What are your favorite plugins?

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The title says it all. What are the best wordpress plugins you use? I was just curios, because when you go to wordpress.org and sort the plugins by popularity, the top three are Akisment, Contact form 7 and All in One SEO Pack.

My question isn't what are the most popular WP plugins, but what you warriors think is the best plugin you have. For example, I have a great plugin for sliders on my websites, and it's definitely not in the top 100 on wordpress.org

I'm looking forward to your suggestions.
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  • Profile picture of the author HarrieB
    Seo pressor, wp-flip page and wp zon builder!!! They have made my life so easy!!
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    • Profile picture of the author SamuelUherek
      Originally Posted by indigeniuous View Post

      Seo pressor, wp-flip page and wp zon builder!!! They have made my life so easy!!
      How do you use the wp-flip page? Looks interesting.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeDRL
    OptimizePress all the way, it makes your life so much easier.
    No need to get in coding or anything, simple and fast and powerful!

    Be happy, be successful,
    ~ JoeDRL
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    • Profile picture of the author brit16
      Just found "pretty link" today thanks to a fellow warrior! It is great, you can hide your affiliate link and it is free!
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    • Profile picture of the author SamuelUherek
      Yeah... Joe, OptimizePress is awesome. And what is the best plugin you use on your websites? Do you use something special for SEO optimization, Traffic generation, Backlinking?

      Originally Posted by JoeDRL View Post

      OptimizePress all the way, it makes your life so much easier.
      No need to get in coding or anything, simple and fast and powerful!

      Be happy, be successful,
      ~ JoeDRL
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    • Profile picture of the author UMS
      Originally Posted by JoeDRL View Post

      OptimizePress all the way, it makes your life so much easier.
      No need to get in coding or anything, simple and fast and powerful!

      ~ JoeDRL
      I own and like OptimizePress, but I should point out that it is a theme and not a plugin.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Many of my real favorites are commercial plugins like WP Touch Pro, Pretty Links Pro and quite a few others that Warriors sell, but the free ones I use consistently is All in One SEO and XML Google Sitemap plugin. I like Sociable too.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeDRL
    No, I'm not much into SEO but I use Pretty Links which is great for affiliates links.
    And Samuel, what do you use?
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    • Profile picture of the author Allenerb
      My favorite right now is BulletProof Security - simply because I had some sites hacked a couple months ago and that really hurt. BulletProof Security takes a htaccess approach to securing your files (rather than plugins or any other type of stuff) so it's protecting you at the webserver level, which is about as good as you can get. I highly recommend that one - just be aware, if you're using TimThumb, or anything that can go outside to pick up files, images, etc. you might have to customize the configuration a bit more as it's those types of add-ons that are the most hacked.

      I put together a whole list of my favorite plugins on my site, and these are all ones that I use for pretty much every site.
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  • Profile picture of the author RECarolina
    I LOVE widget logic. It allows you to have DIFFERENT data per page/sidebar instead of the same sidebar data. Great for SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author Terri LC
    I love Associate Goliath from a fellow Warrior here.
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    • Profile picture of the author SEO-webdesign
      BulletProof Security
      WordPress custom contact form pluginCustom Contact Forms
      WordPress do follow blog pluginDo Follow
      WordPress EZPZ one click backup pluginEZPZ One Click Backup
      EZPZ One Click Backup(OCB) is a very easy way to do a complete backup of your entire
      Gregs High Performance SEOGreg’s High Performance SEO
      WordPress Google XML sitemap pluginGoogle XML Sitemaps
      WordPress Simple 301 redirects pluginLink Juice Keeper or Simple 301 Redirects
      Platinum SEO Pack
      WordPress SEOsearch terms tagging pluginSEO SearchTerms Tagging 2
      Multiply blog traffic by strengthening on page SEO, increasing the number of indexed pages,
      WordPress sexy bookmarks pluginSexyBookmarks (by Shareaholic)
      Another social bookmarking system. Let your visitors share a post/page with others. Supports
      WordPress Simple 301 Redirects pluginSimple 301 Redirects
      Simple Facebook ConnectSimple Facebook Connect
      Facebook Connect is somewhat difficult to integrate with WordPress sites. Many plugins
      They also have Simple Twitter Connect.
      WordPress tweetmeme pluginTweetMeme Retweet Button
      WordPress Tweet Old Post pluginTweet old post
      WP FancyBox pluginWP FancyBox
      WP PostViews pluginWP-PostViews
      WordPress wp to twitter pluginWP to Twitter
      WP Yet Another Related Posts PluginYet Another Related Posts Plugin
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  • Profile picture of the author iamseo
    Redirection plugin, dig-dig social plugin, all in one seo, contact form 7 and link clocker. These are my main plugins for wordpress blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Forgot to mention. I recently read about this one on the forum and tried it out.

