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Which Wordpress Plugins are Really Useful?
Top 10 that you would recommend
contentmaster

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Msg#: 4148709 posted 8:28 am on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Currently, I am maintaining 2 Wordpress Blogs. After trying out several themes, I have narrowed down to 2 which seem to be working well for my modest needs. However, the more I read about Wordpress, the more information I find and sometimes, all this information is a little hard to digest.

For example, there are so many additional plugins available and I am actually confused : Which ones are really needed and actually prove to be useful in the long run?

Here are some that I have tried to activate on my blogs:

1. SEO Title Tag
2. Google XML Sitemap generator
3. Akismet

Please add to this list. Which ones have been effective for your blog and which ones would you recommend others to use?

 

ergophobe

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Msg#: 4148709 posted 12:34 pm on Jun 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Every site:

- Akismet for sure
- Headspace2 - does what your #s 1 and 2 do and *tons* more. It's the WP SEO Swiss Army knife. Some people prefer the All-in-One SEO pack. HS2 lets you activate and deactivate modules
- WP Hashcash - added spam protection without CAPTCHA
- Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form

As needed:
- Redirection - another John Godley plugin
- Exclude Pages from Navigation - if you pull nav from pages in a widget but you have some pages like Terms and Conditions or some such that you don't want in the main nav
- Lightbox Plus - image display
- Popularity Contest - sort by weighted popularity

I also just started using WP Greet Box, which customizes the landing page for visitors depending on whether or not they have a cookie set and based on referrer

I dont' have all of those on any one install.

ergophobe

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Msg#: 4148709 posted 12:16 pm on Jun 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

Nobody else?

spadilla

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Msg#: 4148709 posted 6:39 pm on Jun 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

These are a few of my favorites that I use on several sites (my own and client sites):

All in one SEO pack - Always worked well for me with a set of standard rules. There are newer more spiffy ones out now, but I've stuck with this one.

Disqus commenting system - it allows some added functionality to commenting that I like.

Secure and accessible PHP contact form - I use this on all of our WP sites. It's simple, light weight and regularly updated by the dev.

Maintenance Mode - Take the site offline if needed. Generally use this one when the site is about to go live. It allows for a custom "splash page" of sorts that keeps the public out, while clients work on content etc.

Page Links To - Super-handy for pointing links in a main menu to category pages etc. without having to hardcode them in the template.

Role Manager - Gives clients access only to certain things in the backend. Mini ACL like. (there are several other plugins that work with this one based on what's needed).

XCloner - Backup and site cloner. I started using this about 5 years ago on Joomla sites. When the dev made a WP plugin I jumped on it. It's not the most intuitive and it does cost $$, but the dev is great and I've cloned many-a-site with this tool (as well as cron backups).

mhansen



 
Msg#: 4148709 posted 9:02 pm on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

OZH Admin Menu

I like the OZH Admin Menu - not for any technical reason, but it moves the WordPress menu from the left side, and into a horizontal nav bar across the top. Gives you a MUCH larger work area.

Broken Link Checker (Janis Elsts)
PixoPoint Menu System (Pre WP3.0)
Robots Meta
YARPP (Yet another related post)
WPBackup (Sends a daily DB backup)

MH

ergophobe

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Msg#: 4148709 posted 3:28 pm on Jun 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

I just discovered cforms II - I needed a contact form that would have several fields, some required, some not (first name, last name, email, phone, arrival date, departure date, number in party, comments; all required except comments).

So the Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form plugin I usually use wasn't up to that, but cforms is. It allows for all sorts of fields, including Javascript popup date pickers, regex validation rules, built in email validation and more.

BradleyT

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Msg#: 4148709 posted 5:33 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Is there a cache plug-in or something already in the admin dashboard? I just started collaborating with a few guys on some WordPress sites and our first site seems pretty slow [compared to the Drupal sites I'm used to building].

ergophobe

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Msg#: 4148709 posted 9:03 pm on Jun 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Wordpress doesn't have built-in caching to my knowledge, but the WP Super Cache plugin is similar to Boost for Drupal

lorax

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Msg#: 4148709 posted 1:34 pm on Jun 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

>> our first site seems pretty slow

Themes and plugins could be the culprits - at least in part. WP Super Cache is an outstanding speed enhancer.

My contributions are far more basic then some might expect from me but they are very useful.

