My Favorite Plug-Ins for WordPress

by Tina @ Life Without Pink on May 14, 2010

One of the best features of using WordPress is all of the really cool plug-in features. For those that are not familiar with or are just starting out with WordPress, plug-ins are applications that add extra features to your theme in WordPress.

I have been using WordPress for about three months and already I have learned so much.  Of course, I have a lot more to learn but I thought that sharing a few of my favorite plug-ins would be helpful to those just starting out.

Akismet – This is one of the best spam filters that you could use.  In the past three months, it has blocked 375 spam comments from hitting my blog.

CommentLuv – Adds your last blog post to your comments that you leave on other blogs. Great way to promote your blog.  That’s why it is important to come up with fun and catchy post titles to grab readers’ attention.

All in One SEO - This helps improve your search ranking but it can be a little confusing to install. Check out this great article by Blog Juicy, with easy instructions on how to properly set up this plugin.

WiseStamp – An awesome add on that allows you to create an email signature loaded with links to all of your profiles across the web. You can even add your logo to your signature.  Its easy to customize and I have to warn you, it can be very addicting!

TweetMeme Retweet Button – Provides an easy way for your readers to share your post on Twitter. There are lots of advantages to this; you can track how many people really “like” your post, great way to spread the word about your blog and the bigger the TweetMeme number the more likely readers will want to read and share your article.

SexyBookmarks – A great tool to allow your readers to share your content on multiple social networks. Not only that but its fun!

WordPress Database Back-up – Even WP can be prone to attacks and leave your blog looking like a complete mess! It is really important to regularly back up your site and this plugin is pretty easy to use.

What Would Seth Godin Do – Displays a custom message to new and returning visitors. Great way to remind them to subscribe to your blog or maybe you want to pass along a special message?

WordPress Thread Comment – They are comments where a reply to a particular comment tucks nicely under the comment it is in reply to.

Comment Email Responder - When an admin replies to a comment, it will not only become a comment on the blog but will also email the commenter directly.

After you install your plug-ins make sure you go to your settings and configure them for your personal use.

What are your favorite plug-ins?

Meet Tina @ Life Without Pink


2013 Family Expert for P&G's Have You Tried This Yet? Trend Trio, Tina is a mom of two active boys and the founder of Life Without Pink, a personal lifestyle blog focused on parenting, and raising boys to give other parents inspiration. You’ll find everything from cool gadgets, daily adventures, to personal stories and tips for raising boys. She's also the co-founder of Girls' Lunch Out {GLO}, a social media network that hosts events for women in social media and the Influencer Strategist for Socialstars by Crowdtap.

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1 Tina May 14, 2010 at 7:16 am

I recently shared some of the ones I use on my blog. Hope it’s ok to share the link here!

http://tinagray.me/2010/05/07/13-wordpress-plug-ins-used-on-tina-gray-dot-me/

Been reading your blog for a little while now. Love it! :)
.-= Tina´s last blog ..HTBTPH: decrapifying the toilet =-.

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2 Life Without Pink May 14, 2010 at 7:48 am

Sure! I am headed over now to check it out. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by.

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3 harmskills May 14, 2010 at 7:24 am

I need to get on wordpress… was it hard to make the switch?
.-= harmskills´s last blog ..San Juan Marriott Stellaris Review =-.

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4 Life Without Pink May 14, 2010 at 7:48 am

Actually when I started this blog I went straight to WP {thank god} so I am not sure about the switch. Everyone I talk to about this so they had someone do it and it worked out fine. Good luck!

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5 This Mama Works It! May 14, 2010 at 7:54 am

Thanks for sharing these links. I already use some of those. For some reason I could never get comment luv to work on my blog. Also I want to check out the seth one. Thanks!
.-= This Mama Works It!´s last blog ..The .99 NO RESERVE Auction on Ebay ~ Sometimes It Must Be Done! =-.

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6 Life Without Pink May 14, 2010 at 8:05 am

Yeah the CommentLuv works here but when I leave comments my last blog entry never shows up. I still don’t know how to fix that.

