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Four More Essential WordPress Plugins

The buy me a beer plugin is not the only plugin I have been trying out recently. Here are some other WordPress plugins you might want to try out

  • Dagon Design Sitemap Generator – sitemaps are not just useful for visitors but can help your posts get indexed also. This plugin makes creating a sitemap automatic and painless. I had to tweak the look of it a bit, perhaps in the next version there will be more formatting options.
  • Comment Timeout – I noticed a lot of the spam was appearing on older posts, particularly manual spams which Akismet isn’t fantastic at catching. My assumption is the spammers were looking for pages with Google pagerank. Here is a solution, close comments after a certain duration. Combined with setting comments containing links as spam this has cut down my housekeeping quite a lot (obviously not all comments with links are spam and the few that are not I can retrieve from the spam queue, but 99% of the time they are and stay there, and yes I regard “signatures” in blog comments as spam, comments already link back without the extra clutter of a “signature”).
  • Better Comments Manager – Once you have spam sorted you need to reply to your real comments. The new version of this plugin makes it easier to work with comments by creating a special control panel page that allows you to read and reply all on one screen.
  • WordPress Database Backup – I am not sure why WordPress does not contain this in the default install any more but backups are essential. Use this plugin to automatically email you a blog database backup every week.

Those are my new recommendations, which plugins have you found particularly useful lately? Let me know in the comments …

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  1. Hi Chris,

    I found this really useful plugin that allows you to randomly rotate text or images on your blog. I am using it to display a series of in-house ads on our blog.

    http://andersdrengen.dk/projects/randomize/

    Thanks,
    Jeff

  2. Hi Chris,

    I found this really useful plugin that allows you to randomly rotate text or images on your blog. I am using it to display a series of in-house ads on our blog.

    http://andersdrengen.dk/projects/randomize/

    Thanks,
    Jeff

  3. Hi Chris,

    I found this really useful plugin that allows you to randomly rotate text or images on your blog. I am using it to display a series of in-house ads on our blog.

    http://andersdrengen.dk/projects/randomize/

    Thanks,
    Jeff

  4. i don’t know why WP don’t automatically include WP Database Backup any more either. I have been using it since before it was default, and then had to go and find it again when I upgraded and it was gone. (I think I was also changing servers at the time)

    Anyway, I had to search around to find it again. well worth it. Now, if only I remembered to backup….

  5. i don’t know why WP don’t automatically include WP Database Backup any more either. I have been using it since before it was default, and then had to go and find it again when I upgraded and it was gone. (I think I was also changing servers at the time)

    Anyway, I had to search around to find it again. well worth it. Now, if only I remembered to backup….

  6. i don’t know why WP don’t automatically include WP Database Backup any more either. I have been using it since before it was default, and then had to go and find it again when I upgraded and it was gone. (I think I was also changing servers at the time)

    Anyway, I had to search around to find it again. well worth it. Now, if only I remembered to backup….

  7. Comment Timeout is a great concept. I was thinking about turning off comments older than, say, 30 days on my own WordPress blog, recently, due to an increase in spam on older posts. Sure, I can catch them in the moderation panel, but it would be easier to avoid having to moderate spam on old posts at all.

    I assumed there was a plugin available, but hadn’t got around to looking yet. Now I won’t have to!

  8. Comment Timeout is a great concept. I was thinking about turning off comments older than, say, 30 days on my own WordPress blog, recently, due to an increase in spam on older posts. Sure, I can catch them in the moderation panel, but it would be easier to avoid having to moderate spam on old posts at all.

    I assumed there was a plugin available, but hadn’t got around to looking yet. Now I won’t have to!

  9. Comment Timeout is a great concept. I was thinking about turning off comments older than, say, 30 days on my own WordPress blog, recently, due to an increase in spam on older posts. Sure, I can catch them in the moderation panel, but it would be easier to avoid having to moderate spam on old posts at all.

    I assumed there was a plugin available, but hadn’t got around to looking yet. Now I won’t have to!

  10. I’ve been looking all over for a plugin that closed comments based on time! Thank you for including Comment Timeout in your post. I installed it and configured it in just a few minutes. Thanks again!

  11. I’ve been looking all over for a plugin that closed comments based on time! Thank you for including Comment Timeout in your post. I installed it and configured it in just a few minutes. Thanks again!

  12. I’ve been looking all over for a plugin that closed comments based on time! Thank you for including Comment Timeout in your post. I installed it and configured it in just a few minutes. Thanks again!

  13. Jen / domestika says:

    Thanks for the pointer to WP Database Backup. I have a feeling that this will save many many future headaches, and keep my language ladylike!

  14. Thanks for the pointer to WP Database Backup. I have a feeling that this will save many many future headaches, and keep my language ladylike!

  15. I’ve been considering moving my main blog over to WordPress and stuff like this makes it look that much more worthwhile.

