Your Favorite Free WP Plugins And Themes For Blogging

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Hey Warriors,

I am looking for free plugins and themes to use for blogging.
Currently I am working on new products to give away to my
list. As I always strive to provide popular, up to date and easy
to implement products that will help them to succeed, I would
appreciate your input.

What is YOUR favorite Plugin?
What is YOUR favorite Theme?

Thank you in advance for sharing!
-Monika
#blogging #favorite #free #plugins #themes
  • Profile picture of the author Elizabeth Fee
    I've grown to like Flexibility (free) / FlexSqueeze (paid) themes for blogging or niche sites in general because they are so customizable and quite easy to learn.

    As far as plugins go, picking a favorite really depends on what your needs are. For seo purposes, All in One SEO is a great plugin to have. For forums, I've enjoyed mingle. It just really depends on what your needs are as there are so many plugins available that can meet the same need.

    Elizabeth
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    • Profile picture of the author Monika Morley
      Originally Posted by Elizabeth Fee View Post

      I've grown to like Flexibility (free) / FlexSqueeze (paid) themes for blogging or niche sites in general because they are so customizable and quite easy to learn.

      As far as plugins go, picking a favorite really depends on what your needs are. For seo purposes, All in One SEO is a great plugin to have. For forums, I've enjoyed mingle. It just really depends on what your needs are as there are so many plugins available that can meet the same need.

      Elizabeth
      Thank you for the info Elizabeth! Will definitely look at Flexibility,
      I like tools that are easy to use.

      Monika
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  • Profile picture of the author skibbz
    i love my review theme and thesis theme for wordpress. the seo pressor is one of my fav plugins
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Eight
    Without a doubt, thesis is my top choice for a theme.

    As for plugins, these go on each of my sites without exception:

    Contact Form 7
    Easy Privacy Policy
    google xml sitemaps
    Recent posts with excerpts
    Add to any

    If you use Thesis, you don't need All in one SEO.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrisonJ
    I like Member Access for membership sites, and Simple Press for wordpress forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete15
    Favourite Plugin - All-in-One SEO
    Favourite theme - Thesis for sure!
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  • Profile picture of the author bastion
    When it comes to favorite plug in - All-in-One SEO definitely!

    Favorite theme - Flexibility. It's easy to use and looks decent.
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  • Profile picture of the author luvtrees
    Platinum SEO, Easy Contact Form and Sociable are great. For a free theme, I really like Atahualpa.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ralph Moore
      For themes, I have tried several from free to paid and I have settled on Weaver because it is just so easily customizable. There is a free version, a $20 "Plus" version for your own sites and a $40 version to add your customers sites.

      WordPress Weaver | Building better WP Websites

      As plugins go, All in one SEO is helpful, but I went ahead and paid for SEOPressor and I am very glad I did.
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      • Profile picture of the author Monika Morley
        Originally Posted by eagle View Post

        For themes, I have tried several from free to paid and I have settled on Weaver because it is just so easily customizable. There is a free version, a $20 "Plus" version for your own sites and a $40 version to add your customers sites.

        WordPress Weaver | Building better WP Websites

        As plugins go, All in one SEO is helpful, but I went ahead and paid for SEOPressor and I am very glad I did.
        Thank you for sharing Ralph, really appreciate you taking the time.

        Monika
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  • Profile picture of the author Pete15
    I might also add another Plugin I couldnt live without - 'Pretty Link' - which basically hides the ugly looking affliate link from the user.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Free Themes: K2 and Atahualpa.
    Free Plugins: Not a big fan of them (prefer to include them along my functions) but use the obvious XMLSitemap, WPCompressor and ContactForm7.

    But since you're asking this to create a blogpost (or similar) to offer your visitors/list, you should know your business inside out - walk the walk.

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    • Profile picture of the author Monika Morley
      Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

      Free Themes: K2 and Atahualpa.
      Free Plugins: Not a big fan of them (prefer to include them along my functions) but use the obvious XMLSitemap, WPCompressor and ContactForm7.

      But since you're asking this to create a blogpost (or similar) to offer your visitors/list, you should know your business inside out - walk the walk.

