27 Highly Recommended WordPress PlugIns As Used on Here

WordPress plugins

One of the great things about self-hosted WordPress blogging is the amount of plugins available to help you make your blog just the way you want it.

For anyone not on WordPress, plugins are additional solutions that you can install to your site’s admin area, and they then offer extra functionality to your blog and how your readers interact with it.

These can range from social sharing options, design tools, subscription options, e-commerce solutions and much more.

In my last post, I spoke about the process that went into the redesign here, and Ken Mueller (an awesome part of anyone’s blog community) suggested sharing the plugins I use on here.

So, here they are.

1. afterRead

If you look to the bottom of my posts, you’ll see a simple reminder to subscribe to the blog. This is created using afterRead, a great little plugin to offer a call-to-action to your readers after they’ve read your content.

2. Akismet

One of the most-used anti-spam plugins around, Akismet is one of these plugins that’s pretty much a given on any WordPress site or blog. As well as blocking its idea of spam, it’s also pretty effective at learning from your manual filters to improve its anti-spam filters.

3. Align RSS Images

This one is more cosmetic, as it’s a plugin that works on your RSS feed (this is where subscribers can read your blog). What I like about Align RSS Images is that it keeps the image formatting used on your blog post in the RSS feed, as opposed to losing the alignment like normal RSS feeds.

4. BackupBuddy

Probably one of my favourites, and definitely one that any blogger serious about their content needs, BackUpBuddy saves your content, widgets and themes in case your site crashes. It also makes migration to a new host or server super easy. It’s a premium purchase, but highly recommended.

5. Clicky for WordPress

For any site owner, analytics are key to monitor reader behaviour and where your traffic is coming from. Clicky is an awesome alternative to Google Analytics, and less scary for the average blogger. My friend Brankica wrote a great overview of Clicky – check it out.

Web analytics for WordPress with Clicky

6. Clicky Popular Posts Widget

While not a standalone plugin per se, the Clicky Popular Posts Widget is a nice addition from developer Konstantin Obenland that monitors your analytics and shows the most popular posts based on visitor interaction, as opposed to social sharing or page visits. Which, for me, is more useful.

7. Fix RSS Feeds

One of the possible dangers of changing designs or web hosts is it can mess up your blog’s RSS feed, and your subscribers aren’t aware of new posts. Fix RSS Feeds does exactly what it says on the tin, and fixes any errors caused by a migration or design change.

8. Genesis Responsive Slider

Officially my favourite WordPress framework, Genesis (affiliate link) offers a rock-solid theme platform with great plugins. Like the Genesis Responsive Slider, which offers a cool slider gallery for images which also resizes itself based on the browser you visit on (including mobile). A very cool plugin, and used on this blog’s home page.

9. Genesis Simple Edits

While I did the redesign of this blog myself, I’m no coder, so plugins like Genesis Simple Edits are hugely useful. It allows you to edit your footer code, as well as post meta and byline without messing around with the style CSS. So, perfect for coding idiots like me.

10. Genesis Simple Hooks

Again, perfect for non-coders (although more experienced WordPress users will make this plugin sing), Genesis Simple Hooks gives you a ton of control over various aspects of your blog, and singles out the area you want to change then lets you insert code without touching your main CSS.

11. Google XML Sitemaps

While your blog might be full of awesome content, if the search engines don’t know how to read it properly, you’re screwed. Google XML Sitemaps makes it easy for search engines to index your blog and point people to the content they want to find.

12. Gravity Forms

Along with BackupBuddy and Livefyre, Gravity Forms is one of my favourites. Much more than a simple form builder, this plugin lets you create contact forms, add pricing options, create feedback questionnaires and much more. Incredibly flexible and worth the purchase price.

13. Livefyre Realtime Comments

One of the best parts of any blog is the comments section, and Livefyre is the best comments platform bar none. Realtime updates, social network comment integration, friend tagging on Twitter and Facebook, commenter moderation and way more besides. Oh, and the new Livefyre 3 is due imminently and plain out rocks (sneak peek below)!

