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The Most Useful Plugins For Your Wordpress Blog

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by Amazing Grace, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Here's a list of the most useful plugins for your Wordpress blog:

    1. The Theme and Side Bar

    1.1 Widget

    1.2 Widget Compatible theme
    By combining the Widget plugin and the compatible widget template, you can easily switch around the layout of the side bar components, the calendar, search, category and post. Don't need to edit the template or the php files.

    2. Blog Layout

    2.1 Angsuman's Multi-Page
    Create multi page for a single article.

    2.2 Page Link Manger
    Option to exclude page from site navigation.

    2.3 Static Front Page
    Make one of the pages to be static front page.

    2.4 CMS (Content Management System)
    It is a theme with incredible customizability to be a
    framework for building a blog.

    3. Anti-spam

    3.1 Akismet
    The default spam killer, need WP API key to work

    3.2 Spam Karma 2.2 (SK2)
    Very flexible configuration with other additional plugin to extend Karma function.

    3.3 AuthImage
    Copy & paste 10 lines of code to your comment.php file.

    3.4 Email Immunizer
    Plugin will filter the email addresses within the WP files and convert them into numeric character references to combat the email address harvester.

    3.6 Non Numeric Name
    Comments submitted with user id containing numerals will be flagged as spam and discarded.

    3.7 Impostercide
    Multiple accounts with same email address? This plugin will check the name, email, and URL to prevent spoofing.

    4. SEO

    4.1 All In One SEO
    All In One SEO Pack is a Wordpress SEO plugin that automatically optimise your Wordpress blog for search engines such as Google.

    4.2 Yoast SEO
    The most complete Wordpress SEO plugin, Yoast's Wordpress SEO plugin is an all in one SEO solution for your Wordpress blog, used by experts worldwide.

    4.3 Jerome's Keywords
    Associates post with keywords and more.

    4.4 Tags in the Head
    Use together with Jerome's keywords to provide better Meta tags for the search engines.

    4.5 External links plugin
    Identifies and enhances your outgoing links.

    4.6 SEO Title Tag
    Inserts search engine optimized title tags using custom field, tag name for tag pages generated by UltimateTagWarrior plugin.

    4.7 Ultimate Tag Warrior
    Ultimate Tag Warrior generate tags while the post is being written.

    4.8 Head META Description
    Insert HTML META description tag: excerpt/content brief for post, page, description for category, and blog tagline for everything else.

    4.9 Angsuman's Permanent Redirector
    Http permanent redirect for moving post or page. Page rank will also be transferred to the new static page.

    4.10 Dean's Permalinks Migration
    This plugin will generates a "301 Redirect".
    When user or spider visits your site through the old indexed page, they will be redirected to the new Permalink of the same post.

    4.11 Google Sitemap Generator
    The Google Site Map site map help the search engine to spider your site.

    4.12 Landing sites
    According to the referred traffic from SE, intelligently present posts according to visitors search terms.

    4.13 Permalink Redirect
    This Ensures that pages and entries are always accessed via the Permalink. Otherwise, a 301 redirect will be issued.

    4.14 Bunny's Technorati Tags
    Keywords tag for Technorati.

    5. Business Oriented

    5.1 Ad Space
    Manage your Ad space on your blog.

    5.2 AdRotator
    Rotate your Ads including Adsense.

    5.4 AdSense-Deluxe
    Insert Google or Yahoo ads into your post. Manage when and where they display.

    5.5 AdSense Beautifier
    Display attractive images next to your AdSense ad.

    5.6 Chitika eMiniMalls Sidebar widget
    Display Chitika eMiniMalls on your widget sidebar.

    5.7 CafePress
    Sell your own CafePress merchandise or their affiliate products.

    5.8 aLinks
    Tag your key phrase and embedded your ClickBank, eBay, Amazon, CJ, Linkshare. Turns commonly use phrases into links to Amazon, eBay, Clickbank and more.

    5.9 Angsuman's Authenticated WordPress Plugin
    Password protect your blog, good for a subscription based blog.

    5.10 SmartRss
    Take multiple RSS feed sources and auto-post to blog.

    5.11 e-Commerce lite
    Integrated shopping cart for selling products or services

    5.12 WP-Amazon
    Add a link to Amazon product below your post. Based on keywords, author, artist, ASIN, UPC. Remember to edit the default author's referrer ID and replace with yours.

