One of the best feature of using hosted WordPress is the countless Plugins available for it. I have installed and tried a number of plugins and here I’m listing the most useful ones.
- Akismet: This is an in-build plug-in for WordPress blog – it’s by Matt Mullenweg from the WordPress team and catches all the comment and trackback spam that your blog is bound to get. This plugin can also be downloaded from here.
- PHP Contact Form: This powerful yet easy-to-install PHP contact form, brought to you by Mike Cherim and Mike Jolley, features exceptional accessibility and usability while still providing extensive anti-spam and anti-exploit security features.
- Ajax Comments: Post comments quickly without leaving or refreshing the page. By Mike Smullin.
- Dagon Design Sitemap Generator: Generates a customizable sitemap containing all posts and pages. This is developed byAleister.
- Get Recent Comments: Display the most recent comments or trackbacks with your own formatting in the sidebar. Developed By Krischan Jodies.
- Share This: Lets your visitors to share a post/page with others. Supports e-mail and posting to social bookmarking sites. This is developed by Alex King.
- WP-PostViews: Enables you to display how many times a post had been viewed. It will not count registered member views, but that can be changed easily. By GaMerZ.
- WP-Print: Displays a printable version of your WordPress blog’s post/page. Developed By GaMerZ.
- Popularity Contest: This will enable ranking of your posts by popularity; using the behavior of your visitors to determine each post’s popularity. You set a value (or use the default value) for every post view, comment, etc. and the popularity of your posts is calculated based on those values. Once you have activated the plugin, you can configure the Popularity Values and View Reports. You can also use the included Template Tags to display post popularity and lists of popular posts on your blog. This is developed by Alex King.
The list goes on, but these are the major plugins which I have installed and the search for best plugins continues. 🙂
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Be wary of Akismet. I use it myself – but there is a lot of instance of false positives in it. Ie. when valid comments are classified as spam.