Introducing Livefyre Comments 3

14. Login Lockdown

Like any popular product or platform, WordPress attracts its fair share of hackers. To help prevent your site being compromised, Login Lockdown disables sign-in attempts if the wrong user and password details are entered more than the amount of times you set. Very useful.

15. Premise

For any bloggers looking to monetize their blog (or simply grow traffic), Premise (affiliate link) is perfect. From the guys behind Genesis, this plugin lets you create landing sales pages, membership site solutions, social sharing for extra content options, and much more. Very comprehensive, highly recommended.

16. RSS Cloud

Because not everyone knows what an RSS feed is, the RSS Cloud plugin is a great way to make it easy for readers to subscribe. It points RSS Readers to the right format and content, makes the subscription process easier, and also updates servers when a new post goes live.

17. RSS Footer

There’s nothing worse than writing great content, then seeing an automated feed scrape pull your content and used on another blog. RSS Footer offers some protection by inserting a link and copyright at the end of each post, and linking scraped content back to your original source.

18. SEO Data Transporter

One of the biggest pains in changing WordPress themes is that you can lose all your SEO settings you so carefully cultivated. Thanks to SEO Data Transporter, this allows you to migrate all your SEO settings from plugins like Yoast SEO to a new theme with SEO built in, like Genesis. All the major platforms are supported and makes this plugin essential for any blogger.

19. Simple Lightbox

Ever been on a blog, clicked an image and it expands to full size? That’s a lightbox effect, and Simple Lightbox does exactly what the name of the plugin suggests – offers a pain-free way to have an elegant lightbox image gallery on your blog. (After a comment from Jon Loomer, I checked Simple Lightbox load times, and it was close to a second each time, which is a lot of load. Therefore, i deactivated the plugin and am removing its recommendation here).

20. Simple Social Icons

With the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and others showing the benefits of using social networks to build your audience, making it easy to follow you is important. Simple Social Icons allows a clean and customizable selection of the top networks to display, so your readers can find you on your chosen networks.

Simple Social Icons

21. Simple Trackback Validation

One of the ways spammers attack your blog (if they can’t bypass your comment filter) is by linking to your blog with their crappy content, which affects your standing in search engines if you’re linked with questionable content. Simple Trackback Validation checks the IP with the URL of the link and confirms it’s valid before approving.

22. SocialBox

Similar to Simple Social Icons, SocialBox is a smarter way to display your chosen networks, with follower and subscriber count on show too – always a great way to highlight your social currency when looking to attract advertisers to your blog (or even new subscribers – a high subscriber number usually equates to consistent quality).

23. Social Sharing Toolkit

You write great content – you want it shared, right? Social Sharing Toolkit does this and much more. As well as offering a host of the most popular sharing networks to allow your readers to share your content, it also has enhanced features like auto-linking Twitter names and hashtags, and offering more following options for your readers to connect with. A great social plugin.

24. Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner

Earlier last year, there was a major hack on WordPress sites using the code used to display thumbnails next to blog post excerpts. This caused huge headaches for a lot of bloggers, so the Timthumb Vulnerability Scanner plugin was released. This scans your database, highlight potential risks, and cleans these files for you. A must-have for any blogger that uses images.

25. Ultimate Maintenance Mode

If you want to make changes to your blog, or redesign it, but you don’t want to build offline and then transfer the data, Ultimate Maintenance Mode lets you create a maintenance message for your readers, and overlays it on top of a faded screenshot of your blog (or an image you upload). It’s one of the sleekest maintenance options out there, and I love it.

26. Viper’s Video Quicktags

If your blog is one that has a lot of videos on it, it can be a pain in the ass to grab the embed code, insert in your post, format and make sure it’s mobile-friendly too. Viper’s Video Quicktags does all this for you, and even inserts a little message with a direct link in your feed to say the post contains a video, in case it’s not displayed properly via email subscription.

