Posted by Dan Rigsby on August 23rd, 2008
I often get asked what I use for a blog engine. I use Wordpress.org on a hosted server. I use Wordpress primarily for its community and huge network of plugins and tools. I would prefer to use a .Net based blog engine of a PHP one, but its hard to beat the stability and extensibility that the community provides to Wordpress right now. One day I may move to another engine.
Knowing that I use Wordpress inevitably leads to the question of what plugins I use. Here is a list of the plugins for Wordpress that I view as “Indispensable” right now. If you notice, even this list of plugins is generated by another plugin called WP-PluginsUsed. I keep this list updated on my about page as well, but it is useful enough to also warrant a full blog post.
If anyone ever has any questions about my blog or what I use, feel free to ask!
» Matt Mullenweg (url)
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put <?php akismet_counter(); ?> in your template. See also: WP Stats plugin.
» Roland Rust (url)
Manage WordPress Backups. Beta Release. Please help testing and give me feedback under the comments section of the Plugin page. Backup DB, Files & Folders, use .tar.gz, .zip, Exclude List, etc.
FeedBurner FeedSmith 2.3.1
» FeedBurner (url)
Originally authored by Steve Smith, this plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.
Google Analyticator 6.0.2
» Ronald Heft (url)
» DiSo Development Team (url)
Allows the use of OpenID for account registration, authentication, and commenting. Also includes an OpenID provider which can turn WordPress author URLs into OpenIDs.
Search Unleashed 1.0.6
» John Godley (url)
Advanced search engine that provides full text searching across posts, pages, comments, titles, and URLs. Searches take into account any data added by other plugins, and all search results are contextually highlighted. You can also highlight incoming searches from popular search engines.
Twitter Tools 2.0
» Alex King (url)
A complete integration between your WordPress blog and Twitter. Bring your tweets into your blog and pass your blog posts to Twitter. Show your tweets in your sidebar, and post tweets from your WordPress admin.
Wordpress Automatic Upgrade 1.2.5
» Keith Dsouza (url)
Wordpress Automatic Upgrade allows a user to automatically upgrade the wordpress installation to the latest one provided by wordpress.org using the 5 steps provided in the wordpress upgrade instructions. Go to Wordpress Automatic Upgrade to upgrade your installation Thanks to Ronald Huereca for making the plugin run in automatic mode.
WordPress Mobile Edition 3.1
» Crowd Favorite (url)
Show your mobile visitors a site presentation designed just for them. Rich experience for iPhone, Android, etc. and clean simple formatting for less capable mobile browsers. Cache-friendly with a Carrington-based theme, and progressive enhancement for advanced mobile browsers.
» Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan (url)
Manages your Wordpress database. Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up and optimizing of database.
WPtouch iPhone Theme 22.214.171.124
» Dale Mugford & Duane Storey (BraveNewCode) (url)
A plugin which formats your site with a mobile theme for the Apple iPhone / iPod touch, Google Android and other touch-based smartphones.