In the words of the WordPress Codex:
“Plugins are tools to extend the functionality of WordPress. The core of WordPress is designed to be lean, to maximize flexibility and minimize code bloat. Plugins offer custom functions and features so that each user can tailor their site to their specific needs”
There are a LOT of WordPress plugins out there. Some ad a very small feature to WordPress, others add a major feature. Here is a list of the WordPress plugins I use, what they do and why I use them.
What: Akismet is a plugin that helps defeat comment spam. This is when a person/website leaves a comment on your blog solely for the purpose of leaving a link to their website.
Why: At one stage, on my other blog, I was receiving about 15 spam comments a day. I installed this plugin, and all my spam is being trapped. I would FULLY recommend this plugin
Feedburner Feed Replacement
What: This WordPress Plugin directs your RSS feeds to a service called “FeedBurner“.
Why: This enables you to track your readers that come via your feeds. Statistics are very useful when trying to see what works and what doesn’t work
What: This plugin automatically creates a sitemap.xml file, and informs Google Sitemaps of it being updated.
Why: Notifying Google of updates to your site helps them index your new pages quicker. Being updated by a search engine is a definite plus as readers will probably start finding you via the search engine.
UPDATE: The “Inside AdSense” blog has posted an article on why Google SiteMaps are beneficial. I’ll be writing more about this later as well…
WordPress Database Backup
What: On-demand backup of your WordPress database.
Why: Apart from the obvious need for backing up often in case of issues, one of the first steps during a WordPress upgrade is to back up your Database. This WordPress plugin makes this job REALLY easy.
Here are a couple of links to other posts about people’s favourite plugins. Hope you enjoy:
Favorite WordPress Plugins