What plugins do you find yourself using on every site you design?

September 23rd, 2010
Best of WordPress

I saw a similar post on the LinkedIn WordPress Group posted by Mary Ann and I was intrigued.

So without further ado, I would love to read about and be linked to The Top 5 Plugins that you WordPress Genuises use in every one of your WordPress installs and why are they so important to you?




  1. Patrick Daly (6 comments.) says:

    * Akismet
    * WP-DBManager
    * Google XML Sitemaps
    * Google Analytics for WordPress
    * WP Super Cache
    * WP Minify

    That’s 6, I know, but I almost never launch a site without those 6.

  2. James Huff (62 comments.) says:

    * Add to Any Share Button, to provide an easy way for readers to share their favorite posts and pages.
    * Add to Any Subscribe Button, to provide an easy way for readers to subscribe to the blog.
    * Akismet, the front line of any blog’s anti-spam defenses.
    * Better Feed, to add a copyright notice, as well as other useful features, to the blog’s feed.
    * Google XML Sitemaps, to create an XML Sitemap of the blog.

  3. John P. Bloch (3 comments.) says:

    It really depends on on the specific site, but here are the ones I generally go with:

    W3 Total Cache
    Google Analytics for WordPress
    Google XML Sitemaps
    Theme My Login

  4. James Farmer (6 comments.) says:

    For a Multisite Install:

    – The Post Indexer and Comment Indexer plugins

    – So that I can show recent global posts and recent global comments via widgets (nothing turns on new bloggers than seeing their stuff listed on the front!)

    – On that same front the users directory plugin is an alltime favorite

    – As is global site tags (also runs off the post indexer)

    – And last, but not least, Easy blogging and Easy blogging tooltips – so that users don’t get scared off by the WP admin interface and get some help in there too.

    Those are the main kinda things that got Edublogs up and running and also that Edublogs Campus users ask for allll the time.

  5. Bob Dunn (2 comments.) says:

    Well, I will sound like a broken record…

    Google XML Sitemaps
    Google Analytics for WordPress (depending on the theme and it’s options)
    WP Super Cache
    All in one SEO (if their theme doesn’t have SEO options)

    and, of course, others, depending on their needs…

  6. Randy (5 comments.) says:

    I use many of the same plugins already mentioned, so I thought I’d only mention plugins that no one else has mentioned yet:

    * Custom Field Template
    This lets you add pre-defined custom fields to the edit Page and edit Post screens. This works with custom post types, as well.

    * Gravity Forms
    For forms that are a little bit more complicated than a simple contact form.

    * WP-Mail-SMTP
    This plugin lets you change the From name and email address of WordPress-generated emails. It also lets you use SMTP to send them instead of mail().

    * KB Advanced RSS Widget
    This plugin gives you a widget for displaying content from any RSS feed; it gives you complete control over how the content is displayed. This is the best way to include Facebook or Twitter content on a WordPress web site.

    * Custom Functions
    I write a custom plugin for every site I build called “Custom Functions.” I register custom post types, remove the capital_P_dangit filters, and perform a number of other actions there. I prefer to have a plugin for these instead of the functions.php file so that custom post types don’t disappear when I change the theme.

  7. Dave (1 comments.) says:

    All In One SEO
    Google XML Sitemap Generator
    Google Analytics For WordPress
    Contact Form 7

    I think they’re all relatively self-explanatory. Every blog should have a contact page and all too often they don’t – Contact Form 7 makes it so easy

  8. WpHey (21 comments.) says:

    These are my most used plugins.

    *Google XML Sitemaps
    *Google Analytics for WordPress
    *WP Super Cache
    *All in one SEO

  9. palPalani (1 comments.) says:

    My all time favorite list is here:

    * Akismet
    * WP Super Cache
    * Google XML Sitemaps
    * Google Analytics for WordPress
    * All in one SEO

  10. David Artiss (7 comments.) says:

    My top 5 are…

    * Youtube Embed# (embed YouTube videos easily in your posts)
    * WP (automatically compress uploaded images without losing quality)
    * Simple Content Reveal# (collapse and head sections of your blog)
    * Simple Draft List# (list drafts that you’re working on as well as future timed posts)
    * WP-Footnotes (easily show footnotes in your posts)

    An eclectic mix, I’ll admit. And those with the # next to them are plugins that I’ve written (I only write those I find useful, so they’re bound to be in my list!).

