I have found lots of helpful plug-ins during my time in the blogging world, but have abandoned most of them along the way. Here are the most useful ones I’ve found:
This adds the little tick box at the end of your post allowing people to choose to receive all future comments on that post as an email. I love this feature – I think it really helps conversations to develop in the comments section and that is one of the best things about blogging!
This plug-in is a must if you want to increase page ranking on Internet searches. It automatically generates meta tags and keywords for all your posts and does lots of other fancy things which I don’t really understand. All I know is that this helps your page ranking a lot!
A meta-data manager with lots of extra features, including the ability to display special messages to first time visitors to your site. I have to admit that this one is a bit technical and I’m not using it to it’s full abilities yet, but this is a very clever plug-in which definitely needs investigating.
This plug-in generates a site-map for use with the search engines. Another great one for improving your page ranking.
This allows you to create a page where all your posts are sorted alphabetically. I used this plug-in to create my Books Reviewed page. It is customisable so you can decide which categories are included in your list, meaning all your memes and other non-book review posts can be ignored.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. I found it a bit hit or miss in the beginning, but the more you use it the better it gets. Using this tool means that my spam is under control without the need for word verification.
This plugin is the easiest way to set your word-press blog up for Google Analytics. If you haven’t discovered Google Analytics yet then you really should sign up, especially if you love looking at your blog’s statistics!
A simple, but flexible tool to add a contact form to your blog.
Advanced editing tool for post writing, adding 40 new buttons to the toolbar including smilies, styles and visual characters.
Have I missed out any really useful plug-ins?
Do you use lots of different ones on your blog, or do you stick with the standard template?