WordPress plugins

Here are the plugins I’ve used to customize my website.

  • Akismet – Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. It catches almost all my comment spam and rarely snags a false one.
  • Audio player – Highly configurable single track mp3 player. Love it.
  • AntiLeech – Prevent errant parties from stealing your content and bandwidth.
  • Comvatars – Shows avatar images on user comments to uniquely identify the author much like various bulletin board systems do. The Gravatars plugin by Skippy and the Favatars plugin by Jeff Minard must be installed and activated to achieve the full functionality. (I didn’t install Favatars, because it interferes with the comment notification plugin which I love more than pretty pictures)
  • Digital Fingerprint – This plugin enables you to easily and quickly search the web for potential cases of plagiarism and content theft. It works by adding a customizable “digital fingerprint” to your RSS feed in posts that you select (or all posts if you wish). You can then easily monitor the blogosphere for your digital fingerprint in the hopes of finding potential content thieves and scrapers abusing your content.
  • Event Calendar – Manage future events as an online calendar. Display upcoming events in a dynamic calendar, on a listings page, or as a list in the sidebar. You can subscribe to the calendar from iCal (OSX) or Sunbird. Change settings on the Event Calendar Options screen.
  • Gravatars – This plugin provides an administrative interface to control default gravatar options. Registered users can also (optionally) define local gravatar images that will override their gravatar.com default.
  • LMB^Box Comment Quicktags – Inserts a quicktag toolbar in the blog comment form.
  • LiveJournal Crossposter – Automatically copies all posts to a LiveJournal or other LiveJournal-based blog. Editing or deleting a post will be replicated as well.
  • Photopress – Photopress adds user-friendly image handling tools to WordPress, including a popup upload and browse tool, a random image template function, and a simple album. Installs and uses a database table.
  • Subscribe To Comments – Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry
  • Self Comment Notification Filter – Stops WP from sending me notifications about comments that I make on my own blog.
  • Static Front Page – Sticks the page with a slug of ‘home’ to your front page. This is handy so that your front page doesn’t have to be a blog entry.
  • TFS Core (Text Filter Suite) – Adds advanced text filtering functions which can mangle text in amusing ways. (I use TFS Pirate which is what makes posts all piratical sometimes.)
  • WordPress Database Backup – On-demand backup of your WordPress database.
  • Random Quotes – This plugin allows you to embed random quotes into your pages.
  • WP-ContactForm – WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you. It helps cut down on email spam by allowing a way to contact you without having your email address posted.

Goodness…nothing like putting everything in one place to see how much I’ve customized my wordpress.

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5 Responses

  1. PodMonkeys

    Excellent! I’m new to the WordPress thing, so I’ve been in search of some good plugins. I had some of the ones you listed, but a few I didn’t have. Installation is occuting even as I type this. 😛

    I’ve been wondering what you used for the audio clips. Not only have your audio clips been pretty fun, but the player is pretty dang neat in its simplicity.

  2. Mike Munsil

    Cool. I’ll be back to pick up on some of these.

    I’ve been loathe to allow comments as I just don’t have the time to police them. What king of time commitment do you have to incur, using Akismet?

  3. Mary Robinette Kowal

    I scan them maybe once a week to make sure Akismet hasn’t caught a real comment by mistake. In the six months I’ve had it active it’s caught to real comments by mistake and let maybe three spams slip through to my moderation queue. Beyond that, it’s caught hundreds of spam comments. If I didn’t have Akismet, I absolutely would not turn comments on.

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