It seems that over time everything inevitably changes. Things get better or worse. Perceptions get changed. But more the case for this post is the change in the Plugin’s that i am making use of. The range of plug in’s that are available for WordPress is literally amazing sometimes. Even for things you never even knew you need a plug in for. Originally i wrote a post back in March called “WordPress Plugin’s You Can Use“, that was six months ago and well some of the plugin’s i use have changed and there is also a couple more. So without to much to say here they are.
1. Akismet – Site: www.akismet.com
Akismet is the plug in to help prevent comment spam ending up directly on your blog. It makes use of a web service and checks comments against common spam comments (the way i understand it). To date it has been pretty much 100% accurate for me, there has been an occasional one or two comments come up that require moderation but the fair majority are marked as spam immediately, and none have actually been displayed on my blog. I do review the ones marked as spam regularly and have not yet found one out of over 4,000 comments that was wrong.
2. Google XML Sitemaps – Site: www.arnebrachhold.de/redir/sitemap-home/
The Google XML Sitemaps Generator has been an absolute fantastic plug in for me. I know i need sitemaps, but did not really know much about getting them together, at least not in an easy method. This plug in solved that problem for me. The sitemap are submitted to Google, Bing, Ask.com and Yahoo(with registration). Just an example this site Google Webmaster tools shows about 86% of the pages are indexed.
3. Exclude Pages from Navigation – Site: www.wordpress.org/extend/plugins/exclude-pages/
Just as the name suggest is lets you exclude pages from the navigation of your WordPress site. While i believe this is possible by default anyway (need to check this). I have found that this plugin makes it a little easier, as it is just a simple tick box on the right hand side when creating a page, rather then needing to know the individual page numbers. While i don’t have a need for it at this site, has come in quite handy on a number of other sites i have.
4. Photo Dropper – Site: www.photodropper.com/wordpress-plugin/
the Photo Dropper plug in is quite a new one for me, however if you take a look at the more recent post, you will find images that have been included making use of this plug in. It allows you to search and insert into your post Images from Flickr with a Creative commons license, and automatically includes the Attribution and link. Great if you are looking for images and saves much of the hassle of uploading and such.
5. StatPress – Site: forum.irisco.it/forum.php?id=1
If you want stats that are coming directly from what WordPress is serving to site visitors this is a good package. It gives quite a number of different stats and information that you may or may not find useful. While i do keep a track of stats on all my sites from a server based stats package, this is just another metric to try and help me getting a better idea of what people are reading.
6. WordTwit – Site: www.bravenewcode.com/wordtwit
Taking advantage of getting your posts to your Twitter followers will take one less step with this plug in. What the basic idea is that when you publish a new post Wordtwit send a tweet in a preset format using you twitter login details. The link to the post is automatically shortened using one or the options for shortening (which includes using you own domain name) and is works for scheduled posts as well.
Well there we have it my most used twitter plug in’s. I think that you will find at least some of them are going to be fairly useful for you as well. Please feel free to share your favorite plug ins below in the comments as well.