You may ask what is a plugin?
You may have noticed when you have your dashboard open, that there is a section down the side called ‘Plugins’.
A plugin extends the way you can use your blog. It might be a form to add to posts, some extra widgets for the sidebar, an easy way to add images to posts – all these are done by activating a particular plugin. Here is a post to read about activating plugins and an overview of many available on your blog (instructions included).
There are some plugins I would recommend you have for your blog. These are in alphabetical order but compfight is a necessity I feel.
Compfight – easy way to add creative commons images to your blog posts. Make sure you have the settings correct. This is how I have them set for this blog. Here is a post I wrote for the student blogging challenge which gives instructions on using the compfight plugin.
On your dashboard> plugins> hover under compfight and click on activate. Then click on settings and change to image below.
WP cumulus is an interesting way to show the tags or categories on your blog as if they are floating on a cloud.
DOGO content widget allows book reviews, movie reviews etc from DOGO site.
Google maps if you want to include a map in a post or in your ‘About Me’ page
Image widget for your sidebar for students who might be more visually focussed rather than links written as words – good for those commonly used websites like studyladder, reading eggs, mathletics etc.
Subscribe to comments is handy for visitors to your blog. They might leave a comment and want to know when someone replies to the comment – they tick the box about subscribing to comments. This is for only one post at a time. Your visitors can tick this box on as many posts as they want to hear about comment replies.
Supreme google webfonts has 291 fonts available but this slows your blog down quite a bit having to load this each time.