I’m not too gungho on too many plugins.
In fact the less plugins I have the better it is for me. Some people said you should only have 14 plugins and not anymore than that. Some said that if the plugin doesn’t conflict with one another then it doesn’t matter how many plugins you use, so long as they get along with each other.
If you don’t use any plugins, your WordPress blog might not function right. So you have to use some plugins in order to help your blog function the way it should be. At least, install some plugins that can help you optimize your blog and can help you execute a successful website. Too many plugins can create conflict. Sometimes it can slow down the speed of your site.
Each individual have different needs. The plugin that you use may not be beneficial to me and/or vice versa. So I don’t know what will work exactly on your blog but I thought I’d share the plugins I use anyway on my blog. Perhaps some of these plugins may benefit you.
Plugins I use in my blog for 2014
1. Alexa Claim and Certify — this is the one that keeps me track with my Alexa ranking. Also I have read something “How to Claim Your Website or Blog with Alexa” and probably that’s the reason why I have installed it here. Is this really necessary, I’m not sure. My Alexa ranking was pretty good then even before this plugin was installed and so I’m just trying to see if it makes a difference.
EDIT: But you know something, I just checked my Alexa ranking just now. It was about a little over 450,000 then. Ever since I installed this plugin, it went down to 253,069. So *shrug* maybe it does make a difference. Will keep it a little longer and see what happens.
2. Anti Backlinker — is a paid plugin thru CommentLuv Premium. This is the greatest plugin of all the plugins on the market. Ever since I have the GASP (which is included in CommentLuv plugin) and the Anti-Backlinker together, I have Z-E-R-O spam. Read here how to get rid of it for good. You’d thank me later after reading it coz I have struggled with it so much in the past.
3. AWeber Web Forms — this is the plugin I used that says “Keep abreast with me and opt-in my newsletter” at the end of my comment window.
5. CommentLuv Premium — is a paid plugin that allows you to include a link when you post a comment on someone’s blog. If you want to see how it looks like, just go down below my articles. And down below you will see the CommentLuv icon. There is a FREE version of CommentLuv which included the GASP (GrowMap Anti-Spambot Plugin) for free also–this is the one that ask you “Confirm you are NOT a spammer” on the bottom of the comment window before you click submit.
If you enter your website URL on the appropriate window below and check CommentLuv, it will show you 10-articles that you wrote in your blog. Now, this is only true if you are whitelisted on my blog. So far I do not whitelist someone unless they made 10-comments on my blog.
Reason why is many times when I whitelisted someone I do not know, in about 3-6 months they’re gone. Vanished. And it leaves broken links on my blog. So to avoid that I need to get to know you better. Sometimes, when I know someone from Google+ (for instance) and I know they’ll be around for a long time, you get whitelisted automatically. But, I have to know you first before you get whitelisted.
7. Editorial Assistant by Zemanta — this is the plugin that allows me to link the “Related articles” on the Internet. If I think this is going to help you, I will include the links here on my blog. These are the articles that comes from another website. Not the links within my website but the links outside my website. Other blogger’s links. I heard this is good for your SEO but I’m still trying this one.
NOTE: the list you see here are also Zemanta’s users, so if you link to them they can see that, they might be willing to link back to you as well. You can see the video above how it would help you. There are 2 videos from Mary Austin, make sure you watch the other too. She’s linking only to the one she trust. Make sure you check their websites. When Mary said this is good for your SEO, I think when you link to them and they link back to you this is how it works.
EDIT: (July 30, 2014) So far I deleted the “Editorial Assistant by Zemanta” because I’ve been told by Carol Amato, a dear friend from “Video Blogging Challenge”, that she used to have this and deleted it because this is like you’re giving juice to your fellow website owner without you knowing who they are. It’s okay to have outlinks *only* if you trust that website and only if you know the owner. So I just thought I’d edit this post. Take your own risk with this plugin.
10. Pretty Link Lite — shrink, track and share any URL on the Internet from your WordPress website. This is great when you’re tracking down your affliliate links specially if you have Adsense. Google Adsense hates it when you have another affiliate link in your blog. So to mask your other affiliate link, Pretty Link is great to mask that link to nofollow. For more information click here.
