The Best WordPress Plugins

This is my list of the best WordPress plugins. I have collected the list over the years from books such as ProBlogger and WordPress for Business and lots and lots of browsing through the blogs of the professionals. I've typed into Google "best WordPress plugins" many times because I have a pathological fear of wasting hours doing something that a plugin could accomplish automatically.

As a result I've wasted hours of my time looking for plugins. Or should that be invested? Let me save you some time. The links are clickable. Many thanks to Davide Benini for the plugin, listed below, that enabled me to capture my plugin details so easily.

Akismet : Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under "Comments." To show off your Akismet stats just put <?php akismet_counter(); ?> in your template. See also: WP Stats plugin.
commentluv : Plugin to show a link to the last post from the commenters blog in their comment. Just activate and it's ready. Will parse a feed from most sites that have a feed location specified in its head html. See the Settings Page for styling and text output options.
Cross-linker : A plugin which allows you to set-up words which are automatically hyperlinked to desired URLs
FeedBurner FeedSmith : Originally authored by Steve Smith, this plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.
Google XML Sitemaps : This plugin will generate a compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO. Configuration Page
HeadSpace2 : Meta-data manager on steroids, allowing complete control over all SEO needs such as keywords/tags, titles, description, stylesheets, and many many other goodies.
Insights : Insights allows you to quickly search and insert information (links, images, videos, maps, news..) into your blog posts.
Lightbox 2 : Used to overlay images on the current page. Lightbox JS v2.04 by Lokesh Dhakar.
My Category Order : My Category Order allows you to set the order in which categories will appear in the sidebar. Uses a drag and drop interface for ordering. Adds a widget with additional options for easy installation on widgetized themes. Visit the My Category Order page after updating Wordpress to apply essential file patches.
OnlyWire AutoSubmit : automatically submits every post you make to the top social bookmarking sites using the OnlyWire API
pageMash : Manage your multitude of pages with pageMash's slick drag-and-drop style, ajax interface. Allows quick sorting, hiding and organising of parenting.
Plugins list : Displays a list of the active plugins - just insert [plugins_list] in posts or pages, between ul or ol elements. If you want more custimization, take a look at the documentation.
Privacy Policy : Automatically adds an AdSense-compliant privacy page. Options configuration panel
RSS Includes Pages : Include pages (not just posts) in RSS feeds. Particularly useful to those that use WordPress as a CMS.
Simple Tags : Simple Tags : Extended Tagging for WordPress 2.3, 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7 ! Autocompletion, Suggested Tags, Tag Cloud Widgets, Related Posts, Mass edit tags !
Smart Youtube : Insert YouTube videos in posts, comments and RSS feeds with ease and full customization.
StatPress : Real time stats for your blog
TinyMCE Advanced : Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE.
WordPress Hashcash : Client-side javascript blocks all spam bots. XHTML 1.1 compliant.
WP-EMail : Allows people to recommand/send your WordPress blog's post/page to a friend.
WP-FLV : This plugin eases insertion of Jeroen Wijerings FLV Video Player
WP-Print : Displays a printable version of your WordPress blog's post/page.
WP-RSSAggregator : RSS Aggregator
WP-Sticky : Adds a sticky post feature to your WordPress's blog. Modified from Adhesive by Owen Winkler.
Yet Another Related Posts Plugin : Returns a list of related entries based on a unique algorithm for display on your blog and RSS feeds. A templating feature allows customization of the display.
Yoast Breadcrumbs : Outputs a fully customizable breadcrumb path.
Content Generation Plugins

There are a number of automated content generation plugins available and discussed on our Finding Content For Websites page.

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