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My Top 10 WordPress Plugin Recommendations

Posted by on May 25, 2015

I actually received an email asking me to write on this topic, which is a first. The request was more for what I use to stay productive or what I use for financial purposes though. I don’t use any of that stuff for the blog, so those won’t be things what I talk about. Instead, I’m going to mention 10 plugins I don’t think I could do without, some of which I believe you should be using also.

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1. Ajax Edit Comments. Let’s face it, no one’s perfect. Sometimes you make a mistake of some kind while writing your comment. This plugin allows people to edit and correct their comments within 5 minutes. If it took you longer than that to figure out you made an error, unless you left a truly epic comment, you’re out of luck.

2. All In One SEO Pack. Everyone has their favorite SEO plugin but I’ve stuck with this one. I used to hate it but I figured out how to configure it to give me what I want. The best feature is being able to write a description in if you don’t want the search engines posting the first so many words of your blog post instead.

3. Anti-Backlink. I wrote about this one so if you want to know a lot more you can follow the link. What it does is give you tools to approve or disapprove people for a variety of reasons (if your comment doesn’t immediately show up and you don’t have a gravatar, it’s because of this one).

4. CommentLuv. I have the premium version, which is the only way you can get Anti-Backlink. Whether you decide to pay for it or not, its best feature is showing current or previous blog posts of your commenters. It’s what helps folks, including myself, decide whether we want to visit those blogs to read what the writer has to say.

5. Compfight. This is what I use to find images for my blogs if I’m not using my own. You just put a word into the search area and it’ll find images you can legally use via Flickr. You also get to change the default settings for image sizes, and if you know a little bit of code, you can add your own (which of course I did lol).

6. Limit Login Attempts. You know hackers are always trying to get into your blog right? It’s one reason why it’s always recommended that you change your admin name and have long passwords. This plugin allows you to set how many times a person gets to try to get in before it shuts it down for however many hours you set it for. Also, after so many sessions you can shut it down for… well, 999 hours if you wish. Sure, they might have it automated, but even with that it’ll take them forever to get in, even if your username and passwords are weak.

7. Simple Share Buttons Adder. You need to have share buttons on your blog to make it easy for people to share your stuff. After AddThis decided to go wonky and make you create an account on their site (so they can charge you for stuff later on) I found this one and it’s perfect. You can even customize how it looks.

8. WebReader for Word Press. You see that little “listen” button at the top left of this post? That allows you to listen to the post instead of reading it. It’s not perfect and yet I know some people like to listen instead of read, especially if it’s a long post.

9. WordPress Firewall 2. Using a firewall for your blog is the same as having one for your computer. It helps hide your blog’s IP address from those folks so that they might never find you to try to hack into your computer in the first place. There are a couple of versions of this that read close to the same, but I’m using the version created by Matthew Pavkov.

10. WPtouch Mobile Plugin. You’ve heard that Google is now looking for websites to be mobile friendly correct? This plugin does the trick. If you don’t change a thing just adding it makes your blog pass muster. There are a few font choices you can make, but it turns out a couple of them takes you out of their good graces.

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Daniel White:

I definitely have to recommend All in One SEO Pack. I used it back when I was running WordPress and it’s by far one of the most needed ones.

CommentLuv can be a hit or a miss depending, as I’ve found from my own usage with it years ago is that it attracts a lot of spammers.
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May 25th, 2015 | 12:14 PM

Dude, Mitchell doesn’t worry about spammers! lol I’ve trained this blog well; I get little spam, and almost all that shows up goes right into the filter.

May 25th, 2015 | 12:51 PM
Daniel White:

I was one of the unlucky ones then. I installed CommentLuv into my old WP blog (back when CL was free) and I was getting hit hard by spam almost daily after installing it.
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May 26th, 2015 | 12:55 PM

Daniel, I have a post on here about how to train your spam filters so all that stuff goes there. However, I don’t think you can do it on Blogger; I only have experience with WordPress software. I had a lot going into the spam filter, and then it started diminishing, not even showing up. Newer folks still do, but it’s such a low volume that it’s no effort to deal with them.

May 26th, 2015 | 1:40 PM

Oooo. Oooo. I did not know CompFight was a plugIn. I always just go to the website. Thanks for sharing that one Mitch!
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May 25th, 2015 | 1:25 PM

Glad to help Troy; enjoy it!

