18 Really Useful WordPress Plugins

WordPress Widget Plugins

Many of my readers have found value in my post Moving From Blogger to WordPress. And they have asked for more posts along these lines. Today I’m going to share with you the WordPress plugins I am using along with helpful hints on setting them up and on using them.

Here are the Plugins I use:

Plugin Version Description (from the author of plugin) Notes on Usage
Adsense-Deluxe 0.8 Place Google AdSense ads in your WordPress Posts. Requires WordPress 1.5 or higer. For complete usage and configuration click on AdsenseDeluxe under the “Options� menu. By Acme Technologies. Plugin works great. You can also use this for other html codes you want a shortcut for such as chitika emini malls, paypal donate, etc.
Akismet 2 Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.â€? To show off your Akismet stats just put <?php akismet_counter(); ?> in your template. By Matt Mullenweg. You will need this. Trust me. It comes with most WP themes. Activate it. And follow the simple instructions for getting an API key. (I don’t know what that is and I was able to do it!)
del.icio.us widget 1 Adds a sidebar widget to display del.icio.us links By Automattic, Inc.. Self explanatory. I don’t use it, but I might at some point, maybe as a blogroll device.
Executable PHP widget 1 Like the Text widget, but it will take PHP code as well. Up to 9 instances of this widget may exist. Heavily derived from the Text widget code included with the widget plugin by Automattic, Inc. By Otto. Install these widgets if you need to use PHP coding. You may need runPHP plugin (see below) for this to work.
Extended Live Archives 0.10beta-r18 Implements a dynamic archive, inspired by Binary Bonsai and the original Super Archives by Jonas Rabbe. Visit the ELA option panel to initialize the plugin. By Arnaud Froment. Very cool. Archives based on both categories and by date.These archives can be in a page or sidebar.
FAlbum 0.5.6 A plugin for displaying your Flickr photosets and photos in a gallery format on your WordPress site. By Elijah Cornell. This is needed for displaying flickr photos in the Tiga theme that I use. You can probably use it with any theme.
Favicon Manager 0.1 Adds your favicon to your headers and/or rss feeds. By Digital Ramble. Self explanatory.
Google Analytics 2.2 Terms of useDoc/FAQSupport forum — Adds Google analytics to your blog, with all sorts of advanced tracking toys enabled. By Denis de Bernardy. Makes adding the Google Analytics code to your blog easy. Google analytics is a free weblog analyzer.
Gregarious 2.0 RC 1 The ultimate social bookmarking plugin. Need I say more? By Ankur Kothari. On my posts you’ll see “Share This” which allow you to share the post with many different social bookmarking sites. Keeps post from looking clogged with lots of icons.
MyBlogLog Plugin 0.4.2 Integrate MyBlogLog into WordPress instantly. By MyBlogLog. I still haven’t gotten this one to work yet, but you can try it.
MyBlogLog Widget 2 Adds MyBlogLog widget to your blog. By MyBlogLog Team. Will make setting up your MyBlogLog widget easy.
Paypal Donate 1 Allows easy addition of Paypal donate buttons in pages and posts. By Mikhail Esteves. No more to say on this one. It works.
Popularity Contest 1.2.1 This will enable ranking of your posts by popularity; using the behavior of your visitors to determine each post’s popularity. You set a value (or use the default value) for every post view, comment, etc. and the popularity of your posts is calculated based on those values. Once you have activated the plugin, you can configure the Popularity Values and View Reports. You can also use the included Template Tags to display post popularity and lists of popular posts on your blog. By Alex King. Displaying most popular posts. Just added this and haven’t really maximized it yet, but the description shows you that you can really do a lot with it.
runPHP 2.1b Allows you to put PHP code into a post and have it eval()’d. By James Van Lommel. May be needed with EXECPHP plugin. Also allows you to run php in a post. When writing the post, you just need to check the little box saying “enable php?”
Show Top Commentators 1.03 Encourage more feedback and discussion from readers, by rewarding them every time they post a comment! Readers with the most comments are displayed on your WordPress blog, with their names (linked to their website if they provided one). By Nate Sanden. This will need to be pul into an ExecPHP widget to work since it uses php coding. Very customizable.
Sidebar Widgets Adds “Sidebar Widgets� panel under Presentation menu By Automattic, Inc.. This is much like the blogger text widgets where you can put any html code inside.
SRG Clean Archives 2.1 A nice uniform way to display your archives. By Shawn Grimes. Archives by date. Customizable. Works great.
Subscribe To Comments 2.1 Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Based on version 1 from Scriptygoddess By Mark Jaquith. This is a great plugin. It allows your readers to subscribe to comments with a checkbox which makes it easy for them, thus increasing the likihood that they will return to make more comments. A must have!
WP-Amazon 2.0 Beta 1.1 WP-Amazon adds the ability to search and include items from Amazon to your entries. By Rich Manalang. If you are an amazon affiliate, this plugin will make linking to amazon products very easy within your posts.

You can also see my post on increasing the number of text widgets here.

Here is my post on how to install and use WordPress Plugins.

Here is a link to JohnTP’s best Wordpress Plugins and here is a list of many other “Best Plugins” postings from other blogs.

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