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Web-Work At Home WordPress plugin Catch up List

Here’s a WordPress plugin catch up list I promised I would write after John White from Resume Writers left a comment on an old WordPress plugin list. I have written one or two more WP plugin lists since that post on the 17th of August 2009, my doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun ;-) As I said in my reply to John quite a few of the plugins I used then are gone or replaced. A lot of the commenting plugins were replaced by Disqus and I reverted back to the All in one SEO plugin because of compatibility issues. So here is my updated list which is very much slimmed down I may add.

24 active plugins

Ad Squares Widget: Good all round ad rotator, ideal for 125×125 but you can use other banner sizes, also takes AdSense and JavaScript

Akismet: Popular spam plugin, links up with Disqus

All in one SEO Pack: Reverted back from SEO Ultimate because of incompatibility, also this plugin integrates better with WP Zon Builder

Clean Archives Reloaded: Creates an archive of your blogs history, enhanced with JavaScript

Disqus Comment System: Reinstated and replaces several commenting plugins. It has loads of options that allow commenter’s to login via Twitter, FaceBook, Open ID and Yahoo, also combines people, Recent comments and Popular posts in a sidebar widget. Widget does have a tendency to lag a bit

Easy Contact: Simple forms insert using short code

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FD Feedburner Plugin: Redirects all feeds to FeedBurner, will be phasing FeedBurner out and introducing FeedBlitz in due course

Google XML Sitemaps: Generates special XML map for the search engines

Hyper Cache: In my long quest to find a suitable caching plugin this is the latest one which so far is performing reasonably

Infolinks Official Plugin: A recent integration of Infolinks which adds hyperlinks to your content to earn money, this plugin makes the installation process a snip.

Maintenance Mode: Handy plugin that adds a splash page when in maintenance mode, you can edit the message for visitors

Microkid’s Related Posts: Allows you to manually select related posts as opposed to the automated type

NextGen Gallery: Gives you multiple image gallery options for your blog

RSS Cloud: Pings the Cloud Servers, more traffic

WordPress Popular Posts: Generates a list of popular posts based on views or comments, configurable. Although I have Disqus which combines popular posts in its widget I will hold on to this plugin for now.

WP-DBManager: Great plugin for managing your backups which you can schedule, it also optimizes your WP tables

WP-PageNavi: Adds paging navigation and helps with linking up your blog, good for the search engines

WP Auto Tagger: Automatically scans your posts for tags

WP Minify: Compresses JavaScript and CSS to speed up page load time

WP Overview (light): Gives you a snapshot of memory used for your WP install as well as an overview of your server and system details

WP Zon Builder: Replaces ReviewAZON as my preferred Amazon review plugin, no competition really ;-)

WP Greet Box: Show a different message to your visitor depending on which site they are coming from. For example, you can ask Digg visitors to Digg your post, Google visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed, and more! Best of all, this plugin is compatible with various WordPress cache plugins.

Editorial Calendar: Just added this plugin and trying it out, its great for organising your blogging and allows you to see a snapshot of your posts from 1 week to 5 weeks, you can also drag and drop to rearrange post dates.

The WordPress Editorial Calendar Screen Cast from Zack Grossbart on Vimeo.

I think I have found the right amount of plugins at around 24 which is a lot less than I had before. One of the biggest culprits in terms of resources used was the Ultimate SEO plugin which was way too heavy and had to go.

WP Zon Builder is far lighter in resources than its predecessor, I did a side by side page load comparison with ReviewAZON and the differences were starkly in contrast.

Changing my commenting system over to Disqus has saved a lot of space. Overall less is better which means less upgrades and time saved not to mention server resources saved.

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