One of my favorite VC bloggers, Fred Wilson, recently posted on removing some widgets from his blog. Now Fred clearly attempts to try every plugin ever made, and I applaud him for the efforts. I’ve tried a few from time to time, and the two that I’ve decided caused the most hassle for LD are now gone.
Why I used it: Built-in server statistics are less reliable than Windows ME.
What I liked: Seemed to keep pretty decent stats, and the stats views are real-time. Very handy for determining who is linking in. Considered mostly reliable for site metrics.
What I didn’t like: Tangibly slowed down page-loading, occasionally prevented site from loading in single-digit-seconds.
How I’m replacing it: Google Analytics. It doesn’t boast the same real-time capabilities, but I realized that I don’t care enough on a day-to-day basis to watch the numbers anyway.
- My Del.ici.ous
Why I used it: Very convenient way for me to link to a story I found interesting without having to add a full blog post for it.
What I liked: Helped keep content “fresh” on the home page.
What I didn’t like: Extremely buggy, caused really ugly script errors that were all-too visible.
How I’m replacing it: I’m not. I’ll keep bookmarking sites I like, and those who care can track them here. I’ll probably try to add more short-form blog posts anyway, since my
unbelievablylong essays are a little much for the average reader.
Anyone have any other plugin recommendations that I should check out? I browse the WordPress codex intermittently, am I missing the boat on anything?