Plugins

This is under construction and I will remove this sentence once it is edited and more information is added.

For this site after reading a few eBooks and looking at a few blogs I decided to use the HostGator web hosting baby plan and wordpress.org. I am also using the Thesis theme. Plugins help make your site more user friendly and search engine friendly. I know there are many sites out there that use hundreds of plugins. This site does not have that many currently. Additionally, too many plugins could cause your site to slow down as they need updates from time to time. Now, it seems to me I have to learn to use many of the free plugins I have currently installed.

Below are the plugins I have actively installed on this site:

  1. Akismet
    1. helps fight spam, has a paid version and a free version, if you make over $500/month from your blog you might be required to pay
  2. All In One SEO Pack
    1. helps make your site rank higher in the search engine, also shows up under settings
  3. AskApache Password Protect
    1. Spam and password protection
  4. The AVH First Defense Against Spam
    1. another plugin to help block spam, has a local blacklist that prevents reported spammers
  5. Block-Spam-By-Math-Reloaded
    1. helps block spambots with a simple math question for wordpress comments
  6. WP Calais Auto Tagger
    1. suggests tags for your post and you can choose to include them or not
  7. CommentLuv
    1. helps reward people for writing comments, fight spam, and more
  8. Contact Form 7
    1. adds more ways for readers to subscribe and contact blog author(s)
  9. Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate
    1. Generates sitemap, would like to figure out if could it visible on its own page on this site eventually
  10. Jetpack by WordPress.com
    1. new option for WordPress Stats, includes a lot of other extras like a contact form
  11. Login Lockdown
    1. Another password protection plugin
  12. Max Banner Ads
    1. I had some issues with finding the plugin after I installed it such as finding it under tools and then as a widget under appearance. However, these were quickly resolved using the Wiki Max Press Blog and this was definitely something I could not have done without the help of the plugin and it was free. I would definitely recommend using this plugin. Once you figure out a few minor issues it is very easy to use and you do not have to deal with any codes.
  13. NextGEN Gallery
    1. allows you to insert photos without slowing down or crashing blog
  14. SEO Friendly Images
    1. automatically adds tags to images, it was free, but there is a paid version you can upgrade to
  15. SEO Smart Links
    1. helps interlink posts, paid version you can upgrade to
  16. Simple Tags
    1. helps with bookmarking and finding and identifying posts
  17. Sketch Bookmarks
    1. Sketched icons for top social bookmarking sites
  18. Top Commentators Widget
    1. shows top commentators in sidebar, have deleted blogroll widget as causing blog to load slower and is a repetition of what is on the first page of the site
  19. W3 Total Cache
    1. Helps improve speed of site
  20. WP-Polls
    1. allows you to easily add custom polls to pages/posts/sidebar etc.

Here are plugins I am interested in, but have not installed currently:

  1. User Spam Remover
    1. automatically removes spam user registrations and abandoned accounts, did not install as too many spam blockers discourages comments
  2. SEOpressor
    1. paid version only from MaxBlogPress.com, adds bold to your keywords, adds italic to your keywords, adds underline to your keywords, and more
  3. Worpit
    1. found this while looking into a good way to try to back up the site
  4. WP Publish Facebook
    1. Automatically publishes your content to Facebook
  5. OIO Publisher
    1. Could not find this, maybe the name changed
  6. FD Feedburner Plugin
    1. all exisiting feeds become Feedburner feeds, need to give them your Feedburner URL though
  7. MaxBlogPress Ninja Affliate
    1. Highlights words into paid links
  8. MaxBlog Press Strip Ads
  9. Flashcard plugin
    1. would like to use this in the future, by Liang Shao (http://www.myapps4ipad.com/blog/2011/11/29/flashcard-wp-plugin/)
  10. Disqus Comment System
    1. Hosts comments replacing WordPress comment system, disqus.com
  11. Slim Jetpack
    1. just in case decide prefer over regular Jetpack by WordPress.com
  12. WP Adsense Plugin
    1. I have not applied to Adsense for this site again, as I was actually very kindly rejected and encouraged to reapply due to a lack of a Google sitemap and I think they would want a higher traffic level also, plugin by Naeem, naeem.pk

Sources – to add several ebooks purchased on Amazon.com and JohnChow.com was also used

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