WordPress Plugins Used at TECK.IN

TECK.IN have been undergoing a series of design changes for many months. I have designed my own simple theme, named the Sky. My favourite colours are sky blue, orange and silver.

A few friends who are planning to make their own WordPress blogs inquired me about the plugins we use at TECK.IN. This list is not a general recommended list of plugins, but fits the best to the theme. For example, I do not use any SEO plugins like All In One SEO Pack or Headspace2 or Platinum SEO Pack, because I have taken care of it in the theme design and other plugins. But I suggest my friends to use an SEO pack for their blogs. See the list of SEO friendly themes at Mani Karthik‘s blog.

OK, here goes the list of plug-ins used in TECK.IN.

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  1. Adman – for inserting ads in the middle of posts or wherever you mark.
  2. AJAX Comments – Post comments quickly without leaving or refreshing the page.
  3. Akismet – checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
  4. BetterWPReadMore – Cleans up WordPress “read more” links
  5. Clean Archives Reloaded – A slick, Javascript-enhanced post archive list generator.
  6. Dagon Design Form Mailer – Secure php form mailer script for the contact us page.
  7. Dagon Design Sitemap Generator – Generates a fully customizable sitemap.
  8. Dean’s Code Highlighter – Highlights source code in your posts.
  9. Feed Footer – Custom footers (copyright, notices, advertisements) to the bottom of your posts in your RSS feed.
  10. Google XML Sitemaps – Generates an XML sitemap supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO.
  11. Gravatar – Generates a gravatar URL complete with rating, size, default, and border options.
  12. HowToGeek Spam Filter – Automatically delete most spam from dirty rotten spammers. Works fine with Akismet.
  13. Mail From – Change the default address that WordPress sends it’s email from.
  14. Other Posts From Cat – At the bottom of every post, links are shown for the last X posts from the current category.
  15. Simple Tags – Extended Tagging with Autocompletion, Suggested Tags, Related Posts and Mass edit tags.
  16. Subscribe To Comments – Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry.
  17. This Day – Lists posts that were created on this day in previous years.
  18. WP-Digg Style Paginator – Adds a digg style pagination to WordPress.
  19. WP Super Cache – Very fast caching module for WordPress. Very useful.
  20. WP YouTube – WP YouTube allows you to control all the YouTube videos at the same time.
  21. WordPress Automatic Upgrade – The most useful plugin updates the WordPress core files when a new version is released by WordPress.org.

It is very important to configure the plugins after activation and carefully integrate with the theme. For example, in post theme (single.php), I have added the tags just below the post title. The tags are essentially the keywords used in the post. Having the keywords at the start of the article will be a simple search engine optimisation.

I would soon be posting an article about the design, SEO and usability techniques I used at TECK.IN. 🙂

3 Comments

  1. Hey Binny,
    I am use the latest WP, 2.6.2.

    I think you are talking about the automatic update of the plugins hosted in WordPress. For the WordPress core updates, WP just displays the message in the admin pages, but do not provide any auto update mechanism yet.

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