My cur­rent list of acti­vat­ed WP-plugins

Here is the list of the Word­Press plu­g­ins I have acti­vat­ed since a long time. Some of them I could maybe deac­ti­vate (maybe 4 – 5) but some­how I was too lazy so far to make some time to have a look at this. All in all I regard most of them as essen­tial in some way for my blog.

  • AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email But­ton
    Help peo­ple share, book­mark, and email your posts & pages using any ser­vice, such as Face­book, Twit­ter, Google Buzz, Digg and many more.
  • AddToAny: Sub­scribe But­ton
    Help read­ers sub­scribe to your blog using any feed read­er or feed ser­vice.
  • After The Dead­line
    Adds a con­tex­tu­al spell, style, and gram­mar check­er to Word­Press. Write bet­ter and spend less time edit­ing. Vis­it your pro­file to con­fig­ure. See the Proof­read­ing Sup­port page for help.
  • Akismet
    Akismet checks your com­ments against the Akismet web ser­vice to see if they look like spam or not. You need an API key to use it. You can review the spam it catch­es under “Com­ments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put <?php akismet_counter(); ?> in your tem­plate. See also: WP Stats plu­g­in.
  • aLinks
    A Word­Press plu­g­in that auto­mat­i­cal­ly links key­words in your blog post.
  • All in One SEO Pack
    Out-of-the-box SEO for your Word­Press blog.
  • AskA­pache RewriteRules View­er
    Dis­plays the Inter­nal Word­Press Rewrite Rules in Detailed Glo­ry.
  • Bet­ter Plu­g­in Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty Con­trol
    Adds ver­sion com­pat­i­bil­i­ty info to the plu­g­ins page to inform the admin at a glance if a plu­g­in is com­pat­i­ble with the cur­rent WP ver­sion.
  • Bet­ter Search
    Replace the default Word­Press search with a con­tex­tu­al search. Search results are sort­ed by rel­e­van­cy ensur­ing a bet­ter vis­i­tor search expe­ri­ence.
  • Bro­ken Link Check­er
    Checks your blog for bro­ken links and miss­ing images and noti­fies you on the dash­board if any are found.
  • Change Admin User­name
    Lets you change your user­name to some­thing oth­er than “admin”.
  • Con­tex­tu­al Relat­ed Posts
    Show user defined num­ber of con­tex­tu­al­ly relat­ed posts.
  • Cute Pro­files
    Cute Pro­files adds all your Social Pro­file icons ver­ti­cal­ly on left or right side of your pages, which will remain vis­i­ble all the time though the page is scrolled and with­out con­sum­ing the side­bar space.
  • Dash­board: Lat­est Spam
    Dis­plays the lat­est spam on your Word­Press 2.5+ dash­board so you can make sure there were no false pos­i­tives. Uses Defen­sio to hide obvi­ous spam if you have it installed.
  • Easy Chart Builder
    Cre­ates a chart direct­ly in your post or page via short­cut. Man­ages siz­ing of chart to sup­port wptouch and oth­er mobile themes.
  • Exploit Scan­ner
    Scans your Word­Press site for pos­si­ble exploits.
  • FD Word Sta­tis­tics
    Com­putes Gunning-Fog, Flesch, and Flesch-Kincaid read­abil­i­ty index­es about posts as they are edit­ed for the pur­pose of improv­ing their read­abil­i­ty.
  • GD Press Tools
    GD Press Tools is a col­lec­tion of var­i­ous admin­is­tra­tion, seo, main­te­nance and secu­ri­ty relat­ed tools that can help with every­day blog tasks and blog opti­miza­tions.
  • GD Sim­ple Wid­gets
    Col­lec­tion of pow­er­ful, easy to use wid­gets that expand default wid­gets. Plu­g­in also adds few more must-have wid­gets for posts, authors and com­ments.
  • GD Star Rat­ing
    GD Star Rat­ing plu­g­in allows you to set up advanced rat­ing and review sys­tem for posts, pages and com­ments in your blog using sin­gle, mul­ti and thumbs rat­ings.
  • GeoSmart
    GeoSmart auto­mat­i­cal­ly adds city-precise loca­tion infor­ma­tion for com­ment authors to com­ment meta­da­ta. GeoSmart can also dis­play a Google map show­ing com­ment author dis­tri­b­u­tion across the globe. In addi­tion, GeoSmart ships with a mul­ti­ple instance capa­ble side­bar wid­get that dis­plays a map show­ing the loca­tions of the most recent vis­i­tors to your blog. Requires PHP 5 and Word­Press 2.8+. Map dis­play requires a Google Maps API Key.
