[Regularly updated] Looking for the most popular and best wordpress plugins used by professional bloggers? After problogging on WordPress for over 2 years, and after developing some wordpress plugins myself, I present you my top favorite 50 Best WordPress Plugins for Power Blogging.
Top WordPress Plugins and Widgets
The wordpress plugins are arranged broadly by category of usage. As far as I know, all these plugins are compatible with the latest WordPress 2.5 version. Please feel free to suggest great plugins in comments that I can add to this list.
Manage WordPress Comments
- Subscribe To Comments - Allows readers to recieve notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry.
- WP AJAX Edit Comments - Allows users and admins to edit comments on a post inline using AJAX.
- Close Old Posts - Closes comments on old posts without any DB queries.
- WP Grins - allows you to put clickable smilies on your post and comments forms.
- WordPress Paged Comments - allows comment paging. Useful for those very popular blog entries receiving many comments.
- Live Comment Preview - the simplest way to get live comment previews on your site.
- Show Top Commentators - Encourage more discussion from your readers, by displaying their names and number of comments they have made recently to your sidebar.
- MyAvatars - shows MyBlogLog's avatars in your comments
- Comment Relish - Sends a thank you e-mail to your first time commentators.
- Favatars - displays the favicon associated with the commenter's website.
- Brian's Threaded Comments - adds a 'Reply to this comment' link to every comment. Makes it easy for people to reply to comments and discuss better.
- Dofollow - lets you remove the nofollow attribute from your comments.
- OpenID Comments for Wordpress - allows users to leave comments using their OpenID.
- Extended Comment Options - allows you to switch comments and/or pings on or off for batches of existing posts.
- Get Recent Comments - displays excerpts of the most recent comments and/or trackbacks that have been posted to the articles in your blog.
Stop WordPress Spam
- Akismet - intelligently blocks spam comments. Checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they are spam or not.
- Spam Karma 2 (SK2) - is an anti-spam plugin for the WordPress meant to stop all forms of automated Blog spam effortlessly, while remaining as unobtrusive as possible to regular commenters.
- Bad Behavior - is a set of PHP scripts which prevents spambots from accessing your site by analyzing their actual HTTP requests and comparing them to profiles from known spambots.
- WP-Contact Form with Spam Protection - creates a contact form on your blog, through which your readers can contact you easily.
- Defensio is a spam filtering web service to block comment spam.
- Digital Fingerprint — useful for detecting content theft.
Expert WordPress SEO
- Google XML Sitemaps Generator - creates a sitemap of all articles on your WordPress blog. Helps Google and other search engines index every article you write.
- Permalink Redirect - replies a 301 permanent redirect, if requested URI is different from entry's (or archive's) permalink. It is used to ensure that there is only one URL associated with each blog entry.
- All in One SEO Pack - Optimizes your Wordpress blog for Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization).
- Head META Description - Insert HTML META description tags using post excerpts.
- Enforce www. Preference - will help preserve your permalinks by enforcing your no-www or yes-www preference and will strip off index.php from the ends of URIs.
- Quick META Keywords - will automatically add META Keywords tags to every single post based on categories under which the article is categorized.
Easy WordPress Navigation
- Related Posts - Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches. Increase pageviews by providing targeted related content.
- WP-PageNavi - Adds a more advanced page navigation to Wordpress, which is very useful for navigation on index and category pages.
- Evermore - Abbreviate all posts when viewed on multiple post pages. Helpful to create expandable posts summaries in Wordpress. Combine with Less that changes the (more…) link so it displays the entire post, not just the part after the "more".
- Random Redirect - Allows you to create a link to a random post on your blog. Lets readers browse in a StumbleUpon-like fashion.
- Homepage Excerpts - Gives flexibility to use both full posts and excerpts on the homepage.
- WordPress Mobile Edition - shows an interface designed for a mobile device when visitors come to your site on a mobile device.
- Popularity Contest - keeps a count of your post, category and archive views, comments, trackbacks, etc. and uses them to determine which of your posts are most popular.
- Extended Live Archive - implements a dynamic, AJAXified way of digging into the archives of a blog.
- Landing Sites - When visitors is referred to your site from a search engine, it shows them related posts to their search on your blog.
- Clean Archives - designed to display your archive listings in a clean and uniform fashion. It lists the Month / Year, the day of the month the article was published, the title of the article, and the number of comments that have been made on each article.
