WordPress Plugins are applications that enhance a WordPress websites capabilities and provide additional functionality. They are easy to install and configure so you don’t need to be a programmer or web designer to set them up. For instance, the social bookmark buttons at the bottom of each post and page on this site are a plugin.

Over the years, I have developed a list of WordPress plugins that I install on all my sites. In this post and a future one I’ll share my list with you.

Akismet – Filters your blog from spam comments and track back spam.

All in One SEO Pack – Out-of-the-box SEO for your website.

Audio Player – Highly configurable but simple mp3 player for playing audio in web pages.

WordPress Plugins

Broken Link Checker – checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard and via email if broken links are found.

CommentLuv – Shows a link to the last post from the commenters blog by parsing the feed at their site when they leave a comment. Rewards your readers and encourages more comments.

Content Slide Plugin – Displays a simple slideshow.

Dagon Design Sitemap Generator – Generates a fully customizable sitemap.

Fast Secure Contact Form – Display forms on web pages, and sends the information via email when submitted. Blocks spammers. Includes a CAPTCHA.

Google XML Sitemaps – Generates the special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing to better index your blog.

Hana FLV Player – Easily embed flash videos in your website.

MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer – Prevent your blog from getting tagged as a ping spammer.

NoFollow Free – Remove the nofollow tag from your blog’s comments, encouraging visitors to leave more comments.

SexyBookmarks – Shows a list of the common social bookmarking icons to blog posts and pages. You can configure which icons are shown.

Simple CAPTCHA – a simple captcha system for your comment system to prevent spam.

TweetMeme Retweet Button – Adds a button which easily lets you retweet your blog posts and pages.

Viper’s Video Quicktags – Easily embed videos from various video websites such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Daily Motion in your posts and pages.

Widget Logic – Allows you to configure which widgets appear in the sidebar on specific pages.

WordPress.com Stats – Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks.

WordPress Database Backup – On-demand backup of your WordPress database.

Dean’s Permalinks Migration – Allows you to safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links in the website, without hurting your google pagerank.

Stay tuned for part 2!