Which Plugins Do You Use

There are hundreds and hundreds of WordPress Plugins to make your blog easier to maintain and more ‘search-friendly’.

So, what plugins do I use on my blogs?

I’ve added a short description on each to explain where, why and how I have used them.

I hope this post helps you.

Add Sig

Add a custom signature and photo to the bottom of posts with the author’s information.

Akismet

Akismet checks the comments your blog receives 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” and then delete or approve. (This plugin is a must-have if you get a lot of comment spam.)

All in One SEO Pack

Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. This can really improve your SEO and increase your rankings by re-formatting key meta-tags, header information, and title tags for specific (or all) pages and posts.

Bad Behavior

Deny automated spambots access to your PHP-based website. This plugin alone kills hundreds of spambots and comment spam attempts on my websites. It’s a must have plug-in.

Batch Categories

Enables you to easily manage the mass categorization of posts that match various criteria. This plugin enables you to cull posts based on categories, sort them, arrange them, and mass-edit them in one fell swoop.

Do Follow

The Do-Follow plugin removes the nofollow attribute that WordPress adds in comments. This means that search engines crawling your posts will also crawl the links of you commentators, too. A great way to increase participation.

Google Analytics for WordPress

I don’t actually use this plug-in because the WordPress Theme I use simply allows you to include Google Analytics.

But if you are not using such a Theme, this plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics. Definitely a must-have if you’re tracking visitor activity.

Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog, which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and Yahoo! This plugin auto-generates sitemaps every night and submits them to Google. It’s a must.

In Series

Gives you as the author of the blog, an easy way to connect posts together as a series.

Popular Posts

Displays the list of the most popular posts. Requires the latest version of the Post-Plugin Library to be installed – see the next plugin.

Post-Plugin Library

Does nothing by itself but supplies common code for the Similar Posts, Recent Posts and Popular Posts (above).

Posts by Author

At the bottom of every post, this plugin adds links for that author’s last “X” posts (mine is set to five). It’s a great way to increase internal traffic within your blog.

SEO Friendly Images

Automatically adds “alt” and “title attributes” to all your images. Improves traffic from search results.

Share This

Allows visitors to your blog to share a post from your site with others via social bookmarks or by e-mail.

Similar Posts

Similar Posts displays a list of posts that are similar or related to the current posts. The list can be customised in many ways. Similarity is judged according to a post’s title, content, and tags and you can adjust the balance of factors to fit your own blog.

Simple CAPTCHA

A CAPTCHA for your comment system to prevent unwanted spams. Prevent automated spams by bots and most important naughty peoples. It’s simple and yet secure.

Sociable

Automatically add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed. You can choose from 99 different social bookmarking sites!

Smart Update Pinger

The Ultimate Plugins Smart Update Pinger replaces the standard WordPress build-in ping functionality and makes many improvements to it. For instance, services are only pinged when a new post is created (not when an existing post is edited) and for future posts, services are only pinged when the post is published on your blog.

Subscribe To Comments

Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. It adds a checkbox in the comment area asking commentators if they wish to be notified of new comments to the blog post they commented on.

Twitter Tools

A complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account. Bring your tweets into your blog and pass your blog posts to Twitter. If you are a Twitter, a must have.

WordPress.com Stats

Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key. While Google Analytics offers better reporting features, this allows you to see you stats, at a glance, on the admin dashboard when you login.

WordPress Database Backup

On-demand backup of your WordPress database. You can also schedule backups on a regular basis, from daily to monthly. It’s a must-have if you don’t want to ever lose your content should something happen to your blog or database. (I use it to back-up my blog, every day)

WP-Cache

WP-Cache is an extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make your site much faster and responsive.

WP-DBManager

Lets you optimize your WordPress database tables with one click. Simply, it helps to optimize your blog’s database from within the admin area and therefore makes it ‘load’ faster.

WP-Sticky

With this plug-in, you can flag your posts as an announcement or sticky post.

For those wondering what exactly it means to mark something as a sticky or announcement, flagging a post as an announcement will cause the post to permanently be featured as the very top post on your blog, while flagging your post as a sticky will only keep it as the top post for the duration of that day. Starting the next day, it will move back to its published order.

