After you have purchased your domain, picked out a unique theme and added a few plugins for your readers’ enjoyment, consider using some WordPress plugins to add additional functionality to your administration screen – the blog’s back end!
- Advanced-Admin-Menus v2.2.1 by Andy Staines — Prevents you from having to click two or three times to access administration screens – instead the menus are drop down menus.
- Akismet v2.0.2 by Matt Mullenweg — Spam is so common, but this plugin can keep you from having to wade through dozens of spam messages in your comments. Instead, they are seprarated out, so you can review spam comments at your convenience.
- Better Comments Manager v1.5.1 by Keith Dsouza — Better Comments manager allows you to view your commentsby post and it also allows you to reply to your comments from within the administration panel without you having to visit the site to respond to comments.
- Maintenance Mode v3.2 by Michael Woehrer — Adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. You can also personalize the splash page with any information that you want. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.
- SpotMilk v2.1.3 by Sunghwa Park — Jazz up your administration theme with SpotMilk, an administration theme for WordPress 2.1 & 2.2, which is originally inspired by Spotlight on Mac OS X Tiger and the Milk theme by Max Rudberg.
- WordPress Database Backup v2.1.3 by Austin Matzko — Pretty self-explanatory – on-demand backup of your WordPress database, so you can rest assured that if anything should happen to your blog, you can pick up from where you left off!
- podPress v8.3 by Dan Kuykendall (Seek3r) — Adds the ability to manage and insert podcasts and mp3s into your WordPress website.
Are there others that you think are must-haves for the new WordPress administrator?
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