What Are Your “Essential” Plugins?

Published on December 1, 2005 at 8:56 PM EST
In the Discussions category.

A new mixed drink, featuring three of your favorites. An alcohol-free version is available for minors.

There are gobs of plugins available for Movable Type. I’d bet that most people who use version 3.2 are using the SpamLookup and Nofollow plugins, and many of you probably have at least a few others installed.

Of all the plugins you use, what are the three most essential? (Yes, you have to narrow it down to three!) Which ones make your site run the way it does, provide you the options you want, or otherwise improve your Movable Type installation?

My favorite three?

  • SpamLookup is essential for keeping a site spam-free. It does a great job, but you probably already knew that.
  • SmartyPants provides typographically-correct punctuation: curly quotes, ellipsis, and em-dashes amongst them. Typographically-correct punctuation just looks better.
  • Not to toot my own horn too loudly, but I find Better File Uploader necessary. It makes it so much easier and faster for me add photos and build photo galleries. (Of course, since it requires the BigPAPI plugin, I suppose I broke my self-imposed “three essential plugins” rule.)

What are your three picks?