WP-Auto Tagger

This plugin suggests tags based on the blog post content. You have the option to automatically tags posts on save or get tag suggestions with a single click. Auto Tagger will not replace your existing tags.

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Top 5 Benefits of Using WordPress For Your Website

If you have never built a website before, one of the quickest and easiest ways to get your first domain live and operational in only minutes is to install WordPress on your website.

WordPress is a blogging platform that allows you to have a pre-built website for free that will allow you to focus on the more important items like content, and if you desire it, sales and profits.

WordPress Benefits

In more than a decade online, I have literally built dozens of websites, many from the ground up… But since I discovered the ease of use and powerful flexibility of the WordPress platform, I am building most of my newest websites under this Content Management System (CMS).

The reasons I prefer the WordPress blogging platform are many, but I will sum it up with the following five key benefits:

1. Quick and Easy Installation – If you have a web hosting company that runs cPanelX as your webmasters’ control panel (many of the more popular web hosting companies do), then you will find an option in your control panel called, “Fantastico De Luxe”. When you click on the Fantastico icon, you will be taken to a page where you can add a multitude of free applications to your website, by following some simple instructions. Just click on the WordPress link to install WordPress on your website. The software will ask you some basic general information, then do the full install of one of the most recent WordPress builds into your website.

2. Website Themes – Few webmasters want to use the generic WordPress Theme that ships with WordPress. The default WP Theme is plain Jane, and to my taste, perfectly drab. There are many people who design custom WordPress Themes that you can easily upload to your domain, to change the appearance and feel of your WordPress website. Some of the WP Themes are paid versions, but most of them are free. There are more than one thousand themes loaded directly into the WordPress website ( wordpress.org/extend/themes/ ), from which you can choose, although you are not limited to just the themes loaded into the WordPress website.

3. Website Functionality – Just like with the WordPress Themes, if there is a specific functionality you want your blog to perform, there are programmers out there who have made WordPress Plugins that will do for you those things you would like to do. There are nearly 8,000 WordPress Plugins on the WordPress.org website ( wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ ), and thousands more that are not in the WordPress database. If you find a Plugin you want, just download, unzip, and upload it to the appropriate Plugin directory on your blog. After you have uploaded the Plugin, simply go to the Admin area of your Blog to activate the software.

4. Open Source – WordPress has been built in PHP, and its source code is visible to everyone who wants to look at it. On top of that, WordPress has included comprehensive documentation and a range of functions to help programmers work within the WordPress Codex. Anyone with a minimal knowledge of PHP can program WordPress Themes and Plugins, without too much effort.

5. Self-Updating – In recent versions, WordPress has included a feature that will notify you if upgrades are available for the basic WordPress operating system or your chosen WP Plugins. When upgrades become available, you will be notified, and often you only need to click a link to automatically install the upgrades and updates.

I have a friend who is a PHP coder by trade. I try not to mention WordPress in his presence, because every time I do so, I get an ear-full of “WordPress Sucks…”

To be honest with you, I still like WordPress… I like it, because it is easy to install and maintain, and I can improve it easily by using templates and plugins.

I am a coder, but life is too short to spend all of my time coding new websites… I am happy to spend my time creating content that will lead to sales… So for me, WordPress is good, and I am happy to put it on as many websites as I need to do…

If you are new to the Internet, then you might agree that WordPress is a blessing to those of us, who have more important things to do than to recreate the wheel…

Building Your Own Website

Building your own website can be a pain when you don’t know how. Our first instinct is to turn to friends, family members, co-workers, and even freelancers to get the job done. The problem with this is that they are often unreliable, and if they do actually finish the job it’s usually not how we imagined it. The old saying “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” could not be more true when it comes to building a website.

The truth is, these days you don’t have to be a techie to build a nice professional looking website. The only thing you need to build a website is hosting and a domain name, that’s it. After you have hosting and a domain name you can install many different open source software programs that will allow you to build websites in just a couple of clicks. There is actually no reason to ever purchase expensive website builders for any reason. A shared hosting account will cost you about $80.00 per year. Depending on the hosting provider you choose you will typically get a free domain with your shared hosting account.

