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10 Must Have WordPress Plugins of 2013 Every Blogger Should Know About

How many of you think that having a lot of WordPress plugins slows down your site? That’s only true if you use poorly coded WordPress plugins.

With over 26,000+ WordPress plugins in the repository, it’s hard for bloggers to pick the right WordPress plugin.10 Must Have WordPress Plugins of 2013 Every Blogger Should Know About Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com/?p=29720#58xgLayr0OZDBLu5.99

I own and mange the largest free WordPress resource site WPBeginner, so I get to test and review tons of free and paid plugins on a regular basis. The site runs over 40 plugins, and it is very fast.

Myth Debunked…”Plugin quantity doesn’t matter

In this article, I will share the 10 must have WordPress plugins of 2013 that every blogger should know about.

#1. Floating Social Bar

Most social media plugins for WordPress are slow and bloated. Floating social bar is the fastest social media plugin for WordPress that adds a horizontal floating share bar to your content.

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Floating Social Bar is easy to use with its drag-drop interface, and its eye-catching floating display allows you to maximize your social shares.

#2. WordPress SEO by Yoast

Yoast’s WordPress SEO is the most comprehensive SEO plugin for WordPress.

Not only does it allows you to optimize your articles for SEO, it also comes with comprehensive features such as XML sitemaps, Twitter cards, Google Authorship and Facebook meta data.

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Each of the above are a must have for every site. Facebook meta data is useful to prevent the wrong image, post title, or description from showing up. It is a fairly common problem that users ask me about.

Twitter cards is a neat addition that allows you a preview of your link from within your tweet. We all already know the importance of Google Authorship and how it has become a shifting point in SEO.

Yoast’s SEO also has various sitemap options available such as Local Sitemap, Video Sitemaps, News sitemaps, and more. Its hard to define all the features that this plugin comes with in a short paragraph. I’ll highly recommend everyone to start using WordPress SEO by Yoast.

If you’re using another plugin or your theme’s SEO features, then you can use the SEO Data Transporter to help make the switch.

#3. Edit Flow

Edit flow allows you to streamline your WordPress blogging workflow and save time. This plugin makes it really easy for you to collaborate with your team.

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The visual editorial calendar, custom post statuses, and editorial comments are a great solution for multi-author blogs. I use it on my personal blog as well mainly because of the custom post status feature. It allows me to keep my posts organized such as “ideas”and “in progress”.

#4. W3 Total Cache

Speed plays an important role in improving your site’s search rankings and user experience. W3 Total Cache allows you to cache your WordPress site and improve your page load time. Doing so, it also reduces your server load.

Many large WordPress sites use W3 Total Cache to minimize server load and keep the sites from crashing.

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W3 Total Cache also makes it easy for you to integrate a content delivery network (CDN) on your site.

All in all, it is a complete caching plugin for WordPress.

#5. ThirstyAffiliates

ThirstyAffiliates is an affiliate link management plugin. It helps you add and manage your affiliate links in WordPress from a central location. The built-in URL shortner allows you to convert your lengthy affiliate links into pretty branded links.

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ThirstyAffiliates also has an add-on that allows you to automatically replace keywords with selected affiliate links in a post or page. There is a reporting functionality built-in to the plugin that shows you how many times a specific link has been clicked

#6. Limit Login Attempts

As the name suggests, this plugin limits the failed login attempts a user can make to enter your WordPress admin area.

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This can save you from some very basic but severely damaging brute force attacks on your WordPress site. This is one of the plugins that I always install on all of my sites.

#7. Compact Archives

If you have an established blog with lots of content, then the default WordPress archives widget can be pretty long and messy. Compact Archives plugin allows you to display monthly archive of posts in a compact form rather than creating a long list of months.

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You can use it on your custom archives page or add it as a widget in your sidebar. It looks pretty and takes less space.

#8. Post Expirator

Have you ever written a timely post that you wanted to automatically remove after a specific time, but didn’t know how to? For example a post about a contest or an event? This is when post expirator plugin comes in handy.

It allows you to automatically expire posts after a specific pre-selected date.

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When a post expires, you can set the plugin to either delete the post or move it to drafts. You can also show the expiration date on your posts, and let your users know that this post is going to expire on that particular date.

#9. Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin

Every now and again you might want to make changes to an old post or perhaps even redirect it to a new one? Often bloggers simply delete the article and never worry about redirecting.

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Setting up proper redirection can help you improve your SEO and user experience. Quick Page/Post redirect plugin does exactly that.

It allows you to redirect your posts or pages to a different post or page on your site, or even an external link.

#10. TablePress

There might be times when you want to do a comparison table in your posts. If you are not savvy with HTML, then your only option is to use images. What if you want your tables to have the sorting ability as well? This is when TablePress comes in.

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It allows you ot create tables for your WordPress posts and pages without writing a single line of HTML. The table columns are sortable, and you can even add formulas. This plugin also allows you to add tables in your sidebar widgets

What about you?

Aside from the 10 above, there are tons of other great WordPress plugins available. Anything you want to do on your site, there is a good chance that there is already a plugin for that.

