Essential Wordpress plugins

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Hey all, I'm looking for advice on which plug-ins I really need to install on my WordPress sites to make full use of anything I can.

I'm a newbie to most plug-ins, I now All in one SEO is important and can help dramatically.

Any other important ones I need?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elizabeth Fee
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      There is really no definitive set of plugins that can just be used on every site (IMO).

      And another thing to keep in mind is you are better off with less plugins than more. Too many plugins can cause conflicts and slow down your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    Thanks you two, much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ankesh Kothari
    The fewer plugins you use, the faster your website will be.

    1. WordPress SEO by Yoast. Much better than All in One SEO plugin.

    2. Akismet for comment spam catching.

    3. W3 Total cache for saving bandwidth costs and making your website faster.

    4. nRelate Related Content plugin because internal links is essential.

    But besides these, go on a case by case basis. And tend to go for fewer plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ldimilo
    It really depends on what your needs are so the question is really an open ended question. I work with various clients and the plug-ins I wind up choosing for them largely depends on what type of business they are in and what message they are sending.

    For the record, from an SEO perspective, Wordpress is pretty optimized out of the box.
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    • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
      Originally Posted by Ldimilo View Post

      It really depends on what your needs are so the question is really an open ended question. I work with various clients and the plug-ins I wind up choosing for them largely depends on what type of business they are in and what message they are sending.

      For the record, from an SEO perspective, Wordpress is pretty optimized out of the box.
      I'm with you on this one does he want pay plugins or free, or does it matter, are the plugins for seo, backups, lists. more input needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    Thanks for that list Ankesh

    Yea I'm kinda realising that it may be different for different sites.

    What about plug-ins for an Amazon affiliate site then?
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  • Profile picture of the author Nics
    Search the forum for warrior "edynas". He makes great plugins for Amazon. I recently bought these two and use them on my sites:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...marketers.html

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...tes-sites.html
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  • Profile picture of the author AdrienneR
    I'm also a pretty big fan of the SEO by Yoast plugin, as well as the W3 total cache plugin. If you're using WordPress for an actual blog, not just a site, then I also really like the WordPress related posts plugin because it helps keep people on your site for longer.
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  • Profile picture of the author wbgclient
    I would like to add a plugin for the xml Google sitemap and the Google Analiticator.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    That's another I forgot about, the sitemap one is important for the spiders.

    What is the Analiticator?
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  • Profile picture of the author Wade32
    A good one to use as well is Comment Redirect. After a person leaves a comment, it redirects them to a thank you page(that you create) where you can build your list or make money somehow.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gaz Christian
      A great freebie shopping cart plugin that i've recently found is by ecwid.com (e commerce widget). If you're considering selling product then definately check this out.
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  • Profile picture of the author EricJames
    I deal a lot in affiliate marketing so I use Go Codes a lot to cloak/track/pretty up aff links and find the Go Codes plugin to be rather invaluable.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    thanks very much people, really helps with all these recommendations.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    thanks very much people, really helps with all these recommendations.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcorvin
    SEO Pressor, Yoast SEO (much better than all-in-one)

    AND...if you are writing blogs you need CBNet Ping Optimizer.

    Hope that helps

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  • Profile picture of the author JayVance
    Also like to add, with the W3 cache plugin you can also add cloudflare to it. Cloudflare is a free CDN which can speed up your website. My load time for one of my wordpress sites went from 2.4 seconds to 1.1!
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    • Profile picture of the author GlenH
      In the last 2 weeks, I've received (or read about on this forum) promotions for 37 new plugins or one sort or another.

      They're like apps! - Everyone's seems to be coming out with some sort of plugin or another.
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    • Profile picture of the author damoncloudflare
      Originally Posted by JayVance View Post

      Also like to add, with the W3 cache plugin you can also add cloudflare to it. Cloudflare is a free CDN which can speed up your website. My load time for one of my wordpress sites went from 2.4 seconds to 1.1!
      Thanks! Just to clarify for other folks...

      W3TC offers CloudFlare as an option in the W3TC plugin. You would still need to create a CloudFlare account in order for it to work properly.

