Recommended wordpress plugins

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bought a domain last night, got wordpress setup and a really nice theme, now is there any plugins you guys recommend? this is a weight loss site, I need to try and find some affiliate marketing crap to push too, thinking of going with pills, as those are popular and cheap to ship but if anyone has other ideas feel free to share
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  • Profile picture of the author wgempire
    I use these on all my sites

    Platinum Seo pack or All in one Seo Pack
    Broken Link Checker
    Google XML sitemaps
    wordpress.com stats
    askismet
    wordpress database backup
    sharebar

    These are the basic free plugins that I use. I am sure others will add several more good ones but these work well for me.

    Optional paid plugins I use

    Datafeedr
    Popup domination

    Good Luck
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    • Profile picture of the author DISCOUNT OFFER
      Originally Posted by wgempire View Post

      I use these on all my sites

      Platinum Seo pack or All in one Seo Pack
      Broken Link Checker
      Google XML sitemaps
      wordpress.com stats
      askismet
      wordpress database backup
      sharebar

      These are the basic free plugins that I use. I am sure others will add several more good ones but these work well for me.

      Optional paid plugins I use

      Datafeedr
      Popup domination

      Good Luck
      The list is ok...... but i want to add following ones :-

      WP-DBManager - automatically backs up your wordpress data
      antivirus (Search wordpress plugins)- Checks your theme for anything suspicious
      WP-Security-Scan - Checks for server permissions issues, the database for security risks and more
      Bad Behavior - Blocks the spam bots from getting website content and emails.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    None.

    There are no "must-have" plugins... maybe the anti-spam but that comes with your package.

    Other than that everybody should install ONLY plugins from trusted sources and ONLY for specific features that YOUR blog needs. And your blog's needs are, probably, completely different than mine. Or everybody's else.
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    • Profile picture of the author Courtney Keene
      Certainly agree with the above. Some plugins are waaaay more trouble than they're worth (break your blog trouble...) so make sure you do your research and use reputable plugins only.

      That said, if you don't want hundreds of comments to the tune of "hey this great u really know ur stuff..." with a link to the "commenter's" site in the name field, do yourself a favor and install the anti-spam plugin mentioned above. You'll need your API key.

      Other useful ones are Contact Form to build a shortcode contact form for different purposes (take this with a grain of salt, I haven't tested it recently), All in One SEO, and sometimes I use Raw HTML if I'm importing HTML from another site and Wordpress mangles it.

      I just installed eShop for my PLR store. I'm actually really liking it so far! Easy to use and it handles everything without me having to use bulky Paypal code. Great if you're running an online store, especially for digital products. (I know you're not, but if you expand to sell your own products in the future )

      For affiliate marketing, how are you setting up your site? If you're doing reviews, a product review plugin where you can at least assign star ratings is great. I had trouble finding one that wasn't out of date or paid version only, but I'm also not an active affiliate marketer. Someone else may be able to name a plugin directly.

      Best of luck,
      Courtney
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Just keep in mind that every plugin you use slows your site down to some degree, some more than others.

    If you don't absolutely need it, don't even install it.

    IMHO, the only plugin that can be considered 'essential' is Akismet. But if you don't allow comments ( IOW, you're using WP as a 'site builder' rather than a blog ) you don't even need Akismet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Originally Posted by cashtree View Post

    and Istvan Horvath no offense but your pic is really creeping me out : reminds me of that one serial killer...
    That might be a good thing... because I am not here to cause an instant orgasm in those looking at my picture but to give you the best WP advice available around here.

    (For the record: sometimes I am meaner than a serial killer!)
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  • Profile picture of the author HarryPothead
    I agree with the above statement.
    You bashed me once with your words Istvan but it was good advice so no harm done and no hard feeling
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    • Profile picture of the author zmorris
      As far as SEO goes here is an excellent article by Yoast instructing you what plugins and changes you need to make to have you website optimized. It's a great article and goes into detail as to why all of the plugins are good for SEO.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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      • Profile picture of the author rich7797
        Originally Posted by Pete Walker View Post

        Wouldn't the Website Design forum be the best place to put this thread since it's not related to making money?

        Please read...

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ns-please.html

        "Website Design: HTML, CSS, web graphics and... wait for it... Wordpress Themes. Yeah. Those belong in this section."
        I agree with this comment but I am interested in the article by yoast, any chance of a live link please
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      • Profile picture of the author cashtree
        Originally Posted by Pete Walker View Post

        Wouldn't the Website Design forum be the best place to put this thread since it's not related to making money?

        Please read...

        http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ns-please.html

        "Website Design: HTML, CSS, web graphics and... wait for it... Wordpress Themes. Yeah. Those belong in this section."
        I want plugins that'll help me make money or save money, either or. Granted all suggestions are welcomed.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnspill
    i would not go with the pills.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashtree
      Originally Posted by johnspill View Post

      i would not go with the pills.
      why not, what do you recommend then?
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  • WP plugins are recommended according to your needs, what kind of site you have. for example if you have video blog, you'll need plugins for videos and etc.
    But basically, you should use
    All in one seo pack
    XML sitemaps
    Google Analytics
    and may some security plugin.
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  • Profile picture of the author kan969
    Just be careful to use plugins from trusted source and not more than u absolutely have too (will slow your site down).
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