12/6/09: As someone with zero technical training (just a deep appreciation for all that Googling can find), I’ve learned the slow and painful way how to make WordPress sing: plugins. For those of you similarly techy-yet-not-techy types who are curious, here is a list of all the active plugins used on Food Loves Writing.

  • Akismet: Protects from spam.
  • All in One SEO Pack: Helps with search engine optimization.
  • Batch Categories: Makes it possible to organize categories faster, which is helpful if you, say, decided to get things in order a year or so after starting a blog.
  • Feedburner Feedsmith: Redirects main RSS feed to Feedburner, which provides options for all kinds of feed features, such as keeping track of subscriber counts.
  • Get Recent Comments: Makes it possible for your most recent comments to appear in the sidebar at left.
  • Google Sitemaps: Helps to make your blog easier to index and crawl by Google.
  • Highlight Author Comments: Distinguishes comments of blog author (me) on posts, so it’s easier to find them.
  • iMax Width: Resizes all photos to the size I choose. When we switched over to the three-column layout (where photos are necessarily smaller), this tool was a lifesaver.
  • Lijit Search: The handy search button over on the left sidebar is provided through Lijit, a very cool company where the people are so! nice! and which provides weekly stats that show me what people are searching for here.
  • LinkWithin: Displays those cool photos of three recent posts at the bottom of each post page.
  • Live Comment Preview: Lets commenters preview comment before publishing.
  • Multi Column Category List: Puts the Link List into two columns.
  • Ozh’ Better Feed: Abbreviates posts in feedreaders (no more full feeds, unfortunately, due to people stealing our content, can you believe it?) and allows me to add footer of text to posts in feed only.
  • Recent Posts: Creates list of recent posts at left.
  • Subscribe to Comments: Allows commenters to subscribe to comments on post by checking box.
  • Ultimate Google Analytics: I look at my stats on Google Analytics from time to time, but I’ll be the first to admit I’m not sure what I’m looking for. I still have this because everyone says I should.
  • WordPress Popular Posts: Creates list of most popular posts at left.
  • WP-Email:So readers can e-mail friends posts.
  • WP-Print: So readers can print posts.
  • WP Super Cache: To make this site faster.