Best WordPress Plugins for Bloggers

10 Best WordPress Plugins

One of the best things about WordPress is the opportunity it provides for fairly easy customization.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the theme my site operates on in its standard form…

Here’s my site:

Big difference, right?! Amy obviously worked wonders with the framework (thank heaven for a great site designer), but much of the customization and preferences on individual pages was made possible via great WordPress plugins. There really is a plugin for just about anything and everything.

Of course, you don’t want to go overboard. Too many plugins can slow your load time and cause problems for your site. With the changes that have taken place around here, I’ve taken the time to go through all of my plugins and determine which WordPress plugins work best for me. I have about 30 plugins currently installed on my site.

As promised, I thought I would share a few of my favorite WordPress plugins for bloggers.

1. Askimet. I don’t have captcha codes, no need for comment moderation. Askimet prevents spam from showing up on my site and I really don’t have to worry about it at all.

2. Comment Luv. Since Comment Luv is available on both Blogger and WordPress, most bloggers are familiar with it. If you’re not familiar, this plugin grabs the commenters feed and posts a link to their last post. I’ve found so many great posts through comments on my site!

CommentLuv WordPress PluginCommentLuv WordPress

3. Comment Reply Notification. When I made the move to WordPress, one of my favorite timesavers was the ability to reply to comments both in the comment thread and via email all in one step. Needless to say, this one is a favorite.

4. Fanciest Author Box. This is a new plugin for me and I am enamored. When I switched over the site I really wanted a great way to feature my contributors…I love that this allows me to help share more of their content, as well as provide simple options for following their Facebook and Twitter accounts. I have Fanciest Author Box set up to appear at the end of my post…

5. Formidable. If you collect any information or have need of an online form. This is THE plugin. I’ve used it for several different things and it works like a dream.

6. Google Analytics for WordPress. If you’re looking to grow your blog, no tool is more important than Google Analytics. Google Analytics for WordPress is without a doubt the simplest and most complete Google Analytics tracking plugin I’ve come across. Plus, it makes installation sooo easy!

7. NRelate. Encourage extra time on site by suggesting additional articles of interest.

8. RPS Image Gallery. I’ve wanted to create some thumbnail images/project galleries for some time…I finally found a plugin that I like. I am still experimenting with it, but here’s what my linky gallery looks like so far…

9. WordPress Editorial Calendar. This is one of my very favorite plugins. It helps keep me organized! This is where I can schedule posts, see what’s coming up and drag and drop them into the schedule as needed.

10. WordPress SEO. Another big time favorite. This tool has taken my posts from mediocre SEO to great SEO. I use it on every single post and it’s simple…Fill out a few extra fields and you’re all done!

I am looking forward to discovering even more great plugins…Got a favorite? I’d love to know what plugins you like to use…

  

Tauni
Tauni is a former public relations executive who spent 12+ years handling communications and events for an array of clients, from the NBA and Olympics to numerous high ranking politicians. Today, she handles social media for a local agency and hosts SNAP!, an annual social media conference for bloggers focused on entertaining, craft and home DIY.
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Comments

  1. Great round-up. I have/love most of them but a few I didn’t know about. Thanks!

    • Thanks Patty. I figured that many of my choices were sort of stand-by…I guess that’s why they’re the best, but I am glad I had a few that were new to you as well. xoxo, Tauni

  2. Tauni!! Thank yo sooooo much I just installed the Editorial Calendar and am in LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

  3. Okay, I feel better knowing I use about 90% of the plugins you mentioned. I do need to go through and clean up, getting rid of those I don’t use so they don’t slow down my site. I am off to check out Formidable–that one intrigues me!

    • Emily, You had a higher ACT score than I, so basically I figure you will always know about 90% of the things I know + about 10% of the things I do not…I do love Formidable. You will have to let me know what you think. xoxo, Tauni

  4. I am so glad you posted this! Thank you!

  5. Thanks so much Tauni! There are a few on your list that I had never heard of. I am installing them now. :)

  6. What a great round-up of plugins! Thank you, Tauni. I NEED to add the editorial calendar one to my blog. It falls by the wayside much much much too easily.

  7. There are a few i will be checking out… thanks!

  8. Thanks. I uploaded a few of the plug-ins. It’s nice to read what others are using and how it’s working for them.

    • Thanks Elisabeth. I need a new Twitter plugin. I may have to try the ones you suggested. I hope that the plugins you downloaded work great! xoxo, Tauni

  9. Oops! One I discovered recently is “Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons”.

  10. Thanks so much, Tauni! This really helps me out!!

  11. Thank you sooo much! I installed about half of them, excited to see how they help my blog. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Really Tauni, you are the best in the business. Just sayin.

  13. I love love this post! Thank you so much. I’ve begun using almost all of your top ten! Thank you so much for sharing. :D

  14. you need to write an SEO 101 post. I know nothing about it. And it scares me to just start googling…

  15. This has been helpful. I installed a couple of those and look forward to trying them out. Thanks!

  16. Love this post! I just switched over to WordPress and it’s all new to me! Thank you for the info!
    Jo-Anna

  17. LOVE the fanciest author box! Just bought it and downloaded a few others mentioned. I thought I’d let you know that they offer an affiliate program, so you might want to sign up and change your link?

    Great post! I’m always curious to what plugins others use and love. Thanks, Tauni!

    • Thanks for your comments Ann Marie. I am glad that you found some of the tools helpful. I really should sign up for the affiliate program. I was too lazy when I first posted this article :)

      xoxo, Tauni

  18. I am in the process of setting up my wordpress site so that I can move my blog over. This is a great list to get me started – Thanks!

  19. This was so helpful! Thank you, I love your website, new favorite!

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