I’ve been updating the WordPress plugins that Polizeros uses. One reason is to prepare for upgrading to WordPress 2.8.2, as there was a flurry of anguished posts on WordPress forums about how the upgrade bonked their blog.
Most of the time it was because of incompatible plugins or because they didn’t deactivate the plugins before upgrading. So, I’ve checked that all plugins work with 2.8.x and replaced some that didn’t.
Akismet. Essential spam comment killer from WordPress. It’s killed over 1 million spams so far here on Polizeros. Yes, 1 million.
All in One SEO Pack. Genuinely improves your search engine rankings. Completely ethical in how it does it too.
FD Feedburner plugin. Maps all RSS feeds to the Feedburner feed.
Sociable. Those little icons at the end of each post that allow you to post anything here to social networking sites.
WP Super Cache. This replaced my aging wp-cache. This site does seem faster now. It works by writing static pages out to disk, then feeding them to readers, rather than them having to regenerate the page all over again (if there have been no changes.)
The process of upgrading was a bit bouncy. Got several warnings about .htaccess, folder rights, and permalinks. At one point, my feeds stopped working because of this. This took about 30 minutes to track down and fix. Blog software needs to be way less geeky than this. Most folks would not have a clue what to do if told to chmod directory rights to 775. Nor should they need to know.
I don’t use autoupgrade because a) it stopped working on Polizeros, b) there are horror stories about it not working right, and c) manual upgrading is simple enough to do.
If you have a WordPress blog, what plugins do you use?