allowing widget re-ordering and storage of preferences on a per-user basis. Another one to help me gain extendedcontrol on the dashboard.
This plugin will show the number of subscribers according to FeedBurner. This uses the Feedburner awarness API. I hacked the hell out of this and put in arrows pointing up and down and it now shows how many subscribers I gained or lost from the last day.
This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO. An absolute necessity for better indexing and SEO.
Inline editing of the date, title, author, categories, tags, status and more on both posts and pages without leaving the “Manage” admin sections. No need to load each post or page individually. Simply double-click anywhere in the post or page row and when you’re done, press enter. Requires WordPress 2.5 or above. When I only need to edit the meta info of the post I needn’t go into the edit mode. This does it for me.
This is just a plugin, to manage Captchas for comments. The traffic on my site exploded in the last month and I got a lot of spam by interesting gals to casino sites. When it was my turn I gave them MyCaptcha.
Upgrade plugins with a single click, install new plugins or themes from an URL or by uploading a file, see which plugins have update notifications enabled, control how often WordPress checks for updates, and more. Makes it fun to download tonnes of plugins and throw WP off the track 😉
pageMash > pageManagement [WP_Admin > Manage > pageMash] By Joel Starnes. Managing pages and their order can be a very cumbersome task in WordPress. If you have to place a page somewhere in the middle order I had to change the order of the other pages to push them down in the order (I didn’t know better). PageMash came to my rescue. An absolutely must if you have a blog that has stood the test of time or a blog plugged into a website.
Allows you to spread your wonderful blog to 10+ social networks via ping.fm. Crazy this. It uses the Ping.Fm service to update all your social media services at once.
A plugin for users who wish to customize the content before and after every post on their blog and in their feed or in their pages. I wanted to add a copyright message and additional html to my RSS. This did it. Even inserts adsense code almost anywhere on the page or post.
This plugin removes the max-width of the WordPress 2.5 Admin interface. I just like to use all the available area when composing.
Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites. There are rumours that this does some tracking on your site. This was initially developed by Alex King and sold to its current developer. I use the old version. And it works.
Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Involve your readers and build a community upon reader interaction.
On-demand backup of your WordPress database. An absolute must. If you are just starting, this is the place to get started. This thing emails me my database daily. The last time my blog got hacked, I used this to do the restore. Helps you laugh in the face of the hackers.
Generate a related posts list via tags of WordPress. Pretty customisable and helps you retain the reader interest longer.
Very fast cache module. It’s composed of several modules, this plugin can configure and manage the whole system.
WP-ContactForm is a drop in form for users to contact you. It can be implemented on a page or a post. I use it for the contact form here because I already get a lot of spam to divert my attention.
Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page. WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.
Enable you to display how many users are online on your WordPress blog with detailed statistics of where they are and who there are(Members/Guests/Search Bots). Just in case you like to see how many readers are there on a particular post and where they came from.
Automatically finds tags based on your post content. Makes tagging post a thing of the past.
Perform security scan of WordPress installation. As they say “last but not the least”.
What is you favourite WordPress plugins and why?
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