Mark Ghosh asked on WebBlogTools what 5 plugins I use in every wordpress install.
I use nearly the same plugins for every blog I run. Here’s my list.
- Akismet – It seems silly to not have Akismet. Does anyone want spam on their blog? I don’t know of any better way to deal with stupid annoying pointless messages.
- WP-Stats/Google Analyticator – Depending on if the blogger I’m setting up the blog for has a Analyitcs account, I use WP-Stats or GA. I love them both (and personally have them setup side by side here). I find these two plugins great for glancing at recent traffic and changing the posting schedule based on trends.
- WordPress Database Backup – A priceless and invaluable plugin. Every day at 10am, WP-DB Backup sends a complete copy of my database to a secret and highly secure email address. I run my own backup every Tuseday, but the worst probably will happen on Monday at 11:55pm.
- WP Super Cache – Slow pages are terrible. Since I’m continuously logged in, this makes less of an impact on me, but my readers enjoy having fast page loads. I was never able to figure out W3 Total Cache, so Super Cache is enough for me.
- WP-Optimize – Every few weeks I’ll optimize my database with this little plugin. It doesn’t do much, but it essentially runs optimize MySQL command on each table in the database and also removes old post revisions that are no longer needed. It’s excellent.
Of course, I’d love to say thanks to the developers of those excellent plugins: Automattic, Chris J. Davis, Ronald Heft, Austin Matzko, Donncha O Caoimh and Ruhani Rabin.
It’s the moment everyone has been waiting for: the Mootools Forge
has been released. I talked about it
in January of 2009. We knew it was heading for a fall 2009 release, and just a few weeks before 2010, here it is!
So here’s a brief overview of the Mootools Forge.
- Popular plugins get a promotion plug on the Forge home page [see most popular]
- Recently added plugins get a temporary plug on the Forge home page [see most recent]
- You can login via linking your twitter account or just normal registration
- Search for plugins by name or tag type
- The forge code is open source, check it out
The Mootools Forge is getting bigger everyday; it was released only a few days ago, and it already has a good number of plugins.
If you’re a plugin developer, get your plugins in a GitHub repository and into the Forge.
If you’re a plugin user, check it out. Go now.
While I was glancing at my page’s source code recently, I noticed that there were two meta-tag descriptions. One contained strings from plugins: Share and Enjoy and Possibly Related Posts… from Sociable and YARPP. The second meta-tag description was from All In One SEO but it actually contained the description. So something weird was going on!
<meta name="copyright" content="Copyright (c) September 2009" />
<meta name="revised" content="Friday, September 4th, 2009, 6:24 pm" />
<meta name="template" content="Hybrid 0.6.1" />
<meta name="generator" content="WordPress 2.8.4" />
After for looking in the settings in both plugins and coming up with nothing, I tried to look through my theme, Hybrid. Hybrid tries to offer excellent out of the box so it has a couple of SEO options in its settings panel. I found an option that was enabled, Use the excerpt on single posts for your meta description? So I unchecked it, saved, refreshed, no difference. I forgot that this is cached so, I add a ?904723 to the end of the post and it was gone!
It’s scary to think that this option had been active for more than a year because that means Google has been laughing at me while it crawled my page, “Hey that guy has two descriptions, so which do I pick? Neither!” At least it was an easy fix.
Additionally, I don’t think plugins should inject stuff into the excerpt field. That’s bad practice. YARPP could use a meta-tag like possibly-related and Sociable could use social.
The Forge is projected for a Fall 2009 release. Few if any outside of the Mootools Team know what the Forge will be like.
The Mootools Forge is under development right now. The Mootools Forge will be where all sorts of community contributed plugins willÃ‚Â be found.
I’m not sure on what type on moderation/administration will be put into the forge, but it looks like svn/github integration will be added. It seems like the popular plugins will have their own little show case and also the recently added will have their own spot.
The login system is based on OpenID which is great since you don’t have to make yet another account to add plugins for mootools to the forge (when it’s done, of course).
You can check out the Google Groups for the Mootools Forge.
To hold you over until the Forge opens later in the fall, you should visit eSteak
, the unoffical plugin repository and also follow David Walsh
on Twitter for updates.