11. Publish to Schedule — this is the plugin that is great for scheduling your posts. You can schedule your post for each week and publish it at the right date. I love this plugin. I can actually pre-schedule my future posts without worrying what’s going to be the article next week, or the week after next week, and so forth. I recommend you to have this. I tell you it makes life easier!
EDIT: Sorry guys, Atish just brought this attention that WordPress has its built-in scheduler already. While I thought this was a good plugin then when I didn’t have the scheduler, guess it’s been updated. Now I do not need this anymore. So don’t worry about this.
12. Related Posts by Zemanta — this is the pretty photo icons that you see on the bottom of my post that says “Related Posts” within my blog. I love this plugin because it creates a pretty icon from my ” Set featured image” instead of displaying just text only. I think image + text together creates a powerful visual image that makes it more exciting to look at and make others want to click it.
13. SEOPressor — this is a paid plugin that helps me craft my SEO without over optimizing my articles. Some of my friends use “WordPress SEO by Yoast” but I find this plugin very confusing. I hate technical stuff. But for a no-brainer, SEOPressor is the perfect plugin. I love their “suggestions” and “keyword decoration” which tells you to use H1 for your main headline, H2 for your subheadline, H3 for another keyword, and so forth. It also calculates your “keyword density” and watch if you over optimize it, it gives you a warning so you know. For more detailed information click here.
14. The Social Links — this is the plugin that identifies your social media (i.e. Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Tweeter, YouTube). Your fans will be able to follow you in social networks you are in.
15. UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore — is a paid plugin I used to automatically backup my WordPress data and its comments. Some plugins just backups your WordPress but not its comments. This one backups including your “comments” and everytime someone comments in your blog, it automatically backsup itself. This is also available on FREE version. But the PAID version can do more. For instance, if you are trying to copy the WordPress design from one domain to another, it will allow you to do just that.
16. Wordfence Security — is a great plugin that gives you SECURITY in your blog. Some of my friends uses “Limit Login Attempts” but I think Wordfence is more advance. I can do the same thing like “Limit Login Attempts” can but it can do MORE. I used to Blacklist Spammers & Intruders on my blog but then going to your cPanel just to block each of these intruders one-by-one is a waste of time (you can read more here Why cPanel IP Deny Manager is a Waste of Time). I just let Wordfence does the job and it does a wonderful job blocking your intruders for good.
17. WP-Optimize — this is the plugin that optimize and cleans your database. It doesn’t need PhpMyAdmin to optimize your database tables. It allows you to remove post revisions, comments in the spam queue, un-approved comments, and many other junk within few clicks.
18. WP eStore — is a paid plugin for my eStore here. This page is only a “dummy” meaning it’s not real, yet. I created this page just to get it ready for my upcoming products that I want to sell on my blog.
19. WP Minify — is a plugin uses the Minify engine to combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time. Also you can optimize your website with PageSpeed Tools and see your web best performance; this site tells you the website’s speed both on Mobile and Desktop.
20. WP Socializer — this is a brand new plugin I just added for my social share plugin. There are 3 things you can do: (1) social media share buttons (2) social media likes located on the left (3) Facebook “likes” page. You can customize your social share buttons. This plugin also works on my iPhone as well as my Tablet. Many of the social share plugins do not work on mobile. So, to me this a winner!
21. WP Super Cache — is a plugin that generates static html files from your WordPress blog. After a html file is generated your webserver will serve that file instead of processing the comparatively heavier and more expensive WordPress PHP scripts. I don’t really use this much although this plugin is activated on my blog. The thing about this plugin is, whenever I update my blog and it is set to “ON” it doesn’t allow me to see the updated version until I “Delete Cache” then refreshed then I can see the updated version.
So oftentimes, when I’m working on my web I turn it “OFF” and I only turn it “ON” when I’m done or finished updating my blog. Another thing, if you install CommentLuv plugin, Andy Bailey (Author of CommentLuv) recommends to use the WP Super Cache plugin instead of other “cache” plugin there because other plugin tends to complicate with CommentLuv.
So what WP plugins do you use?
Do you have any plugins you use that I may not know about and you want to share it with my readers? If you do, I encourage you to share what plugins you use in your blog. And don’t forget to share this post with your friends if you find these plugins helpful and solve the problem you have been encountering. Please use the commentary below and share with us your feedback!