- Posted by Johanna on March 2, 2007 at 8:52 pm
- Category: Meta
I thought some readers might be interested in how I run this site, so here are the WordPress plugins I’ve installed.
After the most recent major upgrade, I started noticing some significant performance delays (which may have been there earlier, I’m not blaming the version). So I cut way back on add-ons and have been carefully testing the ones I use since. That’s the reason I’m no longer using comment previews or subscriptions. I didn’t think they were important enough to justify the potential overhead, especially since RSS comment subscriptions are built-in.
Necessary Behind-the-Scenes Maintenance
Akismet — Absolutely essential spam prevention. Since I turned it on a year ago, it’s stopped over 36,000 attempts to pollute my comments.
Google (XML) Sitemaps — For keeping Google updated on site structure and new posts.
WordPress Database Backup — What it says.
Additional Maintenance, Not as Necessary
DoFollow — Removes the automatic nofollow tag in comments; I’m not sure I understand all of the background politics, but I think people who comment should get credit for links back.
Kill Preview 2 — Removes the preview window from the editing screen in favor of a link that creates a new window. Cuts down on load time, especially if you save often, and you can see what the post will look like only when you want to.
No WWW — Changes the site to http://comicsworthreading from http://www.comicsworthreading.
Dunstan-Style Error Page — Provides a more detailed error page that gives readers the chance to search, go to most recent posts, or otherwise navigate the site.
Get Recent Comments — For the sidebar, so readers can more easily keep up with what visitors are talking about.
Similar Posts — I like the cross-linking. I’ve got a lot of content here (over 1500 posts), and I think it’s neat to see what the computer is reminded of when I add a new one. I started with a wasabi one called Related Posts, but it’s no longer supported, and I discovered a fairly major bug in it. I was really glad to find this newly developed replacement.
The same author put out Similar Posts Feed and Plugin Output Cache plugins to improve performance. He also does a Recent Comments, but without quite as many features as the one I’m using.
Still to Work On
The whole issue of statistics tracking. I tried Google Analytics, but it was much too much overkill for what I wanted, and I’d rather find something local over a third-party site. Currently, I’m using PopStats , which seems ok. I’ve tried others, but they created a performance hit. I don’t need little flags for every country I have a visitor from — I just want to see, based on my logs, how many hits, visitors, and where (referrers and searches) people are coming from.
I’d also like to turn Popularity Contest back on, but I think it might be too much load. Still to test that one.