WPMU plugins you ought to have
Here are a few plugins I’ve got in the WPMU install I’m running. Most, if not all, were a result of my sordid association with WPMU cult leader, Jim Groom. He’s likely posted on each multiple times but it’s hard to find them among all the old cartoons and toy posts- besides I had to make a list to send to our people so I figured I might as well post it.
These are all installed in the mu-plugins folder.
More Privacy Options
This let’s users set up additional options in the privacy page for blog admins. You can make sure the blog is visible only to those logged into your WPMU site, only visible to members of the blog, or only visible to admins.
User Themes Revisited
This plugin gives individual blog admins the ability to tweak CSS or theme templates individually- the edit theme ability in single user. It’s a little awkward at first but really a key plugin for me. Essentially, you copy the theme over to the individual blog and then can edit it without changing things for everyone on the WPMU install.
New Blog Defaults
This plugin lets you customize how the new blogs are created. You can customize a lot of key elements and do things like putting the initial “Hello World” post in draft mode so users don’t have to delete it.
Another simple spam filter that helps. It gives you a simple captcha. It works very nicely in conjunction with Akismet.
For the plugins folder
This plugin will let you embed google docs etc. in the blog. The reason this doesn’t happen by default (as in regular WP) is because this can be a dangerous thing if people who are authors want to do you harm. That’s why I put it here and let individual blog admins activate it. Depending on who’s allowed to write, you may not want it running.
Other plugins I happen to enjoy
cForms II – an UNBELIEVABLY powerful online form creator with more abilities than you’ll ever be able to use. When Google forms doesn’t cut it, this one will.
feedwordpress – when you’re ready to start messing around with aggregating content from other sources via RSS, this is the way to go.
footnotes – Lets you make footnotes on the fly with great ease. I either stole this from Dan Meyer or was forced to find it because I couldn’t believe he hand coded in the footnotes on his site. Clearly, I am erratic and non-linear enough that I need footnotes desperately.
Tippy – Lets you create pretty sophisticated tool tips without having to know anything. Really a neat plugin.
1 This one costs money.