Blog Article Tools
Similar Posts – The ability to relate blog posts to one another is vital in recycling old content that is otherwise sitting there being ignored. This plugin indexes words in your post when you publish it to match it to other blog articles. There are lots of options to tweak in order to get the relevancy right where you want it. There is even the ability to edit the similar keywords on a per post basis for even more fine tuning. Screenshot »
Recent Posts – This is similar to the similar posts above. In fact it was written by the same guy, Rob Marsh. This plugin is self explanatory as it lists the most recent posts wherever you want in your template using <?php similar_posts(); ?>. The beauty of this and the similar posts plugin is they are both cacheable meaning less load on your database. Screenshot »
Postie – You might remember my how-to post about getting Postie setup on WordPress. The ability to post from my mobile phone has been a lot of fun and makes good use of the 400 picture message bundle I pay for every month. It is pretty simple to get going and the ability to post from anywhere I have cell phone coverage is quite a profound idea. Screenshot »
WP-FLV – Posting video on your blog can be daunting if you don’t go through a site like YouTube. Even then, WordPress’ visual editor makes a mess of the embed code. To handle with all the messy details of embedding flash video in my posts I use the FLV plugin. It adds a button to my editing tool bar that wraps a link to an FLV in <flv> tags that get processed later when I publish. The video shows up in a basic flash player and I am good to go. Screenshot »
WP-Amazon – Have you ever needed to link to something on Amazon.comAmazon.com but didn’t feel like opening up another tab and running a search? WP-Amazon lets me do all of that right within my Write Post interface. The little Amazon button reveals a search sidebar that lets me find anything in any category on the whole site. The real use for this is you can drag the link straight into your post and it will automatically insert your affiliate ID to the link so if anyone buys anything after clicking on your link, you will get a cut. Screenshot »
For the fourth and final installment of this series, I will cover syndication plugins that I employ on my blog.