27. W3 Total Cache

There’s nothing worse for a reader than visiting a blog and waiting for it to load. And waiting. And waiting. If your blog is taking too long to load, then you not only risk losing readers, but being punished by search engines too. W3 Total Cache is one of the most comprehensive options out there for scrunching your blog into less memory chunks, thus making it load faster.

Your Turn

And there you have it – my preferred plugins, some of which are always on, some of which are used when necessary.

There are other plugins that I haven’t mentioned here – WordPress SEO by Yoast, for instance, is great for getting you found on search engines. Since Genesis has a rock-solid SEO component built in, I don’t need to use any SEO plugins here.

Most of the above plugins will be great options for you to check out, some less so – for example, the Genesis plugins (with the exception of Simple Social Icons) are made for the Genesis framework only.

One thing to keep in mind – the more plugins you use, the more chance of impacting your site speed, so be careful with how many you use at any given time.

How about you – do you use any of these or, if not, which plugins are a must for your blog? Share away in the comments!

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  1. says

    I’ve definitely got to check a few of those out. I tried liveFyre once, but had almost no luck with it. A couple I would add is Akismet (I don’t know if you would need this with livefyre but it’s worth the price), Better WP Security which does everything Login Lockdown does and a LOT more, and Revisionary which allows you to edit drafts of already published pages. 

    • says

       @ChrisWiegman Hi Chris,
       
      I did have Akismet in the overview at the start, though agree, if you have the sign-in option of Livefyre enabled, it does help immensely with spam issues.
       
      I’ll check out Better WP Security, sounds pretty cool – cheers, sir!

  2. says

    I like and use many of these. I also like SEO friendly images which automates the alt and title tags for my images to make them more SEO friendly. And for a featured post slider I like featurific.

  3. says

    Danny,
     
    I noticed a couple things… No SEO plugin and No Google Analytics plugin?
     
    Yoast has two (What I would consider fantastic) plugins that handle both those tasks quite well.
     
    I stole SocialBox from you and I LOVE it… 
     
    and Premise makes really fantastic Landing Pages…
     
    Great stuff!

    • says

       @Ryan Hanley Good call on the SEO plugin, mate – I didn’t think of that, as Genesis has excellent SEO built in. But, yeah, Yoast and All-in-One SEO are two great options. 
       
      I do use Google Analytics, but I’m moving away from Google products completely and using alternatives, and been super impressed with Clicky so far. Woopra is also another great option. 
       
      I’ll update the end of the post to highlight SEO – good catch! :)

    • says

       @davidbitton Jetpack I find less useful than dedicated self-hosted plugins – it’s great for hosted WordPress blogs, but I find it less comprehensive than the options a full-on self-hosted blog offers in the plugin department.
       
      Livefyre is just incredible. I’ve used Disqus before, but the features livefyre offers beat it hands down. Expect a review of why I love it soon, with the new v3.0 update. In the meantime, here’s a couple of previous posts on it:
       
      http://dannybrown.me/2011/07/24/welcoming-livefyre-comments-back-to-the-blog/
       
      http://dannybrown.me/2010/12/10/livefyre-future-of-blog-comments/
       
      Cheers, David!

      • davidbitton says

         @DannyBrown So, I went back and looked at what of Jetpack I was using. I’m using the site stats (and Google analytics also), Sharing and Spelling and Grammar (which is via After the Deadline). So, you feel I could do better with individual plugins? Also, I host my WordPress instance at http://www.codenoevil.com.

        • says

           @davidbitton Hi mate,
           
          Text Beautify and Proofread Bot are two popular alternatives to After the Deadline:
           
          http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/grammar
           
          From an analytics point of view, it really depends on your needs as a blogger, and what information you’re after. 
           
