My favorite WordPress Plugins

Contact Form 7 – Super easy and functional contact form for website email.
Tip: You can run more than one form and customize each by creating a new one and referencing the appropriate one from the page you want the form on.

Gravity Forms – This is the hopped up version of Contact Form, it can dynamically populate your contact form, it can send your submissions to your newsletter server and more.

akismet – Stock plugin with WP, you have to create an account on to get an API Key then go  back to your  self hosted WP and install that key to get it to work. You can get fancy and use it to update status upon submitting a comment using AJAX.

Tips: Won’t work on WordPress MU (6-2009),  also had problems on Bluehost but don’t know why yet. Otherwise, I love this plugin thanks!

google sitemap generator – Creates sitemap.xml every time you add to your blog and submits to Tier 1 search engines.

NextGEN Gallery
Tips: Use instead of the recommended

to get started, that worked for me. Another possible bug, after installing on WP 2.8 beta 2, the gallery was working but quit for some reason. I’ll  update to WordPress 2.8 on June 10, the day the final release comes out and maybe look at this issue again.

TinyMCE Advanced
Tips: Go to Admin->Settings->TinyMCEAdvanced and drag your toolbuttons to and from the toolbar,  I allow it to not strip <br> and <p> tags added manually into the HTML editor.

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