Most bloggers (who use WordPress) have their own unique assortment of plugins they find necessary for their blogs. Some use plugins to insert AdSense ads into their posts. Others install plugins to ease comment management. Still others use “Admin Themes” to customize their blogging experience.
While we all have our preferences for plugins, there are some that have nearly universal appeal. Most blogs can benefit from these six plugins:
- Full Text Feed – Are you getting complaints that your RSS feed doesn’t have the full content of your articles? Full Text Feed makes sure that every word in your post makes it into the feed. By default, WordPress cuts-off the text in the spot where you place your <!–More–> tag.
- Subscribe To Comments – It’s hard to remember every place you’ve left a comment. This plugin can notify commentors of replies, so they can come back and read the new responses.
- WP AJAX Edit Comments – Oops… Did yuo just makw a typo? This helpful plugin allows readers to correct mistakes and update their comments within an adjustable time limit.
- Share This Classic – The world of social bookmarking has exploded in the past couple years. As a result, more and more blogs have an overabundance of little icon-links for the bookmarking sites. Share This Classic lets you sweep them all into a collapsible menu, where they’re out of the way until they’re needed.
- FeedBurner FeedSmith – Does anyone not use FeedBurner these days? This plugin redirects access from yourblog.com/feed/ to your FeedBurner feed. You want your stats to be as accurate as possible, right?
- Related Posts – I’ve finished reading one of your posts…now what? This plugin displays a list of posts related to the current one. Some people prefer the similar (pun unintended) Similar Posts.
I find these plugins to be nearly essential for my blogs, though there are several others I really like as well. Which plugins do you find indispensable?