I run a bunch of sites, as you may have read. But I often run into the problem of deciding whether to use WordPress or writing my own custom script to create a site on a template.
The Major Tipping Point
So what causes this difference? Well – I think I would like to use WordPress for every site I create ( at this time ) – however… I am having trouble locating a plugin or script that will allow me to upload a large database of information into WordPress – AND – allowing me to upload it again and overwriting/updating information. Some plugins that I have found MAY do the trick, but I am not interested in purchasing a script that will become useless immediately… but perhaps I should. Suggestions?
So, How do I Choose?
Up to this point I have wasted a lot of time thinking about which way to go. Until I find a plugin that can handle entering new ‘posts’ and categories – then being able to update those ‘posts’ again just by uploading the database, I am going to do it like this:
1. Is the database big, like 50 or more records?
2. Is the data in this database going to change regularly?
3. Is this the kind of database that I can ‘drip post’ in over time?
If the answers are yes, yes, no – then I am going to write my own scripts. If the answers are no, no, yes – it is WordPress all the way. If the answers are yes, no, maybe – then I am back at the crossroads.
Why Don’t I Write the Plugin Myself?
There is the big problem. I ‘barely’ know PERL. I can just scratch an itch of PHP. WordPress is PHP. In order to write a plugin, I am going to have to learn PHP. Right now I am just too busy. PERL is still very powerful and still widely supported. PHP is going to overtake PERL if it hasn’t already.
I am sure that someone has already written the perfect CSV or Text file to WordPress plugin. I have seen a few that I have tried and can’t get to work the way I want them to. And I am also sure that someone has privately built one and is using it to make a killing.
Drop me a lead and I will follow it to find out how well it works… and promote the plugin if it does what I need.
Whatdo I consider Standard Plugins?
For me – these standard plugins are the WordPress plugins that I use on almost ALL of the sites that I create. I can’t say that each one goes on all sites, but you would find the majority there. Why – because these plugins give ‘something’ that can help me with all the sites that I create, for myself, or for clients.
If you want to know what is driving visitors to your site, or help yourself out with administration, these are great plugins.
NOTE: Last Updated on September 6th, 2009 – I will re-post an update time when I add/update/remove plugins, although I may not mention what was changed.
By the way – I don’t link to these plugins, because you can install them from your WordPress dashboard and get the most up to date version (plus a little oversight on developers) since it is located in the repository.
WP Plugin [Standard] List
- Aksimet – from Automattic, the makers of WordPress. This adequately eliminates spam from my websites. I have much less to handle. There is nothing more I can say about spam elimination. A few comments will slip in that don’t belong in the comments, but since I don’t have to spend hours, the occasional errant comment is no problem.
- All in One SEO Pack – Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog. This plugin is consistently being developed. It gives you excellent control of keywords, titles, meta-tags and more.
- Full Comments on Dashboard – simple, it shows the full comment on your WP Dashboard. I hated having to click through to a comment to read the whole thing, when I have the ability to approve it right there. Imagine this scenario, a spammer can realize that MOST web administrators approve comments from the dashboard – especially if they are a large blog with many comments. So, write a good comment – until you hit the character count, then add your spammy links… webmasters are bound to approve a few of these, right?
- Google XML Sitemaps – within a day of creating a new site, you can see your latest article(s) in the search results. And – driving traffic already. That is proof enough.
- WordPress Database Backup – We all know that we should. Most of us don’t. Plenty of us lose entire bodies of work. This plugin makes it simple and automatic – right to your email. Every site, every time.
That is my current list. Got suggestions? Something I might like?