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Transform WordPress With 12 Plugins

WordPress is great and fits the bill for most people out of the box. However, there are plugins available which take WordPress to the next level in terms of publishing. Here are 12 of my favorite.

WP AJAX Edit Comments – Allows users and admins to edit comments on a post inline using AJAX.

WP Comment Remix – Adds much needed comment functionality to WordPress such as the ability to reply to comments already made. Also has the ability to display a Quote link which allows users to easily quote each other when making a comment. Also provides functionality where you can reply to comments from the administration panel.

YACTP – Yet Another Comment Threading Plugin allows visitors to reply to existed comments and present them in a threaded fashion to make following multiple conversations easier.

All in One SEO Pack – Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).

WP Super Cache – WP Super Cache is a static caching plugin for WordPress. It generates html files that are served directly by Apache without processing comparatively heavy PHP scripts. By using this plugin you will speed up your WordPress blog significantly.

Popularity Contest – Keeps a count of your post, category and archive views, comments, trackbacks, etc. and uses them to determine which of your posts are most popular.

Custom Query String – set the number of posts (custom queries) for every single page on your website like categories, archives, or search results pages.

KB Advanced RSS Widget – A WordPress widget that gives you complete control over how RSS feeds are parsed for your sidebar.

Share This – Lets your visitors add your post to various social bookmarking sites, or send a link via e-mail to a friend.

Vipers Video Quicktags – This plugin provides buttons to the visual editor which make it easy to embed videos from a myriad of different services. No more copy and paste of embedding code!.

AskApache Google 404 – Adds Intelligent SEO Ajax-powered Google Search to 404 pages

WP-Polls – Adds an AJAX poll system to your WordPress blog. You can easily include a poll into your WordPress’s blog post/page.

If you have a favorite plugin that you install on with every new WordPress installation, let me know about it in the comments.

Author: jeffc

18 thoughts on “Transform WordPress With 12 Plugins

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  2. WordPress is a great blogging platform and getting it search engine optimized really isn’t a hard task. Using proper permalinks and robots.txt file to prevent duplicate content and a few other methods can really make a difference. The All in One SEO plugin is really the best bet.

  3. Definitely need a related posts plugin. I would also recommend WWSGD for gaining subscribers and SEO Smart Links for auto-linking within your content.

  4. Thanks for contributing with your list of must have plugins. I know quite a few people who love the Exec-PHP plugin, especially for allowing people to add AdSense php code into their posts. I also use Subscribe to comments. In fact, I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t.

  5. Subscribe to comments. Easy to use and extremely good plugin for those who comment a lot.

    RSS comment feeds are good for very active blogs but not for subscribing to every blog were you left a comment.

  6. Although Yours is a nice list, I’m only using a couple of the listed plugins myself. Whenever I implement a new WordPress installation, these are some of my favorite “must have” plugins:

    • Exec-PHP – Which allows me to execute php-code directly in my posts.
    • Less – I like to jump to the start of the post rather than end up in the middle of it, after clicking the “read More”-link.
    • Subscribe To Comments – As a curtesy to my readers.
    • Zap_NewWindow – Because it makes sense to me that external links open in a new window (or tab).
    • Post Template – To ease the creation of similar looking posts.
    • Related Posts/Pages – As a curtesy to my readers.
    • WP-DBManager – For backup purposes.

    From Your list, I think I might have a look at the WP Comment Remix, Vipers Video Quicktags and AskApache Google 404 plugins. They sound interesting.

  7. Thank you for the compliments Dani. That plugin is called WP Comment Remix. I love it Gives the comments more of a forum feel.

  8. Great list Jeff thank you! I was just looking at your personal blog wondering what plugin you used for the reply quote feature in your comments

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