WordPress is a fantastic blogging platform and the sky’s the limit with what you can do with it. Plugins are a quick and easy way to add functionality to a site without the need to delve into code and the WordPress repository has literally thousands of them. In this post I shall introduce you to some of my favorites and they’re all free.
This plugin is the daddy of all spam prevention plugins. Hardly any spam comments manage to find their way into my comment list thanks to this amazingly powerful plugin. Sometimes it works a little too well and the odd genuine comment makes it into my spam box but that’s a rare occurence.
This little beauty adds features only available to WordPress.com users to a WordPress.org blog. Includes the ability to access wp.com stats via your dashboard, email signup boxes (feedburner not required) and other neat features.
This plugin is a lot like Linked Within but has a ton more options. This plugin lets you present related posts in a way that suits your design. It has a whole host of design options from style, to size, to how many related posts to show. You can even set a default image to be shown for those posts without images. Super simple to use too!
Pretty Pinterest Pins
Love Pinterest? Want to display your latest pins in an attractive manner then this is the plugin for you. Highly configurable too!
Reply Comment to Email
This plugin informs your readers by email when you reply to a comment that they’ve left on your blog. Genius! It helps increase interaction between you and your readers because frankly who has the time to go back to every blog they’ve commented on and check for a reply.
SEO Friendly Images
A nifty little plugin that pulls your post titles from a post and uses that title to generate alt and title tags for images. Assuming you use descriptive titles on your posts then this will help increase the amount of hits you receive via Google Images.
Tweet Old Post
So you’ve been blogging for a while and have amassed a good amount of quality posts but your old posts hardly get read as people can’t see them without scrolling for pages and pages. Well this plugin is the solution. It will automaticfally tweet your older posts for you at intervals of your cfhoosing. Great for increasing traffic and for getting your old posts seen. Highly customisable too.
Too many images can really slow down a site and if you use large images then it is even worse. This nifty plugin will reduce file size thus making your site load quicker without any noticeable loss of image quality. You can choose to use it on individual photos or you can use it on your whole media library.
So there you have it, those are the plugins I can’t live without. Add your favorites in the comments.