It has definitely been an adventure since moving my blog at the end of August (from wordpress.com to self-hosted wordpress). And being the researcher I am I did a lot a information digging before and during and since. And you already know that even the experts have opinions. Well, I tried some of their suggested wordpress plugins and was not so pleased with their performance. So here are my faves and so far, they’ve been working like a charm.
Before Antispam Bee, I used Block-Spam-By-Math-Reloaded. I thought it would be simpler, than a few others that just had too much run around for folks to post their comments. But, earlier this week I started getting spam comments again – almost 40 on Tuesday. So, I looked around again and tried AntiSpam Bee. It’s been two days and I am very pleased. It works like Akismet (but it’s free!) filtering the spam comments and sending them to the spam folder. You could even set it to delete them on a schedule.
I had an expert recommend a ‘simpler’ plugin to me – the expert and the plugin shall remain nameless. But I’m glad I’d used this first. It might take up a bit more real estate on the backend with a couple more options, but the feedback it gives it great for a SEO non-expert like myself. It allows you to see your post the way search engines do with a count of your keyword(s) and where they occur. It at least helps me feel like an SEO expert.
So most everyone is on a mobile device that can access the internet. So it just makes sense that a plugin to make my site mini-browser compatible is in order. WPTouch produces almost the same interface you get with a wordpress.com blog, without any programming on my part.
A couple other free ones that I like and use are PunchTab and Page Links To. PunchTab I use for my rewards program and Page Links To does just what it says, links a page to a url. Easy.
There are a couple others that I would also recommend – Formidable and Ecwid. Formidable allows me to create those super-easy giveaway entry forms, but I also use it for my contact form and image upload form. This comes in a free version, but a paid license is required for some features. Ecwid I use for my shop, but it’s functionality also extends to widgets, a mobile version and a full facebook plugin. All these features are free, but their monthly subscription gives some additional uses like creating discounts and certificates.
I know in the past few months, several people have migrated to wordpress (.com or .org) What plugins or native functions have you found really useful?