“The WP-to-Twitter plugin posts a Twitter status update from your WordPress blog using either the Cli.gs or Bit.ly URL shortening services to provide a link back to your post from Twitter.”
This is a great Twitter plugin. I use this on all of my Blogs to automatically update Twitter whenever a new post is published. It’s very customisable and you have the option to only Tweet certain categories, or all posts and to fully customise what is sent to Twitter. For example, on this site, I use it to only Tweet Sci-Fi Sunday posts. On my other Blog, I use it to post everything and include hash tags at the end of the Tweet. Both of them use Bit.ly to shorten the URL to save space.
It’s quite easy to set up, however the new OAUTH settings can be a bit of a faff (which can’t be avoided unfortunately), but once this is done, you will never have to worry about it again.
“You can have simple, concise stats with no additional load on your server by plugging into WordPress.com’s stat system.”
This is a great stats plugin. Shows top posts and pages, top referrers, Search engine terms, and allows you to view weekly, monthly and yearly stats should you have any.
It’s a bit of a faff to set up, and I’ll be honest, I’ve only ever got it working on one site..
One cool feature is that the stats work with the Blackberry WordPress app. So I can check my stats on the move! Another great feature is that it knows who you are and doesn’t count your own visits. You can browse your own blog all day long and it won’t count towards your stats. That way you can be sure that your hit count is genuine.
“Youtuber lets you embed YouTube videos in your posts very easily, and offers a few benefits over simply copying in YouTube’s embed code.”
Great simple plugin for displaying YouTube videos on your site. I post a lot of videos, and one of the problems I was having was that every time I wanted to post a video, I would have to grab the embed code from YouTube. I would then need to know the sizes I needed as they were not available to select on YouTube and change the code. Quite painful when you do this regulary. But what happens when you change your design? That’s right, all he videos aren’t going to be displayed properly. This plugin lets you specify the width and height, and all you need to enter into your posts is a YouTube tag and the end part of the video URL. It will then add all the necessary code for you. If you change your design, you only need to change the setting in the plugin, and viola!
“Smart invisible captcha for wordpress comments. Visitors of your website don’t need to enter letters and numbers. This small plugin automatically 100% protects your website from spam in comments.”
Don’t ask me how this works. Before I installed this, I was getting spammed mercilessly by spambots. I was probably getting about 20 comments a day that were complete garbage. After installing this I haven’t had a single dodgy message and no one has had any problems posting comments. I use this on all my sites.
“Star Rating for Reviews is a simple WordPress plugin that inserts pretty rating stars based on the score you assign using intuitive, inline
[rating:] tags. It can also calculate and output overall ratings for you based on all previous scores you have assigned, useful for reviews that have multiple categories or an album review where each track is assigned a score.”
I have used this plugin multiple times in this post. Before I had this plugin, I had to manually insert pictures of stars into my post! With this one I just add a tag into my post and it displays the specified rating
“Strictly AutoTags is a plugin that scans a post for words that could be used as tags and then orders them so that the most relevant words get added to the post. Just because a word appears in a post that is already in your list of tags does not mean that it should automatically be added against the article. Therefore the plugin orders all matching tags in descending order and picks only those that occur the most.”
I’m very lazy. This is a fact. I’m so lazy that I never ever tag my posts. About 3 months ago, I thought it would be a good idea to start tagging my posts, but it soon got tiresome. This plugin automatically tags your post using keywords from the post content.
There is also a feature that allows you to automatically tag older posts!