          Clicky, as mentioned in the post, is excellent, as is Woopra – http://woopra.com – which I’ve used on here before.
           
          The thing is, if Jetpack works for your needs, then there’s definitely no need to change it. Plugins are for the blogger’s benefit, and what works for one may be irrelevant for another.
           
          Cheers, sir!

      • modsuperstar says

         @DannyBrown I find I prefer Disqus is only because of it’s wider adoption. I keep seeing more and more sites putting it into place and really, since it serves to amalgamate comments and notifies you of new comments on other sites right from it’s interface, it’s just handy. I can’t speak too much of livefyre as I’ve never implemented it, but it definitely seems to lag behind in adoption by comparison to Disqus.

        • davidbitton says

           @modsuperstar  @DannyBrown I imagine that what livefyre has today, Disqus will have tomorrow.

        • says

           @modsuperstar adoption of Disqus is more widespread, but Livefyre is much more fun to use and increases take up of discussions in a way Disqus can only dream of. You also get to keep all the comments on your page to count for SEO whereas it doesn’t with Disqus.  Just about to implement it on a number of sites. 

        • says

           @modsuperstar Disqus definitely has the wider adoption (for now), but that doesn’t necessarily mean much.
           
          Take Blackberry, for example – they cornered the market when it came to smart phones, then got complacent and let Apple and then Android come in and destroy them.
           
          Personally, I liken Livefyre to Apple and Android – hungry and more innovative, while Disqus is continuing to trade on its reputation. But then, I’m biased as to which I feel is a superior system. 😉

  4. says

    Danny, you should definitely suggest your readers to use P3 to check which plugin is costing them most of the upload time. I tried my best to follow the advice of wise people to use as less plugins as possible, and ended up having just 40 of them 😉 And even then if my site is fast, I credit that to W3 Total Cache. You also missed on a complete security package like Better WP Security, Broken Link Checker, cbnet Ping Optimizer, WP-Optimize, WP Touch, and YARPP. Joost suggests Use Google Libraries. I want to know what do you think of CommentLuv?

    • says

       @Harleena Singh Looks like you and @Jens have the same idea re. P3, miss, so on radar to check out more. :)
       
      I used cbnet Ping Optimizer but found I was added to the developer’s mailing list without permission, and that’s a big no-no for me, so off it came.
       
      WPTouch is a great mobile plugin, especially if you pay for the premium version. I’ve moved all my sites over to responsive designs now, so that takes care of both mobile plugins and also whatever displays the reader comes in on.
       
      I used to use CommentLuv, and again it’s a great plugin for bloggers and commenters alike. My main issue with CL is that it often encouraged crappy comments, just to get a link back to the commenter’s blog. That’s nothing to do with Andy Bailey, the developer – just a sad side effect of allowing links in the comments. Hey ho. :)

      • says

         @DannyBrown Those “crappy comments” are my biggest issue with CL and part of why I have been mulling over going back to LF.
         
        I might wait to see what LF3 looks like before I make the change, but…

        • atlanticwebworx says

           @TheJackB Jack.. even you’re flipflopping?? I just switched back over to CL from LF and now the new update will probably be going back to LF. All this back and forth makes me dizzy 😉

  5. says

    Awesome list of plugins. I have recently started using P3, to find out how much resources all my plugins are using, and the details on how much resources each plugin is using. It’s brilliant when you want more control of what’s happening to the loading time.

  6. says

    That’s a great list of plug-ins Danny.  I actually just installed the simple social icons plug-in.  Just curious though.  Is there any other options for popular posts that aren’t integrated with clicky?

  7. says

    As soon as I finish typing,  this kick ass list is getting forwarded to my partner, the one who does all the site design and functionality stuff.
     
    I don’t play with anything in the admin panel now for fear that I’ll break something. Hahaha
     
    I’m so glad he takes care of all of this but in the same light I’m looking at this list knowing I should know how to do all of this myself just in case anything ever happens to him. “One” is probably the worst number in a business – one vendor, one merchant account, one guy who takes care of all the technology. Thanks for reminding me to pull my head out of my ass and learn this stuff Danny!
     