Many of the shared hosting providers available today offer many one click installation programs that will allow you to install great content management systems like WordPress, Joomla, and drupal just to name a few. However, you don’t have to stop there. They offer the ability to install forum software, e-commerce software, classified ad software, and much more. Once you have your hosting and domain name the possibilities really are endless. Don’t get sucked into these high priced website builders that offer very limited functionality.

Out of all the software you can install through your hosting provider’s control panel to build a website, the most effective one I can find is actually a blogging platform. This blogging platform is also a content management system as well. The name of it is WordPress, and it is becoming incredibly popular. It’s actually a good thing that it is so popular. This means there are many great website templates to download, great support forums, and other great software called plug-ins that you can install to add even more functionality.

More great benefits about WordPress is that once you install it and pick out a template you are pretty much done with design and just need to add your content from there. You can literally have a website up and running in under 10 minutes from the time of purchasing your hosting. Unlike many other blogging platforms and content management systems WordPress was built with search engine optimization in mind. This is important so that your website will actually be found in the search engines as there is no use in having a website if no one can even find it. I guess what finally pushed me over the edge to give WordPress a try is that one of the engineers at Google actually kept ranting and raving about how great WordPress was and how it was already search engine optimized. After installing WordPress and playing around with it for a while I was in love and I think you will love it too, especially since it’s 100% free. With WordPress, building a website really is easy.

5 Essential WordPress Plugins

You could head on over to WordPress.org’s plugin section and check out the featured plugins, or even the most popular plugins, but we want to make your life a little easier.

Below, you’ll find our list of essential WordPress plugins. Whenever we start work on a new build of WordPress, these plugins are our first, and best, resources. And, as always, if you have any questions about your WordPress build, be sure to hit up our WordPress team.

Akismet

This little guy is such a popular one that it comes pre-installed on most WordPress themes. Akismet is an anti-spam plugin that checks every comment you receive on your WordPress site. If it’s spam, it throws it in the spam folder, where it languishes with the rest of the trash.

Without Akismet, all that spam will likely end up in your inbox, ruining your day with its annoying and sneaky advertising.
While most WordPress builds already have this plugin installed, it is often not properly activated. To activate it, you’ll need to get a key from their signup page. Keep in mind that, for personal blogs, the key is free.

WordPress SEO

Yoast’s famous plugin should always been one of the first installed on any new WordPress build. Having it in there early saves you the trouble of having to return to each page to touch up the SEO later. Better to do it as you create content!
The reason we prefer Yoast’s plugin over others is its simple visual interface. You can always tell if there’s more SEO work to be done with a glance at the taskbar over a page: if the SEO light is red, you’ve got more work to do; if it’s green, you’re doing well!

As well as ensure you’re doing the best SEO you can be doing, Yoast’s plugin gives you quick access to AdWords research, XML Sitemaps, and allows you to enhance your linking structures. Not bad for a single plugin!

Pretty Link Lite

Have you been using link shortening websites like tiniurl and bitly? These services create shortened, prettier links for use in social media or other venues.
But these services don’t give you insight into how these links are used. With Pretty Link Lite, you’re given access to statistics about the use of every link you put out there. You’ll get to see what browsers clicked on it, when, and how many of those clicks were from unique computers.

Better yet, Pretty Link generates a link based on your own domain name! You have to admit, “yourdomainname.com/wri” looks a lot better than “http://tinyurl.com/qdh82ty”. Plus, having your domain name on your links increases the visibility of your own brand. It’s marketing!

WP Super Cache

Think of this plugin as insurance. The basic idea behind it is that it takes your dynamically processed WordPress site and creates stable, static HTML pages out of it. In other words, it slightly reduces the time it takes for the server to process a user’s request.

Under normal functioning, the difference is so minimal it’s hardly even noticeable. However, if you suddenly get a ton of traffic, your users will experience significantly more slowdown on a non-super cached site. So if you ever get to the front page of Reddit, this might be a really good plugin to have installed.

