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Essential WordPress Plugins

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A selection of favourite WordPress plugins, put together for the KLCK Bloggers Network gathering in Kilkenny in October 2010. …

A selection of favourite WordPress plugins, put together for the KLCK Bloggers Network gathering in Kilkenny in October 2010.

These plugins form part of my Wordpress "toolbox", plugins I look to employ in every blog I start up.

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  • 1. WordpressPlugins
    Making your blog sing (a bit more) with
  • 2. 1. Subscribe To Comments (2 plugins)
    Keep them coming back
    Need to edit your template
    Allows visitor to subscribe to comments on a post
    Massive help to kenmc.com’s early traffic.
    Plugin: Subscribe to comments & Subscribe to comments now!
  • 3. 2. Gravity Forms – Gravityforms.com
    Commercial plugin but worth the investment if you need to manage forms on your blog.
    Starts at US$39
    Custom build all kinds of forms from within your blog and store the results in the admin area.
    Have used for school registration, event registration, job applications and more.
  • 4. 3. ShareThis (Version 4.04)
    Sharing made easy.
    Allow your readers to share your posts on Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / Delicious
    Appears as a button on the end of your posts or pages.
  • 5. 4. Wordpresspopular posts
    Highlight the popular articles.
    Works like latest comments / latest posts.
    Can take into account number of views on a post, number of comments, keeps the busy posts to the front.
  • 6. 5. Twitter Tools
    Automatically tweet your posts from your blog.
    Can also create summary blog posts from a week on Twitter.
    Nice widget for your sidebar to display latest Tweets.
  • 7. 6. Follow Me (WPFollowMe)
    Add a badge to your blog to encourage people to follow you on Twitter.
    Badge is positioned around the edge of the screen so no editing themes.
    User clicks badge, lands on your Twitter profile.
  • 8. 7. All In One SEO Pack
    For really making your blog tick in terms of SEO.
    Custom titles, descriptions, keywords, menu titles and more.
    Really get the most out of your blog’s content on search engines.
  • 9. 8. Google XML Sitemaps
    If using Google Webmaster Tools, a must.
    Creates an XML sitemap of all the content in your blog.
    Map is updated every time you make a change and pinged.
    Google uses sitemap when indexing your blog for search results. Got a map, get seen!
  • 10. 9. Tal.ki Embeddable Forums
    Available for standalone websites and Wordpress blogs.
    No need to register, just create a forum, embed javascript or activate plugin.
    Users sign in with a Facebook / Google / Yahoo account and get posting.
  • 11. 10. Mailchimp / Analytics360
    Free email newsletter service. Send up to 6,000 emails a month to 1,000 subscribers for free.
    Analytics360 combines Mailchimp and Google Analytics into your Wordpress dashboard.
    Mailchimp(Plugin) Adds a mailing list widget for signups without having to edit template.
    Mailchimp run a free online webinar every week about getting started with your email newsletters. (45 mins)
  • 12. 11. Simple Yearly Archive
    Got a busy blog? Let users find old posts with ease.
    Uses a shortcode [SimpleYearlyArchive] to display a list of all previous posts by title.
    Can include date, comment count. A must for old and well-filled blogs.
  • 13. Those plugins again…
    Subscribe To Comments
    Gravity Forms
    Share This
    Wordpress Popular Posts
    Twitter Tools
    FollowMe
    All In One SEO Pack
    Google XML Sitemaps
    Tal.ki Forums
    Analytics360
    Simple Yearly Archive
  • 14. Where to get them
    All of the plugins mentioned are available to download through Wordpress or via Wordpress.org
    GravityForms available via GravityForms.com
    MailChimp available for free via MailChimp.com
  • 15. Find me online
    Online
    http://eventmedia.ie
    http://kenmc.com
    Twitter
    @eventmedia
    @kenmcguire
    Facebook
    http://facebook.com/kenmcguire

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