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Best WordPress Plugins – My Top 10

Posted on May 20, 2007 by Tim Schroeder

Below is a list of some of the best WordPress plugins I’ve found which are being used on eMonetized.com or some of my other blogs.

1. Akismet:
http://akismet.com/

The single biggest problems with running any type of blog is dealing with comment SPAM. Automattic Kismet (Akismet for short) is the best WordPress plugin available to combat this headache. When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your blog it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and basically gives it thumbs up or thumbs down. You will need a WordPress.com API key to use it.

2. Adsense-Deluxe:
http://www.acmetech.com/blog/adsense-deluxe/

Adsense-Deluxe is a WordPress plugin created by Acme Technologies which offers advanced options for managing the automatic insertion of Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your WordPress posts.

I’m not using Google Adsense on this blog at the time of writing this post because I want to build a reader base before adding a few ad spots. However, I currently use this plugin on some of my other blogs and it’s definitely a must have plugin for displaying Google Adsense ads on your WordPress blog.

Another great use for this plugin that some people might not be aware of is that it does not have to been used specifically for Adsense or Yahoo Publisher. It can also be used to handle just about any type of JavaScript code you would like to include in your WordPress posts.

3. Sociable:
http://push.cx/sociable

The Sociable Worpress plugin automatically adds links on your posts to popular social bookmarking websites.

It currently supports 61 sites including: blinkbits, BlinkList, BlogMemes, blogmarks, co.mments, connotea, del.icio.us, De.lirio.us, digg, DZone, Fark, feedmelinks, Furl, Fleck, Gwar, Hemidemi, IndiaGram, IndianPad, kick.ie, LinkaGoGo, Linkter, Ma.gnolia, MisterWong, MyShare, My-Tuts, NewsVine, Netscape, Netvouz, PopCurrent, ppnow, RawSugar, Rec6, Reddit, scuttle, Shadows, Simpy, Slashdot, Smarking, Spurl, SphereIt, StumbleUpon, Taggly, Technorati, TailRank, Webride, Wists, Wykop, and YahooMyWeb.

You will notice that I have chosen to just link to a very of the most popular social bookmarking websites including Digg, Reddit, Netscape, StumbleUpon, and del.icio.us. Mouse-over a few of them at the end of this post and submit this post to see how well it works! 😉

4. Dagon Design Sitemap Generator:
http://www.dagondesign.com/articles/sitemap-generator-plugin-for-wordpress/

This WordPress plugin generates a fully customizable sitemap for your blog. To see this plugin in action, visit my sitemap page. While you could always use a Google Sitemap plugin for the following reason. It is not only useful for helping search engines find all the posts in my blog but is also great for the reader.

5. Subscribe To Comments:
http://txfx.net/code/wordpress/subscribe-to-comments/

Have you ever wondered if the post author or another reader has replied to a specific comment you made on a blog? Even if you have not made your own comments, maybe you just want to stay in the loop about what other readers are commenting about a specific post. The Subscribe to Comments WordPress plugin allows commenters on your blog to check a box before commenting and get e-mail notification of further comments. This is a great plugin for encouraging commenters to come back and stay engaged in the discussion.

6. Ultimate Tag Warrior:
http://www.neato.co.nz/ultimate-tag-warrior/

The Ultimate Tag Warrior is a tagging plugin for WordPress. It includes a wide variety of features that allow for a a lot of customization. You can add tags from the “write post” page and it also allows for retrieving tag suggestions using the Yahoo! keyword suggestion service. Tagging is used as a navigational tool but can also help your search engine rankings. For an example, see the Tag Cloud found in the footer of this page. The more popular the tag (if it’s used on multiple posts), the larger and bolder the link.

7. Exec-PHP:
http://bluesome.net/post/2005/08/18/50/

Have you ever wanted to include PHP code within your blog posts but have not figured out how? One of the most popular plugins for running PHP code within a wordpress post is called Exec-PHP. This plugin allows php tags inside the content or excerpt of your posts and pages to be executed just as in usual PHP files.

