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  1. Lisa
    Lisa Published |

    The ones I can’t live without:
    Askimet, Exec-PHP. You’ve pretty much covered why these are must-haves.

    The ones that are icing on the cake:
    Custom Query String Reloaded – I really wish this plugin worked on subcategories, and/or was supported. I’ve resigned myself to going back through my custom category templates and inserting the appropriate queries so I can dump the plugin.

    d13gallery – a no-frills gallery that generates its own thumbnails. I migrated over 1000 image files out of Coppermine into WP posts in just a few hours with this plugin.

    Dagon Design Sitemap Generator – because my old Joomla driven site had a site map that was visible by viewers, and a magazine mentioned it as a positive feature of the site.

    Featured Content Gallery – I love making that prime piece of site real estate rotate content automatically.

    flickrRSS – because my site has a Flickr group associated with it, I get a steady stream of new eye candy from readers with this.

    Google XML Sitemaps – because all my old Joomla links were indexed at Google, having this sitemap served up regularly seems to be helping move the new page links up, and push those old ones off.

    jQuery Lightbox – not my favorite lightbox, but with all the other plugins I’m running, this was the only one that didn’t break other things.

    Twitter Tools – because I’m too lazy or too forgetful to Tweet every new article.

    WP-Polls – I really like this plugin a lot, and my readers seem to be less shy about answering poll questions than leaving comments.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |

    I use these. The list is autogenerated with one of Lester Chans many great plugins.

    I love them all, but one I actually don’t use on this site but love is this folksonomy plugin.

  3. J Mehmett
    J Mehmett Published |

    1. Akismet
    2. WP Download Manager
    3. flickrRSS

  4. Tharique Azeez
    Tharique Azeez Published |

    Nice compilation and a worth list.

    Its giving me a great outlook about the way your website work.

    Wonderful.. I like the StatPress plugin for stats. I love the Cleaner gallery plugin that you’ve created.

    FlickrRSS, NextGen Gallery plugins are some of the plugins that I can’t live without in terms of images.

    SyntaxHighlighter and Download Manager are another set I love.

    Thanks again Justin,

    Best smile,
    Tharique Azeez

  5. milo
    milo Published |

    Actually the exec plugin can be built into the theme functions file.

    I’ve tested it with different versions of the plugin, and all were running smooth.
    With the exec built in you might use something like the smartarchives plugin (also built in functions).

  6. Bengt
    Bengt Published |

    I created a list of my WordPress plugins yesterday, it is longer than yours. But I prefer to keep code outside of the themes if possible to make it easier to switch theme.

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  9. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |

    One would think that I didn’t need the Gravatar widget, but no Gravatar show up in my comments if I don’t have it 🙁 I think I made some alteration to my theme at some point, and now I can’t remember how I get back to old days. Maybe it doesn’t matter, because I’m seriously thinking about changing my payed theme with one of yours Justin, as I wrote some other place.

    Regarding Woopra. At first I was baffled with the fact that they’ve opened Pandoras box on personal datamining, meaning, that it’s easy for me to track individual on my site. Then I got scared, and wrote something about that, that got the Woopra folks up from their chairs.

    At this moment Woopra is underperforming, it’s still in closed beta, and they’re experiencing a lot of hickups. But the program is great, for the short termed analytical overview, and is lots of fun to play around with.

    I think it’s going to be big, and then I think it’s going to sold to evil folks 🙂 But try it out, you can register your site at http://www.woopra.com for a site like this and/or Project M, it would be great, because you would be able to tack us, the commenter’s individually with Gravatars and everything.

    But all in all a must if your just a bit interested in trafic-analysis.

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |

    Plugins like these would be nice, for when we mess up with the tags like I did above: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/edit-comments 🙂

  11. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |

    Great post, and fun to read everyone’s comments. Justin, which plugins do you use for bbPress?

  12. steupz
    steupz Published |

    I’ve never once tried Akismet.
    I use Dagon and Google Sitemaps plugins but I won’t say they are mandatory because I don’tinteract with themafter installation.

    So, having established my criterion, I will go with:

    All in One SEO Pack
    WordPress Stats

  13. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |

    I am using:

    All in One SEO Pack: Out-of-the-box SEO for your Wordpress blog. By Michael Torbert.

    Clean Archives Reloaded: A slick, Javascript-enhanced post archive list generator for WordPress 2.5+. By Viper007Bond.

    Custom Smilies: Personalize your posts and comments using custom smilies. Previously named Custom Smileys. it (older than version 2.0) maintained by QAD. By Crazy Loong.

    Fancy Pullquotes: Creates pullquotes of given text to appear with a magazine-like style By Giorgio Gilestro.

    Get Recent Comments: Display the most recent comments or trackbacks with your own formatting in the sidebar. Visit Options/Recent Comments after activation of the plugin. By Krischan Jodies.

    matriphe! KeyCode: Against spammer using human friendly plain-text keycode. Based on Comment KeyCode by Elzan Yahya. By Muhammad Zamroni.

    Most Commented: Retrieves a list of the posts with the most comments. Modified for Last X days — by DJ Chuang http://www.djchuang.com By Nick Momrik.

    Pagebar2: Adds an advanced page navigation to Wordpress. By Lutz Schröer.

    Social Bookmarking RELOADED: Social Bookmarking RELOADED – Add the social bookmarks services’s icons to your articles in your blogs in order to submit them easily. Plugin based on Apostolos Dountsis one. By valent.

    Subscribe To Comments: Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Based on version 1 from Scriptygoddess By Mark Jaquith.

    wp-cache: Very fast cache module. It’s composed of several modules, this plugin can configure and manage the whole system. Once enabled, go to “Options” and select “WP-Cache”. By Ricardo Galli Granada.

    WP-DBManager: Manages your Wordpress database. Allows you to optimize database, repair database, backup database, restore database, delete backup database , drop/empty tables and run selected queries. Supports automatic scheduling of backing up and optimizing of database. By Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan.

  14. EmmaB
    EmmaB Published |

    I just wanted to say that I get a 500 Internal Server error when I try checking out your demos.

    I like top commentators and all in one seo!

  15. Anonymous
    Anonymous Published |


    The fancy pullquotes are in this link. I am using it few lately because but sometimes I use still.

    Here there are an example of how work the puglin, you can configure the css


  16. J Mehmett
    J Mehmett Published |

    I didn’t download the “WordPress Download Monito”, I’m going to test it soon. There must be a different between WP download manager and WordPress Download Monitor though… I’ll test it.

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