Reading a Labnol post about wordpress plugins I also decided to publish my list of plugins that power TechShali and my other blogs. My previous list if plugins in 2011 can be found here. That is list is not completely changed many plugins I am still using in this year as well.
Plugins that I have not changed:
(1) WP Hide Post
(2) WP-Page Navi
(4) Thesis Openhook (For thesis theme framework)
(5) SEO Smart Links
(6) Hyper Cache
(7) Google XML Sitemaps
(8) Block Top Spammers
Plugins that I am not Using:
(2) Widget Context
(3) Simple Social – Sharing Widgets & Icons
(4) Hungred Post Thumbnail
(5) Digg Digg
(6) Contextual Related Posts
(7) Category Content
(9) WordPress.com Stats
New Plugins I have added:
(1) Efficient Related Posts
I was using Contextual Related Posts by Ajay D’Souza, it was working fine but the only problem with plugin was load on database, to show related posts it was searching for thousands of posts every time and it was adding significant load on database and making the blog slower.
On other side Efficient Related Posts makes a list of related posts and that can be updated anytime and will show only most related posts and list can be limited to 10 (or similar) posts so it will not search in thousand of posts for related posts.
This post is to prevent spam bots in comment section, I was using Akismet for spam prevention but it is not 100% active against spam bots. Seeing the growing number of spam comments in spam box I tried GASP and it is working fine.
Use of this plugin is to add original source of your post to get the credit for content theft via RSS. But this plugin can be used to add link ads or links in RSS footer.
(5) Private Plugin
WordPress Plugin used on my other blogs:
Mots of the similar plugins I use on my other blogs as well but some of the plugins can be different that I am detailing here.
(1) Categories to Tags Converter Importer
This plugin can convert tags to categories and categories to tags.
(2) Embed Iframe
Using this plugin you can embed iframe in content area of blog.
(3) Executable PHP widget
Using this plugin you can add executable PHP tags in sidebar of widget, this can be useful to add extra capabilities in your blog.
(4) Fast Secure Contact Form
To add a contact form and get less spam message in email box you can use this plugin, it also works with Akismet.
(5) Google_XML_Sitemap for_Images
This plugin is developed by Amit Agarwal to index your images in Google video search.
(6) Google_XML_Sitemap for_Mobile
This plugin is also developed by Amit Agarwal to create a sitemap for mobile users.
This plugin is to deal with content scrapers, as soon as you publish a post it will reached on many places and tell the Google you have published this post first.
(8) Advanced Random Posts
You can read more about this plugin here. This plugin shows random and use images of the post for thumbnail.
As you can see some of the plugins I am not using on TechShali at this time but I can use them in future.