Top 10 WordPress Plugins which I use on DailyBlogging

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So I believe that starting with a top 10 post is always good, since many people remain confused of which all plugins they should use on their WordPress blog.

It mostly remains common as we all get the top 10 list from various sites, but as time progresses the list keeps on updating, some plugins of the same functionality gets replaced by its alternative which has been enhanced with many features overtime & people often tend to prefer that.

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10 plugins are usually not enough for a blogger who blogs daily & customizes it occasionally. Since I’ve hard-coded DailyBlogging’s theme from scratch I use only 15 plugins on the blog. This helps big time to reduce the database size and server load.

So here is a list of the top 10 plugins which powers DailyBlogging.

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

Expected All in one SEO Pack ? Well sorry then. AIOSP was the best WordPress plugin some years ago. After Yoast added a truck-load of features to his plugin: WordPress SEO; it has become a hot favourite.

WordPress SEO by Yoast comes with the basic SEO options which you would expect from a SEO plugin along with additional options like setting up breadcrumbs, generating xml sitemaps of the blog, Facebook opengraph protocol, Interlinking and RSS footer (for adding credit links).

2. After the deadline

As the editor-in-chief of a blog it’s your primary responsibility to check the grammar used in the blog posts. Be it on the posts you write personally or the one’s written by the guest authors.

After the deadline plugin surely saves time while reviewing posts. Unlike the default WordPress spell checker it suggests you to omit certain complex phrases and also displays alternatives.

3. Fast and secure contact form

Previously I was using Contact Form 7 as the main contact form plugin. After some research I found Fast and secure contact form to be more compact and lightweight incomparison to Contact Form 7.

Fast and secure contact form allows you to create multiple forms on your blog. Almost every field of the form can be modified/edited including it’s style, placement, gaps between fields, custom text, etc.

Some highlights of this plugin are Captcha integration (or Akismet), Meeting scheduler, custom styles, redirect & backup options.

4. Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin (GASP)

Akismet does a decent job in preventing spam comments  on the blog but you do need an extra spam protection plugin to ensure sub-zero spam. Previously I used to use conditional captcha along with Akismet, but recently some visitors complained of their comments being unnecessarily held up.

5. WP-Optimize

It is important to keep your blog’s database clean and optimize it from time to time. This plugin, WP-Optimize does exactly that. You just need to visit the plugin page in your blog’s dashboard and run the optimizations. WP-Optimize allows you to choose-and-pick from the below options.

I would recommend you to tick each of these options every time you optimize your blog (unless comments remain unapproved or marked as spam).

  • Remove all post revisions.
  • Remove all auto draft posts.
  • Clean marked Spam comments.
  • Clean Unapproved comments.
  • Optimize database tables.

6. Redirection

Broken links are as horrendous as downtime for a blog. The probability of a visitor returning back to your blog decreases exponentially as soon as the searcher stumbles upon a broken blog post link.

The latest version of WordPress (even versions above WP 3.0) automatically redirects to the new alias when a taxonomy or post is renamed, but you do need this plugin to 301 redirect (i.e. to set up a permanent redirect) a broken link to the desired page.

7. SEO-Tool – Keyword Density Checker

Meta keywords mean nothing to mainstream SEO these days as the whole focus is on title & description meta tags. But since WordPress uses the tag taxonomy to categorize posts we need to input some post keywords so that the links are easily accessible using tag clouds or keywords.

Post keywords play a major role in determining related posts (if the categorization of the related posts loop is based on keywords).

Keyword Statistics

8. WP PHP widget

WP PHP Widget is a must-have plugin if you like to play around with the theme, especially the widget section. As the name suggests WP PHP widget allows you to insert PHP codes in the widgets.

9. WP Security Scan

It’s nothing short of a nightmare for the blog owner when his/her blog gets hacked. So if you are starting a new blog the first step is to secure your WordPress blog fully so that you don’t face any problems in the future.

WP Security Scan plugin basically scans your blog to check if some important security mesaures are in place or not. The options are very simple to act upon, so ensure all the results are green in the end.

10. W3 Total Cache

It’s been more than a year since I replaced WP Super Cache with W3 Total Cache. W3 Total Cache offers various options like Browser Cache, Page Cache, Object & Database Cache, CDN, etc. Also the CDN can be hosted on the blog’s sub-domain, which is definitely a plus.

So I prefer W3 Total Cache and it has worked very well for many blogs. Now as Google has included the Page load factor while determining SEO of a site, W3 Total Cache is a plugin which every blogger must install right upfront.

DailyBlogging Page-Load Stats

The Rest..

As I said in the beginning of the post, DailyBlogging uses 15 plugins. I have already listed out the 10 important one’s in accordance with the title of this post. The rest include,

  • Akismet. (must-have)
  • FD Feedburner Plugin.
  • Full Comments on Dashboard.
  • ReplyMe.
  • Subscribe to Comments. (must-have)

Note:- The original list of plugins have been updated as of 5th August, 2012.

I would love to know the top 10 WordPress plugins you people use on your blog, so kindly enlist them in the comments section.

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  1. #

    Wonderful ;-). I’ve been saerching for a plug-in like Tweet Old Posts and now I’ve found it. Thanks man.

    BTW which site did you get the capture and details of your page load time from? I kinda like it.

