My Favorite Plug-Ins for WordPress

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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Comments

    • says

      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!

  1. says

    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 =-.

  2. says

    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 =-.

  3. says

    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 =-.

  4. says

    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 :)

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. says

    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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