From time to time as I upgrade this blog to newer versions of WordPress, I also look and see if there are updated or just new-to-me plugins that will augment how the blog is presented or managed. Sometimes I need to drop plugins because they are no longer being supported and don’t work on the latest WordPress. Other times I realize that I’ve stopped using them and so I can discard them.
Here’s the list of the plugins I now use here or in other installations of WordPress, with their own descriptions:
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
Your feed, on steroids : add a custom footer to RSS items with, for example, a copyright notice, a “Read More (400 words)” links, an “Add to del.icio.us” link, a list of related entries, or anything really (even custom PHP functions). Compatible with Feedburner or similar services.
Closes comments on old posts on the fly, without any DB queries. By default it’s 14 days, change that setting by editing the plugin file.
This plugin will create a Google sitemaps compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog. It supports all of the WordPress generated pages as well as custom ones. Everytime you edit or create a post, your sitemap is updated and all major search engines that support the sitemap protocol, like ASK.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO, are notified about the update.
Shows a list of recent comments.
Displays a tile with subscribe buttons.
A complete integration between your WordPress blog and Twitter. Bring your tweets into your blog and pass your blog posts to Twitter.
Update Twitter Periodically with Weather, Stocks, …
Updates a Twitter stream at regular intervals with weather, stocks, etc By Bob Sutor.
WP-Cache is an extremely efficient WordPress page caching system to make you site much faster and responsive. It works by caching Worpress pages and storing them in a static file for serving future requests directly from the file rather than loading and compiling the whole PHP code and the building the page from the database. WP-Cache allows to serve hundred of times more pages per second, and to reduce the response time from several tenths of seconds to less than a millisecond.
Manages your WordPress database. Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up and optimizing of database.