WordPress Plugins: list of great and easy ones

There’s a previous list of useful plugins used in this site, but some plugins in the list got “outdated” when this blog moved to a new server, and was upgraded to WordPress 2.2 and the 0.9.5.2 version of 3 Column K2. Some of the plugins, like the Related Posts and Sociable plugins, somehow reported errors when activated.

Some of the plugins still work without a hitch. These are Akismet (anti-spam), Page Links To (sets a “links_to” meta key with a URL value that will be be used when listing WP pages), Simple Tags (creates a list of Technorati tags at the bottom of the post), Ultimate Tag Warrior, and Top Commenters (the name is self-explanatory; it has been deactivated as part of an “experiment”).

The new plugins that are being used here – and I must say these plugins work great – are the following:

Share This – Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites (by Alex King, who thanks Thomas McMahon for footwork on the URLs). You can see this immediately after the article. This is the reason why it’s perfectly ok even if the Sociable plugin isn’t working.

Contextual Related Posts – This plugin shows the last 5 contextually related posts on single blog posts. (By Mark Ghosh [LaughingLizard]). You can see this at the bottom of the Comments form.

Paged Comments – What’s great with this plugin, you ask? This breaks down comments into a number of pages, which is perfect if you have, let’s say, a hundred comments in a particular post. By Keyvan Minoukadeh.

WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page. WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and CSS styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers. Here’s the kicker – it comes with a widget plugin (WP-Polls widget) so you could set up the poll at the sidebar through a widget. By Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan.

Morgan’s Replacement Links widget – Replacement to allow for greater customization of the Links Widget (by Alan Morgan). For me, this is perfect when the blogroll gets a bit crowded. It’s still ok even if I can’t customize it to separate each category.

If You Liked That – Following the content of a post, this plugin inserts links to a user selectable number of other posts in the same category as the main post (by bochgoch). This is currently deactivated for “experimental” reasons, but it works great.

You may have noticed that these plugins are free, just like tons of other WordPress plugins. Do you notice another similarity among these plugins? Ah, good guess. These plugins are what I like to call the plug-and-play type. Simply upload, activate and, voila, it’s up and running. No need to mess with the codes. Perfect for guys like me. (If you know other great plugins of the plug-and-play variety, please let us know).

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