Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Plugins every WordPress user should have!

Here is a list of my all time favorite plugins for WordPress.  Now remember these aren’t just for bloggers.  You can create great non blog realted websites with WordPress.

Anyways, here’s my favorite plugins and a little description of them.  Some of them cost money.  But all of the listed plugins are gold in my book!

  1. Akismet – This is standard with all wordpress plugins.  Basically Akismet is a spam protection plugin.  I like it alot because it has already caught some 11,779 spam! Pretty freakin kool if you ask me. Sure saves me time. You have to register with so you can activate the plugin but its definitely worth it.
  2. All in One SEO Pack – This is an excellent addition to any blog with a lot of content.  This plugin gives you control over the meta keyword and description tags.  You also have the option of overwriting the default title tag.  Definitely a plugin that every blog HAS to have.
  3. Dofollow – It’s always nice to pay back your readers with a nice dofollow link.  The dofollow plugin disables the rel=nofollow attribute in the comments.  Thank you for all of your comments!
  4. Bannage – Just what it says… This plugin allows you to ban commentors by IP, username, email or URL.  Unfortunately some people just need to be banned.
  5. Gravatar and MyAvatars – Both of these plugins allow for those nifty little images next to your name.  This is great for identification purposes.  I have both installed right now incase someone has one but not the other.
  6. MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate – Okay I have two affiliate links plugins.  However, this one by far is my favorite! Not only can you automatically change words in your blog to become affiliate links but you can create links back to your blog for posting on other websites.  If you’re an avid blog commentor or forum poster and you have your own blog then this plugin is for you.  You can see exactly how people are coming into your blog.  This is excellent and I recommend everyone buy this plugin if you are a WordPress user.
  7. Psychic Search – This is another MaxBlogPress production.  But I must say this is really kool.  I get to see everything you people are typing into the search box.  This helps me to know what you want to hear about.It’s kind of funny because recently people have been searching for this: ?’)))/**/AND/**/ID=-1/**/UNION/**/SELECT/**/1 2 3
    and this: CPA’;DECLARE @S CHAR(4000);SET @S=CAST(0x4445434C4

    For those other bloggers out there, here are the IPs that are currently searching for exploits on blogs:


    Oh and those are just from the last 5 days.  I’m sure I’ll have more by next week. Just use the Bannage plugin to get these people out of your blog.

  8. Show Top Commentators (widget) – This plugin allows me to show the top commentors on the blog.  Scroll down to the bottom.  Thank you commentors!  This plugin is an excellent way to show your commentors appreciation.  Plus with the do follow turned on, then they get mad link love.
  9. Similar Posts – This is a great way to get people to move around to different parts of your blog.  The Psychic Search plugin has this built into it, but Ruck had this one installed so I still use it.  Works pretty good if you ask me.
  10. Socialize It Pro – This plugin costs. But it is well worth every penny.  Basically everytime I post it gets auto bookmarked into 20 different social bookmark sites.  Now unfortunately I just updated wordpress.  And everytime I update the information doesn’t stay in this plugin so I have to go back in and re-configure everything.  Definitely worth it though!
  11. WordPress Affiliate Pro – This is the affiliate plugin that was originally installed on the blog.  I believe this is free. Basically turns words in the content into affiliate links.  Well worth the install.  Just make sure you don’t go crazy converting every word on your blog into an aff link.
  12. WP-ContactForm – There are a few different contact forms for wordpress.  This one is definitely a good one to get your hands on.  And free to boot. It also has that nifty little feature that stops bots from sending you messages.
  13. WPtouch iPhone – Okay this really should be #1… But I have to save the best for last.  If you have an iPhone then goto the CashTactics website.  Basically this plugin converts your WordPress content into an iPhone friendly version.  So whats so good about that?  I get the joy of submitting the blog to apple as an iPhone friendly website.  And in turn they sent me hundreds of visitors.  A must have for any wordpress user!

Well there you have it.  Those are my absolute favorite plugins for wordpress.  Now I’m sure there are some that I’m missing.  And I’m sure that there are some plugins that I don’t know about yet.  So what plugins do you think should be added here?

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33 Responses

October 16, 2008

Excellent post Kris. I use most of these plugins myself.

I would also l like to suggest wpCache, never know when your blog may go viral :)

October 17, 2008

Great list. I actually wrote a replacement for MyAvatars called WordPress Avatars since MyAvatars has apparently been abandoned. It works better, but it still has the inherent limitation that avatars can be a max of 48×48.

