I’ve had a lot of questions lately on which plugins I use on my blog so I thought it’d be fun to do a plugin post and share everything I currently have activated. Let me know which ones you’re using, too, which ones you’re going to add, and if you’ve got suggestions on what else I should consider I’d love to hear your thoughts!
My plugins change regularly, so this is just what’s active today. :)
Akismet: Eats spam. I don’t recommend blogging without it! My blog gets 200+ spam comments a day but with this plugin active 99% of them go straight to spam and it rarely catches a good comment accidentally.
All in One SEO Pack: Lets you add custom titles, descriptions and keywords to your pages and posts. Helpful if you want more control over your search engine optimization.
aMember: I use aMember Pro to deliver digital products so I’ve got their WordPress plugin installed to connect WordPress and aMember.
Audio Player: Makes it easy to link to an mp3 file with a nice flash player. Not sure I’m actually using this one at the moment but in the past I’ve used it to add easy playback for teleseminars. (Thank you Rebekah Jones for introducing me to this one.)
AWeber Footer SlideUp: Should I share this secret? I wanted a slideup footer to offer a subscription to my newsletter so I did some searching and found this. It’s also available in other versions for other autoresponder systems. And with some hacking you can make it work with any system. I’ve setup it for Aweber on my blog (see the bottom of the window).
Broken Link Checker: Discovered this one during the 31 Days Blog Challenge and it’s fabulous! It checks all your links and helps you fix them easily.
CommentLuv: This plugin is the only reason I haven’t switched to the Disqus comment system. It lets each commenter add a link with their comment to a recent post on their own blog. I love it! I hope they find a way to integrate it with Disqus. Eventually I’ll probably switch to Disqus either way (see notes above about comment spam) but this plugin rocks.
Contact Form 7: Makes it easy to add a contact form to your WordPress blog. I’ve tried at least half a dozen different plugins for creating contact forms and this is my favorite.
Estimated Reading Time: This adds the “estimated reading time: 5-6 minutes” to the top of my posts.
fbLikeButton: Another one of my favorites, this plugin is what adds that “like” button and displays who’s liked a particular post.
FD Feedburner Plugin: If you use Feedburner to offer email subscriptions to your blog, this plugin will redirect your feeds to FeedBurner for you.
Follow Me: Click that “Follow Me” image on the right side of this post to see what this plugin does. Makes it easy to put all my social networking profile links in one spot.
There’s part one of the plugins I use. Yeah I have a lot of plugins activated. And in part two I’ll tell you which caching plugin I use along with a bunch more.
If I had to choose a favorite from this list… It’d be GoCodes, fbLikeButton or CommentLuv. Which plugins are you using? Any from this list you love (or hate)?