15 WordPress Plug-ins I’m Using and Why You Should Too

WordPress is a great platform to publish content on the web.  Blogging, as it is known, has taken the web by storm, and given voices to anyone who has something to say, and can type.  WordPress is a big part of the blogging world.  It is free software, and it has a host of addons that users can download and apply to their site to increase it’s usability and functionality for publishers and readers alike.  These addons are called plugins.  This post reveals 15 of the plugins used on this site.

15 WordPress Plugins I’m Using and Why You Should Too

WordPress is a great platform to publish content on the web.  Blogging, as it is known, has taken the web by storm, and given voices to anyone who has something to say, and can type.  WordPress is a big part of the blogging world.  It is free software, and it has a host of add-ons that users can download and apply to their site to increase its usability and functionality for publishers and readers alike.  These add-ons are called plug-ins.  This post reveals 15 of the plug-ins used on this site.

Align RSS Images

If you have images that don’t honor your alignment preferences when viewing in an RSS reader, this plugin will fix it. Fix RSS Images here.

All in One SEO Pack

The best, most flexible SEO Plugin I’ve used for WordPress. Great for setting title tags and meta data for individual posts, along with many other features. Find All in One SEO Pack here.

Crawl Rate Tracker

This tool saved me when I learned my site had been invisible to the search engines.  With the click of a button I can see pages crawled over the last 30 days by Google, Yahoo, Bing, as well as Technorati. Find crawl rate tracker here.

Disqus Comment System

Great for managing spam comments, integrating with Facebook, Twitter, and getting backlinks to posts.  It also tallies references to the post on Twitter.  Learn more about Disqus here.

Featured Content Gallery

This is the carousel on the home page of the site, scrolling through featured content to draw visitors to the sites content.  Get a cool flash gallery/carousel for your site here.

Google Analyticator

For easy integration of Google Analytics into a wordpress blog.  A must have for tracking the effectiveness of blog posts, search phrases and more. Get the story on Google Analyticator here.

Google XML Sitemaps

Sitemaps are necessary to help the search engines understand how to crawl your site.  It allows you to exclude certain posts, pages, and categories, as well as determine how often the sitemap is updated.  Access Google XML Sitemaps here.

MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate

This is a paid plugin, which makes it easy to turn words into hyperlinks which goes through an affiliate link.  While not as robust as this tool it does a decent job of reporting on click activity, and allows for sub-campaigns. See if this plugin is for you here.  There’s also a full review here

Related Posts

Simple but effective way to serve readers other content they might be interested for matching topics. Get related posts plugin here.

TS Custom Widgets

Probably one of the best free plug-ins out there for monetization.  It allows you define widgets (see them here on the right side) based on the category of a post and more.  You can download it here.  Here is a full review of this WordPress plugin on YouTube or below.

WordPress Database Backup

If you aren’t backing up your wordpress blog, you should be.  Disasters happen, and hackers are malicious.  Backups provide a way back, and this plug-ins schedule tool let’s you send them to an email address of your choosing as often as you want.  Get it here.

WordPress Gravatars

For having fancy icons next to authors or commentors who have a gravatar profile. Get it here.

WPBuzzer

If you want to make it easy for users to Google Buzz a post, and keep a tally of Buzzes on the post as well.  Download WPBuzzer here.

WP tags to Technorati

Makes it easy for Technorati to categorize your content and drive more links and traffic to your posts. Find it here.

WPtouch iPhone Theme

Excellent plugin for the ever growing mobile marketplace.  Simplified user interface for those browsing from smartphones like the iPhone or Android. Download WPtouch iPhone Theme for WordPress here.

What WordPress plug-ins are you running?  Chime in below.
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  • Estavio

    Great rundown on these plugins, wasn't aware of the paid plugin you mentioned or the widgets one. Sweet!

    • http://www.MarketingProfessor.com Travis Campbell

      Thanks Estavio. These aren't all the plugins, but the ones I recommend to others who are getting started.

  • http://twitter.com/elydelaney Ely Delaney

    Travis,

    Thanks a bunch for the great list! We use a bunch of them you listed but there are always more great plugins.

    This is a great list.

    Thanks again!

    Ely

  • Anonymous

    I’m new to social media, and came across this when you followed me on Twitter. So, thanks! Nice list. Thanks.

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    Thank’s for the list.I’m using “Google XML Sitemaps” and “All in one SEO pack” and i’m very satisfied.The next step for me is to install the “Disqus Comment System” , it’s better than the default commenting system.

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    good stuff

  • http://www.bradleydalton.com/wordpress2/ BradleyDalton.com

    i need a plugin to exclude disqus on my landing page

    • http://www.MarketingProfessor.com Travis Campbell

      I would check with Disqus, but I think there is a way to set a parameter/exclusion for post or pages so it reverts to the integrated wordpress comments.

  • http://www.holiday-home-web-design.ajm7.com Holiday Home Web Design

    It is always good to see others using the same plugins I use.
    On comments—I am going to switch to Disqus because when posting comments on blogs, quite often the standard comment system on WordPress leads to a blank page after hitting the submit button. It very rarely happens with Disqus.

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      I agree with “Short Break Portugal” about commenting on Disqus.

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    Great list. WordPress database backup plugin will surely come in handy. I’ve had my database wiped a couple times and GoDaddy charges a premium to restore it for you if you catch it within 24 hours.

  • http://thedesignary.com The Designary

    Great list. WordPress database backup plugin will surely come in handy. I’ve had my database wiped a couple times and GoDaddy charges a premium to restore it for you if you catch it within 24 hours.

    • http://www.MarketingProfessor.com Travis Campbell

      It only takes 1 data loss without a backup for most to learn this costly lesson. I recommend restoring backup in a test environment as well, to make sure it all comes back.

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    I like to use the database backup plugin on all my sites. It sends the backup to my Gmail account so I can have almost unlimited backups in archives.

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    Yes i agree, wordpress is great and easy platform to go with.

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    Nice plugins you have and I have more plugins to suggest. Thanks for posting this, great stuff you have, great list.

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    Really this blog gives more information about word press plug ins. I agree Word Press is a great platform to publish content on the web. So it useful in posting comments and spamming a great stuff.thanks for your information.

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    I have been using some of the plugins but did not use all of them. It is very awesome and wonderful to know all the plugins and gonna use all of them.

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    I love the way All in one SEO pack plug-in allows me to create or update
    the meta / titles of my  various pages from my admin panel directly.
    No hassles to fight against codes anymore.

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    I’d constantly want to be update on new content on this internet site , bookmarked ! .

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    Wonderful and powerful plugins. These WordPress plugins are really effective ……

    • http://www.MarketingProfessor.com Travis Campbell

      Indeed.

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      Indeed. I strongly agree. 

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    if you want to use WordPress, you should buckle down and learn some XHTML as that’s where it is right now.

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    Its important to make sure whether they offer ethical SEO services. Some
    unethical way helps to boost the ranking quickly which results in
    banning of site by Google.

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    Being a newbie in wordpress field your shared and explained plugins are very important and helpful for me to understand the technicalities and benefits of wordpress plugins.

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    WordPress Plug-ins allow simple adjustment, personalization, and improvement to a WordPress weblog. Instead of modifying the primary coding of WordPress, you can add performance with WordPress Plug-ins.

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    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for
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