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  • Paul Guzman

    Great list. Many of these make my blogging life easier I don’t use all of them. What about you Jeff? How many do you actually use? Paul

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      I use Akismet which I find great for reducing my Spam diet and JetPack, Contact form 7 and All in one SEO,

      • http://twitter.com/WondWand WonderfulWanderings

        Is Jetpack the one that supplies all the social sharing buttons? I see the GetSocial sharebar and po.st share buttons on the bottom of your posts? Anything else maybe?
        I’ve been looking for a decent share plugin for quiete some time and I really like the look adn feel of ShareThis, but I’ve noticed that when I enable Yoast’s Twitter meta card data, ShareThis doesn’t show on every post

  • Sandy Appleyard

    I use Akismet, SEO Yoast, Lockerz, LiveFyre and some others. They’re all great and make life so much easier, but one thing we all need to be careful of is plugging in too many if they’re not tested on your particular theme. I once installed an eCommerce plugin and walked away, logged back in a half hour later to a white screen! AAAHHH!! Thankfully my hosting provider dug me out quickly, but I let that be a lesson. Make sure you only install one plug in at a time and no more than one a day, so you know if any of them are going to mess with your site. Great post. Thanks for the easy break down list of them all.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Sandy for sharing your experiences about plugins. The other thing to keep in mind is also not to load too many as that can slow your site down!

      • http://www.myjobsit.com/ Mike Kawula

        Great post. You said don’t install to many, is there a max or way to check in settings as I’m sure each pluggin is different?

        • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

          There is no right and wrong but you just need to keep an eye on load time for pages to ensure that your blog is still a good user experience. Google will mark you down for SEO for a slow website as it is now built into their algorithm.

  • cboulanger

    I notice that most of list is free stuff, but I’m surprised VaultPress isn’t getting more love. It’s become my default for WP backups and I just upgraded to include security. Constant backups mean you have your most current site available if things go wrong and it removes a maintenance chore. I use Yoast SEO everywhere.

  • http://makeyourideasart.com/ Spyros Thalassinos

    Great list Jeff! But In addition to the plugins that are meant to make our life easier, or fancier i would like to point out that using a well coded security plugin like Bulletproof security, Wordfence, or Better WP security (just one of them), is also essential to harden a bit the security of the installation. I would also add to Sandy’s comment, that adding too many plugins can by itself increase the security holes of a wordpress installation. So I would generally advice against adding any plugins, that their functionalities is already included in the theme, or can be easily added with a few blocks of code, or are not indispensable.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Spyros for those tips.

  • http://theleafletdistribution.co.uk/ Leaflet Distribution

    excellent compilation, Infographic is a very creative and informative way to transfer thoughts.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      That is what is great about Infographics, combining the best of both images and complex data

  • Richard Malone

    Great article. I have lots to learn about Word Press and plugins and this will be helpful, thanks.

  • http://brisrocket.wordpress.com/ Andrew

    Very valuable Jeff, thank you – I’m taking action on some of these now.
    What about subscription plugins? I am very surprised that nobody really promotes subscription plugins that allow users to ‘Follow’ a hosted wordpress site (like the Follow in wordpress.com). I am trialling a plugin called Subscribe2 which seems to work well.
    Any ideas about why such a key feature is never talked about??

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      All I could say is that with 22,000 plus plugins it gets lost in the crowd. :)

  • makemyblogmoney

    Yup, I use most of these!

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  • http://mysocialgameplan.com/social-media-news/applebees-fires-employee Jonathan Payne

    Great stuff and a good idea for an infographic. I definitely need to take a look into some of these.

    • Greg Murch

      Jetpack has this

    • Greg Murch

      Jetpack has this

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Great to hear that is working so well for you!

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  • http://www.markpack.org.uk/ Mark Pack

    Interesting how much overlap there is between this and my list (http://www.markpack.org.uk/38897/ten-wordpress-plugins-201/).

    I think Google Doc Embedder is a much under-valued plugin. It’s very useful and I’m sure would benefit many people who haven’t (yet!) heard of it.

    • Damian @ CJToolbox

      I have not used Google Doc Embedder before, as as an avid Google apps user, I should certainly check this one out. Thanks

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  • http://www.bringbackdesire.com/ Ande Lyons

    I would LOVE a WP Plugin recommendation for a book/product carousel or shelf or slider to help share recommended resources with visitors. Thank you for any advice or guidance!!

    • Greg Murch

      Jetpack has this feature

    • Greg Murch

      Jetpack has this feature

  • http://www.wonderoftech.com Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    Great list, Jeff. This is a very helpful resource for blog owners. The infographic is not only engaging but informative as well!

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  • http://twitter.com/EddiWeed Eddi Weed

    I spent some time read this article and I found a couple plugin which I use,but I think as Wp Auto Affiliate Links must be in this list.

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  • DrR

    Good info for me as new user putting together WP site & blog

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  • Linh Doan

    Very helpful for me!!! keep up the good work.

  • http://a1010web.com/ A1010website

    wowow nice article :) <3 all in one seo pack

  • CalebS

    Good list. Google Analyticator looks interesting. In the same vein, check out AdTrackz Gold. Reviews of that and other wordpress plugins here.

  • Libin

    Nice collection.

    But I think you are missing a Login Page Customization plugin. Because users love the final touches. Check this: Erident Custom Login and Dashboard http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/erident-custom-login-and-dashboard

    Check it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnthonyParson76 Anthony Parason

    hi what social share plugin are you using?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      I am Using two
      Digg Digg and Getsocial

      • http://www.plugins24.com/ Philip-Daniel Kleudgen

        I prefer to go with AA’s Digg Digg Alternative plugin, it has much faster loading times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/grantgfarwell Grant Farwell

    Awesome List!

    For comments check our Barc, it’s all in real-time, it’s free, and it comes with a TON of other cool features: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/barc-chat

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  • http://www.notaruk.com/ Melynda Duke

    Really informative friend and helpful post too , thank you.

    I try to mostly use my own images, but sometimes need different sorts of
    images, so will give these plugins a try.

  • amiti

    I just started using the feedweb plugin in order to better interact with my readers. Anyone else using it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002011841669 Ann Harrison

    I’ve finally decided to move my blog from Blogger to WordPress. I’m nervous about the move, but I know it needs to happen to increase revenue, which is my goal. *crossing fingers that this transition works!*
    Thank you for providing great info.!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      All the best with that move Ann.

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  • Jason Lemington

    Great compilation of useful plugins. I have tried this
    plugin for embedding a photo stream on my website. Simple to use and works fast
    It automatically collects images from social events worldwide and its free.

  • David_in_Greece

    Very nice list, thank you! These seem to be all free plugins. Is there also a list with the most successful premium plugins? I don’t see any rating plugins on that which is strange, given the fact that also rating plugins play a certain role in SEO and creating trust, like this one for example http://wp-buddy.com/products/plugins/purple-heart-rating-wordpress-plugin/

  • Zach Smith

    this was actually informative – not like most of what i see online. sharing :)

  • Zach Smith

    Thanks for publishing another great article for us. This is best for any technology related blog.

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  • Mike

    Great article and great plugins. I use quite a few of these as well. For SEO for Spam etc. Will install a few from the list. I also use one for link management. To exchange links and manage them etc. by trafficfeed, very useful, we have quite a few domains that we manage for our clients and we can interlink them and or link with others.

    • Edward Byrne

      Hi Mike

      Are you still happy with Trafficfeed? Is it finding useful links?

      Thx, Ed

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