My 10 essential WordPress plugins

Xampled: samples from Donna Summer
Since I’ve been doing quite a lot of WordPress blog upgrading recently, I’ve been diving into its plugins a lot. There are lots of them around and I have grown a liking to some of them.
Here’s a list of plugins that I’ve found to be essential to any of my WP installations:

  1. WP Installer
    what: install plugins/themes without using FTP
    why: makes installing and maintaining plugins really easy, even behind a firewall. This is the first plugin I always install.
    where: mattread.com
    install: installer-04.zip
  2. Akismet
    what: delete comment and trackback spam – not perfect but indispensable – pre-installed on Dreamhost accounts
    why: save you time and annoyance by filtering out the real comments
    site: akismet.com/
    install: akismet.zip (v1.2.1)
  3. WP Cache
    what: keep cached copies of your pages – pre-installed on Dreamhost accounts
    why: speeds up your site
    site: mnm.uib.es
    install: wp-cache-2-0-21.zip
  4. Brian’s Latest Comments
    what: displays your recent comments in a nicer format
    why: gives a better view of the popular articles
    site: meidell.dk
    install: brianslatestcomments.zip
  5. K2 Theme
    what: more than just a theme, includes a WYSIWYG sidebar and customisable header image
    why: if you can live with its looks, the most powerful theme available
    site: getk2.com
    install: k2-091.zip
  6. MightyAdsense
    what: manage your Google Adsense code insertion
    why: easily decide what ad goes where without modifying your theme
    site: mightyhitter.com
    install: mightyadsense41.zip
  7. RunPHP
    what: run PHP code inside your blog posts
    why: create pages that actually do stuff
    site: www.nosq.com
    install: runPHP2.1b.zip
  8. Popularity contest
    what: keep track of # views, comments … of all your posts
    why: makes it easy to show your popular posts
    site: alexking.org
    install: popularity-contest.zip v1.2.1
  9. Ultimate Tag Warrior
    what: add tags/keywords to your posts (Technorati compatible), show related posts based on those
    why: last tagging plugin you’ll ever need
    site: neato.co.nz
    install: UTW3-141592WP2.zip
  10. Google Sitemap generator
    what: creates a Google Sitemap XML file automatically
    why: because you need it, and you won’t do it manually anyway
    site: arnebrachhold.de
    install: sitemap.zip v2.7

Samples from Funky Drummer (James Brown)
And some nice to have’s:

  • FlickrRSS: show Flickr photos in your sidebar
  • Gravatar: show avatars for commenters (currently under reconstruction)
  • Sparkstats: show blog and comment activity
  • Backlinks: show incoming links trend
  • Dagon Sitemap: list all posts per category (index or sitemap)

6 thoughts on “My 10 essential WordPress plugins”

  1. Wonderful list you have here, I’ve been using some of these already, but there are a couple more that will be added soon because of this list! Thanks Peter!

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