    6. Announce Yourself & Get Popular

    6.1 Subscribe me
    Allow your blog readers to subscribe to your blog, or add your blog to their RSS readers.

    6.2 Digg This
    The popularity depends on the post being digg. Detects incoming links from Digg and provides a link back so people can Digg your post.

    6.3 DiggBadge
    Displays your Digg profile information in the sidebar of your blog.

    6.5 Socialize-it
    Submit once here instead of one by one to the bookmarking sites.

    6.6 Better Feed
    Give options to enhance your feed output.

    6.7 Rules
    Another blog network or community that helps each other's blog with popularity and traffic.

    7. Email and Marketing

    7.1 WordPress Email Notification
    Plugin allows people to be notified when a new entry is posted. Secure the contact form with the next plugin -7.2

    7.2 Secure Form Mailer Plugin For Wordpress
    Secure the blog Contact Form to prevent it from being used to send spam mails.

    7.3 subscribe2
    The plugin provides a robust subscription management system for WordPress blogs. Wp-cron is needed for daily status and the future post notifications.

    7.4 WP-Cron
    Allows update to database at a preset time. A helper plugin for other plugin needed database update.

    7.5 Not-To-Me

    Not-To-Me suppresses comment notification emails when the blog admin posts a comment. Scroll down to middle of page.

    7.6 cat2email
    Link a blog to a mailing list, the blog owner associates an email address with each category in the blog. When a new post is added, an email will be sent to whoever is defined for that post's category(s). Scroll down to end of page.

    7.7 ShiftThis SMTP Swift (Gmail Compatible) For those who needs to use an SMTP server for sending mail on there blog, or to use Gmail's SMTP service.

    7.8 WP Campaign Monitor
    Email newsletter/ SMS tool built for WP users who want to send campaigns, track the results and manage their subscribers.

    7.9 Autoresponder Plugin
    Put a newsletter subscription form for subscribers.

    7.10 Newsletter Manager
    Integrates a newsletter manager to your blog.

    7.11 Survey manager Put a survey on your blog.

    7.12 Testimonial manager plugin
    Randomly display testimonial to your side bar

    8. Site Navigation and Post

    8.1 An Advanced Search plugin
    This advance search plugin allows user to input search options.

    8.2 Automatic Site Map
    No, this is not a sitemap for the search engines. It's a site map for your visitors; help your visitor to navigate around your blog, especially a blog with tons of posts. Needs PHPExec to work.

    8.3 PhPExec
    Execute dynamic php code in post.

    8.4 Search Meter
    Keeps track of what your visitors are searching for. After you have activated this plugin, you can check the Search Meter Statistics page to see what your visitors are searching for on your blog.

    8.5 Popularity Contest
    Define post view & its popularity to see which of your posts are the most popular.

    8.6 Breadcrumb Nav XT
    Breadcrumb navigations show the visitor's path to their current location back to home page.

    8.7 Breadcrumb
    Breadcrumb navigations show the visitor's path to their current location back to home page.

    8.8 Related Posts
    Current version 2.04. Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches for the visitor.

    8.9 Random Posts
    Random select a configurable number of posts from a specified category. Scroll down to middle of page.

    8.10 Movable Everything
    Make everything you specify movable in a separate window. Useful when reply to a comment.

    8.11 Most Popular Categories By Posts
    Lists the most popular categories based on number of posts assigned to each category within a user-configurable time period.

    8.12 WP-Print
    Allow your post to be printed by reader.

    8.13 Fuzzy Recent Comments Plugin
    Displays recently commented entries in your sidebar

    8.14 Event Calendar 3

    Dynamic Ajax calendar list upcoming events, normal blog post, WP widgets support.

    8.15 WP-Forum
    Integrate a forum into your blog

    8.16 RS Discuss
    Self-contained entire forum integration, seamlessly merges with your existing theme.

    8.17 XDForum
    Adds a forum to your Wordpress blog similar to phpBB and vBulletin.

    8.18 Live Comment Preview
    Get live comment previews on your blog.

    8.19 Wordpress Global Translator
    Support 9 languages: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

    9. Pictures, Video And Sound

    9.1 Lightbox JS version 2.0
    Overlays images onto the current web page or post. The results of the display images are amazing.

