My top 10 WordPress plugins

The following are a list of plugins I either use, have used or plan to use in the future to improve this blog.

In no particular order:

  1. Contact Form 7 – Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible. By Takayuki Miyoshi.

    Putting your email address on the web these days is just an invitation to be spammed to death, but it is nice for your readers to be able to contact you privately. This is a nice contact form for that purpose.

  2. Dean’s Code Highlighter – This plugin using Geshi to highlight source code in your posts. . By Dean Lee.

    If you ever put up source code snippets in your blog entries, it is far nicer to have the syntax highlighted as it is in a modern editor or IDE. This plugin provides that.

  3. del.icio.us for WordPress – Displays your recently listened links. Based on Pownce for WordPress by Cavemonkey50. By Ricardo González.

    Does exactly what it says on the tin.

  4. Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO. By Arne Brachhold.

    Improve your search rankings by giving the search engines more information about your site, totally automatically.

  5. Sociable – Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites. By Joost de Valk.

    Want to make it easy for readers to link your site into various social bookmarking sites. This plugin covers pretty much all of them, including some that no longer exist. :-)

  6. Twitter Tools – A complete integration between your WordPress blog and Twitter. Bring your tweets into your blog and pass your blog posts to Twitter. By Alex King.

    The plugin you need if you want twitter in your blog or vice-versa.

  7. WP Super Cache – Very fast caching plugin for WordPress. By Donncha O Caoimh.

    An essential plugin you need if your site is to have any hope of surviving a slashdotting, or even if you just want to improve performance for the ten people who visit your blog.

  8. Bad Behavior – Deny automated spambots access to your PHP-based Web site. By Michael Hampton.

    Prevent 90% of the spambots out there from even attempting to post comment spam.

  9. OpenID – Allows the use of OpenID for account registration, authentication, and commenting. Also includes an OpenID provider which can turn WordPress author URLs into OpenIDs. By DiSo Development Team.

    OpenID is what I hope will become the standard for online authentication, every site should support it.

  10. Who Sees Ads – An advanced ad management plugin that lets you decide who will see your ads, depending on user defined conditions. By Ozh.

    Want to place ads on your site but don’t want to bother your regulars (who will likely never click on them anyway), then give this plugin a try and set it to only show ads to visitors who came to your site from a search engine.

Hope these are useful. If you use some wonderful plugin I haven’t mentioned then please tell me. Adding more and more plugins until something breaks is what I do. :-)