    WordPress › Limit Login Attempts « WordPress Plugins

    I installed it on one of my popular blogs and I've been blown away by the attempts to log into my blog. I've got 3 lock outs already and only been using it for a week. This is a great security plugin.
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  • All in one SEO for me. Adds all the title tag and description, plus its free.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph G Spiteri
      One of my favorites is easy wp SEO buy fellow warrior Chris Landrum.
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      • Profile picture of the author SamuelUherek
        Originally Posted by JoeDRL View Post

        No, I'm not much into SEO but I use Pretty Links which is great for affiliates links.
        And Samuel, what do you use?
        Hey Joe, one of my favorite plugins is Legal Pages from a fellow warrior. It saves me a lot of time and I'm sure pages are correct.

        Originally Posted by Allenerb View Post

        My favorite right now is BulletProof Security - simply because I had some sites hacked a couple months ago and that really hurt. BulletProof Security takes a htaccess approach to securing your files (rather than plugins or any other type of stuff) so it's protecting you at the webserver level, which is about as good as you can get. I highly recommend that one - just be aware, if you're using TimThumb, or anything that can go outside to pick up files, images, etc. you might have to customize the configuration a bit more as it's those types of add-ons that are the most hacked.

        I put together a whole list of my favorite plugins on my site, and these are all ones that I use for pretty much every site.
        The same happened to me. I got hacked and all of my websites had setup a cron job to post the weird code in the header.php... Later on I found out the hacker had to gain my ftp details. But from then, I use BulletProof Security on all of my websites and I like it so much.

        Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

        Forgot to mention. I recently read about this one on the forum and tried it out.

        WordPress › Limit Login Attempts « WordPress Plugins

        I installed it on one of my popular blogs and I've been blown away by the attempts to log into my blog. I've got 3 lock outs already and only been using it for a week. This is a great security plugin.
        I begun to use this plugin at the same time as BulletProof Security, and I recommend it to everyone who wants to protect their websites.

        Originally Posted by Joseph G Spiteri View Post

        One of my favorites is easy wp SEO buy fellow warrior Chris Landrum.
        Joseph, what is so special about this easy wp seo? Does it have some good features? I haven't heard of it yet.
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      • Profile picture of the author sonicadam123
        I started off using Platinum SEO and social plugins like Digg Digg, but I've moved away from them now.

        I'm using SEO Ultimate on one of my sites, that's really powerful and I've been tinkering with WordPress SEO by Yoast on another site and that's damn cool too.

        I dropped Digg Digg, nothing wrong with it and it is a good plugin but I just love the analytics that you get with using the AddThis plugin.

        I'm using W3 Total Cache for making sure my site runs fast, I've tried WP Supercache too, but I find W3 Total Cache way more effective.

        For displaying ads I've just moved over to OIO Publisher, and it's awesome stuff.

        I think all in one SEO, doesn't live upto it's name any more with plugins like SEO Ultimate and WordPress SEO, they just do so much more.

        Originally Posted by Joseph G Spiteri View Post

        One of my favorites is easy wp SEO buy fellow warrior Chris Landrum.
        I grabbed a copy of that a while ago, and so far I'm loving it.
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  • Profile picture of the author pizzatherapy
    I like Clean Contact and use it on all of my blogs.
    I use Google Sitemap XML as well.
    I had been using All in One SEO but I am testing Platinum SEO Pack and SEO Ultimate.
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  • Profile picture of the author RhondaG
    One that is my favorite is the "exclude page" plugin. I have a site that I need pages on that I don't want showing up in the menu navigation bar. This plugin is free and when you are making your page, you simple check or un-check the box depending on if you want it to show up in the nav bar or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author rammurti
    For cache, i am using a combo DB Cache Reloaded and Wp Super cache and getting very good result.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    I like Wp Toolshed, it has a suite of utilities that make running a wordpress website so much easier, ) When you have one or two websites its not hard to keep up with all those "little tasks" that sometimes seem to rob you of your productivity, but when you have 30 or 40 websites to run that can take an entire week just to keep up with all the content, I can now do what used to take 5 days in just 8 hours, now that is productive.