     

    • says

       @Lewis LaLanne aka Nerd #2 Hey there Lewis,
       
      I hear you on that. I’m a WP geek, so I love messing about myself and jumping into forums and seeing what CSS tricks I can learn (though very simple ones!). 
       
      While it’s great to have someone to turn to for the more technical stuff, it’s nicer to know that you can do as many of the things you need to yourself.
       
      Cheers!

  8. says

    Well, look at that. You did it. Right away. And thanks for the kind words. Now I have to go through this list and see what I need to check out.

  9. ArnoldWaldstein says

    Good list.
     
    Couldn’t disagree more about Livefyre.Feels funky. Feels like an attempt without a direction.And yes, I’m a huge believer in Disqus.Best option is to list them both and let people make a choices.
     
     

    • says

       @ArnoldWaldstein I have to side with Danny on this one. I tried Disqus, moved to Livefyre, then back to disqus, and have since returned to Livefyre with no hesitations. Far outperforms Disqus, and the customer service is a real selling point. When I had issues with Disqus, I couldn’t ever get a response from anyone. With Livefyre, they respond quickly and in a very personable manner. 
       
      Plus, later this week they are apparently rolling out a new version and from what I hear, the improvements are incredible. 

      • ArnoldWaldstein says

         @KenMueller Thanks.My experiences are just the opposite. Amazing responsiveness with D support. Also, in my work and the communities I participate in are very D focused.It’s good to have choices. 

    • says

       @ArnoldWaldstein Hi Arnold,
       
      The reason I didn’t provide Disqus as an option is the list is for plugins used on this blog. Additionally, I don’t feel they come near Livefyre when it comes to social options and actual conversations. 
       
      Disqus is a good system, agreed – but Livefyre is a true conversation platform. Add awesome support and the way they really listen to their users for future offerings, and I’ll take them over other systems every time.
       
      Cheers, sir!

  10. InspiredAnnette says

    Great list Danny and I do have one wee comment. A plugin like Google XML sitemap should never be required if a website is built properly (initially). When we run analyses on potential clients’ websites and I see that the XML site map is missing, I shudder!

    • says

       @InspiredAnnette Great point about proper site build, miss – the great thing with WordPress is they make it easy for anyone to make sure they’re indexed properly. Of course, having the options and doing them are two different things… 😉

  11. says

    One of the worst things about self-hosted wordpress blogs is sorting through all of the available plugins. This is a great list, and particularly helpful since I’m also using Genesis. Thanks for posting Danny!

    • says

       @Wittlake Cheers, Eric – I must admit, I’m a geek for wandering through plugins, otherwise I’d be lost myself, mate. And loving the plugins the Genesis team are coming out with, especially since many aren’t limited to Genesis itself.

  12. says

    Thanks, @DannyBrown ! I love these kinds of posts since there’s always something valuable I can add to my site. I went with afterRead and removed my big newsletter subscription box (and left that one on my home page).
     
    Livefyre is cool enough, but I’m still a Disqus kind of guy. That may just be personal preference.

  13. says

    Thanks, @DannyBrown ! I love these kinds of posts since there’s always something valuable I can add to my site. I went with afterRead and removed my big newsletter subscription box (and left that one on my home page).
     
    Livefyre is cool enough, but I’m still a Disqus kind of guy. That may just be personal preference.

    • says

       @jonloomer Hey there Jon,
       
      Great to hear, mate, and it’s one of the reasons I love reading about the plugins other bloggers use, as I always find some cool new ones to mess with.
       
      Hmm, not sure about the afterRead page issue – I’m wondering if that’s a theme issue, as it doesn’t seem to do that here. What theme are you using?