    Thanks for the link love ;-)

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      Welcome to DailyBlogging Udegbunam, yup Tweet Old posts a super plugin to keep the links of your blog posts active enough ..coming to your second point, I didn’t any online tool, just collected it from iWebtools, YSlow Plugin for FF & Page Speed plugin for FF and made an image in PS to get the 3 together :-)
      Anytime for a link love :D

  2. #

    I really appreciate what you write on here. We try and check it every day so keep up the good work!

  3. #

    Great idea, but will this work over the long run?

  4. #

    It is a good blog , and its really informative.Comments are good in sites because this is one of the proof that your site is helpful to readers and many readers patronize your post.I just wanted to say a quick thank.

  5. #

    Apparently I have a google profile.!!! I love Google

  6. #

    Many thanks for the excellent list with plugins, i have a number of favourites to, such as the all known “All IN SEO “and also the easy privacy policy and also SEO friendly images (got some excellent results with it)and finally pretty links (great for cloacking) affiliate links…

  7. #

    Thanks for the pulgins, I missed out 4 pulgins which should have been the must! Thanks for sharing this.

  8. #

    Thanks for sharing these plugins. Some are new to me.

    BTW, do you use WP Minify or Minify features are included in W3 Total plugin?

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      Minify features are included in W3 Total Cache.

  9. #

    Another great plugin which I would recommend is Cystats, it’s the ultimate statistics software. If you are in to your numbers and statistics like me then you will love it!

  10. #

    you did not clearly mention why super cache to W3 total cache.. may be a new post just abt it would be good..

    • #

      I will definitely write a post to compare between Super Cache & W3 Total Cache soon.

  11. #

    Nice list. I see this article via Twitter and I think this tweet was made automatically by Tweet Old Post :-P.

    • #

      Old is Gold. And this article is a never dieing article. So I promote such articles via Tweet Old Post plugin :) Welcome to DailyBlogging Vuong :)

  12. #

    Hey thanks for wonderful post.Most of plugin is new for me.And I’m searching for this.Once again thanks a lot.

  13. #

    digg digg was the plugin i was searching for from so many days since sexy bookmarks wasnt working on my blog :roll: ..thanks ;-)

  14. Great list. I’ve saved the list.

  15. #

    I going to try Javascript to footer and Post footer.

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      I still use JavaScript to Footer. When I moved to Thesis, I started using custom codes instead of using Post Footer plugin.

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        How to use custom code? Please let me know, if you have any post about this, i am using Thesis.

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          Just place the script (codes) in the footer. In Thesis OpenHook plugin look for the after_the_post section.

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            Thanks for reply. Where can i find the Code?

  16. #

    I use most of the plugins listed here, loved the keyword plugin will start using it.

  17. #

    Thanks i use only 7 Plugins in my Blog. But i m looking to increase it in few days so that i can make blog SEO friendly.

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    I had to delete keyword statistics plugin as it was showing some script error. Another keyword related plugin keywordluv also shows error on loading for swift theme I am using.

    Tweet old post seems good. But I already have 20 plugins. I have to think about it. I am using the rest. Thanks for the list Mani.

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    I was not knowing about Javascript to Footer. Can we manually place the scripts in it. I was before using the Header to footer plugin and after manually adding the Scripts, it has broken My Blog. :-(

  20. #

    Thanks for sharing this article. Very helpful for me as I plan to create a WordPress blog very soon. For now, I am on the process of collecting ideas.

  21. #

    Very good article about your plugins. I already knew each other put on the blog. Thanks for shared.

  22. never heard about keyword statistics..will defintely look out for this if this turns out to be usefull.. thanks :-)

  23. #

    Hello Mani, Right now, I’m only using two of those mentioned WordPress plugins which are the All In One SEO and Google XML Sitemaps. I still haven’t used the rest. But based from your post, it seems that the other plugins are also nice to try. Thanks for sharing this post. I really found this very helpful.

  24. #

    I found All in One SEO pack very helpful. Thanks.

  25. #

    Wow, great list, I found out the Javascript to Footer and Keyword Statistics very useful!

  26. #

    Really Nice Share!! A very few blogs share such things with its readers!!

  27. #

    what a huge collection of plugins!!!!! very helpful………….. nice to know.

  28. #

    Thanks i use only 7 Plugins in my Blog. But i m looking to increase it in few days so that i can make blog SEO friendly.

  29. #

    Thanks For The Plugins. Contact Form 7 And w3 Cache Plugin Increases My Site Performance Really Helpful Post.

  30. #

    bookmarked this very useful information esp. for me still learning to create wordpress blog. Thanks admin ^.^

  31. #

    Awsome list. Also loved your post on adding thumbnail support for excerpts. Thank you for supporting the blogging community! I’ve added your blog to my favorite list for “further research”.

  32. #

    I create my blog on blogger but i think that its my big fault because word press is a comfortable platform for blogging than blogspot.

  33. #

    Great site. Plenty of useful information here. I am sending it to some pals ans also sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thanks for your effort!

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    I gotta vouch for this beast plugin. I’ve had preview access to this, tried it out and all I can say is it’s brilliant and simply does the trick…
    The thing is, videos keep your visitors glued up to your blog and this is where the real money is if you know how to monetize them…this plugin does just that.

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