In my first year of blogging, these plugins have powered my blog. I’d like to see what plugins you are using and if you had only 5 plugins to choose, what would they be? Compare it…

Add Sig 1.2 Add a custom signature to the bottom of posts with the author’s information Do you see me inviting you to subscribe to rss feeds at the end of this post and every other post? This is made possible with Add sig plugin.

Alternative to this plugin is POSTPOST by my friend Douglas Karr. This plugin allows you to add content before or after your post within your site or within your feed. Current Version 1.1.1

Akismet 2.0.2 – Need I say anything about this? Only it ain’t enough. Combine it with the next plugin

Bad Behavior 2.0.9 Deny automated spambots access to your PHP-based Web site.

Clicky Web Analytics 0.3b – This is the newest kid on the block to help you analyze your blog traffic. I would love to see this Clicky generate most popular posts that I can display in the sidebar or a page by itself. I have just installed it and haven’t checked the results as yet.

Integrate Clicky Web Analytics into your WordPress blog without the need to edit any templates. Includes support for automatically tagging your blog visitors by name, and the ability to ignore visits from blog administrators.

By Sean Hammons, Douglas Karr.

Comment Email Responder 2.3 Emails commenter when an admin replies to the comment, if commenter is not subscribed to email updates via Subscribe-to-Comments. Original idea/coding by Andrew Flusche

By Owen Cutajar. I don’t know how if this is working, since I am the admin. Anyone can confirm?

Dagon Design Sitemap Generator 2.7 Generates a customizable sitemap containing all posts and pages. By Aleister. This is a must have if you want to have a SEO blog. Just add the link of the sitemap page to robots.txt file and you are all sorted.

Dean’s Permalinks Migration 1.0 With this plugin, I have changed my permalinks from /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ to /%postname%/. You can safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your website,and even doesn’t hurt your google pagerank. By Dean Lee. I picked this up from Everton Blair of ConnectedInternet.

Dofollow 2.0 Disables the rel=nofollow attribute in comments. By Denis de Bernardy. Pros and cons of using this plugin as always with any plugin, but I just love it and I discovered this plugin thanks again to Douglas Karr. Popular blogs with high page ranking using this plugin do tend to get abused. There’s always a way out of that

FeedBurner FeedSmith 2.2 Originally authored by Steve Smith, this plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber. By FeedBurner.

firstRSS 0.2.0 firstRSS is a simple RSS aggregator for posts. By Chris Hatcher. If you are my sharepoint reader, have you checked out this page? Or this one? You will love this one for sure, if you use firefox!

Fold Category List 1.12 Provides PHP functions to display a folding category tree By Rob Schumann. I picked this up from Everton Blair of ConnectedInternet. I use this since Everton’s theme has this built in! I have picked up so much from Everton and ConnectedInternet. Just love them J!

Full Text Feed 1.03 Prevents WordPress 2.1+ from adding a more link to your website’s feed. By Ronald Heft, Jr.. Yes, my blog feeds are not full, even though I use this plugin. This plugin ensures full feeds and for me, it ensures feedflares J

Google Analytics 0.51v This plugin makes it simple to add Google Analytics to your blog. By Rich Boakes.

Google Sitemaps 3.0b4 This generator will create a sitemaps.org compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog. Configuration Page

By Arne Brachhold.

MightyAdsense 4.1 Keep your adsense code & output it in posts. By mightyhitter. I love this plugin. Changed themes? Ads still appear before posts, after posts, inline – whatever you configured for your earlier theme.

More Smilies 2.1 Allows you to choose different emoticon (smiley) sets to use in WP. By Matt Read. I picked this one from Hans of BlogoSquare

NiceAdmin 1.0.0 NiceAdmin was built from the SpotMilk Theme, the Milk theme by Max Rudberg, and its overall main layout remains based on the default admin theme that comes with WP 2.1. The CSS was fine-tuned by Sean of Geek With Laptop. By Douglas Karr.

Douglas wanted to build something and I emailed him the digg admin plugin that I got off another blog. Check out what Doug did with that!

OpenID Delegation 0.1 Adds OpenID delegation to a WordPress blog allowing users to authenticate/signin/signup to OpenID supported sites with their blog’s URL. By Eran Sandler.

OpenID Registration $Rev: 85 $ WordPress OpenID Registration, Authentication, and Commenting. Requires JanRain PHP OpenID library 1.2.1. By Alan J Castonguay, Hans Granqvist.

Optimal Title 3.0 Mirrors the function of wp_title() exactly, but moves the position of the ‘separator’ to after the title rather than before. By Aaron Schaefer.

Reinvigorate 1.0 Reinvigorate tracking plugin for WordPress. By Sean McNamara.

This plugin is by blog stats invite only Reinvigorate.

Related Posts 2.04 Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches. By Alexander Malov, Mike Lu & Jon Bourne.

Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form v.2.0WP B20070414 This powerful yet easy-to-install contact form features exceptional accessibility and usability while still providing extensive anti-spam and anti-exploit security features. By Mike Cherim and Mike Jolley.

This plugin in combination with Akismet, SK2 and Bad Behaviour takes forefront in spam protection

Sideblog WordPress Plugin 3.6 A simple aside plugin.

This plugin delivers RSS exclusive feeds for my subscribed readers.

Spam Karma 2 2.2 r3 Ultimate Spam Killer for WordPress. By dr Dave.

Subscribe To Comments 2.1 Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry. Based on version 1 from Scriptygoddess By Mark Jaquith.

Text Link Ads 3.0.1 Really Simple Web/RSS Advertising For Personal or Commercial Use By Justin Klemm & Matthew Drouin & Alex King.

Ultimate Tag Warrior 3.1415926 Ultimate Tag Warrior is a tagging plugin, that’s heavy on tag visualization. I Like Pi! By Christine Davis.

What Would Seth Godin Do 1.2 Displays a custom welcome message to new visitors By Richard K Miller.

WordPress.com Stats 1.0 Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key. By Andy Skelton.

So that makes 4 web stats plugins – Clicky, WordPress.com, Reinvirogate and Google. Which one do you use and which is best?

Would you recommend any other plugins? Less the better heh 😉 ?

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