If it weren’t for the plugins, WordPress would’ve be dropped in my trash can pretty much right away. However, thanks to several great developers all over the world, I was able to transform this blogging tool into a pretty awsome CMS. It did take some testing, and sometimes even some modding, but the result is almost worth the effort. By sharing my chosen plugins with the world, I might save some of you the trouble of trying out bad plugins, thus making my effort worthwhile :)
Here are the plugins that power my site:
- Advanced Excerpt
Several improvements over WP’s default excerpt. The size of the excerpt can be limited using character or word count, and HTML markup is not removed.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
- Category Selector Back to the Sidebar (MOD)
Puts the category selector section back to the sidebar of the Post page.
- Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.
- Last.Fm Records
The Last.Fm Records plugin lets you show what you are listening to, with a little help from our friends at last.fm.
- Lightbox 2
Used to overlay images on the current page.
Picturegrid – Add flickr to your blog, no mess, no fuss.
- PJW Page Excerpt
Allows you to edit excerpts for Pages.
- Post-Plugin Library
Does nothing by itself but supplies common code for the Similar Posts, Recent Posts, Random Posts, and Recent Comments plugins.
- Post Thumb Revisited
Thumbnails images from your posts. Useful for listing popular posts, post list, etc.
- Recent Comments
Displays a highly configurable list of the most recent comments.
- Reveal IDs for WP Admin
Reveals hidden IDs in Admin interface that have been removed with WordPress 2.5 (formerly known as Entry IDs in Manage Posts/Pages View for WP 2.5).
Automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites.
- Twitter for WordPress
Displays your public Twitter messages for all to read.
Manages your WordPress database. Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries.
- WP Super Cache
Very fast caching module for WordPress.