Top 15 + most useful WordPress Plugins

On 25 November, 2006 by Carol
  1. Admin Menu – add admin menu links to the top of your blog
  2. Advanced WYSIWYG Editor -more styling options to the WYSIWYG editor
  3. Akismet -fight spam
  4. Contact Form – allows site visitors to contact you
  5. – statistics plugin for WordPress
  6. Google Analytics – adds Google analytics to your blog
  7. Google Sitemaps – sitemap generator – better search engine indexing of your blog
  8. Math Comment Spam Protection – extra protection against spam comments
  9. Related Posts -returns a list of the related entries on your blog
  10. Sidebar Widgets – adds “Sidebar Widgets” panel under Presentation menu
  11. Simple Trackback Validation – eliminates spam trackbacks
  12. SpotMilk – enhances and beautifies your admin theme
  13. WordPress Database Backup – backs up your blog
  14. WordPress Reports -Generates reports from Google Analytics and Feedburner data
  15. Comment Quicktags + -Inserts a quicktag toolbar on the blog comment form

Avoid stuffing your blog with unnecessary plugins.Use only what you really need.

I still have to discover lots of useful wordpress plugins so the list will stay a Top 15 for the moment and I will try updating it as soon as I can.


Update. A friend of mine,Shiva,made a list too with the wordpress plugins he found very useful.Thanks Shiva.
So here it is:1.Ultimate Tag Warrior
Allows tagging posts in a non-external-system dependent way; with a righteous data structure for advanced tagging-mayhem.
Get it here
2. Spam Karma 2
One of the best spam killing plugin for wordpress. I don’t use akismet as many times it considers genuine commentor’s comment as spam so I use spam karma 2 and it rulez.
Get it here
3. Subscribe To Comments
Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry
Get it here
4. Gravatar for wordpress
This plugin allows you to generate a gravatar URL complete with rating, size, default, and border options.
Get it here
5. Browser Sniff
Detects web browser type and operating system of your commenter.
Get it here
6. Brian’s Latest Comments
This shows an overview of the recently active articles and the last people to comment on them.
Get it here
7. Bannage
Bans commentors by IP, username, email, or URL.
Get it here
8. Popularity Contest
This will enable ranking of your posts by popularity; using the behavior of your visitors to determine each post’s popularity. You set a value (or use the default value) for every post view, comment, etc. and the popularity of your posts is calculated based on those values. Once you have activated the plugin, you can configure the Popularity Values and View Reports.
Get it here
9. Show Top Commentators
Encourage more feedback and discussion from readers, by rewarding them every time they post a comment! Readers with the most comments are displayed on your WordPress blog, with their names (linked to their website if they provided one).
Get it here
10. Sociable
Automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites.
Get it here
11. WP-UserOnline
Adds A Useronline Feature To WordPress
Get it here
12. Landing sites
When visitors is referred to your site from a search engine, they are definitely looking for something specific – often they just roughly check the page they land on and then closes the window if what they are looking for isn’t there. Why not help them by showing them related posts to their search on your blog? This plugin/guide lets you do that, works with a long list of search engines!
Get it here


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  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    Hi Victoria,

    I made this list in November 2006. At the time, these were some of the best plugins.
    Now of course, there are so many others, a lot better, a lot more useful.

    Thanks for sharing yours picks.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    Hi Victoria,

    I made this list in November 2006. At the time, these were some of the best plugins.
    Now of course, there are so many others, a lot better, a lot more useful.

    Thanks for sharing yours picks.

  • viktoriablack

    I've read your list and I don't quite know whether or not you find your list to be the best of the best, I have some suggestions to how you could moderate it a bit ;) – That is, if you please.

    My listing is as follows:
    1. All in One SEO Pack
    2. SpamTask, the
    best blog spam filter
    3. Google Analyticator

  • viktoriablack

    I've read your list and I don't quite know whether or not you find your list to be the best of the best, I have some suggestions to how you could moderate it a bit ;) – That is, if you please.

    My listing is as follows:
    1. All in One SEO Pack
    2. SpamTask, the
    best blog spam filter
    3. Google Analyticator

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ Carol

    Hi Victoria,

    I made this list in November 2006. At the time, these were some of the best plugins.
    Now of course, there are so many others, a lot better, a lot more useful.

    Thanks for sharing yours picks.

  • viktoriablack

    I've read your list and I don't quite know whether or not you find your list to be the best of the best, I have some suggestions to how you could moderate it a bit ;) – That is, if you please.

    My listing is as follows:
    1. All in One SEO Pack
    2. SpamTask, the
    best blog spam filter
    3. Google Analyticator

  • Lee

    wuhangotyouall.comI just put together a list of my own. Take a look! http://www.wuhangotyouall.com/2008/07/11/my-favorite-wp-plug-ins/

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  • http://thebritgirl.com Britgirl

    Hey Carol – oh yes I am getting traffic :) It’s great. Thank you – I probably wouldn’t have discovered it if not for you.. heh!

