If you’re a Blogspot blogger and you think you can just skip a post about favorite WordPress plugins, you’re wrong.
- You should never skip my posts.
- You might consider switching to WP someday and this list will sure come in handy.
- Plugins can affect the functionality my blog and ultimately all of you.
- I posted about the pros and cons of WordPress vs. Blogger awhile ago and a post about plugins will help you to see what I was talking about when I said WordPress offers more functionality.
This post was inspired by the Facebook Comments plugin that I added last night. I don’t know if I like it, so please tell me if you think it’s a keeper or just plain obnoxious.
1. Facebook Comments For WordPress: This plugin allows readers the option of leaving comments the usual way OR with your Facebook login information. This means if you’re logged into Facebook when you read my blog you can leave a comment from your Facebook profile. There’s a check box that will post your comment on my blog AND on your Facebook page, but you can simply un-check it if you’d rather not share what you wrote with your friends and family. :) The idea is that the number of comments might increase when people don’t have to go through the whole name/URL/email login thing. And let’s be honest, it’s obviously another way to promote my site by adding a link to me on your Facebook page when you comment. So thanks for that.
2. Broken Link Checker: We like to link to favorite sites and blogs. It’s a great way to spread the love in blogland. However, over time many of those links become invalid. Those blogs are no longer available, sites have changed or shut down, readers mistakenly type in incorrect URLS when leaving comments, etc. Broken link are bad for your site as far as ranking and relevancy is concerned. Broken Link Checker searches your site and updates you every time a broken link is found. When I first installed it I had nearly 1000 broken links. After fixing/deleting all of them my Alexa ranking improved by thousands.
3. Thumbnail For Excerpts: Displays a picture with excerpts of your previous posts. Duh. I like this because sometimes I think a picture can draw in a reader just as much as the title and leading paragraph.
4. LinkWithin: Adds a random row of posts from your archives that readers might enjoy. I like this because it’s deep linking into your blog which is good, it creates more page views, and it gets older posts a little bit of attention.
5. WordPress Thread Comment: I blogged about this plugin before, but it’s still a favorite. It allows you to thread a comment on the post and emails your response at the same time. I like this because it means I know people are getting feedback without having to re-check the comments again and again, and if it’s answering a question asked more than once it helps for me to post that in the comments as opposed to simply repeating myself over and over in emails. :)
6. WP-Ban: I haven’t had to use it yet, but it allows you to ban users from your blog…something I aspire to get annoyed enough to do someday.
7. Datefeeder Random Ads V2: Allows you to place your ads on an automatic rotation. I like this because it keeps the page from looking stagnant and gives businesses equal face time.
8. WP Touch IPhone Theme: Makes reading your blog a heavenly treat when viewed by iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm mobile users. Transforms your site into an easy to read, condensed version of itself.
9. Shockingly Simple Favicon: Ever wonder how people personalize their URLs with their own little icons? It’s super easy to do with this plugin. I simply uploaded my poodle photo to Photobucket, changed the size to a 16×16, and inserted the “direct link” into the Favicon URL. This plugin makes me particularly happy.
10. Plugins Add New SubPanel: Finally, this plugin may be the most important plugin of all…to me…because it makes installing and finding plugins extremely easy. All I have to do is type in a word like “spellchecker” in its search engine and it will provide a list of spell check plugins for me to investigate and download with just a click of the button. When I moved to WordPress is was already in my dashboard, but I learned that not all WP users have it, and really you all should.
Do you have a plugin you love that I didn’t mention? Do share!