WordPress provides many different options when it comes to plugins (a plugin extends the functionality of the WordPress platform). Although not reality, it sure does seem like you can find a plugin for just about anything. Using WordPress plugins drastically increase your blogs’ functionality, appearance, or purpose.
Here are two of the WordPress plugins I use on this blog (and on every other blog I build or maintain):
- Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The basic form includes a customizable challenge quiz (a/k/a the “turing” or “are you human” test), or you can add on the full CAPTCHA module to prevent spammers from taking advantage of your contact form. Contact Form 7 will support a variety of different languages. It’s basically just another contact form, simple yet flexible.
- WPtouch will allow you to create stunning mobile versions of your website to share with the world. This plugin will allow you to easily set up a rich mobile theme for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Palm OS and Samsun touch mobile visitors. The theme will be completely independent of your desktop theme and will be available solely for your mobile users. WPtouch is a great plugin to allow you to branch out and cater your WordPress blog toward mobile users while still keeping your focus on what’s important, your business. To see WPtouch in action, load up this website in your mobile device!
I’m also a big fan of the All in One SEO plugin. With it, you can edit the title, meta description, and meta tags for each blog post you publish. By default, WordPress will use your blog tagline as your meta description and keywords and will not allow you to edit the information. With All in One SEO, you can edit however you like and decide what’s important and what’s not. Although not in use on this blog yet, it’s next on my list!