With the 100-degree heat broiling the East Coast this weekend, I decided to stay inside and make some design and performance tweaks to my site. I added Google +1 buttons to posts and the index page, and I also tweaked some of the settings in my plugins.
Speaking of those, here’s what I’ve been using to make life easier:
Akismet: Gets rid of a ton of comment spam for various Russian “services” so I can spend my time doing other things. You’ll need to sign up for an API key, but otherwise it’s simple and effective.
Contact Form 7: After trying a few contact plugins, I settled on Contact Form 7 and have had great results. It powers my Contacts page, which I prefer to use instead of posting an email address. For spam filtering, I implemented the quiz feature, but the plugin also supports CAPTCHA. I rarely get spam.