Theory Thursday: Some Of My Favorite WordPress Plugins

The ProBlogger Event in less than a month so let’s talk WordPress. I now have four websites of my own running WordPress as the content management system along with a few others I have developed for other people and some more of my own sites in the pipeline. Finding good plugins to do certain jobs can life a lot easier. Here is a list of some of my favorite stand alone plugins.

  • Akismet – this one comes installed with WordPress and is great for comment spam handling. You do need to set up and Akismet account to use it and a personal account is free.
  • Google Analytics For WordPress – I have messed around with a few Google Analytics plugins for WordPress and this is my favorite. It seems to be reliable and roughly correlates to what Google Adsense says my traffic is.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – A simple site map creator so Google and others can see all your content easily.
  • TinyMCE Spellcheck – A basic spellchecker for the TinyMCE editor.
  • WordPress Editorial Calender – Great if your want to see how your days have been or will be covered with posts. Has been a little buggy recently so I need to see if that is ironed out.
  • Add Link To Facebook – I had been using WordBooker but support stopped for it due to some changes at Facebook. This is the best replacement I have found so far but it only allows you to post to one page or feed where WordBooker worked for two as standard. You can pay for it to allow you to post to extra pages though.
  • Quick Cache – One of the simpler cache plugins to use for WordPress and it seems to work well.

There are a number of other plugins I use depending on the website but those above are plugins I have installed on multiple WordPress sites.

I also noted that these are some standalone plugins I use. With one of my newer sites I had Jetpack installed as part of the install package my host provides. Jetpack is really a suite of many other plugins in one tidy package. You can turn each of the sub-plugins on or off and many of them have their own configuration. It does require a account for Jetpack to work.

Being new to Jetpack I am yet to unleash its full potential but I see that some of the elements in it have the ability to replace some of the standalone plugins I use. I may report back more once I figure out the Jetpack plugin suite.



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