Different WordPress blogs will take advantage of different plugins depending on the needs of each blog, but can we find a core group of plugins that “should” be used on all WordPress blogs?
I’m sure the answer to that question is a big fat NO. And that’s because each blog is unique!
I looked through my blogs, including blogs that I write for fun and ones that I maintain for clients, to see which plugins are common to all. The list is a short one.
- Akismet – best spam catcher of them all
- FeedBurner FeedSmith – best way to manage your blog feeds
- MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer – best way to ping your blog
Akismet comes along with WordPress by default, which makes it the de facto standard way of managing spam comments and trackbacks left on your blog. Piece of cake. Get your WordPress.com API Key so you can set up Akismet now.
Register your blog with FeedBurner via the FeedBurner FeedSmith plugin and you’ll be able to see how many people subscribe to your blog feed and other crazy statistics about your site visitors. FeedBurner makes it easy to analyze your site traffic.
MaxBlogPress offers several plugins worth checking out, especially the MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer. Pinging your blog lets the world know that you have something new on your site, which is a great way to get your message out there. Trouble can arise when you edit blog posts, or post-date your blog entries, as each time you publish your content or save edited content the ping service gets hit again. Multiple pings in a row may look like blog spam and you really don’t want your blog properties to be associated with spam in any way, shape or form. Use MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer to take control of pinging your blog.