What I Love About Word Press Reason #2

PLUGINS

How was I blissfully unaware of the Plugins that Word Press offers to optimise ones blogging experience?  It’s either a secret that Word Press users kept from me, OR, I didn’t pay attention.  I’m pretty sure there is a plugin to do just about anything you want to do on your Word Press blog.  Want to speed up your load time? Protect your photos from getting copied by others? {Scratch that.  The plug in didn’t work so well.} Install a comment spam filter?   And on, and on?

Word Press has em’.  You just need to look….and then install and activate.

My favorite plugins was introduced to me by MamaKat.

This particular plugin makes me very, very happy.  I actually hesitate telling you about it because I want to keep it secret.  I want to hoard it for myself, but in the spirit of sharing, I’ll spill.  All I ask is that you don’t install it on your blog.  Okay Dokey?  Kidding.

http://blog.2i2j.com/plugins/wordpress-thread-comment

This handy dandy plugin has revolutionized my blogging world.  It allows my replies to comments on my blog posts to publish, and then sends the originally commenter  my response.  So, now when someone asks a question, I can answer it publicly if I chose and all can read it.  Plus, since it sends the commenter the answer they don’t have to waste their time coming back looking for a response.   The best part?  My answer is attached to the originally comment, not 15 comments later.  Right there.   

Additionally, anyone can reply to someone else’s comment on my blog.  So, it’s not exclusive to the blog owner.  There’s a sort of built in spam filter too, because they can’t do it anonymously.

Another plugin I appreciate thoroughly is Askimet.

http://akismet.com/

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not”.  This plugin literally makes it so that you don’t have to worry about spam anymore.  Anything that looks fishy goes to a spam filter which you can then delete or approve.

Now, it might be worth mentioning that I was introduced to a plug in that I loved the idea of:

The plug in  protects the photos you’ve published on your blog from others copying them.  When someone tries to copy a photo from your blog it saves as a blank file.  So cool.   I have to tell you though that I’ve found the functionality of this plugin is spotty at best.  It works for me on images I’ve published to Word Press, but not on photos that I had imported.  I’ve also heard from other reliable sources that it doesn’t work at all.  So, use this plug in with caution.  After a few days with weird images being blanked out I got rid of the plugin…..but, it does work for some and seems like a great plugin when it’s working properly.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/iprotect/

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