WordPress and good WordPress plugins (tech part about this blog)

WordPress and WordPress pluginsOK, lets learn something more about this site(blog) which is run on Worpress with couple WordPress plugins.

At the beginning I thought that I will write it completely from scratch with ZF. But hmmm, when I realize how many things I should create and time I should put into this project I decided for ready solution. If it's a blog, solution is pretty obvious - WordPress. I didn't use it for about 2 years, so I think it might be nice to back to some old solutions.

I downloaded WordPress 3.5.1 from wordpress.org page. Installation as always was very simple, after uploading whole stuff to the server and launching url of the blog we will find simple Step by Step installation. If you know a little bit about web, it shouldn't make you any troubles. After installation it's all about clicking through the configuration pages and set options which suits you best. I used default theme, it's pretty nice, has responsive version (where I found one, or two bugs already, i will fix them later).

OK, so thats it! We can start writing posts, create about me page etc:P W have fully functional blog in 10 minutes. But hey! WordPress has many plugins which increase WP power. So I decided to look around a little bit for some good wordpress plugins and I found really useful stuff. Here are the list of WordPress plugins that are used in this blog:

Akismet

Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.

Its bundled with the WordPress installation but it's disabled by default. In order to make it active You need the API key (which is free) from Akismet website

Download link: http://wordpress.org/plugins/akismet/

Crayon Syntax Highlighter

Syntax Highlighter supporting multiple languages, themes, fonts, highlighting from a URL, local file or post text.

Very handful WordPress plugin for syntax highlighting. Tons of options and supported languages. A must have for any developer

Download link: http://wordpress.org/plugins/crayon-syntax-highlighter/

Sociable

Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites.

If you want to have the blog it won't be good if you won't place share/like buttons on your page.

Download link: http://wordpress.org/plugins/sociable/

W3 Total Cache

Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.

I tried Hyper Cache with WP Minify previously but I couldn't make it work properly on my WordPress installation so I changed it for W3 Total Cache - I think it was good choice, for now everything is working very nice. Even if you do not expect large traffic on your website it's good to have tool like that installed. It will speed up loading time of your website. Faster loading time = more satisfied user:) Very good WordPress plugin!

Download link: http://wordpress.org/plugins/w3-total-cache/

WordPress SEO by Yoast

The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.

Nice WordPress plugin for SEO, when you write post it shows you the SEO statistics and give you advices for optimization.

Download link: http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/

Thats all WordPress plugins I installed on my fresh installation. I will update this post when I will add some new plugins:) Do you know any good plugin for WordPress? Leave info in comments below:)