I use WordPress for all of my blogs and mini-sites. Here are the plugins I recommend:
- Add to Any – It’s important to turn off the annoying hover feature by clicking the box “Only show the menu when the user clicks the Share/Save button” under Menu options.
- All in One SEO – be sure and fill it out for the whole site and for each page/post you create
- Akismet – prevents spam comments so use it
- Cbnet Ping Optimizer – prevents you from getting banned from blog directories by refreshing a post too often
- Cforms – best email form plugin
- Google Sitemap Generator – keeps google updated with pages as you make them-builds google a map
- Related Posts Plugin – gives options for displaying other posts at the bottom of a post, based on tags
- NEW – Enhanced Recent Posts – include or exclude categories from listings of recent posts.
- Yoast Breadcrumbs
- WP-Page Navi
- Robots Meta
- Image Widget – add images to widgets from within the widget.
Please write your favorite WordPress plugins in the comments below. Contact me if you need help with WordPress in Indianapolis.
Tools for Listening and/or Monitoring
- Google Alerts
- Social Mention
- Blog Pulse
- Twitter Search
- Twingly Microblog Search
- Tracking Data Options
- wordpress.org/extend/plugins – wordpress.com stats
- Google Analytics