11 Awesome WordPress Plugins That I Use

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Probably my absolute favourite thing about WordPress is the fact that it is so easy to extend its functionality, with currently over 9000 plugins included in the WordPress Plugin Directory, with that number increasing every day.

But which plugins are the most useful? Here are 11 great hand-picked plugins that I personally use at FWebDe.

  1. Akismet: Unfortunately, spam is a frequent occurrence for most bloggers, and it can be very time-consuming to sift through all of your comments to weed out the spam. Akismet takes care of spam by checking all comments against a spam filter, and marks each one as either "spam" or "ham".

  2. WP Super Cache: By default, every page in WordPress is generated on-the-fly. It is important to use caching, to help reduce the time it takes for pages to be generated. The WP Super Cache plugin automatically stores HTML files in your blog's cache, which can then be accessed much more quickly than with the default configuration in WordPress.

  3. All in One SEO Pack: If you're like most bloggers, you probably don't have mich time to worry about search engine optimization. The All in One SEO pack helps take care of this job for you, allowing you to have more time to actually write.

  4. WP-Syntax: Where would a blog about web development be without syntax highlighting? Syntax highlighting done with WP-Syntax is, in my opinion, much better looking than other syntax highlighting plugnis for WordPress. It is based on GeSHi, with support for many popular programming languages.

  5. BackType Tweetcount: You probably know that almost all bloggers use Twitter to help get their blog posts out there. This plugin inserts a helpful little Retweet button into each post to allow readers to share it on Twitter very easily. Many aspects of the button can be configured, including the size, colours and placement of the button.

  6. Google XML Sitemaps: A very important part of SEO is having a sitemap, which allows search engines to easily crawl your site. Because nobody wants to spend extra time managing and updating a sitemap themselves, this plugin handles generating an XML sitemap for you.

  7. Gurken Subscribe to Comments: Allowing users to subscribe to comments is a great way to have them coming back to your blog. With this WordPress plugin you can allow your readers to subscribe to any follow-up comments on one of your blog posts, for example to be notified when someone answers their question.

  8. Contact Form 7: Everyone likes receiving email. This WordPress plugin allows your readers to easily contact you through an easy-to-setup contact form on your own customized contact page.

  9. WordPress Download Monitor: I frequently provide downloadable versions of tutorials here at FWebDe. To make uploading and managing downloads easier, I use the WordPress Download Monitor plugin. Probably my favourite feature of this plugin is the way it keeps statistics of how many people download your files.

  10. Category Pagination Fix: If you are using custom permalinks on your WordPress blog, you can end up with 404 errors when browsing through your categories. This plugin fixes this, so that readers can browse through your categories' archives without any problems.

  11. WordPress Database Backup: Making frequent database backups is crucial to the security of any website. Because it can be easy to forget to make backups of your database, this amazing plugin can make them for you, and it even includes helpful features such as sending you your backups via email. Now you have no excuse to forget making backups!

Plugins are really some of the best features in the WordPress blogging platform. Which WordPress plugins do you use, and do you use any of the plugins mentioned in this list? Be sure to leave a comment and share which WordPress plugins you would recommend.

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4 Comments

  1. May 2, 2010

    It's very important to know how many people download your files! I like to read WP plugins and themes lists because every time I read a post like yours I find something interesting, and WordPress Download Monitor is something I would like to try!

    I can give my opinion about the most important plugins I see in your list:

    1- Akismet
    2- Database Backup
    3- Google XML Sitemaps
    4- Gurken Subscribe to Comments
    5- WP Super Cache

    Nice to share your running plugins!

  2. May 19, 2010

    It's very important to know how many people download your files! I like to read WP plugins and themes lists because every time I read a post like yours I find something interesting, and WordPress Download Monitor is something I would like to try!
    +1

  3. July 13, 2010

    These plugins are really important, thanks for sharing, I will be using them on my site!

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