33 of the Best WordPress Plugins

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I have benefited from numerous lists of WordPress plugins. Now it’s time for me to give back to the blogging community by posting my favorite plugins.

  1. AdMan: Places ads in the middle of posts. You can probably see an example on this page.
  2. AdSense Deluxe: Allows you to have more customization over where you want your AdSense ads displayed. If you are not a member of AdSense, you can
  3. Angsuman’s Feed Copyrighter: Automatically adds a copyright message to the bottom of your posts in your RSS feed.
  4. AutoMeta: Automatic Meta and Technorati tags.
  5. Blog Copyright: Displays a copyright message at the bottom of your blog.
  6. Brian’s Latest Comments: Displays the latest comments to your blog on the sidebar (or anywhere).
  7. Bumpzee: Displays the Bumpzee widget that you see in the sidebar.
  8. Buy Me a Beer: Displays the “Buy Me Coffee” PayPal donation link at the bottom of each post (this has not been that effective). Do you think this is Internet panhandling, or an alternative to subscription content?
  9. DoFollow: Removes the “nofollow” attribute from links in your comments, allowing people who make comments on your blog more links to their Web sites in the eyes of search engines.
  10. Dunstan’s Time Since: Displays the time since you posted the current post (example above).
  11. ESV: Allows quick insertion of Bible verses into your posts. Example: [esvbible reference=”John 3:16” header=”on” format=”block”]John 3:16[/esvbible]
  12. Extended Live Archives: Better archives for your blog.
  13. Feedburner Feedsmith: Converts all you RSS links to your Feedburner account.
  14. Google Sitemaps Generator: Generates an XML file to help Google index your site.
  15. Gravatar: Display pictures of people who comment on your blog, provided they have registered at Gravatar.
  16. Gregarious: Excellent social bookmarking plugin.
  17. In Series: Create links to posts within a series. Example here.
  18. Noteworthy: Allows you to mark your posts as “Noteworthy.”
  19. Optimal Title: Optimizes the title of your blog pages for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
  20. Polite-ifier: This removes bad language from your blog comments. I realized the need for this when I began allowing Spam Karma (below) to automatically approve non-spam post comments.
  21. Post Teaser: Customizable short previews of your posts on your main page. Example here.
  22. Quoter: Allows blog users to easily quote in their comments.
  23. Random Posts: Displays a list of random posts.
  24. Related Posts: Displays posts related to the current one.
  25. SH-Autolink: Automatically places links on specific words in your posts or comments.
  26. Spam Karma 2: Automatically approve blog comments, spam-free! Encourages real-time discussions.
  27. Ultimate Category Cloud: Displays a cloud of your blog categories. Example at right.
  28. Ultimate Tag Warrior: Allows you to add Technorati tags to your posts easily.
  29. WP-Cache: Creates a cache of your WordPress pages to not overload your Web server when you suddenly reach thousands of unique visitors in a day. How can this happen to you? See my series on increasing blog traffic.
  30. WP-Contactform: Adds a spam-free contact me form to your blog.
  31. WP-Footnotes: add footnotes to your blog. Example here.
  32. WP-Postratings: Allows users to rate your posts. To try it out, why don’t you rate this one?
  33. WP-Postviews: Displays how many times a post has been viewed.

So that’s my list. I use most of these, plus some more. Is your favorite plugin on this list? If so, please comment below. Did I miss anything? If so, please leave a comment!

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My name is Richard Smolenski and I am a theologian in training. I have an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and an M.A. in Religion (Biblical Studies), and an M.Div. in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty Seminary. Richard Smolenski tagged this post with: Read 107 articles by
  • http://www.blog.freechristianresources.org/ David at free Christian resources

    That is a great list, a couple there I’ll have to check out. Here are some of others that I love using…

    NextGen gallery is great: http://alexrabe.boelinger.com/?page_id=80
    Wordpress.com stats: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/
    Wordpress database backup: http://www.ilfilosofo.com/blog/wp-db-backup
    What would Seth Godin Do http://www.richardkmiller.com/blog/wordpress-plugin-what-would-seth-godin-do/

  • http://remstate.com/ Quandary

    Thanks for the mention!

    I’m glad that you think In Series is in the top 33 of plugins out there. I try to make it as good as I can, and it’s certainly my favorite plugin — even if I don’t get enough time to actually write any series of my own. :)

  • http://ommeditation.blogspot.com Keith Johnson

    Informative article….many thanks!!

  • http://news.iblogger.org News Archive

    nice list, didn’t know of many of them

  • http://www.markhoustonrecovery.com/blog/ Lisa

    This is a great list. Thanks for sharing it. Now I need to get busy and start setting up these widgets!

  • http://www.characterplanet.com Matthew Anton

    I knew of only a couple on this list; thx for sharing these great plugins

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    There are many useful informations in this great article…I really enjoy reading the whole blog that you write. Thanks!

  • http://www.mashget.com Andrew

    Hi Richard,

    I just write a new plugin WP Widget Cache, which can cache the output of your blog widgets. I think it will significantly reduce your server usage, especially when Google is crawling your site.

    Will you please have a try, and add it to this list. Thanks very much.

    Here’s the plugin url:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-widget-cache/

  • http://comix.name comix

    thnx for you plugin collection. You forget about all-in-seo-pack.

  • http://meetmattandchris.com Christine Kominiak

    Hey Richard, thanks! I picked up a few new plugins from your post…including blog copyright, extended blog archives and gregarious. Also, I’m with David at Free Christian Resources…I LOVE the What Would Seth Godin Do plugin (which encourages new visitors to subscribe to your RSS feed)…I’m sure you already know of this one, but am surprised at how many people aren’t aware of it!

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