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:

There are 45 plugins used: 30 active plugins and 15 inactive plugins.

Active Plugins

Akismet 3.2  Akismet 3.2
» 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.

Enhanced Links 4.2.3  Enhanced Links 4.2.3
» Vincent Prat (url)
Allows to get better control over the links listing. Also provides a widget view of the links. Please make a donation if you are satisfied.

Google XML Sitemaps 4.0.8  Google XML Sitemaps 4.0.8
» Arne Brachhold (url)
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.

In Series 3.0.12  In Series 3.0.12
» Travis Snoozy (url)
Gives authors an easy way to connect posts together as a series.

Insights 1.0.8  Insights 1.0.8
» Vladimir Prelovac (url)
Insights allows you to quickly search and insert information (links, images, videos, maps, news..) into your blog posts.

Live Blogroll 0.6.2  Live Blogroll 0.6.2
» Vladimir Prelovac (url)
Shows a number of ‘recent posts’ for each link in your Blogroll using Ajax.

Maintenance Mode 4.4  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  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  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.

Nofollow Reciprocity 2.4  Nofollow Reciprocity 2.4
» Lazar Kovacevic (url)
This plugin is no longer maintained.

Obfuscate Email 3.5.1  Obfuscate Email 3.5.1
» Scott Reilly (url)
Obfuscate email addresses to deter email harvesting spammers, while retaining the appearance and functionality of hyperlinks.

Platinum SEO Pack 1.3.8  Platinum SEO Pack 1.3.8
» Rajesh - Techblissonline Dot Com (url)
Complete SEO solution for your Wordpress blog.

Post Updated R1  Post Updated R1
» Kaf Oseo (url)
Display notice/date/time of when a post was last updated.

Pre Date Future Post 1.3  Pre Date Future Post 1.3
» Brodie Thiesfield (url)
Allows you to set posts to appear automatically in the future, but have a post date in the past.

SEO Smart Links 3.0.1  SEO Smart Links 3.0.1
» Vladimir Prelovac (url)
SEO Smart Links provides automatic SEO benefits for your site in addition to custom keyword lists, nofollow and much more.

ShareThis 7.7  ShareThis 7.7
» 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.

Show Me Options 0.2.1  Show Me Options 0.2.1
» Vladimir Prelovac (url)
Allows you to quckly access plugin options upon activation.

SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam 2.7.7.7  SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam 2.7.7.7
» 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  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  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.

Theme Test Drive 2.9.1  Theme Test Drive 2.9.1
» Vladimir Prelovac (url)
Safely test drive any theme while visitors are using the default one. Includes instant theme preview via thumbnail.

Theme Toolkit 0.1  Theme Toolkit 0.1
» Grzegorz Winiarski (url)
Rich Theme Editor. Allows to edit theme files in pretty much the same way as any other offline editor. Go to Design -> Theme Toolkit for setup.

TinyMCE Advanced 4.4.1  TinyMCE Advanced 4.4.1
» Andrew Ozz (url)
Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE, the visual editor in WordPress.

WordPress.com Stats 1.8.6  WordPress.com Stats 1.8.6
» Automattic (url)
Future upgrades to WordPress.com Stats will only be available in Jetpack.

WordPress Tweaks 2.2  WordPress Tweaks 2.2
» John Lamansky (url)
Adds a variety of useful options and settings, accessible at Settings → Tweaks.

WP-Footnotes 3.3  WP-Footnotes 3.3
» Simon Elvery (url)
Allows a user to easily add footnotes to a post.

WP-PluginsUsed 1.50  WP-PluginsUsed 1.50
» Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan (url)
Display WordPress plugins that you currently have (both active and inactive) onto a post/page.

WP-Print 2.57.2  WP-Print 2.57.2
» Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan (url)
Displays a printable version of your WordPress blog’s post/page.

WP-UserOnline 2.87  WP-UserOnline 2.87
» Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan (url)
Enable you to display how many users are online on your Wordpress site

WP Easy Uploader 1.0.11  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.

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7 Responses to “WordPress plugins I use”
  1. Jay, thanks for the comment about the WP_Print plugin. Dropping by your own site, I see you’ve figured out how to get it working. I’m embarrassed to admit that after reading your comment, I realized that although I’d configured the options for the plugin, I’d never actually set it up to work. After consulting the read-me and fiddling around a bit, I think I prefer the print link inserted individually at the bottom of messages rather than hovering at the top as you have it, so that’s what I’ll be doing in the future.

  2. jay says:

    I’m just curious. You list the WP-Print Plugin as being one you use…but, I don’t see any indication of how to print, using it, on your posts. (I didn’t look at your “pages” so, for all I know, you only have it toggled only to work there. When I’m done posting this comment, I’ll go take a look to see if that’s the case.)

    Like you, I use Mandigo–an elegant template–for my blog. I’ve been trying to get WP-Print to work with it…and have had no success. So, I’m mainly curious to see if you have also not been able to get it to work.

    Here’s my blog: http://logicalhomebuyer.com

    Jay in Madison

  3. atyafmsr says:

    i’m arabian and i feel sad because that arabian sources and articles about seo is too poor .. so i hope that everybody talkes about seo in english will use an easy english .. like that post above

  4. null says:

    thank’s sarah palin

  5. alnebras says:

    Allows a user to easily add footnotes to a post

  6. Sarah Palin says:

    I don\’t normally leave comments! But what you said here makes one think! Would you mind if I placed a link back from my blog?

  7. Roni says:

    Here’s another cool one you might want to try – Kaltura’s Interactive Video plugin. This is not just another video embed tool – the plugin enables you to enhance your blog with a full video experience. Upload/ record/import videos directly to your post, edit and remix video content, enable video responses, manage and track your video content and much more…
    Check it out and download it here: http://corp.kaltura.com/wordpress_video_plugin?general&campaign=wordpress-comments
    Showcase your blog, see examples and pictures of the plugin and get support in our forum: http://community.kaltura.org/viewforum.php?f=4

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