Dave Enjoys Gets An Upgrade.

I sometimes go AWOL from posting on Dave Enjoys, so I’m sure no one has been wondering why I haven’t posted in the last two days or so…but there is a real reason why – upgrades.

I got really tired of Bluehost having downtime, running slow, and so on. I hope they get their problems straightened out – but DigitalOcean is offering sweet deals on virtual private servers (VPS) at prices lower than Bluehost offers shared hosting. So, I’m in the slow process of moving sites over. I already moved FreeWargamer and have just now finished moving Dave Enjoys.

What does this mean for you? Well, nothing much on the front-end, but hopefully:

  • The site will load a lot faster, making browsing the site a more enjoyable experience.
  • The site will be more stable – rather than the frequent downtime I’ve been experiencing with Bluehost.

In addition, WordPress released the latest and greatest Jetpack plugin which means you can now used your WordPress.com authentication with Dave Enjoys. If that doesn’t make sense to you – that is okay – it won’t affect your utilization of the site.

Finally, this does mean that there will probably be some hiccups along the way…so if you see any technical glitches with this or any of my other sites please let me know!

WordPress Plugins – A New Summation.

Introduction

WordPress
WordPress (Photo credit: Adriano Gasparri)

I like to categorize and organize. So what did I do? I reviewed the first one hundred pages of plugins on WordPress’ Plugin Directory ordered by most popular. From the first number of pages I included essentially every plugin (categorized), but as I moved through additional pages, I included only those which seemed to be interesting, unique, or well-known in some way. Here is the result. I hope you find it useful as you determine what plugins you will install in your WordPress instance.

Those plugins which I use regularly I’ve bolded. Those which I have used regularly in the past I’ve italicized.

Anti-Spam

Forms

SEO

Social Media Sharing

  • Social Media Widget
  • Shareaholic[2]
  • Facebook
  • WP to Twitter[3]
  • Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons
  • AddThis[4]
  • NextScripts
  • Add Link to Facebook
  • WP Socializer
  • ShareThis[5]
  • Facebook¬† Like Button Plugin
  • Facebook Comments
  • Sociable
  • Social
  • Floating Social Media Icon
  • WP-Email

Multiple

  • Jetpack by WordPress.com

Import/Export

  • WordPress Importer

Images

  • NextGen Gallery (see also NextGEN Gallery Optimizer)
  • Lightbox Plus
  • WP Photo Album Plus
  • Gallery
  • Lightbox Gallery
  • jQuery Colorbox
  • Grand FIAGallery
  • Image Widget
  • WOW Slider
  • Easing Slider
  • Slideshow Gallery

Audio/Video

  • Viper’s Video Quicktags
  • Smart YouTube Pro
  • Blubrry PowerPress Podcasting Plugin
  • JW Player for WordPress
  • Embed Plus
  • MediaElement.js
  • WordPress Video Plugin
  • Video Embed & Thumbnail Generator
  • S0undCloud Shortcode

Administrative

  • Broken Link Checker
  • Advanced Custom Fields
  • All in One Favicon
  • WP Maintenance Mode
  • Regenerate Thumbnails
  • AdMinimize
  • Enable Media Replace
  • WP-DBManager
  • Postie
  • ManageWP Worker
  • WP-Optimize
  • Duplicator
  • Thank Me Later
  • CloudFlare
  • Duplicate Posts
  • DB Toolkit
  • Admin Menu Editor
  • OptionTree
  • WP Robots Txt
  • Use Google Libraries
  • P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)
  • Add From Server
  • InfiniteWP Client
  • Front-end Editor
  • Plugin Organizer
  • Kontrol Developer Kit
  • Configure SMTP
  • One Click Close Comments
  • Custom Post Type UI
  • Editorial Calendar
  • Peter’s Login Redirect
  • WordPress MU Domain Mapping
  • SB Welcome Email Editor
  • Peter’s Collaboration E-mails
  • OpenHook
  • Bulk Delete
  • underConstruction
  • Co-Authors Plus
  • Simple URLs
  • One-Click Child Theme
  • wp-FileManager
  • After the Deadline
  • Peter’s Post Notes
  • User Switching
  • Advanced Excerpt
  • Ultimate Coming Soon Page
  • Redirection
  • WP Mail SMTP

Statistics

  • Google Analytics for WordPress[6]
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Analyticator
  • WP-SlimStat
  • WP-PostViews

WYSIWYG Editor

  • Ultimate TinyMCE
  • TinyMCE Advanced
  • Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
  • CKEditor for WordPress

Performance

Add-On Functionality

  • BuddyPress
  • bbPress
  • WP-Ecommerce
  • WooCommerce
  • The Events Calendar
  • Ready! eCommerce Shopping Cart
  • Events Manager
  • Polldaddy Polls & Ratings
  • WP-Polls
  • All-in-One Event Calendar
  • eShop
  • Connections
  • Link Library
  • Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin
  • Ajax Event Calendar
  • Calendar
  • JigoShop
  • Mingle Forum
  • WordPress Poll
  • easyReservations
  • GigPress
  • WP-CRM
  • CataBlog
  • WP-Invoice
  • Participants Database
  • Q and A
  • Business Directory Plugin
  • Booking Calendar
  • wpsc Support Tickets
  • ClickDesk Live Support
  • Quick Chat
  • Event Organiser
  • Seriously Simple Podcasting
  • RSVP Plugin
  • ComicEASEL
  • Webcomic
  • Yet Another Photoblog
  • WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart
  • WP Symposium
  • Job Manager
  • WP-Property
  • Gravity Forms Directory

Security

  • Wordfence Security
  • Bulletproof Security
  • Better WP Security
  • AntiVirus
  • Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner
  • Login LockDown
  • WordPress HTTPS
  • No Right Click Images Plugin

