We all have our favorite WordPress plugins.
I am no different so, in my post today I will tell you what my favorite 10 WordPress plugins are at this point in my blogging venture.
Plugins I Love
You can use the Free version of CommentLuv or purchase CommentLuv Premium. CommentLuv Premium combines 8 plugins all into one.
I love the fact that CommentLuv Premium combines 8 plugins into one because this gets rid of a whole bunch of plugins for me.
The 8 plugins included in CommentLuv Premium are:
Allows your readers to leave a live link to a post on their blog when commenting on your blog
Stops spam bots from leaving comments on your blog by adding a checkbox that has to be checked in order for a comment to be submitted
Adds a box for the commenter to enter their Twitter id. This includes a link to their Twitter account along with their comment.
Allows blog owner to let commenters include keywords along with their name
This sends the commenter an email when a reply is made to their comment.
This plugin allows the blog owner to make each comment dofollow or nofollow.
Allow or disallow trackbacks. If you allow trackbacks this plugin will match the IP address where the trackback is coming from to the IP address provided with the trackback as well as go to the URL provided with the trackback and search for your posts permalink. This makes sure the trackback is valid.
This prevents getting trackbacks from your own blog if you allow trackbacks.
This is another plugin that combines several different plugins. This allows for the reduction in individual plugins as well.
Some of the plugins that can be replaced by Share Juice Pro are:
Can be used at the end of posts to include information about the author of the post.
Social Media Share Buttons
both vertical floating box and horizontal before or after text
Post Images To Pinterest
Allows for posting to Pinterest directly from the image in the post.
Facebook Like Widget
Places a widget on your blog to allow people to “like” your post on Facebook
Sharing By Email
Allows the reader to share your post by email.
This is a great plugin that created an Archives page where posts are listed by the date they were posted and sorted by month and year.
Efficient Related Posts places a list of related posts at the end of each post. This allows your reader to find other posts on your blog they might be interested in reading.
This plugin helps keep your old posts alive by tweeting about them. It allows you to specify what posts and the age of the posts you want to retweet as well as the interval the posts will be tweeted.
I love this plugin but I do know other people have had some problems with it. This plugin has also not been updated for more than 2 years.
It backs up the database at the interval you specify automatically. I have never had an issue with this plugin and would recommend that you give it a try especially if you are not very good about backing up your database regularly.
7. WP Smush.it
It is important to reduce the size of all images used on a blog. If you do not reduce the size of the images then your blog will start to load very slowly.
This plugin smushes those images automatically. A while back Adrienne Smith did a post on how to reduce the size of your images without using this plugin. That post can be found here “How To Easily Compress Your Images” if you would like to illuminate another plugin.
Automatically creates a simple and good looking mobile theme for your visitors using a mobile device.
Provides the number of times a post or page has been viewed right in the list of posts/pages.
This is another one of those plugins that has not been updated for more 2 years.
This plug in lets your users use a Gravatar with their comments.
What About You?
Those are my favorite plugins right now. What are yours? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
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I thought about including this in my post and then decided against it but, the topic has come up in the comments so I thought I would go ahead and include this in my post.
Plugins That Have Not Been Updated For More Than 1 year
I have read a lot of posts recently dealing with WordPress plugins that have not been updated for more than 1 year.
As most of you know I am on the verge of releasing a product. In this product I have promoted several plugins. Some of these plugins have not been updated for more than a year so I did some research on WordPress plugins and whether it is harmful to use plugins on our blogs that have not been updated for more than a year.
I am personally using a couple of plugins that have not been updated for more than 2 years.
What I found is that many times the simple plugins do not need updates as they still work with the current form of WordPress. Many of these plugins are free and it takes time to update the plugin. So if they do not need updating the plugin developer does not do any updates to them. Hence, there are lots of plugins out there that are not updated very often or only when it is necessary.
The following is a conversation I had with the developer of a plugin I am promoting in my product.
Hopefully this helps answer some of your questions about using plugins that are not updated very regularly.