  11. 13770 (2 comments.) says:


    Shadowbox JS

    Subscribe 2

    Post Tabs


  12. Nathan (1 comments.) says:

    That will be:

    Google XML Sitemaps
    W3 Total Cache
    All in one SEO
    Subscribe 2

  13. Jérémie says:

    * Akismet
    * WP Super Cache
    * Google XML Sitemaps
    * All in one SEO
    * WP Minify

  14. Jim Maidis (1 comments.) says:

    1. All in one SEO
    2. WP Super Cache (Mostly at high-traffic sites)
    3. Google XML Sitemaps
    4. Advertising Manager
    5. Executable PHP widget
    6. WP

  15. Zoran (2 comments.) says:

    Google XML Sitemaps
    cbnet Ping Optimizer
    SEO Ultimate
    YARPP Related Posts

  16. Nicolas (25 comments.) says:

    * Akismet
    * WordPress Database Backup
    * Google XML Sitemaps
    * Limit Login Attempts

    The 5th one really depends on the site. I use TwitterTools quite a lot but lately have been working with Pods quite often as well. And although this can be done easily within the function.php file YARPP is a popular one as well for my sites.

  17. Joseph (1 comments.) says:

    Being relatively a newbie to this whole web development malarky, I’ve noticed myself using the following (at least from now on):

    Piece of pie to make your site mobile compatible
    StumbleUpon, Twitter and Facebook sharing tool. Love it!

    Spam sorter. A Must-Have!

    WP Super Cache:
    Of course.

    However, if ShareThis pulled their finger out, their images could be so much better. I’m awaiting images from Digg and Stumble to be included in the latest update, if not, then I’ll use the buttons or badges individually which will end up being a small pain. But, it’s the whole style package that I like. A convenient sharing tool.

    Would appreciate recommendations on what to have as well.

  18. Steve Global Media (10 comments.) says:

    Mini Meta widget is probably the only one across all the blogs..
    SI captcha anti-spam is taking over most of them now

    I prob should add

    limit login attempts, theme my login


    Post teaser – I LOVE the way I can customize the “read more” with post title, and so does gogole ;)

    to all my blogs.

  19. Inge (4 comments.) says:


    Google XML Sitemap Generator
    Google Analytics For WordPress


    TS Custom Widgets
    Contact Form 7

    Social Media:

    Twitter Tools

  20. Nicholas Teo (37 comments.) says:

    * Akismet
    * WP-DBManager
    * Google XML Sitemaps
    * WP Super Cache
    * Add to Any Share Button
    * All in one SEO

  21. fruity (4 comments.) says:

    - After The Deadline (style/spelling/grammar checker)

    – Broken Link Checker Pro (checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found

    – Google XML Sitemap for Images (self-explanatory…. sitemap for images)

    – WP Minify (compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time)

    – WP YouTube Lyte (Light YouTube embed without Flash embed in posts for faster page load… this is awesome)

    … and I also use many of the ones others mentioned before me: Akismet, Google XML Sitemap, WP-DBManager, All in one SEO, GravatarLocalCache (for caching gravatar images)

    So actually, that’s my TOP 10 instead of 5. :)

  22. Oleg Xtraboy (1 comments.) says:

    - Akismet
    – All in One SEO Pack
    – Google XML Sitemaps
    – WP Super Cache
    – Subscribe To Comments

  23. Otto (215 comments.) says:

    At WordCamp Birmingham, I made a comment to the effect that I run 63 plugins on my sites. While that’s true, it’s misleading, as several of them (notably my own Simple Facebook/Twitter Connect) are multi-plugin systems. If you eliminate that, it goes down to 36, which is still quite a lot. :)

    So, here’s the list of plugins that I am currently using:

