Must Have WordPress Plugins

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I'm planning to set up a few niche sites powered by wordpress but i can't seem to find a PROPER list of essential wordpress plugins. Can anyone help?
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  • Profile picture of the author RebeccaL
    The plugins you use will really depend on what you want the site to do. Wordpress plugins add functionality to a site.

    All in One SEO is a good one to start with as it covers basic site SEO.
    Google Sitemap Generator should also be included.
    WP DB Backup is vital for easy backups.

    The rest will depend on your needs and wants for your own site.
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  • Profile picture of the author freedomguy
    Here are my favourites:

    Basic Set:
    akismet
    all-in-one-seo-pack
    google-analyticator
    google-sitemap-generator
    wordpress-automatic-upgrade
    wp-db-backup
    enhanced-wordpress-contactform

    If you need to redirect pages:
    redirection
    wp-affiliate

    Check out your site security with this plugin,
    WP gets hacked a lot:
    wp-security-scan

    Other useful plugins:
    wp-sticky - keep selected posts on top
    podpress - great for audio/video podcasts
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    • Profile picture of the author MrLewisSmile
      Originally Posted by freedomguy View Post

      Here are my favourites:

      Basic Set:
      akismet
      all-in-one-seo-pack
      google-analyticator
      google-sitemap-generator
      wordpress-automatic-upgrade
      wp-db-backup
      enhanced-wordpress-contactform

      If you need to redirect pages:
      redirection
      wp-affiliate

      Check out your site security with this plugin,
      WP gets hacked a lot:
      wp-security-scan

      Other useful plugins:
      wp-sticky - keep selected posts on top
      podpress - great for audio/video podcasts
      Wordpress-automatic-upgrade functionality is now included in the latest version of wordpress.

      Other plugins: Good picks!
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    • Profile picture of the author mandyg33
      My favorite is all-in-one-seo-pack .. saves so much time
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  • Profile picture of the author gcot
    In addition the ones listed:

    Embed It
    Simple Tags
    Sociable
    WP Traffic
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  • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
    One useful plugin that I really like is "What Would Seth Godin Do".

    You can read about it here:
    WordPress › What Would Seth Godin Do WordPress Plugins
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  • Profile picture of the author laurelwachtel
    Thank you for your post freedomguy, I'm just starting setting up my wordpress blog and these will help me get started for sure! Many thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    really NOT that many.

    Google XML sitemaps.
    Platinum SEO

    ( Not mentioning already included or "special" plugins like WP Autoblog plugins )

    I also think "tinymce advanced" is nice, depending on your needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn72
    A few more that can be useful -

    Post teaser: This is a plugin that shortens posts on the main page and adds a read more link to the actual post. Helps avoid duplicate content.

    Duplicate content cure: The name says it all! Only works on pages within a single blog of course, not with content on external sites.

    Old Post Promoter: I just just grabbed this one recently and it's brilliant for PLR filled blogs. Lets say you have a blog filled with 50 PLR articles, it will randomly place old posts back at the top of the blog. Providing the permalinks just show the post name, there there won't be any duplicate content issues with this one either.

    There's a bunch of others, I just can't think of them right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author M Thompson
      It really is down to personal choice, I always like to use the related posts plugin.
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  • Profile picture of the author maggytyger
    Here is one I just started using on one of my blgos: Sociable
    it allows your readers to submit your post to many of the Social Networking sites like Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ian Harmon
    A couple more for your list: SEO master, excellent plugin with a really easy way of controlling page rank flow through your site. Also, Theme Tester which as its name suggests, allows you to test out new themes on you site without affecting your live site
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    • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
      Originally Posted by dink View Post

      A couple more for your list: SEO master, excellent plugin with a really easy way of controlling page rank flow through your site.
      elaborate please...does it set nofollow tags?
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      • Profile picture of the author Kirk Ward
        One thing you need to be sure of is that the plugins you select are compatible with the version of WordPress you are running. There are several listed above that are not compatible wit WP 2.7

        You can always check by using wordpress.org as your primary download site and checking to see what level they are compatible with. It's posted right under the download link on the home page of each plugin.

        If you get a plugin from another site, check with the vendor to see that it is compatible.

        Cheers,
        Kirk
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        • Profile picture of the author eshopcompany
          the all in one seo pack is a really good plugin for wordpress I can get you a better complete list from my other machine a little later so I will come back and post that for you shortly
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  • Profile picture of the author DominicTFY
    Hey Warriors,

    I think Lorelle has covered a comprehensive list over here: Lists of Your Favorite WordPress Plugins Lorelle on WordPress

    Just check it out in case there's any wordpress plugins you'd find it useful for your WP blogs.


    Cheers,
    Dominic
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    • Profile picture of the author nhynes57
      In addition to those already list, 2 I like to use are "Max Banner Ads"
      for adsense or banners and "Amazon Reloaded for WordPress" for
      adding Amazon products to posts.

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      • Profile picture of the author doublee
        While reading these posts, I saw your reference to Amazon Reloaded. It sounds helpful.
        I just downloaded it, adn will come back and post my thoughts after I implement it.

        Thanks for mentioning it.
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  • Profile picture of the author gerrihabib
    With my blog I've found that the sociable plugin very useful as it lets your visitor bloggers to send your blog posts to all of the popular social bookmarking sites starting with Digg and Propeller and Stumbleupon. It allows quick indexing of your blog via wordpress, which in turn generates more traffic to your blog! A great tool!
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    • Profile picture of the author rsteadm2
      I personally like KB Linker.

      You can choose a keyword and then assign a link to that keyword. Any time that the keyword shows up in a post it assigns a link to that keyword. Here's an example

      Make Money->http://www.eprofits123.com

      so every that the phrase make money shows up, it adds a hyper link to whatever you assign it giving spider food to another site or internal page or affiliate link.

      Just My .02

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      • Profile picture of the author DrewG
        Some plug-ins I always recommend:

        AffomaticEbay - Free eBay script for ePN stores

        Platinum SEO Pack - There are a ton of SEO packs that are available, I have used All-in-One for a while, but just started Platinum's and I haven't considered others, a plugin MUST.

        MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate - Cloaking aff links

        Top Commentators Widget - get people commenting your blog

        Tweetbacks - offer an incentive for ppl to Tweet your posts

        Privacy Policy - essential, especially with PPC, Google likes these

        Pingcrawl - automatic pinging of your site

        Global Translator - recommended for foreign visitors

        NextGen Gallery - if you plan on having pics/thumbnails

        Wordpress Backup - Back up your site quickly and easily

        WP-Copyprotect - if you have content that you DO NOT want copied

        Wp-o-Matic - for autoblogging and automatic content generation

        WP-Supercache - make your site/blog load faster

        WP-PageNavi - make your pages easier to navigate

        SEO-Automatic Links - make links more SEO friendly

        Contact-Form - so your visitors can get in contact with you



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  • Profile picture of the author SDG-Nick
    XML Sitemap Generator and WP-Supercache (if you have high traffic) is essential, rest isn't as important in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aristocratic
    I would add wp-autotagger and hyper cache over super cache, but just a matter of preference. Also prefer Platinum SEO over All in One.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mightyade
    This useful information is timely. I just need somebody there to tell me how to install all these plug-ins.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mightyade
    This useful information is timely. I just need somebody there to tell me how to install all these plug-ins.
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