Which WordPress plugins should I donate to?

With the recent success of this blog, I’ve been thinking about making a donation to some of my favorite WordPress plugins. Being a plugin developer myself, I know how even a small donation can be a real pat on the back.

Open Source software isn’t about money, but many developers spend countless hours perfecting their software and answering support emails. I’d like to thank some of them, and I thought I’d let you help me decide which ones. Please read on for my ‘nominations’, and post a comment to let me know which ones you think I should support.

1. Get Recent Comments by Krischan Jodies

I wrote a post about this a little while ago. While the Recent Comments widget that comes with WordPress is OK, this one in infinitely more flexible and lets you display your comments pretty much exactly how you want, without the need to edit your theme. I’ve been using this one for ages, so perhaps it’s only fair I offer something in return?

2. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) by Mitcho

I’ve actually only just installed this one, but it looks like a very well-made plugin and I was blown away by how easy it is to use. Even though I was expecting to have to edit my theme and do all sorts of configuring, none of that was needed. Works out of the box, and so far it’s been doing a stellar job at displaying related posts. Great stuff.

3. Sociable by Joost de Valk

I’ve been asked by many people about how I added those ‘colorful little icons’ to my blog. Well, all I needed to do was install this plugin. Although I’m not quite sure if they get clicked very often, I can really appreciate the work that goes into Sociable. With new social networks popping up all the time it must be a lot of work to maintain.

4. Google XML sitemaps by Arne Brachhold

XML sitemaps are essential for SEO, but it’s very easy to forget about this plugin. once you’ve set it up, it does it’s thing quietly in the background. That alone makes it great, but it’s also a very intricate piece of software.

5. All in One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert (et al)

The beauty of this plugin is that although it offers you lots of ways to tweak SEO settings, simply having it installed will already make a world of difference. If you’re serious about SEO, there’s no way around the all in one SEO pack.

So, which of these plugins do you think I should donate to? I’m not going to talk amounts here, but I do have a figure in mind. I’ve been able to sell a few ads on this blog, so it’s a somewhat substantial amount. I’ll use the comments to determine how that money should be divided among these great projects. A great day for democracy :)

6 Comments

  1. Hi Roy, I already appreciate the link to my Sociable plugin, though, of course, any donation is highly appreciated :)

    Comment by Joost de Valk — January 14, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  2. I’m in the process of setting up a wordpress blog at my fitness site, so I appreciated this article, not to mention this entire blog. (It’s not up yet, btw, but in a couple of days). I just can’t believe how many plug ins there are! Thanks for the article.

    - Dave

    Comment by David at Animal-Kingdom-Workouts.com — January 14, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

  3. Very nice of you to consider, Roy. I asked my wife to donate to Miranda IM for my birthday this year. I somehow feel that the people who give without asking for anything in return are the ones who deserve my donations.

    Might I recommend donating to a plugin that hasn’t likely had many other donations?

    Comment by Brian — January 15, 2009 @ 2:42 am

  4. @Brian: I did want to donate to something I actually use. I’m not using all that many plugins :) Most others are homebrew :)

    I might do a follow-up to this for regular, non-WordPress open source software. Miranda would definitely make that list. Could be a long list, I’m using well over half of the program’s on this list: http://lifehacker.com/5098944/free-software-were-most-thankful-for .

    Comment by Roy — January 15, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  5. I agree, the SEO plugin is one of the greatest and deserves support/donations!

    Comment by Susan — January 16, 2009 @ 1:47 am

  6. All in One SEO Pack I think that is the best

    Comment by Elastic Zone — January 19, 2009 @ 12:01 am