May 26th, 2015 | 12:56 AM

Hi Mitch, I always find it interesting to see what others are using for their plugins. I love WPTouch but I went with Premium with the Google update, it still says my site is slow on mobile – not sure what else I will do to get it to speed up yet but will be researching more on it.
I love the CommentLuv Premium so far and have had it for years now.
I love Yoast vs the SEOPack though it is difficult at times to configure. It takes time but works well with Twitter cards that I love!
I never heard of web reader, that is cool! I may have to check that one out.
Thanks for sharing with us Mitch on your plugins, is that all? I have about 22 activited now on my site. (I used to have 30 active plugins).
Have a great day!
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May 26th, 2015 | 6:56 AM

Lisa, I have lots of plugins, but I think those are the more critical and useful ones. I have an older theme that I customized, so I run a few things that people with newer blogs would never need. As for the Yoast thing, it was complicated which is why I left it alone. lol

May 26th, 2015 | 1:36 PM

Hi Mitch, I’m intrigued by #8…do you get a lot of positive feedback? At first, I was expecting your voice and was disappointed in the robotic voice. I\’m curious if a lot of people use this on your site. I may consider using WebReader if a significant portion of my visitors want it. Thanks for this informative post!

May 26th, 2015 | 10:38 PM

Hi Matthew. There are some people who’d rather go that route on some of my longer posts, as some folks hate reading a long post. It’s not perfect but it’s interesting relatively new technology, and I got mentioned in a book for using it. 🙂

May 26th, 2015 | 10:56 PM

Well, getting mentioned in a book makes it more intriguing. 🙂 All kidding aside, I am considering it and I may just go directly to the readers and ask them what they think. Should be interesting. Thanks for your tips. 🙂

May 26th, 2015 | 11:23 PM

No problem Matthew. At least it’s free.

May 27th, 2015 | 11:44 AM

I’m using all in one SEO pack, Commentluv and simple share button adder among those 10 plugins.
And I’m going to install web reader for WordPress plugin.. that’s quite interesting..!
Thanks for sharing this article Mitch..!
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May 27th, 2015 | 12:02 AM

Good deal Thyrone. I hope you like it when you test it.

May 27th, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Thanks for sharing..! Choosing essential plugin is really important for newbie bloggers to start their own plug.

I found that they did the mistakes with plugin since the install a lot of plugin on their blog.

It was wonderful tips to share those newbies about essential plugin you used it.

I love limited login attent, it sounds like an high security plugin…!
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June 1st, 2015 | 5:34 AM

Limit Login Attempts is probably the most crucial plugin that most bloggers aren’t using; no idea why not.

June 1st, 2015 | 10:38 AM
Anja Skrba:

All In One SEO Pack and CommentLuv are very popular with bloggers. My personal fav are def All In One SEO Pack and Simple Share Buttons Adder and I’m very pleased you also recommend them Mitch!

Yust shared this on my socials 🙂

Happy Monday Mitch!h

June 1st, 2015 | 8:09 AM

Thanks Anja. I did have a love-hate relationship with AIO SEO Pack for the early years of this blog because of incompatibility issues but finally got them worked out. I’m glad of that because it’s fairly easy to use.

June 1st, 2015 | 10:39 AM
Sanjay Sajeev:

It was such a great list. I would like to share about W3 total cache plugin which help to improve the loading speed of a site which is a crucial factor for search engine ranking.
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June 6th, 2015 | 10:40 AM

Sanjay, I couldn’t get that plugin to work on this blog for some reason. Even the guy who created it stopped by & he couldn’t get it working either. Sometimes some stuff just doesn’t work for me. lol

June 7th, 2015 | 8:07 PM

Hi Mitch,
Except than #1 #7 and #8 I am using all the Plugins. This was a woderful list of wordpress plugins. specially All In One SEO Pack is the must needed plugin. Thanks for sharing.
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June 8th, 2015 | 5:17 AM

Hey Mitch, thanks for this list. I was only familiar with half of these plugins. I am definitely considering Comfight and Webreader.
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July 9th, 2015 | 4:36 PM

Glad I was able to give you something you didn’t already know about Marcie. I’m assuming you’re already protecting your blog, which is a good thing.

July 9th, 2015 | 5:42 PM
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