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I think it’s been about six-months since I’ve began dabbling in blogging via wordpress. I must say that it’s been frustrating at times figuring out how things work since I’m not as technically savvy as I thought I was.

Overall, thought it’s not all perfect, I think the learning curve has finally leveled out and things should be smooth going forward. As much as I love google products, it sure is better than what blogger.com is offering.

I thought I’d share the bling that’s been powering Solar Crash

Themes (I’m drawn to three column themes, and update every few months)

Cleaker
Genki
Mandingo current theme in use

Ads that help pay for my webhosting

Google Adsense

Top Plugins

Akismet for spam protection
Articles, which easily generates a list of post titles on a page (see Articles link above)
Category Cloud widget, as seen on the sidebar
cforms II, a highly advanced contact form – you can try it on the contact link above
Del.icio.us widget, See the latest links I’ve been bookmarking on del.icio.us
– Feedburner/Feedsmith, channels my feedlinks to feedburner as the primary SolarCrash RSS
– If you liked that, generates random links to related posts under each post
Picasa Photos, displays random photos on the sidebar from Picasa Web Albums
Subscribe to Comments, this one is invaluable to interaction notifying commenters of responses
Twitter Tools, synchronizes twitter updates
WordPress Database backup, automatically emails a backup of the blog daily

There are a few other plugins that I use but I haven’t upgraded them to permanent status yet.

Other Items

Plugoo is something I’ve been testing out recently that allows for instant chatting with readers
Blogrush helps with contextual traffic generation
Shelfari, shows random books from my library
1and1.com my current webhost

That’s all for now. If you know of other tools I should really be using, please let me know.

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  • just a guy December 12, 2007, 8:04 am

    Thanks for sharing the post… Thought I’d share a couple that you might enjoy:

    Google Sitemaps Generator. It will automatically generate an XML sitemap for you… which makes google very happy when crawling your website.

    Flexible upload is also really nice when adding pics to your site.

    I’m also partial to No Follow Free which rewards people who comment on your site by allowing google to follow outbound links in your comments section (not a default in wordpress).

    Keep up the good work!

  • Lon December 12, 2007, 8:40 am

    Hey dude, love your blog, thanks for the comment!

    I’ve got google sitemaps generator running, though I didn’t mention it because I can’t quite tell how well it’s working out.

    thank you so much for explaining the no-follow thing to me, i had heard mentions of it before, but never quite figured out what they were talking about. I’ll definitely be installing that one!

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