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Which WordPress Plugins Do You Use?

Wordpress-Plugins-1A quick question for WordPress users:



WordPress Plugins – which ones do you use?

18 months ago in a post titled (I’ll show you mine if you show me yours) I shared the WP Plugins I used and asked readers to tell us which WordPress plugins they used. The response was great and I then compiled a list of WordPress Plugins for ProBloggers which summarized everyone’s favorite WP Plugins.

That was a year and a half ago so today I thought it might be time to do the exercise again.

I’ll kick us off with a few of my personal favorite WordPress Plugins and then will open it up for you to submit yours:

  • Ad Rotator – this is what rotates the 468 x 60 ads that you see at the top of ProBlogger.
  • AdSense Deluxe – for inserting AdSense (and other types of ads) into posts
  • Akismet – comment spam filtering (which has stopped just under 2 million comment spams on ProBlogger since I installed it).
  • Democracy – Poll plugin (the one I currently use here at ProBlogger in the sidebar)
  • Landing Sites – I have used this off and on with my blogs – it greats readers arriving from search engines with suggestions for further reading
  • Popularity Contest - a modified version of this runs the ‘Best of ProBlogger’ section on the front page of ProBlogger
  • Random Redirect – a cool little plugin that I use on DPS offer readers a random post from my archives (people do actually use it)
  • Related Posts - not the sexiest plugin but pure gold at driving people deeper into your blog (also good for SEO)
  • Share This – a plugin that lets your readers share your post via email or social bookmarking
  • Subscribe to Comments – used by quite a few ProBlogger readers to track comments left on posts

One WordPress Plugin that I’m keen to experiment with in the coming months:

So now it is over to you. Which WordPress Plugins do you classify as your favorites?

Please limit your answer to 10 if you can (if you have more – get it down to your 10 ‘must have plugins’). I’ll compile a summary of all the plugins submitted in a week or two. Stay tuned to ProBlogger’s RSS feed to be notified of that post.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the info.

    I use SEO title tag, alongside editing the permalinks to %postname%. Great SEO advantages.

  2. Great list.

    Here is my list of my favorite plugins, but some of them interfere with each other, so I have a page on my blog that is powered by WP-PluginsUsed – a great plugin to list all the plugins that are enabled, and disabled!

    Thanks for the list

  3. David Airey mentioned a bit further up in the comments that the Seth Godin plugin will often give you the welcome text even after the first time you visit. This isn’t a bug with the plugin, but an option that you can configure.

    By default the welcome message will show up 3 times, but you can go into the plugin options and change this to any number that you want. (Well, any positive integer anyway. :-) )

  4. MG says:

    I use seo pack, related posts, xml sitemap, do follow, popular etc…

  5. Related posts, audio player, post ratings, post views and seo all in one plugin <- very very useful!

    I also use Windows Live Writer to write all my posts, incredibly useful if you’re like me and hate logging in the wp-admin interface all the time.

  6. 1.All in one SEO pack
    2.Permalink redirect
    3.Akismet
    4.Enforce www preference
    5.Google sitemap

    These are the essentials.

  7. Kevin says:

    It has to be the ‘All In One SEO Plugin.’

    I’m just starting blogging and about three days ago I started to changed on of my sites http://www.vegetarian-worldwide.com from a standard site to a blog and I’m adding one or two pages that I have each day. Today I added a recipe ‘American Blueberry Toast,’ and just 18 minutes later it ranked No.1 in Google!

    I’ve tried a number of the other pages I have and they are also ranking on the first and second page.

    Recommendation: get All In One SEO plugin today (well not if you’re running a vegetarian site :) )

    Kevin

  8. Over my head….do you have a resource to learn the ABCs of blogging. I guess WordPress is a good choice, but why? I wonder.

    Anywasys, great post,….I have bookmarked it.

    Nick