    I never really understood just how difficult it was to operate a wordpress website until I finally realized that if I wanted to create products for wordpress I had to know what it was like to actually run a wordpress website, I think that is what is missing from a lot of plugins these days because they are developed by people that do not actually use wordpress every day.

    Once you start using wordpress every day for three months you will know a lot more than you used to know about word press, )
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    • Profile picture of the author edd666666
      This is a great thread, can anyone suggest plugins for:

      (1) a free alternative to askimet as I am a profit maker.

      (2) a contact page

      Thanks for this, Ed
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      • Profile picture of the author Allenerb
        Originally Posted by edd666666 View Post

        This is a great thread, can anyone suggest plugins for:

        (1) a free alternative to askimet as I am a profit maker.

        (2) a contact page

        Thanks for this, Ed
        Spam free wordpress is a plugin that has worked very well go me. Contact form 7 is also very good.
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    • Profile picture of the author SamuelUherek
      Originally Posted by Tim Franklin View Post

      I like Wp Toolshed, it has a suite of utilities that make running a wordpress website so much easier, ) When you have one or two websites its not hard to keep up with all those "little tasks" that sometimes seem to rob you of your productivity, but when you have 30 or 40 websites to run that can take an entire week just to keep up with all the content, I can now do what used to take 5 days in just 8 hours, now that is productive.

      I never really understood just how difficult it was to operate a wordpress website until I finally realized that if I wanted to create products for wordpress I had to know what it was like to actually run a wordpress website, I think that is what is missing from a lot of plugins these days because they are developed by people that do not actually use wordpress every day.

      Once you start using wordpress every day for three months you will know a lot more than you used to know about word press, )
      Tim, what is the official website for the Wp Toolshed? I would like to have a look at it, but couldn't find it on the web. It sounds to be a good tool for managing websites.

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    I forgot what it's called but it's got sitemap or XML in the title. I like that it generates a sitemap for me and notifys google/bing etc of updates.
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    • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
      Apart from such as All in one SEO and Google XML sitemaps I find Oio publisher, widget saver and broken link checker useful. Also like Mowpop and Linkaze.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcorvin
    SEOPressor, OptimizePress, WishList Member, SI Captcha Anti-Spam, Akismet, Google XML Sitemaps

    Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author david carr
    without a shadow of a doubt:

    Backupbuddy

    Saved my life a load of times

    Regards
    Dave
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  • Profile picture of the author NancyStringer
    Hello,

    All in one SEO Pack is my ultimate favourite, but Akisment and Contact form 7 are those, which everyone who is selling something to newbies (like myself) always recommends. I wonder if someone could help me to understand how all these WP plugins work together. And how many do I actually need? I heard that if I have too many installed, my site is going to be quite slow and Google evidently does not like that. Any comments?

    All the best,
    Nancy
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    • Profile picture of the author Allenerb
      Originally Posted by NancyStringer View Post

      Hello,

      All in one SEO Pack is my ultimate favourite, but Akisment and Contact form 7 are those, which everyone who is selling something to newbies (like myself) always recommends. I wonder if someone could help me to understand how all these WP plugins work together. And how many do I actually need? I heard that if I have too many installed, my site is going to be quite slow and Google evidently does not like that. Any comments?

      All the best,
      Nancy
      Most plugins each do their own separate tasks. Actually, you don't typically want to have more than one plugin doing the same thing as you coul have conflicts. Yes, it is true that too many plugins can slow down your site, but there are two things that can help you out. 1. Use a plugin like w3 total cache and Wordpress will create static HTML versions of your pages that are updated periodically. This ensures your site runs as fast as possible most of the time. The other key is making sure you are with a good hosting provider. Shared hosting is typically slower because of the number of sites hosted on one box but they are also the most cost effective. Generally speaking, if you have 10-15 well designed Wordpress plugins activated, you shouldn't see a huge difference in page speed. That being said, I would definitely use a caching plugin to help out as much a possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Anderson
    hello all, SEO is very important for any website or blog in order to be found on search engines like Google, Yahoo and others.Plugin makes the seo task easier, there are following plugin:
    ALL IN ONE SEO
    SEO Rank Repoter
    Google xml sitemap
    Easy WP SEO
    If u have any problem with installing these plugin on Windows vista. U have to take windows vista support from technical persons.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    OptimizePress only. and others are pretty much comon Plug ins that all of us use!
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  • Profile picture of the author MeTellYou
    All in one SEO, as someone mentioned before me, and XML sitemap. Then there's this adon to all in one that tells you if you forgot to put your SEO text anywhere. I think it's called "what's missing" or something like that...

    can't remember

    Originally Posted by SamuelUherek View Post

    The title says it all. What are the best wordpress plugins you use? I was just curios, because when you go to wordpress.org and sort the plugins by popularity, the top three are Akisment, Contact form 7 and All in One SEO Pack.