- Custom Query String - set the number of posts (custom queries) for every single page on your website like categories, archives, or search results pages.
- KB Advanced RSS Widget - a wordpress widget that gives you complete control over how RSS feeds are parsed for your sidebar.
- Adhesive - lets you make the posts "sticky", such that the posts will remain at the top of the page.
- Permalinks Migration Plugin - safely change your permalink structure without breaking the old links to your website or affecting your search engine rankings.
Interactive WordPress Posts
- Share This - lets your visitors to add your post to various social bookmarking sites, or send a link via e-mail to a friend.
- Digg this - detects incoming links from Digg.com to your wordpress post and automatically display a link back to the digg post, for people to digg your story.
- Delicious Cached++ - uses the built-in MagpieRSS engine functions to create a list of the latest bookmarks on a del.icio.us account, from its RSS feed, keeping the feed cached in the database.
- WP-Notable - displays a series of icons below each post allowing your readers to easily submit you to many different social bookmarking and networking sites.
- WP-Email - Allows people to recommend/send your WordPress blog's post/page to a friend.
- WP-PostRatings - Adds an AJAX rating system for your WordPress blog's post/page.
- EasyTube - allows you to easily embed YouTube and Google Videos using one simple tag.
- Twitter Updater - automatically sends a Twitter status update to your Twitter account when you create, publish, or edit your WordPress post. More best Twitter plugins.
WordPress Admin Management Tools
- WordPress Database Backup - On-demand backup of your WordPress database. Back up your blog today.
- WP-Supercache - A modification of WP-Cache that produces static html files.
- Batch Categories - Easily manage the mass categorization of posts that match various criteria. Power edit your categories.
- PodPress - adds lots of features designed to make WordPress the ideal platform for hosting a podcast.
- TinyMCE Advanced - adds 16 plugins to TinyMCE, the WordPress wysiwyg editor. Adds over 40 new buttons to the toolbar, which is now two rows plus one hidden row.
- Exec-PHP - allows php tags inside the content or excerpt of your posts and pages to be executed just as in usual PHP files.
- Photo Dropper - lets you add free photos (Flickr / Creative Commons) to your blog posts without leaving Wordpress.
- Wordpress Reporter - allows you to easily view your Google Analytics and Feedburner reports in your WordPress administration area.
- WordPress.com Stats - Tracks views, post/page views, referrers, and clicks. Requires a WordPress.com API key.
- WP Tiger Administration - Uses power of CSS2 to manipulate the functionality of the WordPress administration area
- Admin Drop Down Menu - eliminates the need for this double clicking on the Admin screens by allowing you to see the second level menu just by placing your mouse over a main menu.
- InstantUpgrade - provides is a easy and safe way to upgrade your WordPress automatically with a single click.
- Maintenance Mode Plugin - Adds a splash page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance. Logged in administrators get full access to the blog including the front-end.
- Theme Test Drive - allows you to safely test drive any theme on your blog as an administrator, while visitors continue to see the default one.
Advertising on WordPress
- Ad Rotator - Rotates Ads randomly from a specified text file.
- AdSense-Deluxe - is a WordPress plugin offering advanced options for managing the automatic insertion of Google AdSense or Yahoo Publisher Network (YPN) ads to your WordPress posts. More Google Adsense WP plugins.
- Buy Me a Beer - allows your readers to donate money to you via PayPal on pretext of buying a beer.
- Wordpress BankRoll - offers to help you cut out the middleman by allowing advertisers to buy reviews directly on your blog.
Wordpress Blog Translation
- Global Translator - Translate your blog into multiple languages in a search engine friendly way.
- Translator Plugin Pro - provides automatic machine translation of your blog in 13+1 languages. Costs $30.
Enhance Wordpress RSS Feeds
- Feedburner Feedsmith - Forwards all feed traffic to Feedburner while creating a randomized feed for Feedburner to pull from.
- Simple Feed Copyright - adds a simple copyright notice to full text wordpress feeds.
- Add Related Posts to Your Feed - adds a list of Related Posts to your full text feed. Requires either UTW or Related Posts plugin installed and activated.
- RSS Signature - allow the addition of a custom tagline, signature or copyright message to the wordpress generated rss feeds.
Random WordPress Stuff
- Democracy - adds AJAX polling functionality to your WordPress blog.
- flickrRSS - allows you to easily display Flickr photos on your weblog.
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