  • http://thebritgirl.com/ Britgirl

    Hey Carol – oh yes I am getting traffic :) It’s great. Thank you – I probably wouldn’t have discovered it if not for you.. heh!

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    You are welcome,girl.

    AS for SU ,i hope you got some traffic from there.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    You are welcome,girl.

    AS for SU ,i hope you got some traffic from there.

  • http://thebritgirl.com Britgirl

    Great list Carol. I have some and am looking forward to getting many of the others. The plugins list is like being in an Aladdin’s cave sometimes… all those goodies. Thanks for this useful resource. And I have just discovered StumbleUpon – thanks to you :-)

  • http://thebritgirl.com/ Britgirl

    Great list Carol. I have some and am looking forward to getting many of the others. The plugins list is like being in an Aladdin’s cave sometimes… all those goodies. Thanks for this useful resource. And I have just discovered StumbleUpon – thanks to you :-)

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    Ajay,i didn’t forgot it. I just publish only what i was using at that date and found to be very good and that’s one reason i say “for the moment“.

    The list will be update it in about a month and if you would like,you can share the plugins you use and find to be essentials to you blogging experience.

    Thank you for the comment and hope to see you back here.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    Ajay,i didn’t forgot it. I just publish only what i was using at that date and found to be very good and that’s one reason i say “for the moment“.

    The list will be update it in about a month and if you would like,you can share the plugins you use and find to be essentials to you blogging experience.

    Thank you for the comment and hope to see you back here.

  • http://ajaydsouza.com/ Ajay D’Souza

    Carol you forgot Bad Behavior from the list. Definitely very useful when it comes to spam.

  • http://ajaydsouza.com/ Ajay D’Souza

    Carol you forgot Bad Behavior from the list. Definitely very useful when it comes to spam.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    Thank you for visiting and for your comment,Justin.
    I didn’t know about Bannage until my friend Shiva made the second list and after having a look at it,i decided to install it.It’s a good plugin and i needed something like that.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    Thank you for visiting and for your comment,Justin.
    I didn’t know about Bannage until my friend Shiva made the second list and after having a look at it,i decided to install it.It’s a good plugin and i needed something like that.

  • http://justinshattuck.com Justin Shattuck

    Appreciate the mention. Bannage seems to be pretty popular and I wish I had an easy method for tracking exactly how many users are utilizing the plugin. It has some new bugs reported so I will be releasing version 0.3 very soon.

    Check out WWW-Redirect for wordpress as well. It will eleminate some hefty SEO issues with www and non-www prefixed domains.

    Once again, appreciate the mention!

  • http://justinshattuck.com/ Justin Shattuck

    Appreciate the mention. Bannage seems to be pretty popular and I wish I had an easy method for tracking exactly how many users are utilizing the plugin. It has some new bugs reported so I will be releasing version 0.3 very soon.

    Check out WWW-Redirect for wordpress as well. It will eleminate some hefty SEO issues with www and non-www prefixed domains.

    Once again, appreciate the mention!

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    You know most of the entries,K.
    Have a great one too.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    You know most of the entries,K.
    Have a great one too.

  • http://knoizki.wordpress.com K

    Hi Carol, thought I’d give you a visit. I’m liking it. And wooooh so many thinks to check on those linkage.

    Have a great day!

  • http://knoizki.wordpress.com/ K

    Hi Carol, thought I’d give you a visit. I’m liking it. And wooooh so many thinks to check on those linkage.

    Have a great day!

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    Lol!But it’s true what i say. I was a bit surprised to see that the Eng. page was in Flemish.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    Lol!But it’s true what i say. I was a bit surprised to see that the Eng. page was in Flemish.

  • http://www.shivaranjan.com Shivaranjan

    I would like to add few wordpress plugins which I consider pretty useful.