    My question isn't what are the most popular WP plugins, but what you warriors think is the best plugin you have. For example, I have a great plugin for sliders on my websites, and it's definitely not in the top 100 on wordpress.org

    I'm looking forward to your suggestions.
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    • Profile picture of the author robvegas626
      I used to use All In One SEO, but now I definitely prefer the Wordpress SEO plugin from Yoast. Check it out. It's also free, and has a bunch of cool features. I also like the Clickbump SEO plugin, which helps me do on-page optimization on my blog posts to rank for keywords.
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      • Profile picture of the author SamuelUherek
        Originally Posted by MeTellYou View Post

        All in one SEO, as someone mentioned before me, and XML sitemap. Then there's this adon to all in one that tells you if you forgot to put your SEO text anywhere. I think it's called "what's missing" or something like that...

        can't remember
        I didn't hear about this one. I'll check it out... And how does it work? Does it tell that you forgot to put some meta description and keywords to your post or pages?


        Originally Posted by david carr View Post

        without a shadow of a doubt:

        Backupbuddy

        Saved my life a load of times

        Regards
        Dave
        David, I've been thinking about purchasing Backupbuddy for a long time but never got it. Is it really worth it? I'm using WP-DBManager, and it works great for backing-up my database.

        Originally Posted by robvegas626 View Post

        I used to use All In One SEO, but now I definitely prefer the Wordpress SEO plugin from Yoast. Check it out. It's also free, and has a bunch of cool features. I also like the Clickbump SEO plugin, which helps me do on-page optimization on my blog posts to rank for keywords.
        I've been using Platinum SEO and it works great for me. But if you say that the SEO plugin from Yoast is worth having a look, I should see what's in it.


        Thanks warriors. I got some great tips.
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        • Profile picture of the author beachblade
          Great suggestions

          I like WP Lockup (Paid) and WP Firewall (Free). Both are for security purposes. WP Lockup can really improve your security with some real easy configuration changes.

          Enjoy,

          Gary
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          • Profile picture of the author SamuelUherek
            Originally Posted by beachblade View Post

            Great suggestions

            I like WP Lockup (Paid) and WP Firewall (Free). Both are for security purposes. WP Lockup can really improve your security with some real easy configuration changes.

            Enjoy,

            Gary
            Gary, how much is the WP Lockup? Is it worth the investment? I find BulletProof Security to be good enough.
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    • Profile picture of the author Monika Morley
      Hi Samuel,

      My favorite WP Plugin is Optin-Wiz. It redirects comments to my thankyou page with a free gift and builds my list on autopilot. If you want a demo of how it works, you're welcome to check it on my blog.

      Monika
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  • Profile picture of the author Anurmedia
    Jeff Johnson`s free traffic getting SEO plugin.
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  • Profile picture of the author teekz
    Really like Seo pressor makes basic seo so simple, also really like Optimizepress there is a bit of a learning curve but once you've got it, its very powerful
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    [QUOTE=SamuelUherek;5539137]The title says it all. What are the best wordpress plugins you use?


    As few as possible.

    but these mostly

    Google XML sitemaps
    PS Auto Sitemap
    Strictly Auto Tags
    WordPress SEO
    WP-HTML-Compression
    PC Robots.txt
    Quick Cache
    WP-Optimize
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  • Profile picture of the author Fatality
    This is a great thread to find new plugins to try out.

    My two favorite are All in One SEO for really easy SEO integration and sexybookmarks to get a little more traffic and help my site go viral.
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulFL
    I use a lot of what is mentioned above and also like All in one Favicon, Short codes deluxe (by Mark Dulisse) and Tiny MCE advanced (adds additional customization buttons to the kitchen sink).
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  • Profile picture of the author easymoneyman
    All in one SEO pack for sure,
    Plus I just picked up Custom Auto SEO from Jeremy Kelsall here in the forum..I love it, what a time saver!

    AJ
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