Customize Look & Feel

  • WP-PageNavi
  • WordPress Related Posts
  • Display Widgets
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
  • List Category Posts
  • Widget Logic
  • WP Google Fonts
  • Options Framework
  • Breadcrumb NavXT
  • WP-PostRatings
  • GD Star Rating
  • Custom Meta Widget
  • Theme My Login
  • Special Recent Posts
  • Crayon Syntax Highlighter
  • MaxButtons
  • Theme-Check
  • Infinite-Scroll
  • WP No Category Base
  • Post Layout
  • Background Manager
  • Gantry Template Framework
  • Dynamic “To Top” Plugin
  • WordPress Post Tabs
  • Collapse-O-Matic
  • WP-Paginate

Membership/Roles

  • s2Member Framework
  • User Role Editor
  • Role Scoper
  • Members
  • Advanced Access Manager
  • Simple Facebook Connect
  • Google Authenticator
  • Social Login
  • WordPress Social Login
  • Social Login & Social Sharing by JanRain
  • User Access Manager
  • WP-Members

Comments

  • Disqus Comment System
  • CommentLuv[7]
  • Disable Comments
  • WP Ajax Edit Comments
  • IntenseDebate Comments
  • LiveFyre Realtime Comments

Monetization

  • AdRotate
  • QuickAdsense
  • WP125
  • Adsense Insert
  • AdSense Manager
  • Affiliates
  • Ad Injection
  • Easy Adsense
  • Adsense Extreme
  • Ad Squares Widget
  • Ad Codes Widget
  • Ads Manager WP/BB
  • Amazon Product in a Post Plugin
  • Amazon Link
  • Simple Ads Manager
  • Google AdSense Plugin
  • Easy Ads
  • Paid Memberships Pro
  • AdSense Now!
  • Easy Digital Downloads
  • AdSense
  • PayPal Donations
  • WP Auto Affiliate Links
  • Adminer
  • WP-Insert

Backup

  • UpDraft Plus Backup
  • Online Backup for WordPress
  • BackWPup
  • WordPress Backup to Dropbox
  • BackUpWordPress
  • WP-DB-Backup
  • Simple Backup

Page Management

  • CMS Tree Page View
  • Post Types Order
  • Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin
  • Exclude Pages
  • Related Posts
  • WordPress Popular Posts
  • Google Doc Embedder
  • Advanced Page Manager
  • Simple Page Ordering
  • My Page Order
  • 404-to-start

Mobile

  • UppSite
  • WordPress Mobile Pack

Newsletters

  • Wysija Newsletters
  • Constant Contact for WordPress
  • Subscribe2[8]
  • MailChimp List Subscribe Form
  • Newsletter
  • Newsletter Sign-Up

Downloads

  • WordPress Download Monitor
  • WordPress Download Manager
  • WP-Filebase Download Manager

Other

  • MapPress Easy Google Maps
  • Comprehensive Google Map Plugin
  • WP Google Maps
  • Leaflet Maps Marker
  • Print Friendly and PDF Button
  • WP-Print
  • Pretty Link Lite
  • Meteor Slides
  • WPtouch
  • Page Links To
  • Social Slider
  • FeedWordPress
  • Types
  • Relevanssi
  • Advanced Code Editor
  • White Label CMS
  • Google Calendar Events
  • Groups
  • Portfolio
  • Liveblog
  • Strictly Auto Tags
  • Magic Fields 2
  • More Fields
  • Custom Field Template

Multilingual

  • qTranslate
  • Transposh WordPress Translation

PHP

  • Exec-PHP
  • PHP Code Widget
  • Shortcode Exec PHP
  • Allow PHP in Posts and Pages

Post Enrichment

Gamification

  • CubePoints
  • Achievements for WordPress

 Twitter

  • Tweetily
  • Tweetable
  • Twitter Tools
  • Xhanch – My Twitter
  • Twitter Widget Pro

 Available Elsewhere

  • CiviCRM
  • Simple:Press
  1. [1]I used this before Jetpack came along and offered bundled Contact Forms.
  2. [2]I used this before Jetpack provided social sharing.
  3. [3]I used this before Jetpack provided integrating sharing to Facebook and Twitter.
  4. [4]I had used this in the past, but had replaced it with ShareThis, etc.
  5. [5]I used this before Jetpack provided integrated sharing.
  6. [6]I still use this on occasion, but WordPress stats included in Jetpack are usually sufficient for me.
  7. [7]I’m not sure if I will continue using this plugin.
  8. [8]This has been replaced by Jetpack’s functionality.

I Love the Jetpack Development Team!

WordPress
WordPress (Photo credit: Adriano Gasparri)

Yes, I know this is a symptom of my uber-geekness, but it is true – I LOVE the team of developers r
responsible for WordPress‘ Jetpack plugin. This plugin brings features that are already available to WordPress.com users to us independents and indicate a true love for open source on the part of the WordPress team – as they could keep these bonus features locked in their walled garden of wordpress.com, thus encouraging folks to use wordpress.com instead of hosting their own instance – but they aren’t!

Jetpack includes a number of exciting features including: Stats (uses the wordpress.com backend to provide statistics on site usage), Subscriptions (allows folks to subscribe to your blog via email), sharing (allows folks to easily share your articles with others), After the Deadline (to check for spelling and grammar), and a bunch of other cool stuff…but the feature they just added that has thrown me into a tizzy is comments.

“Wait, I thought WordPress already supported comments?” It did and it does! But this new functionality allows users to authenticate themselves to make comments using their existing accounts – e.g. Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.com. This in turn makes it easier for folks to comment on posts which means a likely increase in quality conversations across the blogosphere!