To handle a blog these days can be quite difficult if you are not well-organized and you don’t spend enough time managing it. That’s why there are plugins for WordPress. They literally make your job lot easier and if you work well with them you can put them to work for you.
Akismet is a perfect spam catcher. Not sure how they do this, but 99% of spam comments will get under I’ve had the problem with Akismet only once actually shortly after installation. For some reason it was recognizing uberVU – social comments (the post mentions on twitter) as spam but once I approved it, the Akismet learned the algorithm and now it’s saving me from hundreds of funky comments. There’s also a cool option to “Automatically discard spam comments on posts older than a month” which means that spam comments for the early posts won’t even be added to the Spam” section of blog comments, they will be deleted automatically.
FireQuery is a Firefox add-on that extends Firebug with new jQuery-focused features.
It adds extra functions to the HTML tab like showing embedded data elements & event handlers inserted using jQuery.
All the jQuery expressions are presented in Firebug Console + DOM inspector and elements in jQuery collections are highlighted on hover.
Different WordPress plugins surf their own purposes, and installing too many plugins will slow down your system and increase the loading time. So, how should we choose the necessary plugins for our blog? Most of the new WordPress users will ask this question.
Akismet is a powerful anti spam plugin for WordPress. It comes with your WordPress installation, but you need to register at WordPress.com in order to get your unique API key and activate the plugin. Some WordPress users choose to review the spams, because sometimes Akismet will incorrectly marks a legitimate comment as spam.
Everyday, new jQuery plugins and techniques are being released on the web. You may not have the time to check them all out, but here’s 20 relatively new jQuery plugins/techniques to quench your jQuery thirst for now.
Horinaja is a jQuery slideshow (also available for scriptaculous/prototype) which auto-scrolls your content in the slider when the mouse it not over it. When you hover over the slideshow though, you can use your mouse scroll to scroll forward and backwards among the slideshow items.
Scrollable allows you to create a slideshow similar to Horinaja (above) which scroll your content only when you hover your mouse over it and use your mouse scroller to rotate among the items.
If you want to show off your web design credentials to the world, then WordPress is the perfect blogging platform to use: it’s simple, accessible and highly customisable. Nevertheless, you’re not going to be able to create a professional standard WordPress blog with great work and creativity alone, you’re also going to need some rather nifty plugins.
There are literally thousands of plugins currently available and, believe me, sifting through them can be an arduous task: some are absolutely brilliant, but many more are mediocre or totally pointless. The 15 superior plugins outlined below are all perfectly suited to the aspiring web designer looking to show off their wares. They’ll boost levels of traffic to your site, integrate your blog with Facebook, increase your productivity and make for a more interactive and interesting visitor experience.
You can greatly increase the readership of your blog with this ingenious plugin that provides visitors to your site with a tailored welcome message. New visitors can be invited to subscribe to your RSS feed, Digg your posts, or follow you on Twitter, depending on how they have clicked onto your site. Smashing Magazine, a site devoted to web design, has used this plugin, so you know it’s good!