WordPress plugins are something that I love to use and write about. I originally listed some kickass plugins over on my blog. I want to add to that list here.
Why? Because WordPress plugins are just that good and there are tons of them out there for us bloggers!
Let me first say this: If you are reading this and your blog is not on a self-hosted WordPress platform – come on, what are you waiting for?
Can you say Google Blogger mess?
With your own WordPress.org platform and your own hosting, you have all the control and stability you need as a blogger.
Okay – let’s get to it!
Here is my list of 5 (more) WordPress plugins every blogger should be using:
1. WP Greet Box: This plugin allows you to display a different greeting message to your visitor depending on their referrer url.
So if they come to your blog from Digg, they get a message to Digg the submission. If they come from Twitter, they get the opportunity to retweet your post.
I use it to display a message to new visitors to my blog inviting them to subscribe by RSS or email.
The plugin is easy to customize (your message can be displayed at the top or bottom of each post) and a great way to interact with your site visitors.
Greet your visitors – it’s kinda like being a Walmart straight from your blog
Are you sometimes confused by all the information found in your Google Analytics reports? Yeah – me too.
Jetpack is a feature rich WordPress plugin that will supply you with simple, concise stats about your blog traffic. Once you have setup a WordPress.com account (don’t be alarmed, you will never have to setup or use that account – you just need it to register the plugin) your site statistics will display right in your WordPress dashboard.
I use it in conjunction with Google Analytics – it helps me to better understand who is coming to my blog and how they got there in the first place.
Jetpack is actually a “pack” of various tools that you can use – It’s so feature rich that I have only tackled the “stats” portion of it at this point.
Try it – I’m betting you will love it!
3. Viper Video Quicktags: Tired of copying and pasting the embed HTML from sites like YouTube? Then this plugin is for you.
Viper Quicktags installs new buttons In your WordPress edit box that allow you to upload videos to your blog with just one click.
The plugin supports video sites like: YouTube, Google Video, Vimeo, Blip.tv and more. See Danny’s post on how to embed a video on your blog post to learn more about this ever so cool plugin.
4. nRelate Related Content Plugin: This is a recent find of mine after using Yet Another Related Post plugin and LinkWithin for displaying related posts on my blog.
Three words: I love it!
The plugin pulls related content based on your post and displays them at the bottom with image thumbnails (you have to place an image on your post for this to happen, but who doesn’t display images these days?).
It’s all about keeping folks on your blog as long as possible these days, nRelate plugin gives you every chance to make that happen!
Dear friends – you have got to get and use this plugin! Do you want your readers to have the easiest possible time retweeting your stuff? Twitter @Anywhere Plus plugin is exactly what you need to make that happen!
The plugin allows you to easily add the Twitter development tool @Anywhere to your blog. You will first need an account at Twitter’s developers site .
After installing the plugin and activating it, go to http://dev.twitter.com/, open an account (free) and obtain your API Key. Enter the API key into the plugin settings, design how the RT box will look and what it will say, click “Save Settings” and you will have a box at the bottom of each post that looks something like this:
At that point you readers will be able to effortlessly retweet your post. The more simple we make it for our audience, the better we can syndicate our stuff.
Did I mention I LOVE this plugin?
Are you using any of these plugins on your blog? What other plugins can you not live without? What is your #1 favorite of all time WordPress plugin?