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The first time I was introduced into blogging world, there came a couple of blogging platforms, wordpress and blogger. I tried the free versions of both of them (I am not sure that there is a self hosted blogger). Although wordpress is a bit more complicated than blogger, I just love it with the plenty of themes offered. It is getting more attractive when I tried to self host it as there are a lot of supportive plugins. Even I experienced some trials and errors trying them one by one.
Here are some of the most useful plugins for me so far:
I hadn't understood how useful this plugin was until I found out what spam was. I am not a techy one, so I was so surprised when I found a lot of unidentified comments in the spam folder. Akismet is the only plugin came up with new installed wordpress as a bundle. I cannot imagine how my comment folder will be full if I don't have this plugin.
- All In One SEO
What I can comprehend from this plugin is that this will increase the ability of search engine to find our site or postings based on the keywords and description given everytime I post.
CommentLuv is a very useful plugin to open link to other sites or blog. If you leave a comment in certain blog that has CommentLuv plugin, your last post in your blog will be listed in the blog you give comment. You just need choose which link to your post you want to leave so that people might visit your post for reading or commenting.
- Elegant Builder
I purchased this plugin from Elegant Themes. This plugin was used to be deer, but as some promotional discount was given at that time, I got best price. This plugin entertains me a lot to give soe appearance variations in my posting. You might see how some of this plugin works in My Favourite Traditional Indonesian Food, Vacation to Central Java, and Making Neapolitan Pizza .
- ET Shortcodes
This plugin is also one bundle with Elegant Builder purchased in Elegant Themes (I am an affiliate). It looks like colorful boxes to highlight some important things.
- Force Regenerate Thumbnails
Changing themes will never be a problem anymore especially with picture sizes. I like changing themes before i used this Aggregated theme by Elegant Themes. Whenever I changed themes, picture size adjustment had always been a problem. This plugin will resize all of the pictures adjusted with the themes so I am not frustrated anymore with changing themes.
- GetMeCooking Recipe Template
I never used this plugin before I posted Gluten Free Pandan Cheese Brownies. See how the plugin works in the post. I saw how my great chef blogging buddies used well arranged recipe plugin, then I tried to get another one.
- Google XML Sitemaps
I don't quite understand how this plugin works and how useful it is to my site, but I was just by google webmaster tool to submit my sitemap. I was so confused how I could do that before I found this plugin.
This is a super plugin that has a lot of features. I can say this is also one of wordpress starter plugins that should be installed in every wordpress dashboard. I have neve been bored looking up what inside this magic plugin are.
Linkwithin has driven some internal traffics for me as it shows some featured images and post titles related underneath each post. Visitors will look up more contents in my blog and get “hooked” with my blog.
- Social Sharing Toolkit
This plugin will make status sharing to the link I just posted automatically made as soon as I publish my post.
- W3 Total Cache
In the past, you might found that my site didn't work because of some database error. This plugin will clean the page cache as soon as I make a change towards other plugins or css. Since then, my site works better and faster.
- Watermark RELOADED
This plugin makes my posting faster as I don't need to put watermark separately. All pictures uploaded to the host will be automatically watermarked. If I don't upload my pictures into the hosting if I don't want the watermark.
- WordPress Editorial Calendar
This is a great online blogging planner for me by showing calendar in my dashboard. I have not explored it in depth, but I have been helped well by this plugin.
This plugin helps me to clean up my database one more time before it got error. It can make my dashbord works faster also.
Do you have any recommendation of plugins either they work in wordpress or blogger?