8. WP-Contact Form:
http://www.douglaskarr.com/projects/wp-contactform/

WP Contact Form is a drop in form for users to contact you. It can be implemented on a page or a post. It currently works with WordPress 2.0+. The plugin was originally developed by Ryan Duff but has been modified by Doug Karr to require a challenge question and response to fight spam as well as some other features.

9. WP-Cache:
http://mnm.uib.es/gallir/wp-cache-2/

If you are lucky enough to ever be Digged to the front page of Digg.com you are probably aware that the amount of traffic it can send can easily take down many shared web servers.

The WP-Cache plugin works by caching WordPress pages and storing them in a static file for serving future requests directly from the file rather than loading and compiling the whole PHP code and then building the page from the database. WP-Cache allows your server to load hundred more pages per second, and to reduce the response time from several tenths of seconds to less than a millisecond. Unfortunately this plugin is not autoconfiguring for me at the moment so I’ll have to get that sorted out before I can use it.

10. WordPress Database Backup:
http://www.ilfilosofo.com/blog/wp-db-backup

In the past, I usually tried to remind myself to make backup copies of my blog’s databases usually about once a week. Despite knowing I should be doing this often times I either get to busy or forget all together. With the WordPress database plugin I don’t have to remember to make these backups nor use up valuable time doing so. This plugin allows you to choose the schedule and the location of your backups (your server, your computer or to an e-mail address).

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It is not in my top 10 list, but I’m currently also using Sidebar Widgets on this blog. I’m now kind of wishing I didn’t because apparently the latest version of WordPress supports Widgets (I’m waiting to upgrade) and I’m used to editing the code myself anyway. I’d also like to display certain widgets only on the home page but not on every page. So eventually I’ll probably disable this plugin.

One Widget plugin that was very useful is the Executable PHP widget found here . It works like a Text widget, but it will allow you to use PHP code as well.

I also added the MY Top Commentators Widget. It was giving me a MySQL error so I’ll have to get that fixed before enabling it again.

Speaking of WordPress plugins, does anyone know of any good WordPress Spell Checker Plugins? 🙂

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10 Responses to “Best WordPress Plugins – My Top 10”

  1. Douglas Karr

    - 20th May, 07 04:05pm

    Thanks for the mention!

  2. Tim Schroeder

    - 21st May, 07 12:05am

    No problems Doug. You’ve done well at improving the previous version of the WP-Contact form.

  3. Lazy Man and Money

    - 29th May, 07 11:05pm

    WordPress spell-check plug-in… how about Firefox 2 ;-). While not a plug-in it works for me since it works in all text areas.

  4. Tim Schroeder

    - 30th May, 07 12:05am

    Hi Lazy Man and Money. Yes. That’s what I usually use but it only seems to work in the “code” view as opposed to the “visual” post view in WordPress admin.

  5. Lorna

    - 30th May, 07 04:05am

    Thanks for trying to use the top commentators widget. The bugs have been fixed — mostly due to fields left blank. If you decide to give the new version a try, let me know if you have any bug for me to squish 🙂

  6. Tim Schroeder

    - 30th May, 07 02:05pm

    Lorna, I’ll try installing the latest version right now. Thanks for the update!

  7. Jack Book

    - 22nd Jun, 07 04:06am

    let me suggest 2 more great plugins.
    1. ozh wordpress admin drop menu
    2. reply to this comment.

  8. Desty

    - 30th Jun, 07 12:06am

    Thank you for the updated contact plugin. I had an older version that didn’t go far in support on how to use. The new one from Douglas Karr works fine!

  9. Vic

    - 3rd Aug, 07 04:08am

    Thank you for such a great plugin list. For the new person this list are just priceless.

    Thanks

    Vic

  10. Gaye

    - 2nd Jan, 08 11:01pm

    Thanks for this great list. I’ve just started my first blog at http://www.allpathstovictory.com, and am still on a steep learning curve. This list is a great help.

    Thanks again.
    Gaye

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