UPDATE: A new (2019) version of this article about WordPress plugins is available.
Below is a list of my most frequently used WordPress plugins, along with descriptions of how I use them and links to examples in some cases.
The name of each plugin is linked to its download page (each link opens a new window).
Nancy Ball says
Thanks for a very helpful post on plugins. While I haven’t ventured into installing a blog on my server yet, these are excellent suggestions. Being a blog newbie, this definitely helps as a guide when I get my nerve up to do a WP install. 🙂
I was wondering, with the new FTC laws, is there a plugin for adding these extras to a blog site? Are they automatic when you upload a WP blog? What’s the best way to stay within the new laws?
Thanks once again for giving away all your “state secrets”….love, love, love the list of plugins. And thanks to your commentors who added a couple of more. (but don’t tell anyone else about Amaniche…:-)
Nice list of plugins. I see the bad behavior plugin is doing it’s job by blocking more than 500 access attempts in the last week. Thanks for sharing this info.
Gregory E. Nemer says
This is a very useful list of plugins.
I love wordpress plugins and there are a few ones you’ve mentioned that I’ve never heard of before including Amaniche and popshops.
Can’t wait to try them out!
Thanks for the great list of plugins. I’ll be sharing your list with my readers today.
Mark Krusch says
Thank you for sharing your plugin list! I use most of these.
Here’s a plugin I use that you might want to check out – StatPress Reloaded – by Manuel Grabowski
You can find it at: http://blog.matrixagents.org/wp-plugins/
It’s similar to Google Analytics but you don’t have to leave your blog to check the stats, plus it gives you stats on the spiders that visit your blog!
Thanks again for sharing.
Awesome list! Thanks Ros:-)
Thanks for sharing this info. I had already implemented several plugins on my WordPress site and now I have added a few more to my collection that were suited to my site. There are so many plugins to wade through so this information has really helped.
Brilliant list Roz, thanks a lot. Just a heads up on the contact form, It’s not actually showing on that link just says [contact-form 1 “Contact form 1”]
Matt Belcher says
Sorry forgot to ask. How do you make the main page navigation bar go to the top of your theme? I am using the same at http://www.lifeturnaroundnow.com and would love to do the same!
Is it much coding?
Matt Belcher says
Awesome! I have been waiting to get this from you for a long time!
Thanks Ros. Your site does help people like me not have to do all the testing to see what we should and should not use!
This was very useful and excellent information. Ros you are very giving and unselfish. You really want to see people succeed.
I’m an affiliate of yours–the Super Affiliate Handbook is a MUST read!
I had whole sections yellow from highlighting!
Joan Miller says
This is a GREAT list! Thanks. There are so many useful plugins and I keep adding them…and my web page loads slower and slower…
“WordPress Super Cache” or “HyperCache” also help with the blog loading time.
Thanks again for a great list. I will implementing some of these!
I have just started to use wordpress and find it hard to know what is good for plugins because there are just too many. Thanks for narrowing the list down for us wordpress newbies.
very usefull, and easy to select. well done good article.
thank you, I was going to ask what you used for the “comments” section, I want to put one on my WP blog…now I know 😉
Greg Ellison says
Some really good plugins and some that I didn’t know about. Thanks for sharing. Greg Ellison
ButterflyHerder (Cynthia) says
Excellent! Thanks for sharing these… I use some of them already, but I’m going to check out the others to see which ones might fit for my client websites. Great suggestions!
Hey Rosalind, thanks for the great list of WordPress plugins. WordPress is probably one of the easiest and most effective platforms to use. These plug ins really give you a huge advantage.
Channa Connolly says
Hi Rosalind…I’ve lurked at your site for a while, but this is my first comment! Not only are your posts great, but I can’t help but feel a connection since I’m both Canadian and a woman is this male-dominated corner of cyberspace :0)
Great list of plugins — I’m already using many of these (except I prefer Dynamic Content Gallery [ http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dynamic-content-gallery-plugin/ ]to Featured Content Gallery since FCG has conflict issues between jQuery and MooTools…), but thanks for the heads up on Popshops – I hadn’t run across that one before!
I was wondering if you coould send me the link where you add an affiliate link to youtube videos. I tried it before but couldn’t get it to work. I’ve misplaced the email.
Lisa Zaslow says
Another GREAT post, Ros! I was just wishing for a list of good plugins and there they were! Thanks SO MUCH!!
MK (Casey) van Bronkhorst says
Thanks for sharing this; I’m off to get a few more for my growing collection. I thought I’d share two new can’t-live-without favorites which are saving my life in the new WP-as-CMS projects.
Page Management Dropdown. This jewel has completely eliminated the dance from edit list or pagemash to the editor to display and back; it generates links to every page and provides them on an easily accessible dropdown menu. Authored by Jascha Ephraim, found at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/page-management-dropdown/
Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu. Major real estate saver since everything admin is at the top of the screen again, beautifully colored and easily found. Authored by Ozh, http://planetozh.com/blog/my-projects/wordpress-admin-menu-drop-down-css/ (also available at wordpress.org)
Collette Schultz says
I love the list. I’m curious do you have a favorite plugin to promote affiliate products?