As many of you know, I use the WordPress publishing platform to power my website. The beauty of WordPress is the fantastic number plugins available to add a little extra to your blog. I’m often asked which ones I use, and how I achieve certain effects, so here are the 13 WordPress plugins currently installed on davidairey.com.
Update: 12 May 2010
It’s worth noting that this post was published in April 2008. I’ve since changed many of the plugins I use, and you can view an updated list here: WordPress plugins on davidairey.com.
Best WordPress plugins
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. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put in your template. See also: WP Stats plugin. By Matt Mullenweg.
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. By uberdose.
cforms II offers unparalleled flexibility in deploying contact forms across your blog. Features include: comprehensive SPAM protection, Ajax support, Backup & Restore, Multi-Recipients, Role Manager support, Database tracking and many more. Please see the VERSION HISTORY for what’s new and current bugfixes. By Oliver Seidel.
Plugin to show a link to the last post from the commenters blog in their comment. Just activate and it’s ready. Currently parses with wordpress, blogspot, typepad and blogs that have a feed link in the head section of their page. By Andy Bailey.
Forwards all feed traffic to Feedburner while letting through some important User-Agents. By Steve Smith.
This generator will create a sitemaps.org compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. Configuration Page by Arne Brachhold.
Automatically applies a distinctive style to comments by the post’s author. By Rob Marsh, SJ.
Homepage Excerpts By Daily Blog Tips.
Very fast cache module. It’s composed of several modules, this plugin can configure and manage the whole system. Once enabled, go to “Options” and select “WP-Cache”. By Ricardo Galli Granada.
Track your blog stats. Based on Stephen Wettone’s SlimStat, Jeff Minards’s plugin, Markus Kammerer’s wp-shortstat rewrite. It can be used upon an existing wp-shortstat database: includes an import tool to upgrade your database. Note: disable wp-shortstat plugin, if enabled. By Mr. Coolmann.
Generate a related posts list via tags of WordPress 2.3 By Denis, PaoPao.
Allows you and your users to edit their comments inline. Admin and editors can edit all comments. By Ronald Huereca.
What are your favourite WordPress plugins?
Why not add a similar page to your own blog? I’d love to pick up some plugin tips, and you’ll add a nice resource for your readers to learn from.
Update: 12 May 2010
I’ve since changed many of the plugins I use, and you can view an updated list here: WordPress plugins on davidairey.com.