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7 The Mommyologist May 14, 2010 at 8:09 am

These are great and I hadn’t even heard of some of them! And of course, I have to get that sexy bookmark thing. I’m all about anything sexy. :)

I love the All in One SEO for WP and also the Tweet button. Wordpress is just so awesome. I don’t know how I ever dealt with Blogger!
.-= The Mommyologist´s last blog ..My Interview With Julie Chu =-.

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8 Amy Phillips May 14, 2010 at 8:26 am

Here are a couple I use and really love:
Alexa Rank
Auto XFN-ify
Bad Behavior
Broken Link Checker
Contact Form 7
Google XML Sitemaps
Wickett Twitter Widget
WordPress.com Stats
Wordpress Automatic Upgrade
WP Security Scan
.-= Amy Phillips´s last blog ..Daily Rant =-.

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9 Devan @ Accustomed Chaos May 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

You know – i am a Blogspot Blogger – I know everyone is all for the Wordpress but I just can’t get myself there. Maybe one day I will switch over ;)
.-= Devan @ Accustomed Chaos´s last blog ..Looking For Your Input =-.

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10 Alexandra May 14, 2010 at 10:20 am

I want to do Wordpress, but I’m scared.

Someone, hold me, please…
.-= Alexandra´s last blog ..Lost In Translation =-.

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11 Jessica May 14, 2010 at 11:06 am

You know that I’m going to thank you for this! And, of course, I might have some questions later! :)

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12 Nolie May 14, 2010 at 11:12 am

I am going to try the comment email responder. I got one like it now but it doesn’t work EXACTLY how I want it to. As for the threaded comments plugin did you know that is now a default option in wordpress and you don’t need a plugin for it?
.-= Nolie´s last blog ..Red Friday =-.

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13 Tracey May 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

Thanks for the great article! I had the SEO one installed but never took the time to set up the options. Now they are all set up!
.-= Tracey´s last blog ..Happy Friday Follow 5/14/10 =-.

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14 cara mamma May 14, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I can’t wait to upgrade to a “real” wordpress account where I get to add these cool plug ins! Hopefully it will be my birthday present later this summer :)

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15 Lizzie May 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!
Still debating benefits between Blogger and Wordpress.

http://www.aworkinprogress.net

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16 Amy May 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

Stopping by to say have a great weekend.

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17 Kristy May 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Tina,

Thanks for this post. These suggestions are helpful to me since I am a wordpress newbie. I’m still sorting out what to have included in my sidebars.

Kristy
.-= Kristy´s last blog ..A Market from Me to You =-.

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18 reham May 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm

hi, I’m from the ladybloggers tea party, I am also a mum of 2 little boys (and a big boy) so no girlie things in my house, just chaos and smelly socks, but being a bit of a tomboy (when I was younger) I can deal with it (sometimes). cant wait to read more of your posts.

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19 Bobbie (mymamaruns) May 17, 2010 at 9:54 pm

You know you have been my life line to this whole word press thing…and I’m still floundering about…
.-= Bobbie (mymamaruns)´s last blog ..Monday Meal Plan =-.

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20 Jamie May 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

I’m having a hard time getting commentluv to work right too. It keeps telling me I don’t have a last blog post to return (not true!). This is all new though, so I just keep adding a little something new each time I figure something out. The adventure of it is still keeping it fun. Thanks for the tips–I’m going to check out the SEO one.

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21 Weekend Cowgirl May 25, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Cool things to add. I am just not sure I can figure it all out!!!
.-= Weekend Cowgirl´s last blog ..Prickly Pear Cactus =-.

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22 Julie August 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

I love the All in One SEO. Makes SEO very easy for my blog posts. I’ve just downloaded your recommended “What would Seth Godin Do” plugin. I’m glad you listed it because I’ve been wondering what everyone was using to get the little RSS subscribe message!
.-= Julie´s last blog ..Wild about Watermelons! =-.

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23 Raymond January 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

lots of good info on your blog
.-= Raymond´s last blog ..dtv tuner box =-.

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