My web site

This site is created using WordPress, a really great, free program for creating blogs and other websites.  I have created several sites with WordPress and I’ve been quite happy with the results. The software is so easy to use that, once set up, even non-technical people can maintain their site. In fact, most of the WordPress-based sites that I have set up are being maintained by non-technical people. At the same time, WordPress has enough power in the program to keep a geek like me tweaking it till all hours of the morning.  This page is for those folks that get as geeked about WordPress as I do. Whenever I see somebody else’s WordPress site, I often wonder what theme they are using or what plugins and widgets they are using. So this page exists to answer those questions.

WordPress Theme that I am using

It has been my experience that I’m just too picky to settle on one of the thousands of themes that are available for WordPress. I always pick a theme that is somewhat close to the physical layout and color that I want; and then modify the heck out of it.  I’ll always try to leave a link to the theme designer on the bottom of my pages. However, that was before WordPress 3.0 with a new default theme.

WordPress Plugins that I am using

The sidebar is completely widgetized. The Google Ads, etc are just text widgets with some html or javascript.

There are 14 plugins used: 10 active plugins and 4 inactive plugins..  Here’s a list of the active plugins:

Akismet Anti-Spam 4.0.2  Akismet Anti-Spam 4.0.2
» Automattic (url)
Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started: activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.

Audio player  Audio player
» Martin Laine (url)
Audio Player is a highly configurable but simple mp3 player for all your audio needs. You can customise the player’s colour scheme to match your blog theme, have it automatically show track information from the encoded ID3 tags and more. Go to your Settings page to start configuring it.

Custom Meta 1.0  Custom Meta 1.0
» TheLinx (url)
This plugin adds a widget that’s almost like the vanilla meta widget, but it lets you choose what items to show.

Fast Secure Contact Form 4.0.56  Fast Secure Contact Form 4.0.56
» fastsecure (url)
Fast Secure Contact Form for WordPress. An easy and powerful form builder that lets your visitors send you email. Blocks all automated spammers. No templates to mess with. Settings | Donate

Image Widget 4.4.7  Image Widget 4.4.7
» Modern Tribe, Inc. (url)
A simple image widget that uses the native WordPress media manager to add image widgets to your site. Image Widget Plus – Multiple images, slider and more.

Quotes Collection 2.0.9  Quotes Collection 2.0.9
» Srini G (url)
Quotes Collection plugin with Ajax powered Random Quote sidebar widget helps you collect and display your favourite quotes in your WordPress blog/website.

Revision Control 2.3.2  Revision Control 2.3.2
» Dion Hulse (url)
Allows finer control over the number of Revisions stored on a global & per-type/page basis.

WordPress Database Backup 2.3.1  WordPress Database Backup 2.3.1
» Austin Matzko (url)
On-demand backup of your WordPress database. Navigate to Tools → Backup to get started.

WP-PluginsUsed 1.50  WP-PluginsUsed 1.50
» Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan (url)
Display WordPress plugins that you currently have (both active and inactive) onto a post/page.

WP Lightbox 2  WP Lightbox 2
» Syed Balkhi (url)
WP Lightbox 2 is awesome tool for adding responsive lightbox (overlay) effect for images and also create lightbox for photo albums/galleries on your WordPress blog. WordPress Lightbox is one of the most useful plugins for your website.

Here’s a list of the inactive plugins.  (I often deactivate plugins for performance reasons).

Child Theme Configurator  Child Theme Configurator
» Lilaea Media (url)
When using the Customizer is not enough – Create child themes and customize styles, templates, functions and more.

Hello Dolly 1.6  Hello Dolly 1.6
» Matt Mullenweg (url)
This is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Louis Armstrong: Hello, Dolly. When activated you will randomly see a lyric from Hello, Dolly in the upper right of your admin screen on every page.

Responsive TwentyTen 0.0.3  Responsive TwentyTen 0.0.3
» Todd Halfpenny (url)
Makes your TwentyTen themed site have a responsive and fluid layout. Making it ideal for for viewing across a whole range of devices and screen sizes (i.e iPhones, Android, iPads)

TentBlogger Optimize WordPress Database Plugin 2.3  TentBlogger Optimize WordPress Database Plugin 2.3
» TentBlogger (url)
One of the best things you can do for your blog is to consistently optimize and clean your WordPress database. This plugin does all the work for you!

The list above was generated by the WP-Plugins-Used plugin. Many thanks to all the above plugin creators!

I hope that you found this information helpful.

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