My Top 10 WordPress Plugin Recommendations

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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23 comments on “My Top 10 WordPress Plugin Recommendations

  • Daniel White says:

    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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      • Daniel White says:

        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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      • 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.

  • 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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    • 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

  • Matthew Loomis says:

    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!

    • 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. 🙂

      • Matthew Loomis says:

        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. 🙂

  • 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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  • Anja Skrba says:

    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

    • 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.

    • 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


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