Jan 05 2008

Suggestions for further improvement?

Published by at 9:39 am under Blogging,Site Configuration

I’ve been taking this opportunity to add some functionality to the blog, especially since adding plug-ins is so easy with WordPress.  So far I’ve installed FeedBurner FeedSmith, SimpleTwitter, Slashdigglicious and WordPress.com Stats.  I’ve also installed my friend Dan Kuykendall’s plug-in podPress, which was one of the things that originally got me thinking about switching to WordPress.

The site will obviously be undergoing additional changes over the next couple of days as I experiment with WordPress some.  Are there any absolute ‘must have’ plug-ins I should install?  Are there any I should absolutely stay away from?  I have to imagine someone will make a malicious plug-in for WP some day, though I haven’t heard of one yet. 

The weather report says its going to be raining all weekend here in Northern California, my wife’s recovering from minor eye surgery (PRK touch up) and the kids have a friend coming over this afternoon.  Sounds like a good time to sit at the computer and play with the blog configuration.

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Suggestions for further improvement?”

  1. Marcinon 10 Jan 2008 at 4:16 pm

    WP Super Cache hands down is the most important plugin to have next to Akismet (or Spambam, whatever you prefer). WP Super Cache will generate a static html file of each page, which even the crappiest of shared hosting providers will survive a slashdotting.

  2. Martinon 11 Jan 2008 at 7:54 am

    Marcin,

    I’ve installed the plugin, but I’m leaving it deactivated at the moment. I like having the site update instantly, rather than waiting for the cache to refresh. I’m going to activate it if I get /.’d, but otherwise I’ll leave it off.

    Thanks for the suggestion,

    Martin

  3. Marcinon 11 Jan 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Martin, it doesn’t work like that. WP Super Cache will regenerate the cache if there is a new comment or blog post. You can also tell it to “lock,” which means new comments don’t show up (though they are added to the database). That’s only used when you’re under really heavy load though — like StumbleUpon, Reddit, Digg and Slashdot and CNN all at once, lol.

    Not to mention, your site will load much quicker. Turn it on!!!

  4. Martinon 12 Jan 2008 at 7:42 am

    Marcin,

    I enabled it, but I set the cache time low, 5 minutes rather than the 60 minutes it has by default. I figure that’s a good compromise on speed and updating frequency. I may not post nearly that often but I still like the page to update fairly quickly. If I ever do get /.’d I can always change that quickly.

    By the way, isn’t this site already loading much faster than the old one? I know it is for me.

    Martin

  5. Marcinon 12 Jan 2008 at 7:03 pm

    The site has been loading great, I just have been on slow connection off and on, so every KB was counting for me… Cheers! :)

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