My Top 5 WordPress Plugins

by Jake on October 7, 2010

Here’s a list of my top 5 WordPress Plugins (in no particular order), so without further ado:

    Maintenance Mode:

    Description (Taken From WordPress Plugin Directory):

    Adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.

    Visitors will see a message like “Maintenance Mode – SITE is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance. Please try back in 60 minutes. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

    Why I Like It:

    This is a great way of editing your WordPress blog without your visitors seeing your blog change right before their eyes. Which is something I’d been looking for.


    Send E-mail:

    Description (Taken From WordPress Plugin Directory):

    Add a contact form to any post or page by inserting [contact-form] in the post. Emails will be sent to the post’s author.

    Your email address is never shown, and the sender never learns it (unless you reply to the email).

    As seen on

    This plugin was imported from Grunion Contact Form but it adds full internationalization using localized string from WordPress core.

    An e-mail signature block was appended to the end of the e-mail message containing the sender’s name, email address, website and IP and delimited from the body of the message by a single line consisting of exactly two hyphens, followed by a space, followed by the end of line (“– n”). This signature cut line allows software to automatically mark or remove the sig block.

    Why I Like It:

    Using this plugin it’s simple to add an email form by simply adding [contact-form]


    Twitterlink Comments:

    Description (Taken From WordPress Plugin Directory):

    This plugin will add an extra field to your comment form so a user can add their Twitter username. A user configured ‘follow me’ link is then displayed along with their details on all their comments.

    The extra field and ‘follow me’ link can be configured using the settings page without ever needing to modify any template files. (unless you want to)

    The blog owner has full control over the classes, HTML, link and message by using the settings page. (All options are passed through KSES using only basic HTML tags for secruity on Mu installs)

    Why I Like It:

    When you use this plugin you allow people viewing your site to connect to their twitter account which creates a more interactive feeling on your blog. As well as adding more links to your blog meaning you’ll be higher on Google.


    Thesis OpenHook:

    Description (Taken From WordPress Plugin Directory):

    Thesis OpenHook takes the process of modifying Thesis and simplifies it!

    Where once users would be required to open and modify their wp-content/themes/thesis/custom/custom_functions.php file, users can now easily customize Thesis via their blog administration panel.

    Not only can arbitrary HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and even PHP be inserted into any of Thesis’ hooks, you can also easily remove any of the hooked default elements within Thesis with the click of a button!

    If you don’t use Thesis, there’s probably no reason you need to get this plugin, except to learn from (or port to another theme).

    Thesis OpenHook is based heavily upon K2 Hook Up by Eric Marden, and so I definitely appreciate his laying the ground work! Hundreds (thousands?) of Thesis users have benefited from OpenHook, and without Eric’s plugin to inspire me, there would be no OpenHook as we know it today! Thanks, Eric!

    Why I Like It:

    I use Thesis on this blog/site and on others I’ve built. While it’s a great theme and quite easy to use and customize Thesis OpenHook makes some of the more monotonous coding a lot quicker.


    Light Social:

    • Digg
    • Reddit
    • StumbleUpon
    • Yahoo Buzz
    • DZone
    • Facebook
    • Viadeo
    • Delicious
    • DotNetKicks
    • DotNetShoutout
    • LinkedIn
    • Technorati
    • Twitter
    • Google Buzz
    • Faves
    • Mister Wong
    Description (Taken From WordPress Plugin Directory):

    This is a super lightweight plugin to insert a set of social share links at the bottom of each post, focused on technical blogs.

    With this plugin you have simple options to configure. Simply enable or disable to show or not the bookmark social links.

    This is the list of used social sites:

    The plugin is implemented using the most simplistic html code to ensure fast load and minimal impact on your blog.

    Works with IE6 and HTML feed (atom, rss) readers. Handles selective placement and position of the links (working in better support for this).

    Why I Like It:

    I’ve found this plugin to be an easy to implement social media “hub” (couldn’t think of a better word to use ;) ) that can fit into/with multiple different themes and plugins.


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