WordPress is a great platform to publish content on the web. Blogging, as it is known, has taken the web by storm, and given voices to anyone who has something to say, and can type. WordPress is a big part of the blogging world. It is free software, and it has a host of addons that users can download and apply to their site to increase it’s usability and functionality for publishers and readers alike. These addons are called plugins. This post reveals 15 of the plugins used on this site.
15 WordPress Plugins I’m Using and Why You Should Too
WordPress is a great platform to publish content on the web. Blogging, as it is known, has taken the web by storm, and given voices to anyone who has something to say, and can type. WordPress is a big part of the blogging world. It is free software, and it has a host of add-ons that users can download and apply to their site to increase its usability and functionality for publishers and readers alike. These add-ons are called plug-ins. This post reveals 15 of the plug-ins used on this site.
Align RSS Images
If you have images that don’t honor your alignment preferences when viewing in an RSS reader, this plugin will fix it. Fix RSS Images here.
All in One SEO Pack
The best, most flexible SEO Plugin I’ve used for WordPress. Great for setting title tags and meta data for individual posts, along with many other features. Find All in One SEO Pack here.
Crawl Rate Tracker
This tool saved me when I learned my site had been invisible to the search engines. With the click of a button I can see pages crawled over the last 30 days by Google, Yahoo, Bing, as well as Technorati. Find crawl rate tracker here.
Disqus Comment System
Great for managing spam comments, integrating with Facebook, Twitter, and getting backlinks to posts. It also tallies references to the post on Twitter. Learn more about Disqus here.
Featured Content Gallery
This is the carousel on the home page of the site, scrolling through featured content to draw visitors to the sites content. Get a cool flash gallery/carousel for your site here.
For easy integration of Google Analytics into a wordpress blog. A must have for tracking the effectiveness of blog posts, search phrases and more. Get the story on Google Analyticator here.
Google XML Sitemaps
Sitemaps are necessary to help the search engines understand how to crawl your site. It allows you to exclude certain posts, pages, and categories, as well as determine how often the sitemap is updated. Access Google XML Sitemaps here.
MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate
This is a paid plugin, which makes it easy to turn words into hyperlinks which goes through an affiliate link. While not as robust as this tool it does a decent job of reporting on click activity, and allows for sub-campaigns. See if this plugin is for you here. There’s also a full review here
Simple but effective way to serve readers other content they might be interested for matching topics. Get related posts plugin here.
TS Custom Widgets
Probably one of the best free plug-ins out there for monetization. It allows you define widgets (see them here on the right side) based on the category of a post and more. You can download it here. Here is a full review of this WordPress plugin on YouTube or below.
WordPress Database Backup
If you aren’t backing up your wordpress blog, you should be. Disasters happen, and hackers are malicious. Backups provide a way back, and this plug-ins schedule tool let’s you send them to an email address of your choosing as often as you want. Get it here.
For having fancy icons next to authors or commentors who have a gravatar profile. Get it here.
If you want to make it easy for users to Google Buzz a post, and keep a tally of Buzzes on the post as well. Download WPBuzzer here.
WP tags to Technorati
Makes it easy for Technorati to categorize your content and drive more links and traffic to your posts. Find it here.
WPtouch iPhone Theme
Excellent plugin for the ever growing mobile marketplace. Simplified user interface for those browsing from smartphones like the iPhone or Android. Download WPtouch iPhone Theme for WordPress here.
What WordPress plug-ins are you running? Chime in below.
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