I think it’s fair to say I love WordPress. If you are looking to host your own blog, get thee to wordpress.org and download the latest version. It’s free, and it’s fabulous.
One of my favorite aspects of WordPress is the ability to extend its functionality through plugins. This blog currently relies on a large number of amazing plugins written by a large variety of authors (and some modified by yours truly). I’d like to take the opportunity to tell you what they are, and how to get them for yourself, if you are so inclined.
(The descriptions of each plugin are written in the respective authors’ own words)
» Automattic (url)
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet plan to get an API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.
Around this date in the past, Polka Dot Cottage edition 0.8
» Lisa Clarke (url)
Widget that shows entries/posts around this date in the past (if they exist)
Enhanced Text Widget 1.4.5
» Boston Dell-Vandenberg (url)
eStore Accurate Google Analytics eCommerce Tracking 1.2
» Epic Plugins (url)
The WP eStore Google Analytics eCommerce tracking add on ensures that you do not miss the recording of a transaction in Google Analytics if a customer does not return to your site after payment. Using this and client side tracking will result in double logging transactions.
Google Analyticator 22.214.171.124
» SumoMe (url)
Jetpack by WordPress.com 4.0.2
» Automattic (url)
Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
MailPoet Newsletters 2.7.1
» MailPoet (url)
Create and send newsletters or automated emails. Capture subscribers with a widget. Import and manage your lists. MailPoet is a sweet plugin maintained and supported with love.
Show Top Commentators 1.06
» Nate Sanden (url)
Encourage more feedback and discussion from readers, by rewarding them every time they post a comment! Readers with the most comments are displayed on your WordPress blog, with their names (linked to their website if they provided one).
WP eStore v4.3.4
» Ruhul Amin (url)
Simple Shopping Cart Plugin to sell digital (ebook, mp3, photos) and non digital products from your wordpress blog through PayPal. The digital goods are automatically delivered to the buyer after purchase using encrypted and time limited download links.