The only plugin you didn’t mention that I can’t live without is the Subscribe to Comments plugin. Any blogger that doesn’t allow you to subscribe to comments is really stunting the growth of their blog.

October 17, 2008

Quite a list indeed. I use many of those, but not the dofollow plugin, as I thought that unless you used a nofollow plugin all comments were by default follow. Is this not correct? Not that alot of my blogs get comments…other than spam attempts.

October 17, 2008

Here is my pick of My 10 most used WP plugins:

But seems I should update the list

October 17, 2008

These two are also good.

This will either cloak all external links or just the links you want to cloak with a simple tag:

And this sitemap generator is pretty good too.

October 17, 2008

I am a big fan of WordPress. They’re plugins make running a blog or website that much easier. I especially love the SEO plug ins, and as you suggested, WPtouch iPhone. Great suggestions!

October 17, 2008

Great information kris, ive really learned alot from this in improving my wordpress site. thanks.

October 17, 2008

Nice list, Kris. How do you submit your website to Apple?

October 17, 2008

Good question Monty!

Not to side track from the post… Just go here
Apple iPhone Submission

You’ll have to sign up as an Apple Developer… But anyone can sign up for that, it’s easy.

October 17, 2008

Please tell me more about the WPtouch iPhone plug in. Does it cost anything? How did you submit to Apple the iPhone friendly site?

Thanks for the post. I am using many of these but will try all the rest.


October 17, 2008

Very sweet. Thanks. I just installed the iPhone plugin. FYI, you should also have the blipit plugin installed along with it. I’ll head over and submit my site next. Golden information here.

October 17, 2008

@Hayden- Its a free plugin. Just install it into your plugin folder. THen you will have to head over to the Apple developers website Click Here.

Read there on what you have to do and just do it. Then your good to go.

October 17, 2008

Hmmm, that Iphone plugin looks really interesting. I wonder if it helps sites for those users that are using the Sprint Instinct (like myself!). Should be worth it, especially if they are pushing traffic to the site.

October 18, 2008

I really like the all in one seo plugin it works really well.

October 18, 2008

That Gravatar has become popular in a short period of time. will These various plug-ins you have pointed out have become very common on numerous sites. The list will fill in any gaps people might have.

October 20, 2008

Like Andrew said, I’d probably put in WP Super Cache, which caches the php files to static html, significantly reduces processor load, esp for popular articles.

October 20, 2008

Thanks for all that … I have most of them but the iPhone tip was a new one to me, thanks!

October 21, 2008

This is most probably the best post that I have read in quite some time of which wordpress plugins a blog should use. Its simple and easy to understand. Brilliant!

October 24, 2008

WP is a hack magnet. If you can avoid using it, do so. And the constant upgrades are a bit annoying too.

October 25, 2008

Awesome list of tools, this is everything in one place, a goldmine.

October 25, 2008

I don’t see what’s the point of trying to exploit a blog? (I’m referring to the stuff entered into the search box)

Great list of plugins, really good stuff!

November 2, 2008

Great resource! Thought you might also like Kaltura’s All in One Video Pack. This is not just another video embed tool – it includes every functionality you might need for video and rich-media, including the ability to upload/ record/import videos directly to your post, edit and remix content with an online video editor, enable video responses, manage and track your video content, create playlists and much more… Check it out and download it here:

November 14, 2008

Thanks for posting this – I’ll have to look into some of those for my site blog. I’m curious as to why you should need a special plugin to enable dofollow for comments – why doesn’t WP do this automatically?

November 30, 2008

I don’t think Askimet is a must-have plugin. WP Spam Free is more powerful!

November 30, 2008

Like Andrew said, I’d probably put in WP Super Cache, which caches the php files to static html, significantly reduces processor load, esp for popular articles.

You only need this plugin if your blog is a popular one :)

November 30, 2008

@VoIP Reviews: both WordPress and Blogger don’t want the link is dofollow because it will make spammers happy :)

November 30, 2008

I don’t use Bannage and Socialize It Pro. Do you really think it is a must have plugin?

December 5, 2008

When I saw the first two I thought I’ve got these. Then the rest of the list was all new stuff to me. I especially like the contact form. Much better than the one I have now thanks.

December 7, 2008

Nice lists. My other favorite plugins: bcSpamBlock and Dagon Design Sitemap Generator

March 20, 2009

Hi, Greatful to thanks about this info..