      Tip: Do NOT turn on Minify options at both CloudFlare and W3TC (choose one minify option or the other).
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    Thanks Jay and Michael, will look at those also.

    Glen your absolutely right lol, it's like website bling.
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  • Profile picture of the author footballbob06
    Thanks for all of these great plugins. I will probably try Yoast SEO as I have all in one SEO now.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    any more recommendations for plug-ins would be appreciated.
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    • Profile picture of the author damoncloudflare
      Originally Posted by aaronjunited View Post

      any more recommendations for plug-ins would be appreciated.
      A lot of great advice here. Quick comments:

      1. Don't install too many (they can cause performance issues & potential conflicts arise from having a lot).
      2. If you're using a a plugin for caching, choose one only (conflicts can arise). Using a CDN is still ok.
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  • Profile picture of the author webalfie
    I've used many many plug-ins for wordpress before (some good, some not so good). The list below are my favorite that I use for every site I have.

    1. WP Security - Don't want your site hacked
    2. SEO by YOAST - Easy way to set up SEO and redirects
    3. All In One Favicon
    4. Get Social (A cool social bar that floats on the side)
    5. WP to Twitter - Sends your new posts to twitter
    6. Yet Another Related Post Plugin - At the end of your posts it will show related posts for users to read
    7. Social Media Widget - A social media widget to add to your sidebar
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Just a few that I use

      Twitter Tools

      Every time I post to my blog then and automatic tweet goes out on my twitter account that says "Looks like he is blogging again (link to article)

      Simple Facebook Connect

      Whenever I post to my blog the post is automatically duplicated on my facebook fan page

      and, of course, there is All in one SEO

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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Bleach
    Most of the ones I use have already been mentioned, except WPTouch, which makes your site easier to use for smart phone users.
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  • Profile picture of the author therichb
    Using plugins for purposes like spam restriction, seo optimization, image posting, formatting content, ad management, customized sidebars can be a good deal of plugins needed in present day.

    A large variety of plugins are found in the premium license with small amount & they are of real help for IM businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    Thanks man, much appreciated.
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  • Profile picture of the author Redwyn88
    Good premium themes eliminate the need for a lot of plugins. I like the All in One SEO plugin and have used it but mostly find my that my themes already do the same thing just as well. And like many have said, the fewer plugins the better.

    If you're specifically asking about an Amazon site you might want to stay away from any of the link cloaking stuff like Pretty Link, the Amazon affiliate agreement doesn't allow any kind of redirect links.
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  • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
    Originally Posted by aaronjunited View Post

    Hey all, I'm looking for advice on which plug-ins I really need to install on my WordPress sites to make full use of anything I can.

    I'm a newbie to most plug-ins, I now All in one SEO is important and can help dramatically.

    Any other important ones I need?

    Thanks.
    lol you got my hopes up. And I was thinking I'd click the link and see a list of the best Affiliate Marketing plugins designed by Warriors. lol <Sigh>
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  • Profile picture of the author jammu1317
    The plugins you need is directly related to your site. which type of site you have?
    1) A Company site
    2) Money making site
    3) affiliate product site
    etc.. etc... so plugins may be very with type of site.. but there are some common plugins like.
    all in one seo
    google sitemap generator
    seo image
    contact form 7


    Hope it will help you
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    Use CB Goliath, not just get good rank for SEO, but can collect some cash, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author andersvinther
    For security I'd recommend you run through The WordPress Security Checklist
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    Thank you for this
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    NexGen image gallery
    Contact Form 7
    Newsletter
    W3 Cache
    Post Ender
    Social Media Widget
    Open up in New Window
    Yoast SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author meta-blogger
    I personally love the shareaholic wordpress plugin and use it under my posts, it has beautiful shiny icons and lets you choose form about 50 top social sites. By the way, I also have a free 35-page pdf that briefly covers the 100 top wordpress plugins if you are interested.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronjunited
    thanks for the shareaholic, just installed and I like.
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  • Profile picture of the author meta-blogger
    Yes, shareholic is awesome. Gotta put in on my main blog and take down the ugly facebook like/send button, too small and easy to miss.
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