  • MailChimp
  • TweetMeme
  • WP Super Cache
  • Breadcrumb Navigation XT
  • ShareThis
  • Go60Guy

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 2:36 pm on Jul 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

    Here are a few I use regularly:

    All in One SEO Pack
    Google XML Sitemap Generator
    Maxblogpress Ping Optimizer
    Privacy-Policy
    Simple Tags
    Smart 404
    wordpress-firewall.php

    ergophobe

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 4:56 pm on Jul 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

    Thanks Go60 and lorax - a few in there that are new to me that look useful. Anyone else?

    alika

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 7:53 pm on Jul 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

    I like

    1. MobilePress - for a mobile version of my blog. Plays well with W3 Total Cache
    2. W3 Total Cache - needed something for making the site load faster
    3. Broken Link Checker - makes it very easy for me to track and change links that no longer work
    4. Simple Facebook Connect - for the complete suite of FB functionalities, from their share button, like, fan box widget, connect to FB widget, etc.

    What plugin do you use to give you the tabbed widget on the sidebar -- where you can have in one tab Recent Posts, and another tab Recent Comments?

    ergophobe

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 9:11 pm on Jul 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

    Alika, sometimes it's built into the theme. Otherwise sidebarTabs looks nice.

    There are a bunch of options though
    [wordpress.org...]

    alika

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 7:13 pm on Jul 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

    Thanks Ergophobe ... I was able to actually make that work LOL.

    SuzyUK

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 8:24 pm on Jul 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

    pretty much the same as what's been said. +1 more that no-ones mentioned.. pretty link

    useful in so many ways I don't think I've even figured them all out yet.

    smallcompany

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 7:21 am on Jul 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

    Which WP traffic statistics plugin you use (other then GA)?

    alika

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 1:29 pm on Jul 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

    There are plugins that are quite useful -- e.g. WPBackup --but haven't been updated for 500+ days.

    Do you still use these plugins? Or do you go only for plugins that are being updated? What risks do you have in using them?

    Go60Guy

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 6:53 pm on Jul 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

    I've heard that plugins that aren't updated to work with recent WP versions often can represent security holes. I'd be leery of any plugin that hasn't been updated in over a year. Face it, sometimes it seems that there's a newer version of WP every time you have breakfast.

    alika

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 10:51 pm on Aug 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

    Another plugin I like is To-Dos. I use it to put in ideas of what to write. My problem is that I keep writing my ideas in various notebooks or pieces of paper or in my iPhone. But this plugin forced me to centralize everything and help me remember things I need to do for the site.

    koushikrajagopalan



     
    Msg#: 4148709 posted 5:48 am on Aug 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

    Platinum SEO plugin
    Buddy press
    These two combination can make a website excellent.

    iNET_SEO

    5+ Year Member



     
    Msg#: 4148709 posted 2:53 pm on Sep 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

    I use these on every Wordpress site I use now... (These are their exact names)

    WP-Optimize - Many options for keeping Wordpress clean

    AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Button - one of the better share buttons

    All in One SEO Pack - About as good as it gets without going overboard

    Contact Form 7 - Very good contact form that is so easy to configure and install

    Dagon Design Sitemap Generator - Works like a dream and does what it says on the tin

    Exclude Pages from Navigation - Another that does what you expect

    Google Analyticator - Analytics code for Wordpress sites

    Google XML Sitemaps - Makes building sitemaps a doddle

    My Page Order - The most straight forward way to order pages

    Really Simple CAPTCHA - Works very well with the Contact Form

    WP Super Cache - The best way to speed your site up

    Hope a few of those help :)

    spadilla

    5+ Year Member



     
    Msg#: 4148709 posted 4:32 am on Sep 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

    I have to add one more (sorry)! I just discovered W3 Total Cache not too long ago and it's awesome! I use Amazon S3 to store cached files and this plugin is really, really good! I went back and installed it in allof my Wordpress installs and when tested with yslow all of them showed an impressive speed improvement.

    ergophobe

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 5:12 pm on Sep 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

    >>add one more (sorry)!

    Why sorry? That's the point of the thread - another one I don't know. That's great!

    contentmaster

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    Msg#: 4148709 posted 5:24 pm on Sep 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

    Thanks! I was wondering if anyone else has seen this message in their dashboard - Not sure what needs to be done - All in One SEO Pack must be configured. Go to the admin page to enable and configure the plugin.

    Also, when I try to upgrade the plugins, it leads to a 500 Internal Server Error.

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