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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)
AdRotate 4.13.2 » Arnan de Gans (url) Monetise your website with adverts while keeping things simple. Start making money today!
Akismet Anti-Spam 4.0.8 » 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: activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.
AMP 0.7.2 » WordPress.com VIP, XWP, Google, and contributors (url) Add AMP support to your WordPress site.
Easy Add Thumbnail 1.1.1 » Samuel Aguilera (url) Checks if you defined the featured image, and if not it sets the featured image to the first uploaded image into that post. So easy like that…
Facebook for WooCommerce 1.9.6 » Facebook (url) Grow your business on Facebook! Use this official plugin to help sell more of your products using Facebook. After completing the setup, you’ll be ready to create ads that promote your products and you can also create a shop section on your Page where customers can browse your products on Facebook.
Jetpack by WordPress.com 6.6.1 » 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.
VaultPress 1.9.6 » Automattic (url) Protect your content, themes, plugins, and settings with realtime backup and automated security scanning from VaultPress. Activate, enter your registration key, and never worry again. Need some help?
WooCommerce 3.4.5 » Automattic (url) An eCommerce toolkit that helps you sell anything. Beautifully.