In This Chapter
Finding popular WordPress plugins
Using plugins to enhance your blog
In this chapter, I list ten of the most popular plugins available for your WordPress blog. This list isn't exhaustive by any means; hundreds of excellent WordPress plugins can, and do, provide multiple ways to extend the functionality of your blog. And if these ten plugins aren't enough for you, you can find many more at the official WordPress Plugin Directory (
The greatest plugin of all is Akismet, which I describe in Chapter 10. Akismet is the answer to comment and trackback spam; it kills spam dead. I don't cover it in this chapter because Akismet stands alone as an absolute must for any WordPress blog and comes installed with WordPress.
Chapter 10 contains information on how to locate, download, unpack, install, activate, and manage plugins in your WordPress blog.
Developer: Lester Chan
WP Print is one of several WordPress plugins developed by Lester Chan. This easy-to-use plugin provides a clean, printable version of your blog posts and/or pages.
Unless your blog theme has a specialized stylesheet for printing, posts and pages print rather messily. WP Print strips most of the style from your theme design (images and formatting, for example) and outputs a clean print of your article with black text on a white background.
You can configure these options: ...