25 WordPress Plugins I Use On A Daily Basis

January 23, 2009

wordpressWordPress is my favorite blogging platform for one simple reason: it is flexible! I am still amazed that Blogger and TypePad are still in business… What I really like about WordPress is the level of customization you can get to. From custom themes to plugins, WordPress has made it easy for noobies to set up, and taylor your blog to your needs. Today I would like to share with you all the plugins I use.

SEO

All In One SEO Pack:
As the name says, it’s a full SEO plugin that mostly works on the meta tags (title, keywords, description) of your pages. Very powerful! It’s installed on all my blogs.

Google XML Sitemap:
A must-have plugin that generates and updates your sitemap. It also automatically submits it to Google, Yahoo, and MSN.

Link Cloaking:
Automatically cloaks outgoing links in your posts and pages. You can also add static cloaked links manually.

DoFollow:
Selectively disable the “nofollow” attribute for comments. I don’t use it anymore on this blog but I do use it on a few other blogs.

Social Media

Digg & Reddit Me:
By simply adding [digg-me] or [reddit-me] to any of your posts, this plugin will insert the icons so people can submit or digg your posts. I have it on my iPhone blog only.

Twitter Tools:
This plugin automatically posts the title and link of your new blog posts to your Twitter account. It can also create a new blog post from all your tweets.

Social Bookmarking Reloaded:
Adds social bookmarks services’s icons to your articles in your blogs so your readers can submit them easily.

flickrRSS:
Allows you to integrate the photos from a Flickr RSS feed into your site.

Reader Experience Improvement

Related Posts:
Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches. I install this plugin on all my blogs.

Subscribe To Comments:
This plugin allows commenters to check a box so they are alerted of follow up comments. Great for having people come back to your blog.

Contact Form ][:
It easily inserts a contact form anywhere you want without having to edit codes manually. I have it installed on all my “contact” pages.

Get Recent Comments:
Display the most recent comments or trackbacks with your own formatting in the sidebar.

Random Quotes:
This plugin allows you to embed random quotes into your pages. It also has a spiffy management tool in the administrative console. I only use this pluggin on our yoga blog.

WPtouch:
A plugin which reformats your site with a mobile theme when viewing with an iPhone or iPod Touch. Visit this blog from your iPhone to see it in action!

WordPress Admin

WPhone:
A lightweight admin interface for the iPhone and other mobile devices. Perfect for creating/editing new posts from your iPhone!

Recommended Tags:
This plugin creates a list of recommended and existing tags when you write/edit a post. It helps you avoid duplicate tags. Very helpful if you have a lot of tags.

Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu:
For WordPress 2.7 and above. It replaces admin menus with a CSS dropdown menu bar. Saves lots of clicks and page loads!

Akismet:
It is the best spam protection plugin. It now comes automatically with WordPress when you install it. Akismet saved me hours nad hours of spam filtering.

FeedWordPress:
This is the plugin of choice for sploggers. It’s an RSS to Post plugin. It takes an RSS feed and creates blog posts our of it. I use it on my iPhone Blog for automatically posting my own feeds.

Multi Author Comment Notification:
By default, WordPress only emails me comments notifications for posts written by you. This plugin alerts you of new comments on posts written by other authors of your blog.

Different Posts Per Page:
This allows you to set the number of posts you want for individual pages. For example, I have it set to show 50 posts on my Archive page on this blog.

Front Page Excluded Categories:
It lets you exclude categories from showing up on the home page. I also use it on the iPhone Blog for excluding the new apps and apps on sale posts from the front page.

Ozh’ Better Feed:
Your feeds on steroids! It adds a feed footer with a copyright, “Add to delicious”, the number of comments, or anything you want to your feeds.

WP Super Cache:
Very fast caching module for WordPress. I highly recommend it if you have a large blog!

AntiLeech:
This plugin helps you protects your feed from sploggers using them. If set correctly, AntiLeech will generate fake content for blogs trying to reproduce your posts from your feeds.

These are all the plugins I use. If you use plugins that are not on this list, please let us know in the comments what they are and why you use them. I’m always looking to add new plugins to my list.

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    Great list of plugins..I use most of those as well

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    Nice post, thank you for sharing this info. It is very helpful. Actually i am also using some of this plug-ins, All In One SEO Pack is the best among those plug-ins.

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    This can be a great way to make sites interesting. I think a lot of bloggers will benefit from these plug-ins. Especially the part wherein you give importance to your readers. Having this plug-ins can somewhat make your blog interactive.

    Blogging should be easy to do when you are able to manage it no matter what you go. being able to manage them from your phone is a great way to do it. I am not familiar with the other plug-ins but i sure do want to know what plug-in makes affiliate marketing easier.

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    great list of plug ins excellent post….thanx for sharing it

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    I have been doing Yoga since college and i love the way that it can relax my body. yoga is great for stress relief. :

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    RSS feeds are really great because you are always updated with the latest news or blog posts.”;

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    RSS feeds are really great if you want to stay updated ~*,

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    RSS feeds are necessary for transmitting your blog updates to your readers or followers~;”

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    i think that RSS FEEDS should also be included on the list of the best inventions because it makes life easier for bloggers like us `.:

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    For a new blogger this is so very helpful. Thanks for all of the tips. I plan to try all of them.