Ramin Hossaini

My top WordPress plug-ins


After secretly messing around with WordPress on one of my servers, I decided to move my blog to an instance of it permanently. Being a very flexible and extensible CMS, I’ve been researching some plug-ins for it. So far, I’ve come up with this list.

  • Akismet – helps block spam (and it’s really good at it too). Needs an API key that’s obtainable from WordPress. Plus, it’s free for personal use.
  • Maintenance mode – adds a maintenance splash page. When activated only authenticated users and admins will be able to browse the site.
  • Search meter – keeps track of what visitors are searching for
  • Feedburner Feedsmith – redirects all RSS and ATOM feeds to a feedburner RSS feed instead
  • Sociable – Adds links to Digg, De.li.cio.us, Stumble-upon and other sites for you
  • WP-Cache 2.0 – A really efficient page caching system and effectively makes your site faster and more responsive
  • WP-PageNavi – Adds a more advanced page navigation to the bottom of pages
  • Subscribe to Comments – Allows users to get e-mail notifications for any subsequent comments made
  • Smilies Themer – an easy way to change the default smilies pack
  • Google Analytics for WordPress – You could just add the script, but this makes it easier.
  • WP-Syntax – Add syntax highlighting to code-snippets (supports many languages)

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