This website is proudly powered by WordPress. WordPress has become far more than a blogging tool and with a little bit of patience and understanding of how it works almost anyone can use it as a small-scale Content Management System (CMS).
One of the most powerful aspects of WordPress is the ability to apply themes and templates which makes changing not only the look but also the functionality of the site. The theme I am currently using is pretty much a custom mix. I figure since I have pushed the WP platform as far as I have, I should customize up something for myself.
Below I have compiled a list of plug-ins that I have pulled together to make this site possible. Admittedly, the more I use the platform, the more I appreciate its true power and capability. While much of it is part of the core software itself however, the plug-ins are definitely a valuable resource. Expect this list to change over time as I add new functionality and eliminate old functionality that I no longer need.
Author: Automattic (url)
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.
Author: Philip Newcomer (url)
Allows a post author to add a simple 5-star rating to posts.
Author: Michael Hampton (url)
Deny automated spambots access to your PHP-based Web site.
Author: grandslambert (url)
Replacement for the built in RSS widget that adds an optional link target, shortcode_handler, and page conditionals.
Author: Scott Reilly (url)
Configure SMTP mailing in WordPress, including support for sending e-mail via SSL/TLS (such as GMail).
Author: Prasanna SP (url)
This plugin creates a new widget which lets you display a list of recent posts based on categories or tags in widgetized areas. You can select the number of posts to display in widget settings. Widget title can be changed.
Author: RavanH (url)
Easily enable the FancyBox jQuery extension on all image, SWF, PDF, YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo links. Also supports iFrame and inline content.
Author: rocketgenius (url)
Easily create web forms and manage form entries within the WordPress admin.
Author: 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.
Author: Viper007Bond (url)
Easily post syntax-highlighted code to your site without having to modify the code at all. Uses Alex Gorbatchev’s SyntaxHighlighter. TIP: Don’t use the Visual editor if you don’t want your code mangled. TinyMCE will “clean up” your HTML.
Author: Joost de Valk (url)
The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.