Here at Blogussion, we encourage as many bloggers to utilize WordPress on self-hosted servers – because the possibilities are just unlimited. Most of these possibilities lay within the use of WP-Plugins.
Almost every blog uses at least one or two plug-ins or scripts that add more functionality – and extend beyond just the standard CMS. Yet, not many bloggers want to actively share their useful scripts.
Don’t take it the wrong way, some bloggers give with warm thoughts – but most of these “Top WP-Plugins” are more repetitive than anything…
Since our launch, which by the way only seems like yesterday – we’ve had a couple of posts on WordPress Plugins.The two posts; 6 Plugins to Get More Comments and 10 WP-Plugins, that will rock your world both received some heavily positive feedback, so I’ve decided to add another addition to the Unofficial WP-Plugin Series.
7 WordPress Plugins
Do you run your blog with a partner? Or even a group of people? Well if you do, this is just plugin for you and your fellow admins. It’s simplicity is it’s feature.
A small box on the Dashboard is available for short-notes, and Administrators can actively leave messages to the other administrators without much hassle.
Alex and I use it quite extensively because our Time-Zone sucks and we don’t get to talk much directly. This is exactly what we needed – and has served us well.
WordPress comes with a feature; that automatically pings servers periodically. This is one of blogging’s most extraordinary features – but repetitive pings can actually get you banned from pinging Services. If this happens, you will get back-listed and loose of the biggest advantages you have over a static website.
It’s absolutely critical that you ping, conservatively and during the right times. MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer limits the number of times you blog can send out pings and this eliminates the possibility of being banned for “over-pinging”
As you know, WordPress runs on a SQL database that keeps your content beautifully encrypted yet still easily accessed by the CMS and yourself. SQL Databases can easily branch out and “grow” both in storage-space and content.
This is natural, because the more content you add, the more features you add and the more scripts you install – you are editing the structure of the Database. This can easily get out of hand and your database might suffer considerably. It might loose it’s optimized settings and might get bogged-down by the unwanted strings left behind by inactive plugins/previous themes. So, clean up your act!
We’ve actually had a couple of readers contact us – regarding this plugin. When you are being referred to our site from either one of the several pre-selected sources; we can send you an automatic Greeting. For example, if you arrive on our blog from a Tweet link – a pop-up will appear (on the page, so it’s not annoying) and it asks you to either subscribe to our RSS or follow us on Twitter.
I personally think it’s an outstanding plugin that ALL blogs should have. That quick and simple reminder might be just the thing we need to subscribe to your blog
SEO Fanatic? Even if your not, Breadcrumbs is a must have. In fact, this is a pretty old plugin by Yoast. However, it still serves a very valuable purpose. From a SEO point of view; it helps with inter-linking your pages and content. From a user-friendliness perspective; it helps us keep track of where we are on your blog.
It’s one of those win-win situations.
Visited our Archive page lately? It is OFF THE HOOK. I’m not saying that because it’s our archive page – but more and more blogs are moving away from the “static” archive pages that just list content. By treating your archive-page like any other page, that users need to interactive with you – you can make it one of the highlights of your blog.
This plugin allows you to add several key components to your archive page such as – Search Functions, Posts by Authors, Post by Months, Tag Clouds and many, many more!
Ever seen the “5 – ReTweet” below a post on a blog? You can see it below our latest post on our homepage, or even over at ThouShallBlog. As Twitter is one of the main-stream Social Media Networks, more and more blogs are incorporating it into their blogs/websites.
This nifty plugin allows your readers to quickly and most importantly; easily ReTweet any of your posts they might be interested in. With just 2-3 clicks, they can Tweet about your post.
Pow. Pow. Pwoahhh.
We still use those seven plugins to maintain Blogussion and tune it on a daily basis – how do you keep your blog interesting? Which Plugins add the X Factor to your blog?