  • Glob­al Trans­la­tor
    Auto­mat­i­cal­ly trans­lates a blog in 48 dif­fer­ent lan­guages by wrap­ping four dif­fer­ent online trans­la­tion engines (Google Trans­la­tion Engine, Babelfish Trans­la­tion Engine, FreeTranslations.com, Promt). After upload­ing this plu­g­in click ‘Acti­vate’ and then after­wards you must vis­it the options page and enter your blog lan­guage to enable the trans­la­tor.
  • Google XML Sitemaps
    This plu­g­in will gen­er­ate a spe­cial XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to bet­ter index your blog.
  • Gra­vatar Signup Encour­age­ment
    Dis­plays mes­sage to users with­out gra­vatar that they don’t have one with link to Gra­vatar’s sign-up page (e‑mail includ­ed).
  • Health Check
    Checks the health of your Word­Press install
  • http:BL Word­Press Plu­g­in
    http:BL Word­Press Plu­g­in allows you to ver­i­fy IP address­es of clients con­nect­ing to your blog against the Project Hon­ey Pot data­base.
  • Import HTML Pages
    Imports well-formed sta­t­ic HTML pages into Word­Press posts or pages. Requires PHP5. Now with Dreamweaver tem­plate sup­port and Word HTML cleanup.
  • InfoLink
    Adds a but­ton to the Edi­tor, easy link­ing to Wikipedia, IMDB or add a link with google search.
  • Lim­it Login Attempts
    Lim­it rate of login attempts, includ­ing by way of cook­ies, for each IP.
  • One-Time Pass­word
    One-Time Pass­word Sys­tem con­form­ing to RFC 2289 to pro­tect your weblog in less trust­wor­thy envi­ron­ments, like inter­net cafés.
  • Plu­g­in Man­ag­er
    Plu­g­in Man­ag­er lets you to view, down­load and install plu­g­ins from wordpress.org from an AJAX’ed inter­face, instead of man­u­al­ly down­load­ing, extract­ing and upload­ing each plu­g­in.
  • Plu­g­ins Garbage Col­lec­tor
    It scans your Word­Press data­base and shows what var­i­ous things old plu­g­ins which were deac­ti­vat­ed, unin­stalled) left in it. The list of addi­tion­al data­base tables used by plu­g­ins with quant of records, size, and plu­g­in name is shown.
  • Quick Stats
    Logs hits with refer­rer, ip, host, client and url infor­ma­tion. RSS track­er fea­ture lets you track­er your vis­i­tors in near real­time using an RSS read­er soft­ware.
  • Search Meter
    Keeps track of what your vis­i­tors are search­ing for. After you have acti­vat­ed this plu­g­in, you can check the Search Meter sec­tion in the Dash­board to see what your vis­i­tors are search­ing for on your blog.
  • SEO Smart Links
    SEO Smart Links pro­vides auto­mat­ic SEO ben­e­fits for your site in addi­tion to cus­tom key­word lists, nofol­low and much more.
  • Sim­ple Track­back Val­i­da­tion
    Elim­i­nates spam track­backs by (1) check­ing if the IP address of the track­back sender is equal to the IP address of the web­serv­er the track­back URL is refer­ring to and (2) by retriev­ing the web page locat­ed at the URL used in the track­back and check­ing if the page con­tains a link to your blog.
  • Smartlink­er
    Smartlink­er is a tool­bar on the Word­Press TinyM­CE edi­tor that enables you to hyper­link words and phras­es in your blog. A word/phrase can be the name of a per­son, place or thing.
  • Table of Con­tents Cre­ator
    Table of Con­tents Cre­ator (TOCC) auto­mat­i­cal­ly gen­er­ates a dynam­ic site wide table of con­tents that is always up-to-date. All entries are nav­i­ga­ble mak­ing your site very SEO friend­ly. TOCC can be con­fig­ured to dis­play sta­t­ic pages, blog entries and forum com­ments. Anoth­er great fea­ture of TOCC is the abil­i­ty to include anchor tags on any page marked with a spe­cial class. This fea­ture allows links to arti­cles, down­loads or even oth­er sites to appear with­in the table of con­tents as if they are part of your site’s nav­i­ga­tion. To gen­er­ate a table of con­tents, sim­ply include the <!– toc-creator –> tag on any page, or use the handy page cre­ation fea­ture locat­ed on the plu­g­in admin page.
  • TinyM­CE Advanced
    Enables advanced fea­tures and plu­g­ins in TinyM­CE, the visu­al edi­tor in Word­Press.
  • Update Noti­fi­er
