How To Make WordPress Sing and Dance!

PushON | November 5th 2008

Although there are quite a few top WordPress plugin lists floating around on the Internet many are out-of-date and many I just don’t agree with so I’ve asked around the office and compiled a list of WordPress plugins that will make your blog sing and dance.

General WordPress Plugins:

  • Akismet – a comment spam filter that successfully reduces the number of spam comments on your blog.
  • Lightbox Plus – automatically sets all images in your blog posts to open in a light box, by default WordPress opens images in the same window and some users find it hard to return to the original post.
  • NoFollow Free – removes the nofollow tag from your comment links, we’ve debated this one for a while but as long as you have Akismet enabled and moderate your comments then extra relevant comments can only help your blog.
  • WordPress Automatic Upgrade – allows you to upgrade your blog quickly and securely.
  • WordPress Database Backup – backs up your database on demand or through a scheduler.
  • WP Security Scan – ensures that you have taken every step to secure your blog.
  • cformsII – allows you to create advanced contact forms for WordPress pages quickly and easily.
  • Google Analytics for WordPress – adds your google tracking code to your blog so you can see how many users you’ve had, where they’ve come from, what they’re viewing and lots of other bits of information!

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) WordPress Plugins:

  • All In One SEO Pack – allows you to set your own meta details including title, keyword and description amongst other things.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – generates a standards compliant XML sitemap for your WordPress blog.

Social Media WordPress Plugins:

  • ShareThis – allows users to share your blog posts on social bookmarking website including Digg, Facebook and MySpace.
  • Twitter Tools – publishes links to your blog posts as tweets.
  • SphinnIt – adds a Sphinn button to all blog posts.
  • Flickr Photo Album – allows you to pull in Flickr photosets and display them on your blog

Don’t agree or think we’ve missed something please leave a comment below, we’re always eager to learn!