I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the plug-ins I use my blog(s). At any given time I’ve no more than 25 plugins (not all activated though) installed. Mainly for testing purposes before I install them on my client sites. I don’t recommend that anyone have that many. You really shouldn’t go pass 20. The more you have the slower your site/blog load time will be. If you have tons of plug-ins you may want to think about changing your theme that have some of the functions that your plug-ins provide.
Below are some of the most commonly used plugins plus a few that I also personally use
#1 – Akismet
This plugin comes with WordPress but you have to activate and sign up for the service. It used to be very simple and I think bloggers see that price tag now and get confused. According to their site, personal & non-commercial sites/blogs can get this service for FREE. After picking the personal plan, move the slider to $0 where it asks “WHAT IS AKISMET WORTH TO YOU?”.
#2 – WP-Ban
Have you ever look at your spam comments? You will notice that a few of them may be coming from the same IP address. This is where this plugin comes in handy. I recently started using this plugin to help with increase in spam comments I gotten. Now when I get spam comments I copy the IP address and paste it under the Ban IPs section before removing it. Combined with Akimet, it’s been a great help in cutting down the spam.
#3 – WordPress Database Backup – no link
It’s important to have a back up copy of your blog – everything from the content to the database. There are a few ways to do this. I use this plugin to send myself an email automatically of my WP blog weekly. I don’t solely rely on this method, I do clean out my datebase and backup everything on a monthly basis. The simple in between backups are helpful though.
#4 – Broken Link Checker
The more I learn about about how to make my blog better, means I tend to change things around. Also I link to a lot of great resources. Over time these links may stop working. So I use this broken link checker to help me find and fix them. There’s nothing more upsetting them clicking on a link and it taking you no where.
Sharing via Social Media
I’ve learn the key to a successful blog is promotion. One way is to make it easy for both you and your reader to share your content. This plugin will send a tweet of your blog post or page once it’s clicked.
#6 – SexyBookmarks
Everyone loves the share icons at the end of my posts – SexyBookmarks. They have an icon for pretty much all of the social networks. I only use 8 of them because I wanted to keep it clean and simple. Plus I change the ones that are visible base on where I see my content being share the most.
#7 – FeedBurner FeedSmith
This plugin was recommend to me when I was using my previous theme. It helps bring all of my blog subscribers into my Feedburner. I remember when I first add the Feedburner widget to my sidebar, the counter stayed at 10 and then I activated this plugin and realized that I have way more readers.
#8 – Google Analytics
Google Analytics is probably my favorite tool to help me monitor my blog. Maybe because it’s the only one I have stay with the longest. I’m loving their new layout it’s very clean and make it easier to read.
Make Your Blog Mobile
#9 – WPtouch
So you make no be a web developer or can’t afford one to help make your WordPress site/blog mobile friendly. Before WP Developers start making their theme mobile responsive, I found this plugin. It help make any WordPress site/blog viewable via mobile devices. Now your site didn’t look the way it did on the screen. It’s was really simple with just text. Overtime the creator of this plugin has added more features so your
With the help of Google Analytics I can tell that there are a few people out their that access my blog on the go. I’ve been looking for way to make my blog mobile for awhile. I wanted to make sure that it automatically picks up that you are access my blog via mobile or the web. This is one of the newest plugins I started testing out.
If you have a plugin that I should know about, let me know below in the comment section. Until then stay tune for the remain 11 plugins in my library.