What are your favorite WordPress plugins? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Guest Author: Syed Balkhi is the mastermind behind several popular blogs including WPBeginner, List25, SteadyStrength and more. You can find his writing on his personal blog Balkhis.



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  • Alan Stainer

    I recently found a great plugin for integrating social comments with WordPress called Comments Evolved.


    • mikelking

      I second comments evolved is a great plugin…

  • Sean Durrant

    Thanks 1 2 4 6 and 9 look pretty useful. I used a plug in to compress images that was pretty useful and helped with loading times (nothing more annoying than uncompressed images slowing sites down)

  • Igor Aleksic

    I think you should also put the Disqus comment system 🙂

  • mikelking

    I prefer WP Super Cache to W3 Total cache… I think the key element is that you have some sort of caching available… obvious it also depends upon your skill level and whether or not you are self hosted.

  • I try to hide the wp-admin URL and wp-login.php logins to the point I don’t have to worry about scripted failed login attempts (#6). Disqus too should be on this list too like Igor mentioned.

    • Alok Tiwari

      Use Wordfence for Login attempt issue. It works.

  • One of my favorite plugins is live chat by olark. It helps a lot in engaging with people.

    I use almost every plugin on this list.

  • I use SimpleUrls for URL redirects. Works well. Will try others also. Thanks. JetPack should find its place here.

    • Jetpack is a good one, but people should also be warned that if you don’t deactivate the modules you aren’t using it can really slow down your site.

  • Good ones! I just installed Limit Login Attempts. I would like to add BackUpWordPress, WPTouch and JetPack to the list, mate

  • JoshuaPatterson

    I would recommend formidable as an amazing forms plugin, if you want just a simple contact form or a long winded list of questions like we use here http://thinkingmancreative.com/contact/tell-us-about-your-project/ to interview clients. It is a great all around plugin.

  • I use Akismet to stop spam, which was one part of security

  • Havenswift Hosting

    As somebody else has already said, Better WordPress Security is great and would choose it everytime over Limit Login Attempts

  • denysedd

    Jeff, noticed the archive plugin that looked pretty cool but then saw you don’t use it. Mmm, why not? Most of the others I am using or intend to in the future, so this one peeked my interest.

  • Amazing list of plugins

  • They’re all good plugins…thanks

  • Many thanks for the wordpress plug-ins collection of the year 2013

  • I love Tweetily. It’s a great way to get more exposure to your older posts on Twitter. The plugin will randomly pick different posts to put onto your Twitter account so it looks like you are on Twitter more often. You schedule the number of posts to put onto Twitter each day. You can also customize the plugin so that if there are posts you don’t want published, you can block those posts.

  • Adding Social Analytics by Thewebcitizen in the list, although it is not free

  • Thank you for TablePress. I hadn’t heard of it. Coulda used it a few weeks ago!

  • Michael Boy

    Honestly this premium plugin called Comment Redirect(http://www.commentredirect.com) is visually stunning. It redirects users after commenting and displays a customized pop that lets my subscribers opt in to my mailing list you should definitely check it out!

  • Leau Andreea

    My favourite wordpress plugins are squirrly seo, floating social bar and Facebook comments 🙂

  • thanks for sharing the article, it will surely help us a lot.

  • Great post, wordpress has lots of things to have blogger and update according …

  • Alex D

    I think that there is another great plug-in, which should be the eleventh in the list, called a menu-image (http://wordpress.org/plugins/menu-image/).
    He is so good that it does not free alternatives

  • brandon

    From my experience, total cache is one of the most vulnerable plugins available. I don’t have time to go into detail but please do some research on the vulnerabilities associated with total cache before implementing into your builds folks. Security should be your top priority in any build.

  • Zeeshan

    great article.. thanks alot

  • Great pot Jeff, I’m in download mode already!

  • JD Duran

    What if I’ve had nothing but issues with Yoast SEO? And I have other plugins that do all the features that one does. Is it really worth it to switch to re-do everything if I have that stuff already set up?

  • syed – I appreciate the inclusion of “Edit Flow” – I’ll probably need to check that out. Any reason you picked that over “Editorial Calendar” (which I’ve seen you review before)? I just did a review of Editorial Calendar (http://bit.ly/16D5gAp) and I really like it. Looking at your comments on Edit Flow it seems like that might have similar features plus a few more that would make it more appropriate for larger teams, whereas Editorial Calendar is just about scheduling posts?

  • Great list of plugins. Google XML sitemaps is also an important plugin for bloggers.

  • I actually love the Comment Redirect for my blog and new users. Lots of sales from that little plugin

  • Chelsea Thomas

    It is essential to hire wordpress developer to help you know the plugins that can make a difference for your WP. Thanks for having this list. I appreciate seeing people having an idea on the plugins they can install on WP.


  • frederic convert


    A really cool plugin i started to used recently is the
    “Page Builder by Site Origin”
    combined it with the widget you want , and your page is done ..

  • giuliopons

    I’ve made this plugin to track the viral and social power of your posts, helping bloggers to analyze their top stories:http://codecanyon.net/item/top-social-stories-plugin-and-widget/5888553 – I hope you like it.

