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WordPress Plugins: So Many To Choose From! Which to Choose?

Here's my initial list. What plugins do you use? Why?

     
5:56 pm on Aug 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm looking at using the following for a WP blog on a server that I admin:

Related Posts
Recent Comments
Social Bookmarking Utility (of some kind, to ease bookmarking or recommending posts)
Database Backup
SEO "Kit" - Title, meta-description, Google sitemap generator, permalink
Askiment
"Bad Behavior" (Bot, etc. blocking)
Contact Form
Adsense Deluxe

Any other suggestions?

What plugins do you use? Why?

I'm looking to use the fewest possible plugins that still manage to deliver the maximum buck for your average, run of the mill travel website or affiliate website.

A few related questions.

Do plugins, whilst making life more enjoyable, make life hellish when there's an update? What's to be done about that?

Do certain plugins have a noticeable drag on webpage loading speed? Which ones?

Thanks for your input and guidance.

4:58 pm on Aug 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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A great place for basic "finding and researching" plugins:

[codex.wordpress.org...]

So many options and choices to make.

How do you all work your way through this puzzle without routinely blowing things up?

It seems to be that it may be easier to know that any single plugin may play nicely with the WP core . . but once one starts mixing and mingling plugins . . that almost "feels" like a minefield in the making.

I guess it's easy enough to rollback a change if you are doing this "on plugin at a time".

What raises another question: What's the best way - the "best practices" - for adding or playing with plugins?

Add them 1-at-a-time, mix, stir, bake and see that the cake rises . . and then add another ingredient, basically starting the cake baking all over again?

What a joy! I'm finally getting around to playing with code and how it all works (or doesn't) and fits together (or doesn't) and then the real fun begins: How to fix it to make it work!

Given I'm a natural born fixer of broken things this looks to be a bit of a delight in the making. Just different tools and methods, still the same old find, fix, test, blow the thing up, go to the junkyard and get another and start over. :)

7:07 pm on Aug 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Adman - Plugin for inserting ads right in the middle of posts.

FeedBurner FeedSmith - This plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.

Login Logger - Log the most recent successful login for each user, as well as all unsuccessful logins.

Milan

1:03 pm on Aug 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Any other suggestions?

How 'bout video plugins? Ever thought of using them?
1:26 pm on Aug 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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SpamBam, then you can toss Askimet.
11:23 pm on Aug 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Man, there are so many lists and commentaries and reviews of plugins out there but, after looking for quite awhile and finding many to be regurgiated thinly fabricated dreck I think I've just hit the motherload for quality of content and completeness:

[lorelle.wordpress.com...]

Bookmarked.

Feel free to disabuse me.

Feel free to unlink PRN. Looks pretty clean so I risked linking it "as is".

[edited by: Webwork at 11:25 pm (utc) on Aug. 8, 2007]

1:26 am on Aug 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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math comment spam protection -

r u human?
if you can't do the math don't comment here...

1:27 am on Aug 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget -

instead of too many,
instead of too little,
Here we have all in one!

1:29 am on Aug 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Dagon Design Sitemap Generator -

Nice and Clean
linked from every post in template
dosen't use loads of resources either

1:29 am on Aug 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Ultimate Tag Warrior -

A blog without a tag
is like....

2:08 am on Aug 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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These are on every WP install I do...

Akismet (spam)
Add Meta Tags
CoolPlayer (video)
Google (XML) Sitemaps
Google Analytics
WP-ContactForm III

4:12 pm on Aug 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What I'm trying to root out is whether there is an all-in-1 SEO plugin package, something that would handle titles + meta-descriptions + pretty URLs with a single plugin.

Is there such a creature?

IF there is are there reasons to approach the SEO issue differently, say by using separate plugins?

I'm not interested in gaming the algo. I'm more interested in spoon feeding the child the basic nutritional elements: Clean, useful title, description that speaks accurately and URLs that are intelligently index-able.

Am I missing anything? Are you can tell, I'm not an SEO . . though I own a few nice SEO domains. ;0) Doh! (Gotta go-ta school. Todd? Werty? Dixon? Scott? Whimper, whimper, whimper)

4:34 am on Aug 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I thought I might mention a few things about plugins that might help you:

1) Stay with the more popular plugins and the ones that are kept current. They tend to be better maintained and will be less likely to cause problems with the core WP platform.

2) Plugins can cause security holes. Not all plugins are created equal. Those that access the database are more likely to cause security leaks. I learned the hard way. My database was deleted within two weeks from when I first installed WP.

The plugins I find most useful are:

1) Akismet
2) Google Sitemap

These I consider must haves. Others I have found useful are:

1) All-in-one SEO pack: Helps elimiate dupes that mess up the search engine SEO.

2) Feedburner

3) Secure and Accessible Contact Form: Helps eliminate spam

4) Wp-Cache: Helps improve performance if you have a high visitor count.

5) Simple Tags

Hope this helps.

Rich

7:17 am on Aug 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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All-in-one SEO pack: Helps elimiate dupes that mess up the search engine SEO.

This is true. But if you have the template show Dates, Categories etc., you have same post showing up twice and All-in-one does not prevent it.

3:03 pm on Aug 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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WordPress is simple and complex at the same time. Just like life. It's simple to just download "as it" and then there's all the options.

The WordPress site is simple (just download it) and complex - or perhaps better said - "detailed". You can just download the app, you can study the lessons on the site, you can read about how and why things work so you can tweak those things, you can get even deeper and join in development. It's been a pleasure to cruise through the site and, in doing so, for me to get a better or deeper appreciation for how an open source, collaborative software development program can (should?) work. Globally, too. And with a bit of money coming in to support the open source effort. Well done indeed.

Okay, kudos aside they also offer a nice directory of plugins, a system for qualifying for listing as a validated plugin and even a list of what works with their latest WP2.2 release.

[wordpress.org...]

It's interesting and informative to scroll through 20+ pages of the plugin directory to get a handle on the # of downloads, etc.

Also, their directory does a nice job of grouping the plugins by category (function).

[edited by: Webwork at 3:05 pm (utc) on Aug. 12, 2007]

 

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