When Vim plugins are installed the standard way, all files that belong to different plugins get mixed together in the .vim directory. This makes very difficult to keep the system clean and updated, or to remove a given plugin.
I like Pathogen more, because it allows to install a plugin from command line without editing any configuration file (no need to touch vimrc except for optional customization). To remove a plugin only takes to remove de plugin's directory, so easy.
The only drawback is you have to update your plugins manually.
How to install Pathogen
You can follow the directions from this blog, or just follow these simple steps. In the end, the trick is that Pathogen will be the only plugin installed "normally" in its standard directory (autoload):
mkdir -p ~/.vim/autoload ~/.vim/bundle cd ~/.vim/autoload wget http://github.com/tpope/vim-pathogen/raw/master/autoload/pathogen.vim
Then edit ~/.vimrc so this plugin will load all the other when Vim starts:
call pathogen#infect() call pathogen#helptags()
Pathogen will search for the plugins in ~/.vim/bundle.
Installing plugins with Pathogen
You can get the plugins from vim.org and unzip them in ~/.vim/bundle, but it is easier to download them from Github (most of them are available this way). Also, this is better to keep them updated easily. You can search for available plugins at Github in the vim scripts site.
cd ~/.vim/bundle git clone https://github.com/jamessan/vim-gnupg.git
With Github you can use Git protocol or HTTPS. Git protocol is more efficient but some firewalls block its port.
You can edit ~/.gitconfig to force Git to always use HTTPS standard port. Add this to the file:
[url "https://github"] insteadOf = git://github
These are some plugins I like:
cd ~/.vim/bundle git clone git://github.com/vim-scripts/Colour-Sampler-Pack git clone https://github.com/firat/vim-bufexplorer git clone git://github.com/fholgado/minibufexpl.vim.git git clone https://github.com/Rykka/riv.vim.git git clone https://github.com/jamessan/vim-gnupg git clone https://github.com/vim-scripts/taglist.vim