        • says

           @jonloomer To be honest, I haven’t started using Premise fully yet on here (though my blogging colleagues over at For Bloggers By Bloggers haven’t mentioned any issues on Genesis).
           
          There may be a snippet of PHP code to add if you use Simple Hooks where you have the Premise posts up? Unless either bgardner  or copyblogger have suggestions? I’m no coder so i’ve probably just spoken double Dutch! 😉

        • says

           @DannyBrown  bgardner  copyblogger I’m not much of a coder either! I imagine you’re right and there’s a simple code. I’ve deactivated afterRead in the meantime. Would love to use it!

        • says

           @jonloomer  bgardner  copyblogger Hmm, thinking about it, I bet you could take the idea of afterRead, switch the copy over to Simple Hooks after Post Content, and maybe that should solve the conflict, since you’re using a Genesis plugin versus a third-party one?

        • says

           @DannyBrown  bgardner  copyblogger Brilliant idea, Danny. This ALMOST does it, but puts afterRead after my Related Posts instead of immediately after the content.Regardless, thanks so much for taking the time to throw around ideas. I’ll keep poking around.
           
          I really should have taken some programming classes… 

        • says

           @jonloomer  bgardner  copyblogger Gah, there’s always something, eh? 😉
           
          Hopefully you get it sorted, perhaps dropping a question into the Sleek forum – I’m sure there must be a workaround. :)

        • says

           @DannyBrown  bgardner  copyblogger Always something! I think I’ve got it, for the most part. There was some manual code for the Related Posts, too, so I added that after the afterRead code in Simple Hooks. It adds one little unnecessary horizontal rule, but I’ll take that at this point!Thanks again.

  14. says

    Filing this under ‘when I FINALLY redo my blog and entire website as all WP’ – be a good starter, though I am going to check out AfterRead now, see if I can step up the subscriptions. I also use Yoast, a few others; want to say I used W3 Cache in the past but had conflicts (may try again). And a big shout-out for Simple TB validation; got hit w/ a few hundred in an attack once but thanks to that plugin, that kinda crap gets blocked. FWIW.

    • says

       @3HatsComm Cache plugins can be temperamental at times for sure, unfortunately. Thankfully, I’ve been good with this one – but always keeping an eye on things in the dashboard area. 😉

  15. davidbitton says

    I don’t see a plugin for pushing a new post to Facebook and/or Twitter. Any recommendations? 
     

  16. says

    Wow – great list, Danny! I use some of these, but a number of them I’ve never heard of and definitely want to check out. I’ve been hacked a couple of times in the last month, so I need to ramp up my security efforts. I’ll check out some of the ones you mentioned.
     
    I used Sucuri to clean up my issues and because I bought their service for clean-up, I have access to their plugin that notifies me when there are issues. That’s really handy.
     
    As for others not on the list, I like Digg Digg for social sharing icons. I also use Tweet Old Post to breathe new life into my archives and LinkedWithin to recommend other articles at the end of the post. 
     
    I’ve been meaning to write a similar post for my readers – this gives me the nudge!  :)

    • says

       @lauraclick I’ve heard a lot of great things about Sucuri recently, I’m going to have to check them out – so many people recommending it can’t be wrong. :)
       
      How are you finding Tweet Old Post? i’ve heard of some bloggers using it and tweeting out something that’s completely out of date – had that happen yet, or are there strong filters on there to ensure this doesn’t happen too much?

      • says

         @DannyBrown Yeah, Sucuri rocks. My issues were cleaned up within a few hours. They’re super fast and the price is very reasonable. You pay once and get access to their services for a whole year. I’ve used them for myself and a client! 
         
        As for Tweet Old Post, I really like it, but I know some people take issue with it.  I just wrote a post about automation that stirred people up (looks like you did too recently!) and one of the issues people had about automation was with this tool. There are filters for excluding categories. You can even exclude individual posts, which is what I do. If I’ve had anything dated slip through, it’s only happened once or twice. I’m pretty vigilant about excluding timely posts. I think that’s the problem – many people don’t do that.
         