    After The Deadline
    After The Deadline for Comments
    Atom Default Feed
    Cookies for Comments
    Enable oEmbed Discovery
    Google MP3 Player
    Gravatar Box
    Limit Login Attempts
    Log Deprecated Notices
    MediaRSS (mods by Otto)
    Otto’s Google Buzz Button
    Plugin Info
    Reveal IDs for WP Admin
    Revision Control
    RSS Cloud
    Search Regex
    Simple Facebook Connect
    Simple Trackback Validation
    Simple Twitter Connect
    Subscribe To Comments
    SyntaxHighlighter Evolved
    Use Google Libraries
    Woopra Stats
    WordPress Admin Bar
    WordPress Beta Tester
    WP Paypal Donate Widget R2.0
    WP Super Cache
    XML Sitemap Feed
    YOURLS: WordPress to Twitter

  24. Rob says:

    I tend to automatically install and use:
    All in One SEO
    Section Widget
    Thumbnail Viewer

  25. Husera (1 comments.) says:

    WP Super Cache is the only one I always use regardless of what site I am building. Besides that I don’t really have a list of “must have” plugins…

  26. Flick (28 comments.) says:

    Subscribe 2
    Page Links To

  27. Lynne (1 comments.) says:

    Login Lockdown
    WP Stats
    WP Firewall
    WP File Monitor
    Fast Secure Contact Form

  28. John Levandowski (2 comments.) says:

    Akismet – spam prevention
    All In One SEO Pack – search engine optimization
    TinyMCE Advanced – better visual post editor tools
    After the Deadline – spelling, style, and grammar checker
    Your choice of sharing plugin – AddToAny, Share This, ShareDaddy

    I don’t use any caching plugins as I cache all my sites using a custom nginx build.

  29. Lyndsey (1 comments.) says:

    My favourites:
    – Contact7
    – All in one SEO
    – Feedburner

  30. Chris (29 comments.) says:

    Update Notifier
    Google XML Sitemaps
    Contact Form 7 or Fast Secure Contact Form
    Secure WordPress

    Explanation – I love Update Notifier because I don’t login to client sites that much, so emails when there are updates reminds me to update plugins or core. Secure WordPress let’s me remove some things I don’t want users/non-maintainers to see. The others are pretty self-explanatory.

  31. ron says:

    One thing I wish for WP, not a plugin but a reality, is when I click external links from my Dashboard such as to Weblog Tools it automatically opens in a new Tab. That would be cool, but if at least a plugin exists to do so, please let me know what it’s called.

  32. sLa says:

    1 – W3 Total Cache
    2 – WP Overview (lite)
    3 – Google XML Sitemaps
    4 – Platinum SEO Pack
    5 – WP-PageNavi


    – 404 Notifier
    – FD Feedburner Plugin
    – Ozh’ Better Feed
    – MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
    – Google Analyticator
    – Disable WordPress Updates
    – Custom Functions


  33. jonathan soroko (1 comments.) says:

    I see that I’m an amateur among sophisticates, and reading these comments has been abig education. My list:
    Akissmet – but I don’t think of Akismet as something one adds – it’s a bssic part of any safe setup. So I’ll list five others:

    Insights |

    Footnotes by Simon Elvery:
    WP-Footnotes (a plugin for WordPress) – sw’as

    Time Release by Erigami Scholey-Fuller:
    WordPress › Time Release « WordPress Plugins

    MiniPosts, also by Erigami Scholey-Fuller
    WordPress › Miniposts « WordPress Plugins

    I use others, but these are the ones I install at the beginning, right after Akismet, but the list will change/expand if and when I finally get some understanding of SEO, social media, etc.

