Ok, seeing as how my head and heart is still lost on the dance floor, I really can’t be arsed to write out anything intellectual or enlightening. So uh, I’m just going to share with you all some of my favorite WordPress plugins, and why I think they’re awesome.
Very useful if you have a lot certain codes that you use repeatedly in your posts, but you’re too lazy to type them out each time. For me, I use the
<acronym> </acronym> for the people’s names in real life, and it’s a pain typing out the same description each time (as if I can remember them all), so with this plugin, I can add the code to the snippets repository and easily include it with one click when I need :)
You can see it in action in my previous post about my crazy night out :P Basically, it allows you to hide a portion of your posts for registered users only. Since my private posts will usually be extremely long, this plugin gives the readers a small teaser, and they can decide if they want to register/login to view the post or not. I recommend using this plugin with Register Plus so you can get total control of who views your private posts.
I wrote a now obsolete post about improved comment notification via email a year ago, but this plugin does the job much better. Basically, I have it set up so that if the commenter is interested in getting an email when I reply, they can simply check the box at the end of the comment form, and they’ll receive an email with my reply when I get around to it :)
Everyone recommends the All-in-one SEO Pack, which I also used before, but consider this plugin the All-in-one version, but on crack :P It has all the features of All-in-one, but a lot more. I mainly use it to hide my paid posts from search engines so I can avoid being Google bitch-slapped. If you do write paid posts, I’d highly recommend getting this plugin, and then reading my posts on how to hide paid posts from your feeds and how to hide them from your main page.
No real use for this plugin, except for the fact that I like being able to include an avatar next to my posts :P This, and the friends only feature, are what I miss most from using LiveJournal, but with this plugin, I can have unlimited avatars! It’s easy to customize and use, no complicated coding needed.
Sometimes I’d have a bunch of ideas for posts, and other times, I’d be completely brain dead (which explains the fluctuation in my post frequencies). I use this plugin to jot down ideas for posts, and it shows up as a little widget right on my dashboard, so I can see it right away when I login. Very useful if you suffer spontaneous writer’s block like me.
What are some of your favorite, but lesser-known, WordPress plugins?