Mike Lewis asked me to write out a list of my favorite Wordpress plugins, so here they are.
- Disqus is my favorite plugin. It connects your blog to the Disqus comment system. I love Disqus for the simplicity and ease of use. They also allow you to make a single community out of a collection of blogs.
- Ad-minister allows you to run ads for on your site for the amount of time that you want. It can run different ads in one widget. This is my favorite ad plugin.
- AdSense Manager does exactly what it says.
Search, Search Engine, and SEO
- All in One SEO Pack helps with titles, keywords, and descriptions so your site is search engine friendly.
- Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator creates sitemaps to make sure your site’s contents are communicated to numerous search engines.
- Search Everything improves the built in Wordpress search.
Tag, Category, and Page Management
- Category Page allows you to add extra detail to your category pages.
- Collapsing Categories allows your categories to only show the top tier and expand out as desired.
- Configurable Tag Cloud does what it says.
- Flexi Pages Widget gives you a lot of great options for displaying page navigation.
- In Series allows you to easily run post series on your site.
- PageMash is a great AJAX interface keep your pages organized.
- Simple Tags gives you a lot more control over your tags.
- Tagaroo suggest tags and pictures for your posts.
- Postalicious imports your Delicious into you blog.
- QuickPost gives you a Tumblr style bookmarklet to write for your blog.
Stats and Analytics
- Google Analyticator connects your site to Google Analytics.
- Wordpress.com Stats give you real time Stats.
Multiple Author Support
- Author Exposed allows users to easily get more information on individual authors.
- Draft Notification Plugin does exactly what it says.
- Our To Do List Plugin helps you communicate back and forth with your other writers.
- Posts by Author displays other posts by the author of the current post.
I am still looking for good cache and social bookmarking plugins. I am using WP Super Cache to speed the site up. I also tried WP-Cache, but the site crashed often. I am also using ShareThis to provide social bookmarking links, but I am not in love with it. If I could find something better, I would use it.
I this helps you out.