    Sends email noti­fi­ca­tions to the admin if a new ver­sion of Word­Press avail­able. Noti­fi­ca­tions about updates for plu­g­ins and themes can also be sent.
  • Weasel’s No HTTP Author
    Checks to see if the author name in your com­ments con­tains “HTTP:” to help fil­ter out spam. This only sets the “spam” flag on the com­ment; Akismet does the dirty work and actu­al­ly removes and reports the com­ment.
  • Where did they go from here
    Show “Read­ers who viewed this page, also viewed” links on your page. Much like Amazon.com’s prod­uct pages. Based on the plu­g­in by Mark Ghosh.
  • Who is Online
    Dis­plays who is cur­rent­ly on your blog and for how long.
  • WordPress.com Stats
    Tracks views, post/page views, refer­rers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key.
  • WP-Polls
    Adds an AJAX poll sys­tem to your Word­Press blog. You can eas­i­ly include a poll into your Word­Press’s blog post/page. WP-Polls is extreme­ly cus­tomiz­able via tem­plates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you want­ed. It now sup­ports mul­ti­ple selec­tion of answers.
  • WP-Print
    Dis­plays a print­able ver­sion of your Word­Press blog’s post/page.
  • WP-Stats-Dashboard
    Dis­plays the WordPress.com stats graph, your traf­fic and social met­rics mon­i­tor­ing on your dash­board.
  • wp-Typography
    Improve your web typog­ra­phy with: (1) hyphen­ation — over 40 lan­guages sup­port­ed, (2) Space con­trol, includes: wid­ow pro­tec­tion, glu­ing val­ues to units, and forced inter­nal wrap­ping of long URLs & email address­es, (3) Intel­li­gent char­ac­ter replace­ment, includ­ing smart han­dling of: quote marks, dash­es, ellipses, trade­marks, math sym­bols, frac­tions, and ordi­nal suf­fix­es, and (4) CSS hooks for styling: amper­sands, upper­case words, num­bers, ini­tial quotes & guillemets.
  • WP Ajax Edit Com­ments
    The most pow­er­ful comment-editing solu­tion for Word­Press. Users can edit their own com­ments for a lim­it­ed time, while admins can edit all com­ments.
  • WP Math Pub­lish­er
    Dis­play math­e­mat­i­cal equa­tions with­in your posts and com­ments. Put your plain text math­mat­i­cal expres­sions between [pmath size=xx]…[/pmath] tags. The option­al size attribute con­trols how large the images will be dis­played. Use­ful xx inte­ger val­ues range from 8 to 24. Size defaults to 12 when attribute omit­ted. Pas­cal Bra­chet’s PHP Math Pub­lish­er library is includ­ed.
  • WP Mini­fy
    This plu­g­in uses the Mini­fy engine to com­bine and com­press JS and CSS files to improve page load time.
  • WP Secu­ri­ty Scan
    Per­form secu­ri­ty scan of Word­Press instal­la­tion.
  • WP Super Cache
    Very fast caching plu­g­in for Word­Press.
  • WP Update Mes­sage
    Add an update mes­sage to your pages or posts to let your read­ers know what has been updat­ed.

I do not need some con­tact man­age­ment plu­g­in, if some­one wants to con­tact me he can use my EMail address. I do not have a prob­lem hav­ing my EMail address in a robot-readable for­mat, my anti-SPAM soft­ware is well tuned for my mail­box.

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rsync and CVS exclude

The CVS exclude option of rsync can be harm­ful in some cas­es.

For exam­ple I use rsync to keep my/this web­site updat­ed. At some point I noticed some strange behav­ior after the update of sev­er­al of the Word­Press plu­g­ins I use. After a bit of inves­ti­ga­tion I noticed that one plu­g­in (Bro­ken Link Check­er) has a direc­to­ry which is named “core”. This is one of the file­names which are in the exclude list of the CVS exclude fea­ture of rsync. Nor­mal­ly it should only pre­vent the trans­fer of core-files, but as rsync does not have a look if this is a file or a direc­to­ry (it is not sup­posed to do this), it also pre­vents the trans­mis­sion of the direc­to­ry.

After mod­i­fy­ing the rsync options to man­u­al­ly exclude the CVS pat­terns except for “core”, the site worked cor­rect­ly again.

It seems this is one of those cas­es where dif­fer­ent development/management cul­tures show some lit­tle incom­pat­i­bil­i­ties.

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