Everybody has their favorite WordPress plugins. I thought I’d share my five favorite plugins and ask you to do the same. One thing we should all be clear about: there are always better plugins in the pipeline, and many of them have already been released. Let’s focus on the plugins that have already made a huge difference to the way we run our blogs. If you’ve got suggestions for better plugins that serve the same function, feel free to suggest them in the comment suggestion:
aLinks is a flexible plugin that automatically generates links within your blog posts. One of its best features is the ability to specify keyword phrases and the corresponding link that should be placed on those phrases. The plugin is well polished, and gives you a great deal of control (e.g. the total number of links per posts) and includes a click tracking mechanism.
aLinks can be used to interlink your own content or to create automatic affiliate links.
When’s the last time you’ve backed up your blog’s database? Come on…be honest. If you’re like me, you put database backup off because you don’t want to login to phpMyAdmin for every single one of your blogs. The good news is that you can backup your database from within the WordPress dashboard, and even have the database sent directly to your Gmail account, for long-term storage. A definite must.
It’s not perfect, especially with it’s handling of non-standard encodings in WordPress titles (the ? often replaces the ‘) but it’s great for creating a common, interlinking sidebar between networked sites. You can see me using it over in the right hand sidebar at TenFootSquare.
4. Semiologic’s Related Posts
Deep linking doesn’t just involve getting links from other sites. You need to have deep internal linking too. Any good related posts plugin can make a big difference in your link building efforts. On more than a handful of situations, I’ve used “related posts” to jumpstart a stagnant blog revival. Without a related posts plugin, your average post is likely to have 2-3 internal links. With a related posts plugin, you can expect to see incremental growth in internal links to any given post. The more posts you have, the more internal links each post will have. There are many good related posts plugin. Another one is Contextually Related Posts.
5. iMax Width
This plugin resizes all uploaded images to fit a max width. If you have a photo based blog, a plugin like this can be priceless to avoid breaking your theme or overlapping images with other div sections.
So what are your favorite WordPress plugins?