  34. Louis Kessler (2 comments.) says:

    I use some that noone else has mentioned yet:

    – WP Review Site
    – WordPress Hashcash
    – Safe Signup Form
    – wp-cache

    And on my other site:

    Featuring CountComments
    Login Logger
    MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
    Ozh’s IP To Nation
    Sidebar Login
    Simple Trackback Validation

  35. Samuel (3 comments.) says:

    My basic pack is:

    – cforms
    – Disable Revisions
    – Easy Add Thumbnail
    – Google Analyticator
    – Google XML Sitemaps
    – NoSpamNX
    – Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu
    – Shorten2Ping
    – Stats

  36. Rick Hepting (1 comments.) says:

    Because I run mostly CMS sites I use the following on almost all:

    * WP-DBManager
    * Stats
    * Google XML Sitemaps
    * a sticky post order
    * headspace 2
    * nextgen gallery

    * I’m in Mexico so I also use WPML a lot and I would love to be able to use a cache plugin but none seem to work well with WPML.

  37. Andre Lefebvre (2 comments.) says:

    The very first plugin I always install is:

    FLUENCY ADMIN skin by Dean Robinson

    Then it’s depending on the needs. Before finally deciding, I do quite a bit of research reading through reviews about people’s experience of a plugin they used. I’ll also install a few different ones to test them in real-time on the very site I’m creating.

  38. Marina Orlova (1 comments.) says:

    Comment Reply Notification ( the MOST important plug-in I have ever used!

    It notifies commenters when THEIR specific comment has a reply.. it keeps bringing users back to your site. My site has 181,000 comments because of it!

    The functionality should be built into WordPress.. it’s built into Buddypress so I’m hoping they add it to WordPress eventually. It’s not a “Subscribe to Comments” plugin which notifies you of ever comment on a post, which is not good when your posts get 200-300 comments each.

  39. Catherine Smith (1 comments.) says:

    I sometimes try even other plugins but there are two that I use everytime: “All in One SEO Pack” and “Google XML Sitemaps”. I probably wouldn’t be able to live without them :)

  40. Andre Lefebvre (2 comments.) says:

    Marina Orlova (1 comments.) says:
    9/25/2010 at 3:30 pm

    Comment Reply Notification (…..ification/) the MOST important plug-in I have ever used!

    Thanks for the tip, Marina!!!!

  41. Versatigon (1 comments.) says:

    Re-CAPTCHA, All in One SEO Pack, WP-page navi, WP-DBManager…
    For social networks, I’d copy-paste the scripts from the providers… Thanks…

  42. (1 comments.) says:

    My list:

    1-click Retweet/Share/Like


    All in One SEO Pack

    Contact Form 7

    Google Analyticator

    Quick Adsense

    Secure WordPress


    User Locker

    Widget Context


    WP Security Scan

    Simple Facebook Connect

    Simple Twitter Connect

  43. Gary J Hance (1 comments.) says:

    Akismet – the best spam blocker for your blog that there is.

    Google Analyticator –to keep track of the traffic going to my blog.

    Platinum SEO Pack – to help you with the search engines.

    Popular Posts – This puts a sidebar widget on your blog that lists your most popular posts. The search engines like to see you linking around your site

    CommentLuv – promotes commenting on your blog. CommentLuv allows people that comment to get a link back to their latest blog post. Other bloggers love backlinks and this is an incentive to comment.

  44. Ray (6 comments.) says:

    My Top 5 are:

    WP PageNavi
    WP Captha
    WP Super Cache
    Google XML SiteMaps

    I have a couple of others that tend to be on most sites, but those are the ones that I would not live without.

  45. Mr Mist (2 comments.) says:

    Akismet – protects me from 100s of spam every day or so.
    Comment Timeout – Closes off old entries.
    Do follow – removes nofollows.
    Subscribe to comments – exactly what it says.
    WP Ajax Edit Comments – as it says.

    Each useful in their own way.

  46. Geraeldo (1 comments.) says:

    My must-install plugins:

    * All In One SEO Pack
    * Breadcrumb
    * W3 Total Cache/Wp Super Cache
    * YARPP
    * Static random post widget

    That’s all :D

  47. Townend (1 comments.) says:

    For me it’s always the same starting point: Google Analyticator, SEO sitemaps and a plugin I wrote myself that adds tags as keywords for some basic SEO.

  48. Udegbunam Chukwudi (1 comments.) says:

    Akismet, w3 total cache, subscribe to comments, contact form 7 and wordpress backup


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