        I think the benefits outweigh the risks. As you know, we have so much content that gets buried over time. It’s nice to give it some exposure again. 

  17. says

    Thanks for these. A bit overwhelming, but I’ll take it one at a time.
     
    I do love lifefyre. After seeing how it works when I finally came out of lurk a few posts ago, I decided I needed it for my website.

  18. OpEdMarketing says

    Great list, thanks Danny.  I don’t know if it’s been mentioned but Yoast is a great SEO plugin :)

    • says

       @Steven Hourston Hi mate, definitely judicious use is more effective. I’m currently running 27 and coming in at load time average of 2.3 seconds. Not too bad, and under 3-4 seconds which is the target to beat, by most accounts.
       
      However, I’m testing load times of different plugins and seeing where I can improve and get under 2 seconds at least. :)

  19. says

    Now I’m curious to see what Bob would say. :)
     
    Great list man, I would add Seo Ultimate, BulletProof Security, Antivirus, Redirection, Clean Archives and WPBD which makes backups in your Dropbox account. But I’ve found a couple of good ideas. The only problem as you said is there many great plugins around but they do affect speed, and sometimes crash everything. Oh, there’s also Memory Bump. 😉

    • says

       @Andrea T. H. W. Well that’s quite the mini-list right there, mate – i’ll have to pop my WordPress Extend cap on and do some investigating. :)

  20. says

    That’s a very nice list, I’m glad that i’ve used a couple of stuff included in your list already. Akismet does the great job of cleaning off all the spam comments and posts and W3 TotalCache makes your pages load even quicker. 
     
    I did however want to know if WP-supercache was as good as W3 TotalCache? 

    • says

       @Brijan I used Super Cache previously, and find W3C the stronger option. However, I read the developer guide on optimizing WC3, whereas I pretty much used Super Cache out the box, so the comparison may be unfair a little.

  21. kimberlyroberts007 says

    Hi Danny,
    this list of the wordpress plugins that you use is very good. i have seen many other lists before. but the things that you have mentioned are quite new for me. but i do use google xml sitemaps and w3 total cache from your list. i will try out the remaining ones.
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  22. says

    What’s the child theme you are running?
     
    I would love to move over to Livefyre from Disqus if they can offer the Edit option. Also, I tried setting up Livefyre on a client blog and it didn’t display any comment, even when the post had comments. That makes me hesitate, though for all I know it could be something to do with the theme.

  23. TriBaby says

    Great list! I’m currently looking to add a simple sales page with a couple of eBooks and some digital products on it… What plugin would you recommend for Visa and Paypal payment? I’ve trawled through the various eComm solutions but would love your feedback?

  24. says

     @DannyBrown I added Simple Lightbox, but P3 tells me that it takes a second to load (or more than half of the time of all of my plugins). Just don’t think I can swing that.
     
    I know there are a ton of Lightbox plugins. Is it possible that there one that isn’t a resource hog?

    • says

       @jonloomer Possibly – there are a ton on WordPress Extend. Although, as @davidbitton mentions, W3C and a CDN option is great for minimizing load (I use Amazon too).

        • davidbitton says

           @DannyBrown  @jonloomer Yes. CDN is enabled; Amazon CloudFront Origin Push. I then setup 8 CNAME entries. I also set minify to manual, and then use the CDN for minified content as well.

        • NickRich says

           @DannyBrown per JonLoomer’s site the W3TC plugin is now broken I have concluded, as the CDN is enabled but no urls are changed, the Upload Custom files button returns a blank page. Have tried uninstalling and reinstalling. @jonloomer 

    • says

       @jonloomer it’s interesting – i just ran P3 again and Simple Lightbox came up as a second to load, even with W3C. Agree with you – way too much for one plugin, I deactivated it and I’ll update the post accordingly. Cheers, Jon!

