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Often I see people’s blogs and wonder to myself what plugins they have and/or themes they use. Often the theme can be found simply by looking at the bottom of the page. But that doesn’t tell you what I’ve used in the past. This page may not be of interest to most, but I’m putting it up for the sake of the curious.

Plugins (current):

Plugins (old):

  • Google Search Widget (replaced with a text widget and custom HTML)
  • WordPress Database Backup 1.8 (I do it manually)
  • Feed Locations 1.0 (Replaced with Feedburner Feedsmith)
  • Firestats 1.0.2 (Started using WordPress.com stats)
  • DoFollow 2.1 (I think I got a lot of semi-SPAM comments because of this)

Theme Modifications (Mandingo)

In page.php, in order to enable comments on pages:

<?php comments_template(); ?>

I also want people to be able to leave comments authenticated by their OpenID URL… so I make the following addition to the comment form in comments.php right above where it asks for Anon name/email/etc:

        <dl><dt><input type="radio" style="width: 12px" name="id_method" id="id_method_openid" /> <label for="id_method_openid">OpenID</label></dt>

        <input style="background: transparent url(http://jacob.steenhagen.us/images/openid.gif) no-repeat scroll 0pt 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial; padding-left: 18px;" type="text" name="openid_url" id="openid_url_comment_form" size="22" tabindex="0"/>
        <label for="openid_url_comment_form">OpenID Identity</label>

        <dt><input type="radio" name="id_method" style="width: 12px"  id="id_method_anon"/> <label for="id_method_anon">Anonymous</label></dt>

Older Modifications

In comments.php, in order to style pingbacks and OpenID comments, I added the following inside the <li> class for comments:

<?php echo ($comment->comment_type ? ' '.$comment->comment_type : ''); ?>

And then I put the following in the Head textbox of the HTML Inserts options for the Mandingo theme.

<style type="text/css">
.pingback {
    border: 2px gray dotted;

pre {
    overflow: scroll;

.openid cite {
        background-image: url('http://jacob.steenhagen.us/images/openid.gif');
        background-repeat: no-repeat;
        padding-left: 18px;

I typically try to make the following modifications to all my themes

In order to make my comments, trackbacks and OpenID authenticated comments appear different, I add the following to comments.php in the foreach loop for comments:

        if (get_the_author_ID() == $comment->user_id) {
                $authorcomment = ' authorcomment';
        } else {
                $authorcomment = '';

        if (empty($comment->comment_type)) {
                $comment_type = "";
        } else {
                $comment_type = " " . $comment->comment_type;

And the following in style.css:

.pingback  {
        border-color: gray !important;
        border-style: dashed !important;
        border-width: 1px !important;
.authorcomment {
        background-color: #FFF8DC !important;
        border-color: #CCC6BA !important;
.openid .comment_author {
        background-image: url('http://jacob.steenhagen.us/images/openid.gif');
        background-repeat: no-repeat;
        background-position: 0px 5px;
        padding-left: 18px;

I also need to add the Google Analytics JavaScript code right before my </body> tag.


Comment from Wordpress QuickStart Guy
Time August 17, 2007 at 11:59 am

Thanks for listing the plugins and indeed they are useful especially for people who want to know what to plugin and what not to.




Comment from Joost de Valk
Time October 8, 2007 at 1:58 am

Hey, nice to see you using my Google Analytics plugin, thanks for the plug! :)



Comment from Eule
Time February 27, 2008 at 3:34 am

I’m always interested to see what plugins other bloggers use. Plugins are the best invention ever ;-)



Comment from Dan (future gadgets blog)
Time February 29, 2008 at 9:45 am

I like your blog theme. I want to use it on my blog.
Can you please tell me from where I can download these theme?

Many thanks

Dan owner of the future gadgets blog future gadgets and inventions



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Comment from Lesishu
Time April 10, 2008 at 12:07 am

Thanks jake, but i do not understand, what is the use of WP-Amazon?



Comment from Venturi.Wang
Time April 10, 2008 at 2:27 am

I’m install the WP-OpenID several minutes ago, Let me test… :)



Comment from PC Bytes Network Consulting
Time April 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Thank god for plugins I don’t know what I would do without being able to change the default look and layout. I run a small corporate blog and have been searching the web like crazy for information on plugins for wordpress. Thanks for the tips on the mods!



Comment from Chas
Time April 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Great information, and explanation. I’m new to wordpress and blogging. I’ve put together a blog. But it’s really just to practice
on and learn. I’m looking for more information like your posts, and books, etc. that are relatively straight forward.



Comment from Forum Development Blog
Time April 16, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Wow, great list of necessities for a wordpress blog. It is also great to see what plugins other blogs use.

Subscribing to your blog, thank you :)



Comment from Web Development Blog
Time April 16, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Thank you for this post, very helpful, I’ve always wanted to find out more plugins that could help my page rank on my development blog.



Comment from Jayce
Time April 17, 2008 at 7:02 am

There are a lot of plugins that I did not use. Need to try them out some day. ;)
By the way, thanks you for the plugins.



Comment from ineedhits Online Advertising
Time April 21, 2008 at 10:15 pm

If you have the Google Analytics plugin, how come you need to add the Analytics javascript manually? Great list of plugins BTW, I will check some of them out.



Comment from Annie Maloney
Time May 2, 2008 at 10:08 am

I am currently setting up a new blog/site using a Brian Gardner Revolution theme and there are so many different plugins that come standard with that theme as well as the endless supply that are still available to use. Thanks for the list.



Comment from mailing list
Time May 21, 2008 at 5:57 pm

I always love running across sites like this one because they are actually useful! Thanks for the plugin info, will definitely give this a shot…



Comment from Gadgets
Time May 26, 2008 at 6:48 pm

This is a neat idea and it’s a also a good way to get user feedback as they can tell you which of your past themes/plugins they liked the most.

Going to check out the WP-Amazon plugin, looks interesting…



Comment from Manchester Steve
Time June 8, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Iv always thought it would be great if every wordpress site listed the plugins they used. Sometimes it takes me hours to find the plugin they used.



Comment from people finder
Time August 25, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Manchester Steve -

Just point your browser to http://site.com/wp-content/plugins. If there is no index.html present in that directory, the plugins on that site will be displayed.



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