    9.2 WPG2
    Gallery 2 Images share photos, videos on your sidebar or post. Allow users submission with management.

    9.3 Flickr Photo Album
    Pull your Flickr album & display on your blog.

    9.4 Flickr Post Bar
    Show your image collection within your editor for easy post writing.

    9.5 Flickr Related Images
    An image grabber matches your Techmorati tag and finds 3 images for your post.

    9.6 Taragana's Del.icio.us mp3 Player
    Play mp3 within your post, page and give a user the option to submit tag to Del.icio.us.

    9.7 Audio Player
    Single track mp3 player, good for podcasters.

    9.8 Automatic WP Player 3.0
    Another MP3, WAV player for your blog.

    9.9 Cool Player
    Support a collections of format. Scroll down to the middle of page for English illustration.

    Media support: Google Video, Youtube Video, vSocial Video, ASF, ASX, WM, WMA, WMV, WAX, WVX, OGG, APE, AVI, MID, MIDI, WAV, SWF, SPL, MP3, FLV, RM, RMVB, RA, RV, RAM, SMIL, PDF, FDF, XFDF, XDP, XFD, MOV, QT, MQV, MPEG, MPG, M1S, M1V, M1A, M75, M15, MP2, MPM, MPV, MPA, FLC, FLI, CEL, RTSP, RTS, 3GP, 3GPP, 3G2, 3GP2, SDV, AMC, MP4, SDP, GIF, JPG, BMP, PNG, XPM.

    9.10 Extreme Video
    Formerly Google Video Plugin, support YouTube, Google Advanced Player, FLV, Quick time MOV, Google Java script for Full screen and Flash 7 detection and more.

    9.11 Video Blogger
    Video Blogger is a WordPress plugin that allows for simple video blogging of content hosted by Google Video, YouTube, and vSocial. Key in the video id from the video host and your post automatically embeds a smart player that pertains to the host.

    9.12 VideoPop
    This plugins lets you create links that open videos in a popup window.

    9.13 WP-FLV
    Insert Flash video files (.flv) to post or page.

    9.14 WP-Ploop
    This plugin allows .movs and .swfs to be displayed inside posts and pages.

    9.15 WPvideo
    Insert flash videos from YouTube, Google Video, Metacafe to your post or pages. With options to display title, author, description and let users
    download the video using DownThisVideo.

    9.16 YouTube Brackets
    Send YouTube videos to your blog directly from YouTube.com.
    A podcasters dream plugin with long list of features.

    • Full featured and automatic feed generation (RSS2, iTunes and ATOM and BitTorrent RSS)
    • Preview of what your Podcast will look like on iTunes
    • Podcast Download stats
    • Support for Premium Content (Pay Only)
    • Makes adding a Podcast to a Post very simple
    • View MP3 Files ID3 tags when your Posting
    • Control over where the player will display within your post and
      what it will look like.
    • Support for various formats, including Video Podcasting
    • Supports unlimited number of media files.
    • Automatic Media player for MP3, MP4, MOV, FLV, ASF, WMV, AVI, and more, with inline and Popup Window support.

    • Preview image for videos
    • Support for separate Category podcasts
    • Audio Comments

    10. Statistics

    10.1 WP-Stats
    Display your WP stats.

    10.2 Google Analytics
    Google Analytics gets detail stats of your blog.

    10.3 The Mint
    Get report of your blog's visitor, referrer, and search....cost $30.00.

    10.4 Slimstat
    Sophisticated detailsedblog statistics

    Read to save $30.00 | ShortStat vs. Mint |

    11. Admin Control Panel Skin

    11.1 WP Tiger Administration Beautify your WP admin theme.

    11.2 SpotMilk
    Another beautification skin replacement of your Wordpress Admin Panel.

    11.3 Wordpress Admin Dashboard Replacement
    Replace default control panel with the Light weight fast Admin panel to avoid resource hogging.

    12. Maintenance

    12.1 Maintenance Mode
    Let your blog be temporary unavailable while you're doing the dirty work.

    12.2 Unavailable for Maintenance
    Custom message display to visitors for temporary blog maintenance, admin is still accessible.

    12.3 WP-DBManager
    Direct access from within WP admin to backup, restore and tune the DB. No need to login to Hosting Cpanel.

    12.4 Smart Update Pinger
    Replace the default pinger, allow editing to published posts without pinging. Details ping report for ping list and error.

