Chapter 2, Part 4: Plugins: Installing & Configuring.

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The content of the 23 WordPress plugins is given in three parts, Video A, B, and C. This is to reduce the file size down to be more manageable. Scroll down the page to see Video B and C.

After a video finishes downloading, you can use the Table Of Contents button on the video navigation bar, located to the right of the volume button, to jump to different positions for reviewing each plugin. This is also available while viewing the video in the larger high quality window.

Here is the list of plugins shown in Video A:

Plugin Description
1 Akismet Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need an API key to use it. Get the key by signing up for a free account at wordpress.com.
2 CommentLuv This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their last blog posts, tweets or digg submissions, from which they can choose one – to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.
3 Comment Redirect Redirects the commenter who just made their first comment to a page of your choice.
4 Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form This powerful yet easy-to-install contact form features exceptional accessibility and usability while still providing extensive anti-spam and anti-exploit security features. A marriage of communication and peace-of-mind.
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5 Dagon Design Sitemap Generator
Generates a fully customizable sitemap page.
6 Exclude Pages from Navigation Provides a checkbox on the editing page which you can check to exclude pages from the primary navigation.


You can view this video in High Quality in a BIG window !

After a video finishes downloading, you can use the Table Of Contents button on the video navigation bar, located to the right of the volume button, to jump to different positions for reviewing each plugin. This is also available while viewing the video in the larger high quality window.

Here is the list of plugins shown in Video B:

Plugin Description
7 Google Analytics for WordPress This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics to your WordPress blog, adding lots of features, eg. custom variables and automatic clickout and download tracking.
8 Google XML Sitemaps This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your blog.
9 Smart Update Pinger Replaces the built-in ping/notify functionality. Pings only when publishing new posts, not when editing. Fixes serious wordpress flaw and in turn helps you from being banned from ping services for spamming. Download plugin
10 Recent Posts Returns a list of the most recent posts.
11 SEO Friendly Images Automatically adds alt and title attributes to all your images. Improves traffic from search results and makes them W3C/xHTML valid as well.
12 SexyBookmarks SexyBookmarks adds a (X)HTML compliant list of social bookmarking icons to each of your posts.
13 Top Commenters Gravatar Display the gravatars of top commenters for your blog. The gravatars are displayed as widget that can be placed anywhere within your blog.


You can view this video in High Quality in a BIG window !

After a video finishes downloading, you can use the Table Of Contents button on the video navigation bar, located to the right of the volume button, to jump to different positions for reviewing each plugin. This is also available while viewing the video in the larger high quality window.

Here is the list of plugins shown in Video C:

14 TweetMeme Retweet Button
Adds a button which easily lets you retweet your blog posts.
15 FaceBook Share Adds a button which allows you to share post and also shows the number of times the post or page has been shared through out the Facebook just like tweetmeme button does for twitter.
16 TinyMCE Advanced Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE, the visual editor in WordPress.
17 Viper’s Video Quicktags Easily embed videos from various video websites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, and Vimeo into your posts.
18 What Would Seth Godin Do Displays a custom welcome message to new visitors and another to return visitors.
19 WordPress.com Stats Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key.
20 WP Super Cache Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.
21 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.
22 Efficient Related Posts A related posts plugin that works quickly even with thousands of posts and tags.
23 WordPress Thread Comment This Plugin is an enhancement for WordPress’s comment function. It enables users to reply to an existing comment, and the discussion will be displayed threaded or nested. No hacking on WordPress or your theme is needed.

 

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