Every once in a while, I go hunting…
Plugins are defined according to Wikipedia as:
a computer program that interacts with a host application to provide a certain, usually very specific, function “on demand”
Sometimes, I find a “cool” feature on someone else’s blog and I want to add the same functionality to Langwitches. I then search WordPress’ plugin directory or directly google for “WordPress or WP plugin and what I want the plugin to do”.
Here is the list of plugins I have currently installed AND activated in my WordPress blog. Check them out and see if you might find them useful for your blog.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
Audio Player is a highly configurable but simple mp3 player for all your audio needs. You can customise the player’s colour scheme to match your blog theme, have it automatically show track information from the encoded ID3 tags and more.
Once the pluginn is activate, you only have to upload your MP3 file and add this code to your post:
cformsII offers unparalleled flexibility in deploying contact forms across your blog. Features include: comprehensive SPAM protection, Ajax support, Backup & Restore, Multi-Recipients, Role Manager support, Database tracking and many more.
Plugin to show a link to the last post from the commenters blog by parsing the feed at their given URL when they leave a comment. Rewards your readers and encourage more comments.
Displays recommended stories and associated thumbnails from your blog
Display a link to the most popular posts on your blog according to the number of comments.
Allows you to point WordPress pages or posts to a URL of your choosing. Good for setting up navigational links to non-WP sections of your site or to off-site resources.
Create and manage PollDaddy polls in WordPress
Showcase your Top Posts with the PostRank widget, track social media analytics, and engage with your readers from the WP dashboard.
Display and rotate random quotes and words everywhere on your blog. Easy to custom and manage. Ajax enabled.
Collect significant posts to you directly in your Dashboard. Widget will randomly display your quotes in a sidebar for you.
Notifies an email list when new entries are posted.
Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry.
Adds a button which easily lets you retweet your blog posts.
Display Tweets in the sidebar of your blog
Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks.
On-demand backup of your WordPress database.
Allows people to recommand/send your WordPress blog’s post/page to a friend.
Displays a printable version of your WordPress blog’s post/page.
Simple plugin to convert WordPress 2.3′s tags to Technorati (‘http://technorati.com’) links.
A plugin which formats your site with a mobile theme for the Apple iPhone / iPod touch, Google Android and other touch-based smartphones.
What are your favorite WordPress plugins? Which ones help you and your blog readers get the most out of? Which plugins are activated? Take the poll in the right sidebar or share in the comment section.