Plugins

The fol­low­ing WordPress plu­g­ins have helped make Write, geek! the blog you read to­day. (They’re sor­ry for any un­pleas­ant­ness this may cause.)

After The Deadline – Provides an en­hanced spelling/grammar/clarity/style check. I’ll oc­ca­sion­al­ly take its ad­vice. :-)

Akismet – Stops spam com­ments. Very low false-positive rate in my ex­pe­ri­ence.

Buzz Comments – If you’re syn­di­cat­ing WordPress posts to Google Buzz, this au­to­mat­i­cal­ly mi­grates com­ments left on Google Buzz posts to the orig­i­nal en­try page on WordPress. Very help­ful, re­spon­sive de­vel­op­er.

Comment Reply Notification – Lets your com­menters choose to sub­scribe to fu­ture replies via e-mail. Seems to have stopped work­ing; I need to look in­to that…

Comments with OpenId – Allows com­menters to use an OpenID iden­ti­ty when com­ment­ing.

Custom Fields – Allows you to cre­ate ex­tra text, not-public fields to have as­so­ci­at­ed with each post. I use this to have a per-post “brain­storm” space.

FD Footnotes – Footnotes may be out of style in the blog world, but I find them in­valu­able for pro­vid­ing ex­tra in­for­ma­tion in a man­ner that doesn’t de­tract from the flow of the main body of the post. And this plu­g­in makes adding them easy.

GeoURL – Sticks my (hand-set) lat­i­tude and lon­gi­tude in the HTML of every page and pings geourl.com. Still won­der­ing what this is good for.

Google Analytics for WordPress – Makes it easy to tell how peo­ple are find­ing my blog, and where they go from there.

Google Reader Widget – I live in Google Reader, and this lets me dis­play my last few shared items from there.

Google XML Sitemaps – Makes a list of all the posts and pages on my blog, pack­ages them up quite nice­ly and pe­ri­od­i­cal­ly tells the Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask search en­gines to please take an­oth­er look at them.

Highlight Author Comments – For a bit of van­i­ty, makes it easy to see which com­ments left on this blog were left by me.

OpenID – Allows me to use writegeek.com as my OpenID iden­ti­ty when sign­ing in and/or com­ment­ing else­where on the Web… sup­pos­ed­ly. In prac­tice, I think it’s bro­ken.

PubSubHubbub – Pings a few PSH hubs every time I pub­lish new con­tent, which helps get it in­to search en­gines and feed-readers fast. We’re talk­ing, like, instant-fast.

Rss Atom Avatar – Sticks an im­age of my choos­ing in­to my RSS feed. I in­stalled this hop­ing to get my fav­i­con to ap­pear along­side my feed in Google Reader, but I can’t re­mem­ber if it’s this plu­g­in that is re­spon­si­ble for that.

Semisecure Login Reimagined – I don’t want to spring for an au­thor­i­ta­tive SSL cer­tifi­cate — and can’t fig­ure out how to get my host­ing provider to let me gen­er­ate my own —  so this fills in the gap quite nice­ly, us­ing JavaScript in my brows­er to en­crypt my passphrase when sign­ing in to my WordPress in­stall.

Shockingly Simple Favicon – Does ex­act­ly what it says on the tin; lets me add a fav­i­con to my blog with­out the has­sle of edit­ing my theme.

ShortURL – Turns my blog in­to its very own TinyURL-type ser­vice, gen­er­at­ing a short writegeek.com/abc URL for each post for easy tweet­ing with­out re­ly­ing on a third-party ser­vice.

WordPress.com Stats – Shows me blog vis­i­tor stats right from with­in my dash­board.

wp-Typography – Contains a num­ber of lit­tle tweaks to make the blog’s text con­tent ap­pear prop­er­ly.  Hyphenation makes it pos­si­ble for me to use jus­ti­fied mar­gins. And hooray for em-dash padding!

XRDS-Simple – Um… not re­al­ly sure what this one does. I think in­stalling it was a re­quire­ment for us­ing one of the oth­er plu­g­ins.