Allllllll the way back in August 2012, I wrote about my favorite WP plugins. Because plugins are ever changing—new ones come along, old ones disappear—I wanted to revisit my original post and continue the discussion.
Also, I’m going to repost what I wrote about plugins:
- Always research the plugin. Look at how many people have downloaded it, what kind of problems there have been in the past, etc. Some of the best plugins I’ve found come at the recommendation from another blogger.
- Just because a plugin works on one site doesn’t mean it will work on yours. Your host’s server is different than others, and plugins can work in weird ways.
- Be aware that plugins not working well together can crash your site. Keep your plugins to what you need, only.
- Just because a plugin doesn’t crash your site right away doesn’t mean it won’t later. Anytime you update the WP core or another plugin, you have a possibility that your plugins will not cooperate with each other. This means always back up your blog before you do something different.
The Grand List (in no real order)
This will catch the vast majority of spam (and trust me, there is a lot of it).
Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin:
The little box that says “click to confirm you’re not a spammer”? That’s what this plugin does. Much preferable to CAPTCHA. (It’s possible that it doesn’t work as well as it used to, but it’s better than nothing.)
WordPress keeps all the revisions of posts in your database, which can slow everything down. This plugin deletes revisions and auto-save posts, plus optimizes your database.
W3 Total Cache:
W3tc helps you keep your blog loading faster. While I like this plugin, it’s always been the cause of a few blog issues I’ve had. It breaks blogs pretty easily. Always best to be careful.
This little plugin in runs mainly in the background and will fix all the little bugs in your WP version without having to wait for the next core update.
You’ve seen all my posts about SEO, right? This plugin is what I use to help with SEO. Though my theme has built-in SEO options, WP SEO works better.
Jetpack by WordPress.com:
Love, love, love Jetpack. They’re always adding options to the plugin, and while it’s not as robust as the actual WP.com features, it’s as close as you can get.
Lets me take advantage of my templates to make creating review and meme drafts so much easier.
WordPress Editorial Calendar:
Lets you to see all your posts on a calendar. It makes your posting schedule A LOT easier to visualize, especially when you have a lot of posts scheduled. You can change post dates by dragging and dropping.
Comment Reply Notification:
If you’ve ever left a comment on my site, you’ve probably gotten my comment reply notification email. You can even customize it!
Progress bars for tracking your progress. I use it for my challenges.
Contact Form 7:
For all my contact form needs.
Prevents people from repeated login attempts, which they do when trying to hack your sick.
Shuts down your site when you’re working on design or anything that might make your site appear wacky to visitors.
Security is your friend.
Makes images smaller so they take up less space on your database.