Over the last year or so, I’ve been tinkering with my site. I moved it from Blogger, which is notoriously slow to load most of the day. I chose WordPress because of its ease of customization and support in the online community. For a budding techie like myself, WordPress fits the bill. If you are looking for a program that you can install on your own (all you need is webhosting with SQL and PHP support) and customize until your heart’s content, get WordPress today!
For this blog, I am currently using a mix of plugins especially to add functionality and information for my readers.
- Adhesive (3.2) Allows easy marking of sticky posts in WordPress 2.0. By Owen Winkler. Note: This plugin is not currently supported by the developer.
- Akismet (2.0) Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. By Matt Mullenweg.
- Bad Behavior (2.0.10) Deny automated spambots access to your PHP-based Web site. By Michael Hampton.
- Category Tagging (2.3) Tagging with categories. Display a tag cloud and related posts. By Michael Woehrer.
- Easy Announcement (1.1) An easy way to display announcement on your site without have to edit your theme file. By Fauzi Mohd Darus.
- Gravatar (1.1) This plugin allows you to generate a gravatar URL complete with rating, size, default, and border options. By Tom Werner.
- Gravatar Signup (1.6.3) Allows commenters to sign up for a gravatar by clicking a checkbox and filling in a desired password By Mark Jaquith.
- podPress (7.9) The podPress pluggin gives you everything you need in one easy plugin to use WordPress for Podcasting. By Dan Kuykendall (Seek3r). Currently disabled.
- Post Avatar (1.2.1) Attach a picture to posts easily by selecting from a list of uploaded images. Similar to Livejournal Userpics. By Vicky Arulsingam and Dominik Menke.
- Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form (v.2.0WP B20070414) This powerful yet easy-to-install contact form features exceptional accessibility and usability while still providing extensive anti-spam and anti-exploit security features. By Mike Cherim and Mike Jolley.
- SRG Clean Archives (4.0.2) This plugin is designed to display your archive listings in a clean, uniform, single-query fashion that’s Search Engine friendly on a dedicated page or in your
sidebar. By Geek With Laptop.
- Subscribe2 (3.5) Notifies an email list when new entries are posted. By Matthew Robinson.
- WP Tiger Administration (3.0) Wraps the WordPress Administrator panel with a pretty display, so it looks more like an application than a website. By Steve Smith.
- WP Grins (1.4) A Clickable Smilies hack for WordPress. Alex King.
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