When I first launched this site, I promised that I would start posting articles detailing my experience running a blog and what solutions I am using after researching and testing. This is my first post that keeps to that commitment and it covers the WordPress plugins I have used so far.
I still don’t consider myself a power user on WordPress but I already have some experience. In this post I am listing the WordPress plugins I’m using right now.
There are so many free and premium plugins that you can choose from and help customize your site so it can be anything you want it to be and take advantage of the wonderful technology that WordPress plugins afford.
Running a WordPress site like WP Views helped me to test many of them and select the ones I consider the best at the moment or at least the ones that help me the most to reach my goals. And they are all free.
So here is my list of WordPress plugins:
To tell you the truth I haven’t tested other antispam plugins. But Akismet till now is working great at preventing spam comments.
All in One SEO Pack
Like the name says it is an all-in-one SEO plugin. It helps optimize your content (title, description and other META tags) for search engines.
Contact Form 7
I wanted to add one simple contact form to each of my sites and Contact Form allowed me to do that in a very simple way.
Custom Upload Dir
I started using this plugin after seeing what a mess the upload directory of WordPress is. I wanted to have images grouped in a folder by post so I could easily find them to update, remove or customize any other way. Custom upload Dir plugin helps me do just that.
Edit Flow offers a lot of features in just one plugin. Right now I’m still using only Custom Statuses. With this option you can add more Statuses to your posts than the default ones.
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin generates an XML sitemap file which will help search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and others to better index your blog.
Limit Login Attempts
A plugin that prevents login attempts for each IP address. It is a very simple and powerful plugin that helps protect your site.
Related Posts for WordPress
I am only using this plugin here at DevGarage for the time being. It adds a new textarea to each post on the admin side where I can add via a search a list of related posts. This selection of posts is saved and will not change with time.
Sharebar WordPress Plugin
This plugin adds a vertical box to the left side of the blog with links to social media sites allowing a user to easily share your content.
WordPress Database Backup
Backup of your content is one of the most important things you should do. I have a daily automatic backup of MySQL tables to a remote server to help me protect them if anything happens to this site.
This plugin allows the generation of better pagination navigation.
WP Greet Box
This is a great plugin. It allows you to add a greeting message box to new visitors depending on where they come from.
WP Super Cache
Another great plugin. WP Super Cache is a cache plugin that allows you to speed up your WordPress blog.
With so many free and premium plugins available to WordPress publishers, it’s natural that some developers will prefer one plugin option to another. Right now I am using the ones I listed on this post but in the future I may switch some of them. I will post a new update in a few months about this.
And what WordPress plugins do you use?