Great WordPress Plugins

In many online conversations I’m asked what my favorite WordPress plugins are. I’m always a bit reluctant to answer that questions, because I only use a few of the many available. So my advice on this topic is limited.

Yet exchanging experiences with plugins is what makes me select them or not and I read a lot of good advice about plugins before I use them.
Therefore it might be a good idea to list my favorite plugins here and see what you think of them and if you can add other great ones.

So here goes.

One of the plugins I absolutely adore is WordPress Automatic Upgrade.
Every time my WordPress dashboard indicates there’s a new version, which happens quite often lately, I had to download the new version and then upload it to my server.
That’s not necessary any more. With this plugin I have a new WordPress version installed within a minute! Honestly, it takes less than a minute and it never has failed.

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Another great plugin is WP-DBManager. For some reason I’ve had database problems in the past. It was cluttered and needed to be optimized and repaired. Which meant I had to login into my Cpanel and use PHPMyAdmin to repair the database.
This plugin allows you to do this automatically without going into your Cpanel and PHPMyAdmin. You don’t even have to know what these things are! Oh, and as a nice bonus, I’ll have it send a backup to my email account every day.

For SEO I was using All In One SEO plugin. I’ve replaced that one a couple of months ago. Although it worked very well and I was satisfied about it, I found that Headspace gives me more flexibility.

Under ‘Settings’ there’s an extra tab for Headspace. This is where the power of this plugin is. You can set default Meta Tag values for a lot of different pages and under ‘Site Modules’ you can automatically include a lot of services.
Under the ‘Mange’ tab this plugin allows you to check all meta tags like Title, Description, Tags/Keywords and so on.

A new plugin that I’ve installed is Yoast Breadcrumbs. As the name says, it inserts breadcrumbs to your pages which allow your users to easily navigate your site and allow search engines to determine the structure of your site more easily.

I’ve also installed PagerFix. I’ve put it on my home page, just outside the loop, so that all my pages can be easily crawled by the search engine robots.

And then there’s a little plugin that does some great work called SEO Slugs. It removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve SEO. You still have to keep an eye on your slugs, but these stop words are deleted automatically.

Well, there you have them. My favorite WordPress plugins.
What are yours? Post them in the comments.

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One thought on “Great WordPress Plugins

  1. Case Stevens says:

    Thanks for all the comments.
    A few notes:

    I use the DOfollow plugin, but it’s a lot of extra work to weed out all the spammers that come from DOfollow lists. Just to let you know!

    Therefore I use Spam Karma because I read Akismet False Positives & Spam Karma Configuration.
    But it’s not supported anymore and that’s why I didn’t mention this plugin. It still works great though.

    Disqus is not a plugin, but a comment system. While it’s a great tool, using it means giving away control over your comments completely. I don’t want that.

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