  • Manpreet

    Thanks for this post. I am certainly going to use the first two plugins. I was already using the first ones. The other ones, I didn’t like them much but I am sooo thankful for the first plugin for that was exactly what I wanted on my blog – http://www.finixpost.com 🙂

  • Param Kalra

    Can you suggest some good plugins for my fashion blog? I think I have used most of these but when I used W3 total cache, it deleted some of my website content

  • Great post!

  • giuliopons

    Hi Syed, I suggest Top Social Stories plugin to track posts on social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Google+), lets you make ranks and line charts of all posts. Very useful. Here is the link: http://codecanyon.net/item/top-social-stories-plugin-and-widget/5888553?ref=ginoplusio

  • Kelvin Ang

    I prefer WP Super Cache compared W3 Total Cache as it is so much easier to use.

  • Andy Baritchi

    I recently found a great plugin called Magic Backgrounds. It’s a brilliant idea to keep your blog always fresh. It has season dependent backgrounds and comes with some builtin wallpapers (not so great) that you can change…


  • Hi Jeff – I just released something new that lets you highlight and share specific phrases to Twitter and Facebook; Slate and Medium have something similar on their sites, this is the first that gives the same functionality to WordPress users. (I’m linking to it below, but maybe you can add it to your list? Thanks!)


  • t0p-10

    i like these articles

  • cishemant

    WordPress plugins are the charm of the WordPress. I just love WordPress development only because of its great plugins, you can avail it in free of cost..

  • Really Nice !!!

  • Andy

    Thanks for the great post! I use most of the plugins mentioned in your post, and also use others including paid ones such as Ultimate Post Thumbnails plugin http://codecanyon.net/item/ultimate-post-thumbnails-wordpress-plugin/6231608

  • ahsan ali

    thanks to provide a good artical

  • Thanks for sharing! I’m installing Compact Archives now! Love it!

  • Selvy Ivana

    thank you..
    nice article, now i have some of that plugin installed


  • The archive plugin seems out of place. I don’t know why people want date-based archives. Does anyone really look for posts based on date? Just my opinion, of course 🙂

  • I often use “WP-Optimize” to easily enhance the speed of WordPress blogs.

  • going ahead for comapct archives. by the way, what to do if I do not have a page.php? thanks.

  • Enmanuel Corvo

    WP Visual Slide-Box Builder

    Easy to use WordPress plugin to build sliding boxes in you website. Very cool plugin check it out.

  • guptaabhijit318

    Thanks for sharing the article; it will surely help us a lot. It is surely an informative post for the beginners, thanks again.

  • nothing to say more.. even with a 🙂

  • joyebroad

    This is great and innovative post you have shared with us and i like your post keep blogging.

    Ricky Broad

  • Kelly Hansen822

    Thanks for this post.I just installed WP SEO by Yoast this week – for a SEO newbie, this plugin is terrific..It’s very useful for my seo agency site..I would like this information.

  • Stefano Lodola

    I’ m a fan of WordPress SEO by Yoast. It helps me write coherently based on my keywords.

  • DLY

    what is the best plug in for a blog site if i want to fix it were users can leave there own stories and post there own photos

  • Thanks for the tip. I can also see it clearly in Safari. I will have to see if one of my add-ons is preventing it from showing up or something.
    Clipping Path

  • nazmul

    Nice collection . I use some plugins. But few plugin slow your site . More useful plugin check this http://www.onlyhowto.com/blogging-tips-and-tricks/how-id/1361/5-wordpress-time-saving-plugins-bloggers.html

  • Article is bit old but still useful, searching for something similar and came across this page. Nice article.

  • hi jeff,
    i just want to add two of the plugins that i use in my blog and i think they are very useful for your and everybody website.
    1) revive old post (earlier tweet old post)
    2) Digg Digg
    these two are awesome post. revive old post will send your old post on tweeter after every 3 hour and Digg-Digg is a kind of floating bar which help to easily share and like your posts on social networking sites like facebook,google+ ,twitter etc.
    hope this will add value to this post.

  • Eduardo

    And what do you recommend considering emailing solution? I currently use sendinblue wp plugin, which is really performant according to me: good deliverability and very comprehensive solution. Here are further information: https://wordpress.org/plugins/mailin

    Please, give me feedbacks about sendinblue plugin and, more generally, about emailing solutions!


  • As always, I learned so much from you Jeff since I followed you few months back. 🙂
    Thank you for the generous sharing. You are such a great teacher.


    Alexander Ang

  • Wow, great list and thanks for the share. Will be useful in the future, bookmarked

  • WHW

    Wonderful blog & good post.

  • I could also add WP-Optimize and Simple Ads Manager – very useful for bloggers.


  • Nataliya Bogdanets

    I would also recommend using this plugin http://goo.gl/QvPX8Y to migrate from blogger to wp without shelling out for a developer. In my case it worked perfectly. Hope, it will help somebody…

  • Thanks for Sharing Bro, Already Knew some of the plugins.

    Kind regards
    Advent Designs