    1. Ultimate Tag Warrior
    Allows tagging posts in a non-external-system dependent way; with a righteous data structure for advanced tagging-mayhem.
    Get it here
    2. Spam Karma 2
    One of the best spam killing plugin for wordpress. I don’t use akismet as many times it considers genuine commentor’s comment as spam so I use spam karma 2 and it rulez.
    Get it here
    3. Subscribe To Comments
    Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry
    Get it here
    4. Gravatar for wordpress
    This plugin allows you to generate a gravatar URL complete with rating, size, default, and border options.
    Get it here
    5. Browser Sniff
    Detects web browser type and operating system of your commenter.
    Get it here
    6. Brian’s Latest Comments
    This shows an overview of the recently active articles and the last people to comment on them.
    Get it here
    7. Bannage
    Bans commentors by IP, username, email, or URL.
    Get it here
    8. Popularity Contest
    This will enable ranking of your posts by popularity; using the behavior of your visitors to determine each post’s popularity. You set a value (or use the default value) for every post view, comment, etc. and the popularity of your posts is calculated based on those values. Once you have activated the plugin, you can configure the Popularity Values and View Reports.
    Get it here
    9. Show Top Commentators
    Encourage more feedback and discussion from readers, by rewarding them every time they post a comment! Readers with the most comments are displayed on your WordPress blog, with their names (linked to their website if they provided one).
    Get it here
    10. Sociable
    Automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites.
    Get it here
    11. WP-UserOnline
    Adds A Useronline Feature To WordPress
    Get it here
    12. Landing sites
    When visitors is referred to your site from a search engine, they are definitely looking for something specific – often they just roughly check the page they land on and then closes the window if what they are looking for isn’t there. Why not help them by showing them related posts to their search on your blog? This plugin/guide lets you do that, works with a long list of search engines!
    Get it here

  • http://www.shivaranjan.com/ Shivaranjan

    I would like to add few wordpress plugins which I consider pretty useful.

    1. Ultimate Tag Warrior
    Allows tagging posts in a non-external-system dependent way; with a righteous data structure for advanced tagging-mayhem.
    Get it here
    2. Spam Karma 2
    One of the best spam killing plugin for wordpress. I don’t use akismet as many times it considers genuine commentor’s comment as spam so I use spam karma 2 and it rulez.
    Get it here
    3. Subscribe To Comments
    Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry
    Get it here
    4. Gravatar for wordpress
    This plugin allows you to generate a gravatar URL complete with rating, size, default, and border options.
    Get it here
    5. Browser Sniff
    Detects web browser type and operating system of your commenter.
    Get it here
    6. Brian’s Latest Comments
    This shows an overview of the recently active articles and the last people to comment on them.
    Get it here
    7. Bannage
    Bans commentors by IP, username, email, or URL.
    Get it here
    8. Popularity Contest
    This will enable ranking of your posts by popularity; using the behavior of your visitors to determine each post’s popularity. You set a value (or use the default value) for every post view, comment, etc. and the popularity of your posts is calculated based on those values. Once you have activated the plugin, you can configure the Popularity Values and View Reports.
    Get it here
    9. Show Top Commentators
    Encourage more feedback and discussion from readers, by rewarding them every time they post a comment! Readers with the most comments are displayed on your WordPress blog, with their names (linked to their website if they provided one).
    Get it here
    10. Sociable
    Automatically add links on your posts to popular social bookmarking sites.
    Get it here
    11. WP-UserOnline
    Adds A Useronline Feature To WordPress
    Get it here
    12. Landing sites
    When visitors is referred to your site from a search engine, they are definitely looking for something specific – often they just roughly check the page they land on and then closes the window if what they are looking for isn’t there. Why not help them by showing them related posts to their search on your blog? This plugin/guide lets you do that, works with a long list of search engines!
    Get it here

  • http://www.thermalblog.co.uk Chris

    “Unfortunately their English page is not in English.”

    :-)

  • http://www.thermalblog.co.uk/ Chris

    “Unfortunately their English page is not in English.”

    :-)

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    I love my hosting company. And is not like i know them from now.I know them since 2004 or so and they very serious people,always there and their servers are reliable.
    The name is In Hosting. http://www.in.be/
    Unfortunaletly their English page is not in English.

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    I love my hosting company. And is not like i know them from now.I know them since 2004 or so and they very serious people,always there and their servers are reliable.
    The name is In Hosting. http://www.in.be/
    Unfortunaletly their English page is not in English.

  • http://www.thermalblog.co.uk Chris

    I do have a stumble account yes, it’s like internet crack…

    Who does your hosting if you don’t mind me asking? Do you like them?

  • http://www.thermalblog.co.uk/ Chris

    I do have a stumble account yes, it’s like internet crack…

    Who does your hosting if you don’t mind me asking? Do you like them?

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    You are welcome Chris.Have you got an account there?
    Hope your host will come back to life soon.
    You should try mine.(host i mean)

  • http://www.carolsvault.com/ carol

    You are welcome Chris.Have you got an account there?
    Hope your host will come back to life soon.
    You should try mine.(host i mean)

  • http://www.thermalblog.co.uk Chris

    Great list thanks. I have some, but will get the others. Unfortunately my hosts database servers have been down all day, & I’ve got withdrawal symptoms! Thanks for the stumble the other day-a nice boost to traffic, I just hope I get online again soon.

    Maths questions are hard :-~

  • http://www.thermalblog.co.uk/ Chris

    Great list thanks. I have some, but will get the others. Unfortunately my hosts database servers have been down all day, & I’ve got withdrawal symptoms! Thanks for the stumble the other day-a nice boost to traffic, I just hope I get online again soon.

    Maths questions are hard :-~

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