These WordPress Plugins
I Can’t Live Without!
I’m a plugin-aholic! There, I said it! I like them a lot!
A recent code issue that I acquired while testing some beta stuff (always dangerous), which I haven’t had time to fix, has forced me over the last couple weeks to seriously narrow down what I use... and what resulted was a perfect list to share with you!
Since I’m getting ready to do a full code move to alleviate the error, I wanted to share the list with you before I rushed and reinstalled all my beloved plugins and this list was buried!
It should be noted that this list is current 10-5-11 only and that there are other plugins that I use “some of the time” (generally deactivated when not in use) and others that I am currently beta testing.
1. All-In-One Webmaster (click link for more info) – makes it easy to get verified with numerous sites including Alexa, Facebook, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Analytics and more… without messing with code.
2. Homepage Excerpts (I ditched Auto Excerpts due to feed validation issues) – dependable, makes the excerpt of the post display on the home page rather than the full view, improves comment and ad exposure rate
3. Commentluv Premium (click for more info) – handles both my spam control and my social enticements to help me get more comments.
4. Digg Digg (click for more info) – great way to add all the social share buttons you need, either in-post or floating layouts.
5. Google XML Sitemaps (click for more info) – creates a Google friendly sitemap, required for good SEO.
6. Pretty Link Pro (click for more info) – manages my affiliate links, shortened links, and masked links, auto inserts them where appropriate, and also works as a domain based shortener.
7. Reply Me (click for more info) – makes sure that the reply I write to a commentor gets emailed to them, so that they do not have to remember to check back.
8. TinyMCE Advanced – adds a number of additional styling options to the visual editor. Also, if you chose to let it over-write the WP 3.1 link manager, gives you easy ways to make nofollow/dofollow links in a post.
9. W3 Total Cache – the industry standard, used by the biggest sites on the web, to speed up your site and reduce server use, and reduce page loading times (to improve SEO).
10. WordPress SEO (click for more info) – currently the industry standard for a foundation SEO plugin for themes that require one (Thesis does not). Replaces the older resource intensive All-in-One SEO and others.
11. WPSubscribers (click for more info) – a swiss army knife subscriber tools plugin for those building an optin list using services such as Aweber. I traded in my MBP Subscribers Magnet for this plugin as it brings a lot more options to the table especially for those in internet marketing businesses.
(honorary) 12. Yet Another Related Post Plugin – this plugin is highly recommended for improving SEO (via Matt Cutts, at Google) but creates a pretty serious performance load. I have it disabled at this moment due to my site being fragile. It will be one of the first I re-enable.
Note! I do NOT have to run WP-DB Backup & WordPress Backup by BTE, both of which HIGHLY recommend, because all of my backups are done in a “techy” manner from the server level. My sites on traditional shared hosting run those plugins!
Plugins that get activated on an “as needed” basis: Broken Link Checker, Maintenance Mode, WP Smush.It, Thumbnails for Excerpts (does not work on all themes), SeoPressor (again, high site load, activate when needed), Onlywire for WordPress (auto submission!), MBP Ping Optimizer.
I hope this list helped you take a look “behind the scenes” at what powers my blog and give you some ideas for your own. You’ll notice it’s similar but not identical to my prior “Top 10 WordPress Plugins” post. Please never install plugins that you don’t know what they do. If you don’t KNOW that you need them, you probably don’t (at least not until you have enough education to use them).
I look forward to hearing what plugins you absolutely can’t live without! Please share your thoughts, ideas and feedback below!
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PS: You may see the maintenance mode plugin in use next week as I gear up to fix the underlying WordPress code bug that I’m finally tired of ignoring LOL!