Thanks to the list of recommended WordPress plug-ins from Studiopress, I discovered Lester Chan’s WP Database Manager plugin and WP-PluginsUsed plugin today. These are both free and can add valuable functionality to self-hosted WordPress blogs.

WP Database Manager provides a web-based interface for mySQL backups, repairs, and optimizations. “Removing overhead” from your WordPress mySQL blog is a good idea, and can become vital in extreme situations when it has not been done. My post from May 2009, “WordPress commenting restored thanks to phpMyAdmin table repair” gives some additional background. If you opt to use WP Database Manager, you don’t need to use phpMyAdmin to “remove overhead” / repair your database.

WP-PluginsUsed provides a dynamic way to list your WordPress plugin colophon. After activating this plugin, I added the following code to my blog’s “about page” to display my current active and inactive plugins:

Code for WP-PluginsUsed plugin

Now I no longer need to edit my about page when I install or uninstall a WordPress plugin to share that fact, it’s done automatically. 🙂

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