WordPress is nice, but some of the plugins I've installed really boost the user experience (and mine!) I thought I'd share what I've gathered.
The following are essential to the functioning of my blog:
- Akismet is an anti-spam service provided by the same folks who run WordPress.com, and you have to get an API key -- but after that, it's a breeze. It has correctly detected over 15,000 comment spam, but I only know of one false positive.
- Comment Timeout
- Most of the comment spam comes in on old posts that no one is commenting on anymore, so this plugin turns off commenting when the post is more than X days old or no one has commented for more than Y days, whichever comes later. (Very configurable, includes some other neato options.)
- Text Control
- I can't stand WordPress' default formatting, and this plugin allows me to turn off those damn curly quotes and such.
These take the sharp edges off:
- AJAX Comment Preview
- Provides a "Preview" button on the comment form that hooks into WordPress' actual comment formatting and processing system. (Not working since the WP 2 upgrade.)
- Full Text Feed
- Out of respect for those using feed-readers, I'm syndicating the full content of each entry.
- Allows me to insert a web-based contact form anywhere I want.
WordPress has more features than some platforms, but there's always more enhancements:
- Subscribe To Comments
- Users can request that additional comments on a post be emailed to them, even if they don't leave a comment themselves. (Also not working with WP 2.)
- Ultimate Tag Warrior
- Because WP entries can only accept a couple of categories at a time, UTW brings in full tagging functionality.
- Ultimate Tag Warrior: Tag Archive
- Add a tag cloud/search page.
- WordPress Database Backup
- Backup your WP database at any time.
And some I have because I'm kind of anal about URLs and metadata:
- Dublin Core Meta Tags
- Add <meta> tags specifying Dublin Core metadata to posts. (I wrote this one, and others have contributed.)
- Permalink Redirect
- Ensure that pretty permalinks have that trailing slash on the pathname.
What are your favorite plugins?