December 26, 2014 : W3 Total Cache plugin added.
July 24, 2013 : Disqus plugin added.
March 21, 2013 : Configurable Tag Cloud and Conditional CAPTCHA for WordPress plugins added.
February 22, 2013 : YARPP and Social Media Icons Widget plugins added.
January 24, 2013 : Replacement of All in One SEO Pack with WordPress SEO much more powerful.
June 19, 2012 : Really Simple CAPTCHA, WP-ShkShell, Jetpack and WP-PostViews plugins added.
|WordPress is the blog publishing application (CMS) that I have chosen when I decided to write my own blog. This is not the only tool that exists, but several reasons reinforced my decision. The community is very active (many books are available), the back-end (administration) look is very nice and user-friendly for everyday use, the blog possibilities are endless with thousands of extensions available… And I love the possiblity to modifiy the PHP and CSS source code directly from the back-end.|
The purpose of my article is not to present WordPress, but to introduce you some plugins that I use on my blog. Most of these extensions are famous and well designed.
Akismet checks your comments to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen. It saves me from reading 2 000 spams, so I let you imagine what can happen when your web site has a high-traffic.
Conditional CAPTCHA for WordPress
Conditional CAPTCHA for WordPress serves a CAPTCHA to new commenters, or if Akismet thinks their comment is spam. All other commenters never see a CAPTCHA. This extension is the perfect combination with Askismet, you will save time by avoiding searching in the list of potential spam for the presence of illegitimate spam.
Configurable Tag Cloud
Configurable Tag Cloud gives you more flexibility with the styling of your tag cloud. For example, change font colors and sizes, display the number of related posts…
Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 adds a contact form to your site. You can customize fields and messages. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting and Captcha.
Disqus Comment System
Disqus Comment System is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.
Google XML Sitemaps
Google XML Sitemaps generates a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. It notifies all major search engines every time you create a post.
Jetpack adds many features, some are very useful. I’m using these modules : Statistics, Email subscriptions, Sharing buttons on social networks, Hovercard popups via Gravatar, Twitter widget, Mobile compatibility, Photon service to boost the image loading.
qTranslate allows you to create a multilingual blog. Be aware there is no instant translation, but you will have to write your own translations. The extension is no longer supported, see Make your WordPress site multilingual with qTranslate to learn more.
Really Simple CAPTCHA
Really Simple CAPTCHA adds an additional CAPTCHA module for the Contact Form 7 plugin. It does not work alone, however, you can use it with your own plugin.
Revision Control allows finer control over the Post Revision system included with WordPress. By default, if you are editing and reediting posts on your blog, you are keeping revision copies of every change you make. Not so useful, specially if you are the only author.
Social Media Icons Widget
Social Media Icons Widget adds links to all of your social media and sharing site profiles.
SyntaxHighlighter Evolved provides clean syntax highlighting and line number support for embedding source code within pages or posts. A must have when your blog is about IT programming… Like mine !
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration.
WordPress SEO optimizes your site for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization) thanks to keywords, page titles, etc.
WP-PageNavi adds a more advanced paging navigation to your site.
WP-PostViews enables you to display how many times a post / page had been viewed.
WP-ShkShell provides a terminal-like box for embedding terminal commands.
YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin)
YARPP displays a list of related entries on your site and RSS feeds.