      • says

         @DannyBrown  That’s too bad. Good to hear I’m not the only one, but too bad it’s a problem. Good plugin. Seems to be hard to find a good image/lightbox-like plugin that isn’t a resource hog. I had previously deactivated another similar plugin before reading your recommendation. 

        • says

          I wonder if you guys have heard of the Foobox plugin? I haven’t had a chance to try it on my own blog yet, but it was tested for performance, and it adds the lightbox effect AND sharing icons on top of the image too – I think it looks pretty neat.

  25. totalbounty says

    Akismet, afterread and Backupbuddy are just something I first install when I create websites. Pretty amazing plugins. This is a good list.

  26. says

    I never heard of afterRead — though know of comparable plugins and scripts. But it hasn’t been updated in 2 years; that doesn’t concern you regarding WordPress version compatibility?

  27. says

    I never heard of afterRead — though know of comparable plugins and scripts. But it hasn’t been updated in 2 years; that doesn’t concern you regarding WordPress version compatibility?

  28. andrea says

    Hi there, I thought I had left a comment already somewhere, but cannot find it… So if this is a duplicate comment, I apologize:) I was wondering, why have you now moved to Disqus? I couldn’t find any reference to the switch on your blog, only posts where you say how good Livefyre is:)

    • says

      Hi Andrea,

      I was being emailed and Twitter DM’d from readers on issues with commenting on Livefyre, or comments disappearing. I do love the platform, but reader experience is more important t me than choice of comment system, so I changed over to the updated Disqus 2012.

      I’ll be keeping an eye on Livefyre, though. :)

      • andrea says

        Hi there,

        if you had problems, fair enough, but, pray, do elaborate on that. I have switched to LF myself and I would like to know what is in store for me.

        I have to say Disqus is not problem free either… I had written a comment then I was asked to log in and in the process I have lost my comment (lucky for you, so you get a shorter version).

        Anyway, you might as well update point 13 of your list, as you have done with 19.

  29. andrea says

    Hi there, I thought I had left a comment already somewhere, but cannot find it… So if this is a duplicate comment, I apologize:) I was wondering, why have you now moved to Disqus? I couldn’t find any reference to the switch on your blog, only posts where you say how good Livefyre is:)

    • says

      Hi Andrea,

      I was being emailed and Twitter DM’d from readers on issues with commenting on Livefyre, or comments disappearing. I do love the platform, but reader experience is more important t me than choice of comment system, so I changed over to the updated Disqus 2012.

      I’ll be keeping an eye on Livefyre, though. :)

      • andrea says

        Hi there,

        if you had problems, fair enough, but, pray, do elaborate on that. I have switched to LF myself and I would like to know what is in store for me.

        I have to say Disqus is not problem free either… I had written a comment then I was asked to log in and in the process I have lost my comment (lucky for you, so you get a shorter version).

        Anyway, you might as well update point 13 of your list, as you have done with 19.

  30. Rob says

    Hey! I’m wondering if you’re still using Premise and W3 Total Cache together? They seem to create a conflict where thousands of duplicate users are created when someone tries to signup for a new product.

  31. says

    Hi Danny,

    You have a nice list of useful WordPress plugins listed here. I’ve just ran into your article and noticed that from this list I only use Akismet for my personal blog. I’ve also used the SEO plugin by Yoast on other blogs and found it an intuitive and helpful addition. The other resources you’ve mentioned are definitely worth taking a look at.
    I’d like to point out an alternative to Gravity Forms, which is 123ContactForm plugin for WordPress. 123ContactForm is a stand alone form builder that offers this kind of plugin. Some key features of it are extended publishing options (besides your blog, you can publish a form on Facebook or on a website), advanced payment & branding options and real time updates on all types of accounts. Plus, it has a free basic account plan.
    I’d be glad if you would take a look at it and let me know what you think. Cheers!

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