Three Key Plugins For WordPress
I seem to be answering a lot of questions about WordPress these days and specifically what plugins (tools that extend the functionality of a WordPress installation) are best or more importantly necessary to achieve blogging nirvana. It's a challenging question as everyone has different needs; very different in fact. Here are a few that I believe are useful today and will be useful well into the future. As always you should check out the official WordPress plugin codex - it has thousands to choose from.
- The best bloggers know that there is a lot of value in their archived posts. So why let them go to waste! Wordpress users should definitely take a look at Semiologic's related entries plugin which leverages the extract terms plugin and MySQL's full text search algorithms to identify related entries in a WordPress powered site.
- Comment relish is a Wordpress plugin developed to send an e-mail message to users who comment on your website. The message (which can be defined with the plugin's preferences) is sent to users who have never commented before. You can work in a lot of valuable information in each message such as who they are, what they wrote and when they were at you site commenting. It's a valuable marketing touch point - so make sure you ask them to subscribe to your official feed!
- If you believe in the mobile hype, jump on the bandwagon and make your WordPress site accessible on a mobile phone. Individual posts, pages, archives and even comments can be viewed on various mobile devices. The best part is that posts and comments can be submitted by phone! I've been using the following on one of my personal blogs for quite some time, but I have not yet utilized the AdMob ad solution that comes with the plugin.