    Mayhaps I’ll make the jump when I get a domain name..

    The sitemap one especially looks nice. I want a sitemap but they’re such a pain to create manually.

  16. I’ve been considering moving my main blog over to WordPress and stuff like this makes it look that much more worthwhile.

    Mayhaps I’ll make the jump when I get a domain name..

    The sitemap one especially looks nice. I want a sitemap but they’re such a pain to create manually.

  17. Comment timeout is a good plugin, but what if the users want to ask some questions on some old posts. I still get comments on some of my older posts when people come from search engines.

    @Chris: Is Comments manager compatible with Subscribe to comments. If i reply from there will it still send emails to thers who have subscribed

  18. Comment timeout is a good plugin, but what if the users want to ask some questions on some old posts. I still get comments on some of my older posts when people come from search engines.

    @Chris: Is Comments manager compatible with Subscribe to comments. If i reply from there will it still send emails to thers who have subscribed

  19. You spelled ‘Manager’ wrong in the ‘Better Comments Manager’ link. That’s gonna screw up their link love :)

  20. You spelled ‘Manager’ wrong in the ‘Better Comments Manager’ link. That’s gonna screw up their link love :)

  21. Great list. There are so many wonderful plugins for wordpress that is surely one of the great attractions of the system. I will definately look into the sitemap plugin shortly. Have you tried using WP-Cache? I could not get it to work properly.

    Thanks,
    Adam

  22. Great list. There are so many wonderful plugins for wordpress that is surely one of the great attractions of the system. I will definately look into the sitemap plugin shortly. Have you tried using WP-Cache? I could not get it to work properly.

    Thanks,
    Adam

  23. @Logo – nice, I will try it out

    @Goddess – good thing about this plugin you dont have to remember, just set it to email you routinely :)

    @Adam & Blaine – often the way, think of something and someone somewhere has written a plugin for it :)

    @Jen – heh, one less thing to make you turn the air blue eh? :)

    @Jeremy – come on over to wordpress (.org, not .com), it’s the best blog software around :D

    @Ashish – seems to be compatible, no complaints so far …

    @Adam F – oops, my bad!

    @Adam – Not tried any cache solutions, even when I get dugg I don’t really see the need but quite willing to be swayed. Not as geeked-up on this stuff as I once was :)

  24. @Logo – nice, I will try it out

    @Goddess – good thing about this plugin you dont have to remember, just set it to email you routinely :)

    @Adam & Blaine – often the way, think of something and someone somewhere has written a plugin for it :)

    @Jen – heh, one less thing to make you turn the air blue eh? :)

    @Jeremy – come on over to wordpress (.org, not .com), it’s the best blog software around :D

    @Ashish – seems to be compatible, no complaints so far …

    @Adam F – oops, my bad!

    @Adam – Not tried any cache solutions, even when I get dugg I don’t really see the need but quite willing to be swayed. Not as geeked-up on this stuff as I once was :)

  25. Thanks for the useful list of plugins. I’m installing a few :)

  26. Thanks for the useful list of plugins. I’m installing a few :)

  27. Nice, I should check out the sitemap plug in. Keep up the recommendations!

  28. Nice, I should check out the sitemap plug in. Keep up the recommendations!

  29. Ok, self promotion time…shame, shame, I know…

    I just finished putting the finishing touches on a new WordPress plug-in called TransferTweaks. TransferTweaks takes your “after the fact” code modifications placed in the head, footer, and sidebar and stores them in the WordPress database. Now, when you decide to switch to a new theme you no longer need to move your code tweaks by hand. As long as TransferTweaks is active, your code will always be present in the current theme.

    This was my first attempt at creating a plug-in but I am hoping that others may find it useful…I know I use it on all of my WordPress blogs to transfer my Google Analytics, MyBlogLog, etc. code to subsequent templates :)

  30. Ok, self promotion time…shame, shame, I know…

    I just finished putting the finishing touches on a new WordPress plug-in called TransferTweaks. TransferTweaks takes your “after the fact” code modifications placed in the head, footer, and sidebar and stores them in the WordPress database. Now, when you decide to switch to a new theme you no longer need to move your code tweaks by hand. As long as TransferTweaks is active, your code will always be present in the current theme.

    This was my first attempt at creating a plug-in but I am hoping that others may find it useful…I know I use it on all of my WordPress blogs to transfer my Google Analytics, MyBlogLog, etc. code to subsequent templates :)

  31. I use spam karma and it catches everything. It watches old posts and that is a red flag. People can post on old if they don’t trip any other flags. I don’t think it is a good idea to just turn off comments on old posts. You never know when you will start ranking for some random term.

  32. I use spam karma and it catches everything. It watches old posts and that is a red flag. People can post on old if they don’t trip any other flags. I don’t think it is a good idea to just turn off comments on old posts. You never know when you will start ranking for some random term.