Favorite WordPress Plugins?

What are your fave wordpress plugins so far? That auto-updater one is great (backs-up then updates) and Comment Luv. What are yours?

Oh and those cute coloured boxes are great too. Sociable I think it is?

  • @CoreyObrien (site) likes automatic database backups  – I agree, I like both the backup one, and the auto-updater one. It backs up, then downloads the latest version from WordPress!
  • @tealou (LinkArtist) loves Next Gen Gallery. I had a quick look but I think you have to be heavily into image uploading to require it?
  • @abledragon (wealthydragon) Definitely All-In-One-SEO pack (agree) also wp-security-scan, redirection and wp-db-manager.
  • @skribe SkribeProductions mentioned stats ones – firestats and wordpress stats. I would add Google Analytics to that one.
  • @Trib (Stephen Collins) likes Sociable and ShareThis. I think he said he is switching to Sociable. Yay!
  • @regravity (regravity) kept it general – anything social media or video. Or both. Which – cos I’m lazy – doesn’t help me at all 😛
  • @mmmeg (style encylopedia) Akismet. That’s the spam catcher that’s now built in.
  • @Kerryank (kerryj) Tan’s Flickr photo album, re-CAPTCHA, Multifeed Snap, Add this Social bookmarking widget
  • @andrewtj (andrew TJ) disqus, openid and wp-cache are his favourites. I’m not sure about disqus. Inquisitr uses it, and it confuzzles me.
  • @girlstoys (girlstoys) “What Would Seth Godin Do” as well as “CommentLuv” and “Related Posts”. The first one is funny – Seth Godin doesn’t have comments on his “blog”!
  • @suewaters (aquaculturepda) HATES snow plugin.  & the plugin that makes link display as pop up image
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  • @sirexkathryn (has a similar blogpost) likes Get Recent Comments (shows what they said) and WP Print (print a blog post properly, links are moved to footnotes). Her graphic shows all the good stuff.

That it?

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

34 thoughts on “Favorite WordPress Plugins?

  1. Hi Laurel, I quite like Simple Tags http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-tags/ it’s not funky as its a back end thing that doesn’t make the blog look cooler but its great for what i need!

  2. I love Adblock Plus, Session Manager and am really liking Power Twitter. Oh and having an Aussie dictionary means not all words get red underlined incorrectly!

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  3. And I am trying to work out why I have just had a brain burp and confused myself with firefox Add ons… Must be January or something! WordPress plugins… All mine have been mentioned. Crawling back under a rock!

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  4. @fifikins you are too too funny heh. 😛

    anyone know a plugin to make COMMENTS big and obvious. This theme hides ’em.

  5. Wow… I don’t think I had been to your blog since the big move to WordPress – it looks awesome.

    Personally the one wordpress plugin I really couldn’t live without is Podpress. It allows me to operate a podcast within my blog, creates a separate feed for it, allows me to customize all the little extra bits that appear in directories (such as iTunes) and simplifies the whole process.

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  6. @john lacey The “big move to wordpress” was lunchtime today. Well I did the import yesterday. But basically yesterday. Goofball. 😛 Can I be on your podcast? You never asked me to be on your podcast, why can’t I be on your podcast? I should be on your podcast… *continues whining*

  7. Do these plugins all work? So many are for older versions (like 2.3) Yes, I know I should install and find out but, when you’re a fumble-fingers like me, 2 to 3 hours getting a plugin up there and then discovering it won’t bloody work can be an appalling experience.

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  8. Susanna, do yourself a favour. First install WordPress Automatic Upgrade. It gives you much better upgrade options than Fantastico or w/e cpanel you use 🙂

    Then upgrade your wordpress to 2.7. Assuming your theme is ok that is, with the later version. 😛

    So one of the things that 2.7 has is an in built plugin uploader and installer – no more FTP to update plugins! It will tell you if it’s the latest version or not but I’ve found most will work. You can even search for plugins from within your blog and simply click install.

    Nice 😛

  9. In all fairness the Let it Snow plugin has been incredibly popular with lots of people enjoying it. For some reason it effects my eyes and makes me feel unwell. I’m sure I’m probably in the really small minority that have this issue.

    My favourite plugin at the moment is threaded comments which has made it so much easier to respond to comments. Also enjoying the Greet Box plugin.

    The one to approach with caution is the Twitter tool plugin. If you use the wrong combination of settings it creates a continuous loop that ends up spamming your twitter account. As a result of my road testing I managed to spam twitter and Edublogs added a warning to the twitter tools page.

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  10. Thanks for your suggestion, Laurel. (I update manually, not with fantastico or similar) I’ve added the sociable from the above list and I’m really happy.

    The Dragon Design Site Map is my favourite plugin of all time, followed by WP Polls..

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  11. Definitely Google XML Sitemaps – I would never have worked out sitemaps on my own!

    Official StatCounter Plugin is good too, and WordPress Automatic Upgrade saves the hassle of fiddling with files.

    I’m going to take a look at sociable, since so many people seem to like it. 🙂

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