WP-Optimize

This helpful little plugin is essentially a cleaning tool for your WordPress database. Depending on how old your build is, it’s likely your database needs a bit of scrubbing.
It allows you to easily remove countless post revision files, which WordPress creates every time you update your posts. It makes it easy to remove your spam comments with the click of a button.

All this helps to save space on your database, thereby decreasing the time it takes the server to parse through it. And that makes your website run faster, smoother, and more consistently.

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Simple Instructional Process

In this article I will explain to you about making a website with WordPress. Using WordPress as your website is a brilliant choice because it is very easy to use, and one of the most effective content management by internet users. Of course there are lot of website that gives internet user the ability to build free blogs on their site. But in this tutorial, I will show you how to build a website by branding it with your own internet address.

Making a website with WordPress is pretty easy if you know what need. Here are the basic structure on how to start.

Making a Website With WordPress Step 1 – Your Internet Address

First of all, you will need an address for your site, or else how can internet users find you right? An internet address is also known as domain name. This allows you to brand your website with keywords relevant to your business or even the business name itself.

The most popular domain names are domains with the extension.com or in longer form which stands for commercial. If you are not able to get the domain name that you desire, then you can choose other extensions like.net,.org, or.ws that is suitable for your site.

When you have purchased your internet address, it will ask you for your domain name server (DNS). Pointing a DNS is done to tell your domain where your files will be stored. A domain name is simply an address, but the files of your websites are stored in a location called a host.

Making a Website With WordPress Step 2 – Getting a hosting account

Without a host, internet users cannot see your files on the web. Web hosting accounts are servers that store the information of your website, and let you upload the files you have created to let visitors access your website. What you want to have along with your hosting account is a software called “Fantastico De Lux”. This little software will give you the ability to install a WordPress blog on to your site.

Most top web hosting servers will have this feature. Hosting services normally costs around $5 to $10 a month, but it gets cheaper if you pay in bulk. See my recommendation at the end of this article.

Making a Website With WordPress Step Step 3 – Installing The WordPress On Your Site.

Finally, when you have purchased your domain name, and pointing it to your hosting account, the final step is building a website with WordPress. This step is pretty simple, you just need to log into your hosting account, locate a software called “Fantastico De Lux” within the software section, and the installation process is pretty much self explanatory.

By now you have learned that making a website with WordPress is pretty easy. However there is a simpler method if you do not want to go through so much confusing steps, there is a software called WordPress express that is very easy to use and also known as the worlds simplest WordPress building site that creates websites in a matter of minutes.

Making a website with WordPress using this software just takes 3 clicks and less than a few minutes your website will be up and running, ready for you to showcase to the public.

Build a WebSite

The Track-Back was designed to provide a method of notification between websites.

A SUMMARY is sent to any URLs listed in this box and that SUMMARY usually gets posted along with the other comments on the other site. It is up to the owner of the other site to edit, approve, or delete this Track-Back. On other WordPress site this is done automatically by using the Ping-Back which does NOT send the SUMMARY but instead sends a link to the site.

In WordPress this shows up in the INCOMING LINKS Panel on the DashBoard. This creates a verifiable connection between posts.

The CUSTOM FIELDS box is used to add custom fields to a post with META-DATA. This data is used by THEME DEVELOPERS and can be accessed in some themes and requires some CUSTOM CODE to be accessible.

The DISCUSSION box is where you can override the default boxes checked on the SETTINGS >> DISCUSSION Sub-Panel. The settings in this box apply to this one post only. COMMENTS can be allowed or not allowed and the same with Track-Backs and Ping-Backs.

The SLUG box can used as a quick edit to the SLUG (the end part of the PERMALINK). This box will reflect the present post slug. This box can be edited and the edit will replace the end slug when the post is PUBLISHED or UPDATED. Remember all SLUGS must be unique.

The COMMENTS box holds any comments related to this post. It gives the AUTHOR, DATE of the COMMENT the EMAIL ADDRESS of the sender and the IP ADDRESS on the sender. It also give a summary of the COMMENT. From this box COMMENTS can be UNAPPROVED, REPLIED TO, QUICK EDITED, EDITED IN the COMMENTS SUB-PANEL, marked as SPAM, or TRASHED.