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WordPress plugins used, 2011

Here’s a list of all the WordPress plugins I’m using at the moment in case anyone is interested.

AJAX Thumbnail Rebuild:
Allows you to rebuild selected thumbnails (or all of them) on your blog. Very useful if you change your media sizes or if WordPress failed to render thumbnails for any of your pics.
Akismet:
Essential one stop plugin for protecting your blog from spam comments.
Better Delete Revision:
Lets you clean up old revisions of blog posts, keeping only the current version.
Contact Form 7:
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible. Used for the contact form on my about page, but I might replace it as the automatic updates never work for me with this one.
Dashboard: Available Disk Space:
Display available server disk space on the Dashboard. Not really functional but nice eyecandy.
Enhanced Meta Widget:
Replaces the meta sidebar included with WordPress, and displays various links based upon user roles. Good if you use widgets as the default meta widget only offers limited customization. I’ll remove this as I no longer use widgets.
Exclude Pages from Navigation:
Provides a checkbox on the editing page which you can check to exclude pages from the primary navigation. Very useful.
Exec-PHP:
Executes code in your posts, pages and text widgets. Essential plugin for anyone using php.
Extended Blogroll:
Displays the recent posts of your blogroll links via RSS Feeds in a customizable sidebar widget. It also provides a shortcode [ blogroll] to show the blogroll where ever you want to.
I’m experimenting with this on the test page to see if this could one day replace my news page.
fmTuner:
Displays recent, top, or loved Last.fm tracks in a customizable format. If and when it works. Doesn’t seem to update my loved tracks for me so I might ditch this.
Google Analytics for WordPress:
This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics to your WordPress blog. Nice if you use Analytics. I’m ditching it.
List category posts:
List Category Posts allows you to list posts from a category into a post/page using the [ catlist] shortcode.
Awesome plugin, I use it for example on the anime page.
My Drafts:
My plugin for seeing all my draft posts in the dashboard.
No Self Pings:
Keeps WordPress from sending pings to your own site. Great plugin to reduce unnecessary ping clutter.
Scripts Gzip:
Merges CSS and/or JS scripts on all pages into one call and sends them gzipped. In other words it makes your site load faster, which is always a good thing.
Smart 404:
See here for my opinion on this plugin. It’s a keeper.
Subscribe To Comments:
Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Essential plugin in my opinion.
WordPress.com Stats:
WordPress site statistics, works quite well but is no longer updated because it’s moved into the Jetpack suite of plugins. Which is ok, except Jetpack doesn’t want to run on my server.
WP-PageNavi:
Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog. I like.
WP-Polls:
Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. Very nice if you like adding polls to your posts, pages or sidebar.
WP-PostViews:
Enables you to display how many times a post/page had been viewed. Love it, I like seeing how many hits I get per post over time to make a nice list of most popular/most commented posts.
WP-ServerInfo:
Display your host’s PHP, MYSQL & memcached (if installed) information on your WordPress dashboard. Not really necessary, but fun to see in your dash.

There’s more, but a lot of things I used to use plugins for I’ve since moved into the functions.php file because I use them in every theme, or because they’re just small snippets, like the shortcode for splitting posts and pages into multiple columns. I’ll post some of these snippets in follow up posts if there is interest in them.

2 Responses to WordPress plugins used, 2011

  1. Thanks for saying List Category Posts is awesome :D

    It’s great to see how other blogs are using it, and to know that people find it useful.

    Saludos desde Uruguay!

    • Thank you for making the plugin, it’s brilliant for people who want to use WordPress more as a CMS.
      En de groeten terug uit Nederland. ;)

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