Plugins are seen as an essential part of blogging these days, whatever you wish to achieve on your blog you can bet your bottom dollar that there is a plugin on the internet that can help you do it.
Whether you want a plugin that can display banner adverts, a plugin that can run polls or even a plugin that can add a message board to your blog, it can be done with a WordPress plugin.
I currently run three blog with WordPress and I use the same 24 plugins on all of them. In fact adding these 24 plugins is the first thing that I do when I’ve installed WordPress, even before making a post or installing a theme.
So I thought I would list the 24 plugins that I use in the hope that you might find some gems to help improve your own blog.
Adman is my personal plugin of choice when it comes to displaying adverts in content on my blogs. You can ad any kind of advert from Adsense right down to your own custom advert.
This comes bundled with WordPress but a lot of people ignore it. This is possibly the best plugin for eliminating Spam that I have ever come across. It has stopped over 500,000 Spam comments on one of my blogs alone.
All in One SEO Pack
To get your blog high in the search rankings requires good SEO, sadly WordPress on its own is not very effective at this, but the All in One SEO Pack plugin can help by tweaking it and helping you obtain better rankings. Most bloggers who use it swear by it!
Produces a path on your blog so people can see how they got to the page they are reading (can be seen in action at the top of this post).
Brian’s Threaded Comments
A plugin that helps to keep your comments in better order.
Buy Me A Beer
A donation plugin where readers can send you donations via PayPal. I edited this plugin so now any donations are sent to a charity instead of my PayPal account.
Ever had a link in your comments that is so long it has broken your layout? This little plugin stops this by shortening the link.
When someone leaves a comment on your blog this little plugin also produces a link to the last blog post this person has done on their blog.
Custom Query String
This neat little plugin allows you to pick how many posts are viewed on each archive page.
This plugin covers your URLs so if you post an affiliate link nobody can remove your affiliate number. Also useful if you have long urls links as it shortens them.
Google XML Sitemaps
The Google XML Sitemaps plugin is another way of helping you get ranked in not only Google but ask.com, msn.com and other smaller search engines. this plugin creates a sitemap.
This is a fun plugin that helps you see which posts are the most popular via a complex points system. Please note you may need to use this solution to get the plugin to work.
This plugin lets you tweak the meta tag.
This plugin lets you add a some text to the bottom of the posts on your RSS feed.