      Hi Fernando,

      Thank you for your suggestions.

      BTW I am not looking to create a blogpost.

      Sorry, I think I did not express myself properly. See...I use thesis 18 and customized it as well, so I know it is not exactly easy for newbies to set up. Actually I am looking for free and easy to implement themes and plugins to help them make their first step. In other words I want to provide them with tools they can use without being technical geniuses.

      Thanks again,

      Monika
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam Smith
    Hi Monika,

    I've just launched a free WSO with 12 christmas wordpress themes... you are more than welcome to share the link with your list

    P.S the link is in my sig
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    • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
      I should be very cautious before just adding random plugins to your Wordpress CMS installation, when, in all probability, you don't even need them.

      Many are poorly written, inefficient, resource hogs, creating a slow site and heavy server loads. You could end up receiving a complaint from your service provider because you are hogging too many server resources.

      I recommend a few plugins for security reasons: Akismet, BackupBuddy, WordPress Firewall 2, and Login Lockdown, but other than that, fit installations to requirements, don't instal any just because you see them on a list of recommendations.
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      • Profile picture of the author Monika Morley
        Originally Posted by AnniePot View Post

        I should be very cautious before just adding random plugins to your Wordpress CMS installation, when, in all probability, you don't even need them.

        Many are poorly written, inefficient, resource hogs, creating a slow site and heavy server loads. You could end up receiving a complaint from your service provider because you are hogging too many server resources.

        I recommend a few plugins for security reasons: Akismet, BackupBuddy, WordPress Firewall 2, and Login Lockdown, but other than that, fit installations to requirements, don't instal any just because you see them on a list of recommendations.
        Hello Annie,

        Thank's for sharing. I just headed over to your blog and enjoyed reading your Word Press Security Guide...excellent info!

        Thank you,

        Monika
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    • Profile picture of the author Monika Morley
      Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post

      Hi Monika,

      I've just launched a free WSO with 12 christmas wordpress themes... you are more than welcome to share the link with your list

      P.S the link is in my sig
      Hi Adam,

      You are AWESOME... thank you so much, this comes at the right time,
      I'm sure my people will love it.


      Mnika
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  • Profile picture of the author Darla Christensen
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    • Profile picture of the author Monika Morley
      Originally Posted by Darla Christensen View Post

      All-in-One-SEO plugin is the best.... for the theme... i am still looking a theme that really fits my personality and related to the niche i did.
      Hi Darla,

      If you are still looking for a suitable theme, just check all the favorites warriors are using. I am certain you find something you like.

      Thanks for your input,

      Monika
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  • Profile picture of the author ScottAdmer
    I use the Twenty Ten theme that came with WordPress and customize it with a child theme.

    My favorite plugins are Broken Link Checker, Google Analyticator, and Hana Code Insert.
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  • Profile picture of the author ydraw2011
    I just bought elegantthemes and I love it. They are great looking and not to complicated.
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  • Profile picture of the author danoctav
    I like Mystique theme, and plugins : All in one SEO, YARP,FCK Editor...
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    For small sites mystique theme for large scale sites I always invest into premium theme from themeforest. Favorite plugin is all-in-one-seo like many before me
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin Lee Jr
    Hi Monika

    I love optimize press - although I think they are made mainly for squeeze and sales pages

    and thesis is great for blogs

    - Martin
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Check out Woothemes.com .... they have numerous free versions of their themes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert H Cwik
    Flexibility 3 and Suffusion are my favorite themes.

    As for plugins, you say All-in-One-SEO is the best, but I found something that has this one and beyond. It's called Free Traffic Getting SEO Pluging by Jeff Johnson.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    I'm going to invest in Thesis soon, I'm always impressed with how clean it looks.

    Pluggins:

    - SEO for Wordpress by Yoast (really easy to use and also trying All-in-One and Platinum SEO)
    - Opt-In crusher (free pluggin for pop-up footers)
    - WP security (and another security one I can't think of right now)
    - Backup Creator by Robert Plank and Lance Tamashiro
    - WP exclude pages
    - Ultimate Google Analytics
    - Google XML sitemap
    - Yet Another Related Post Pluggin
    - RSS include pages
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