A change of pace from all the doom-and-gloom…
As a newcomer to blogging, I’ve been learning a lot on the fly. I chose WordPress as my platform because it’s open-source software, with a reputation for having a large and enthusiastic user community and (thus) being very easy to modify via free third-party plugins.
It’s certainly lived up to that reputation, and I’ve found myself using quite a lot of those plugins to customize and streamline my blogging experience. In particular, I use the following (including the one that automatically generated this handy hotlinked list!), and cheerfully recommend them to others:
» Automattic (url)
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet plan to get an API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.
Maintenance Mode 4.4
» Michael Wöhrer (url)
Adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end. Navigate to Settings → Maintenance Mode to get started.
My Category Order 2.8.7
» Andrew Charlton (url)
My Category Order allows you to set the order in which categories will appear in the sidebar. Uses a drag and drop interface for ordering. Adds a widget with additional options for easy installation on widgetized themes.
NoFollow Free 1.6.3
» Michele Marcucci (url)
Remove the nofollow tag from your blog’s comments with a lot of options customizable, per user type removal, per comments count removal etc… Supports multilingual and a Top Commenters sidebar Widget.
» The ShareThis Team (url)
Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites. Configuration options are here. Questions on configuration, etc.? Make sure to read the README.
SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam 184.108.40.206
» Mike Challis (url)
Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress forms for comments, registration, lost password, login, or all. This prevents spam from automated bots. WP, WPMU, and BuddyPress compatible. Settings | Donate
Simple Tags 2.4.6
» Amaury BALMER (url)
Extended Tagging for WordPress 4.0.x : Suggested Tags, Mass edit tags, Auto-tags, Autocompletion, Related Posts etc. NOW Compatible custom post type and custom taxonomy !
Simple Trackback Validation 2.1
» Michael Woehrer (url)
Eliminates spam trackbacks by (1) checking if the IP address of the trackback sender is equal to the IP address of the webserver the trackback URL is referring to and (2) by retrieving the web page located at the URL used in the trackback and checking if the page contains a link to your blog.
WP Easy Uploader 1.0.11
» Chris Jean (url)
Easily upload any type of content without the need for FTP. You can even upload plugin and theme archives and have the files automatically extract into the plugin or theme folder.