JoeM sent me an email asking which WordPress plugins I’m using on this site. Here they are:
Akismet - This is the spam prevention plugin for WordPress. Don’t blog without it.
All in One SEO Pack - This plugin, when used correctly, will help Google find your blog. You should not be without this one.
Audio player - If you want to include audio in your posts this plugin will help you do it. I haven’t used it in a post yet but I probably will soon.
Brian’s Threaded Comments - I like threaded comments since makes it easier to build conversations in comments. While it works great here I have ran into problems using it on other blogs due to theme style sheet conflicts. If you try it on your blog make sure you test it with your theme and can rollback if it doesn’t work right.
Contact Form ][ - It makes implementing a simple contact form easy. There are more feature rich ones around but this one works great for my needs.
Dagon Design Sitemap Generator - Another plugin I consider a key to a well designed site. It makes your content easy to find for visitors and builds internal SEO for your site.
FeedBurner FeedSmith - Another essential if you’re using FeedBurner for your RSS feeds.
No WWW - This one redirects www addresses to non-www addresses. It’s important for SEO purposes to do this one way or the other.
Page Redirect - This plugin inserts a PHP redirect into a WordPress page so that you can have it redirect anywhere you like. This is another one I’m not currently using but that I may in the future.
Sociable - I use this plugin to add social bookmarking icons at the end of each post. I did modify the PHP to add nofollow to these links and a couple of tiny cosmetic things, but if you don’t want to do this yourself, try this alternative from Andy Beard
Sphere Related Content - This plugin shows a popup AJAX widget with a list of related blog posts and news articles for the article they’re attached to. I mentioned more about it in this post: Review: The Sphere Related Content Widget
Viper’s Video Quicktags - I use this plugin to easily embed YouTube videos.
WordPress.com Stats - If you want to track your blog’s performance, this plugin is another necessity.
Do you have any thoughts on these plugins. Are there any you recommend as essential or nice to have plugins? Leave me a comment and let me know.