Posted October 31, 2006 2:11 pm by with 12 comments

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Jeremy Luebke emailed me to ask if I would care to share the plugins used on MP. The site was fully custom built, so there may be some modified things, but here’s the list…

Akismet – Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web serivce to see if they look like spam or not.

Gravatars – for those cool photos next to comments.

intouch – for the contact form.

No Self Pings – prevents WordPress from sending pings for stuff I link to from my own site.

Social Bookmark Links – the drop down menu for bookmarking a post.

Subscribe To Comments – lets readers get email updates on comments.

Google Sitemaps – to help Google find all the new pages.

WordPress Reports – adds my Google Analytics and Feedburner stats to the WordPress dash.

Text Link Ads v2 – allows me to add sponsored messages to the bottom of my posts.

Ultimate Tag Warrior – for tagging posts that are outside a category.

WordPress Email Notification Plugin v2.3.1 – lets readers get new posts via email instead of RSS.

Sidebar Widgets – added by the developer so even I can update my sidebars. :-)

wp-cache – not used this yet, but if I get slashdotted, this will help stop the site from slowing down by caching pages.

Strangely, the Hello Dolly plugin didn’t make it to my list. :-)

So, who wants to share their favorite WordPress plugin? I’ll give a shout-out (and link) to anyone who recommends a plugin I end up using.

UPDATE: I’ve since added the Related Posts plugin and the Math Comment Spam plugin to the list.

  • Cristian Mezei

    Andy, I recommend these 10 plugins.

  • Jeremy Luebke

    “No Self Pings – prevents WordPress from sending pings for stuff I link to from my own site.”

    I actually would encourage pings from my other pages. It promotes an increase in page views through cross linking. Especially with how many posts you make.

    Along the same lines I would use “Related Posts”

    Also the Meta Description plugin to create a unique description for each page. Looks like you have none for now.

    One of these days I’ll actually get around to finishing putting together my own site 😀

  • Andy Beal

    Thanks for sharing Cristian.

    Jeremy, I’m using the No Self Pings plugin as each time I link to my own posts, my “recent comments” list gets cluttered – the same reason Cristian has the plugin in his list.

    I’ve been looking at Meta plugins, so thanks for sharing.

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  • SEM Basics

    It seems that my post beat my comment (by the way, the title is missing the word “of” as in list OF WordPress plugins — it’s been corrected on my site).

    Thanks for making this list, it encouraged me to finally publish my own. I am particularly interested in the WordPress Reports and Text Link Ads plugins. The WordPress Reports plugin got me thinking about other stats plugins, some of which I have included in my list. In particular, I am wondering if anyone has any experience with any of the various wordpress stats plug-ins or stats programs such as performancing metrics? Needless to say, good stats are valuable and it would be nice to know which stats programs people have found worthwhile.

    Well, that’s about it for now. Enjoy wordpress!

    All the best,


  • kid disco

    Hey Andy,

    Great job on the move over to WP!

    Two more plugins that I have to add are Viper Video Quicktags which allows you to easily add videos (YouTube, Google, WMV, etc…) to your posts and Simple Code for WordPress which processes standard markup so that you can display it in a post.

  • Andy Beal

    Thanks for your contributions, I’ll check them out.

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  • Sergey Petrov

    Andy, what plugins are you using for spam protection and related posts list?

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