I am really happy using WordPress for blogging. Plugins are one of the killer feature helps to conquer the world. They really extend it into various, useful, sometimes unexpected ways
There are tons of plugins available, so you can find almost whatever you want. I want to share my list of plugins used.
Akismet - plugin to reject spam comments. It is installed by default, but not activated, easy activation though. When gained some popularity I faced with spam comments. First it was like 1-2 per week and it quickly raised to 10 per day. Installing something like CAPTCHA can help but makes visitor nervous, uncomfortable and not happy!
All in One SEO Pack - SEO optimization. Allows to enter custom meta description, keywords, title for each page. Customize standard post title to include additional information. Build-in Google Analytics code, etc..
Simple Adsense - Inserting Adsense blocks into post content. Really simple, good to get started with AdSense. I am going to move to something more advanced soon.
Google XML Sitemaps - Creates xml site map for quicker site indexing. Notifies Google and Bing of new posts and pages.
Header and Footer - Adds whatever you want to footer and header of pages or posts. Simple way to try new ideas.
NextGEN Gallery - Helps organizing images into albums. Multiple upload, album view, easy management.
Social Sharing Toolkit - Adds social buttons to your posts, like facebook, tweeter. I am not really happy with it, but its most advanced plugin I've found, I tried several of thouse.
Stealth Publish - Publish new post without showing it in RSS feeds. Sometimes useful.
WordCounter.net - Counts words and characters in post or page. Useful for estimating value of translation or rewriting.
WordPress Editorial Calendar - Its easy to get lost, If you schedule posts in future. It shows nice calendar with all scheduled posts
WPML Multilingual CMS - Makes your blog multilingual. Links sames posts with different translations. Now its commercial, I have latest free version installed.
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