    12.5 Fancy excerpt plugin
    Replaces the default excerpt of Wordpress.

    12.6 Frame buster plugin
    The frame buster plugin for WordPress prevents your site from being loaded in a frame.

    12.7 Unfancy quote plugin
    Lets you override the Fancy Quote of Wordpress.

    12.8 Add Copyrights To Your RSS
    Add copyrights to your feed, deter content-stealer.

    12.9 Subscribe to Comments 2.0
    Allow user to subscribe to comment with email notification with robust features to admin & user to avoid spam.

    12.10 deUncategorize
    Prevent the recent posts from falling into the uncategorized category. uncategorized, top right corner.

    12.11 Search Meter
    Keep record of what your readers are searching for, or configure it to show the popular search terms.

    12.12 BH Category Dropdown Widget
    Help organize the category display on side bar, it gives you a drop down menus for the categories instead of spreading all over on the side bar.

    13. The Tools

    13.1 TurboWPthemerator
    A Unique Template System, you can configure the header graphics, the positioning of left or right side bar and its components with just a few clicks.

    13.2 Instant Niche Headers
    When a visitor lands on your site, the first thing they see
    will be your header. The statistics show that you will only have mere seconds to attract your visitors to stay on your site. It is the first impression that you present your site before your visitor will have a chance to browse the contents of your site. Get a matching Niche Header to better represent your site and grab the attention of your visitor to hold them to your site.

    13.3 Instant Blog Theme
    Do you have problem come up with the blog themes to match your niche blogs? You don't want your blog to look like the rest of the millions. Instant Blog Theme is the solution to solve your problem of the over used stock themes. A well design theme matching blog theme will ensure the stickiness of your visitors, attract them to browse your contents.


    Best Wishes and Happy Blogging!

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    Last edited: Nov 3, 2014
  2. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    Fun Lovin' Criminal
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  3. BuildMoreLinks

    BuildMoreLinks Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    seriously OP, you could have just linked to the PDF, also add Yoast Plugin and Spider Spanker plugin to the list.
  4. Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Just sharing. Thanks for the feedback.
  5. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    It is proper to share your source when you post like that, Sky Tiger. Most of us do appreciate the share but you need to give credit where credit is due as well.

    That is only doing right by the real author or the real source.
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  6. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    I just wanted to leave a review for Sky Tigers recent share.

    Honestly this share has been a Godsend for me. I dont know what I would have done without it.

    Since reading this share my life has improved in innumerable ways and my seo is now going through the roof.

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  7. Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I have included the source. Thanks for the feedback.
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  8. FBGuru

    FBGuru Senior Member

    Sep 22, 2013
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    Personality Type : ESTP
    I've "thanked" you because I'd like to appreciate you for formatting the texts with beautiful color codes which makes it look organized and is easier on my eyes but my eyes still found the heading 7 & 8 for the email marketing has the same list duplicated.
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  9. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    The Guide is from 2006, so is mostly a waste of time as it is out of date, and there are better plugins available.
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  10. Conor

    Conor Elite Member

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    Just in case it wasn't blatantly obvious, don't install ALL of these on your blog, unless you want to break the record for slowest ever website.

    My top plugins are these, in no particular order:

    Visual Composer
    W3 Total Cache (Sometimes)
    Revolution Slider
    Yoast SEO

    I don't always use W3 total cache though, because it will more often than not have some sort of theme or plugin conflict, which takes longer to fix than I feel my time is worth.
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  11. kanchanhacker

    kanchanhacker BANNED BANNED

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    also try above
  12. niche racer

    niche racer Regular Member

    Feb 16, 2015
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    Nice Sharing.. But cant 't able to keep it in mind. If we need any plugins we can search and make a install and moreover some of the plugin are not good as much. Before install any plugin make a review over it.
  13. BradBush

    BradBush Newbie

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    I think Blog Designer WordPress Plugin is a really useful for Blog.
    Check: https://wordpress.org/plugins/blog-designer/
  14. Aiden_1

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    WORDPRESSdotORG is the place where we can see more plugins with some information on it for free. Can all read the review of the all plugins before download it. So we choose the best one whatever want.
  15. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Junior Member

    Jan 17, 2016
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    Thanks for sharing...will surely look into these plugins.
  16. Furious Man

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    thanks for the share mate
  17. Crazy Monkey

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    Nice information, Thanks for share
  18. MayhemMarketing007

    MayhemMarketing007 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I'm liking Yoast's newest update/ Not only does it rate SEO, it also rates content. I've found out that my writing uses too much passive voice.