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Finally something for wordpress folks, my all-time favorite, carefully-selected, top 20 wordpress plugins. Enjoy!

1. Advanced WYSIWYG Editor – adds more editing options to the WYSIWYG post editor. See it below

2. Akismet – default wordpress plugin which does an excellent job at filtering spam comments. To activate it you’ll need WordPress API key, which is freely available to every wordpress.com user. Once activated you can access it through ‘Options ->Discussion’.

3. BDP RSS Aggregator (update: original site seems to be offline, for now you can download this plugin from here) – lets you grab one or several RSS feeds, mix/style them and publish them on your blog. It’s an ideal solution, for any blogger looking for an easy and yet powerful solution to embed RSS feeds on your blog posts or pages. Access it through ‘Manage-> RSS feeds’.

4. Bookmark Me – adds links to popular social bookmarking sites. Once installed, it will add ‘Bookmark Me’ tab under the ‘Options’ menu, from where you can select which sites you want to be shown. Includes almost all popular sites.

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5. Category Tagging – powerful plugin that lets you (1) create tag clouds based on your existing categories and (2) display related posts for each of your posts.

6. Comment Count – can be used to count total number of comments or comments for a specific post. You can see it in action on top of every article on makeuseof

7. Optimal Title – lets you move the position of the title ‘separator’ to after the blog name rather than before. Even though some folks have been saying that such naming is good from the SEO(Search Engine Optimization) point of view, I think it’s just a better way to title your posts. It will also produce better looking pingbacks when you link to external blog posts.

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8. Exec-PHP – lets you execute PHP queries within any of your posts or pages

9. Google Sitemaps – handy generator that will create a Google, Yahoo and MSN compliant, auto-updated sitemap of your blog and place it to the indicated location on your server. Access it through ‘Options -> Sitemap’.

10. WP-Cache – very fast cache module, that can come in handy for sudden traffic spikes, i.e. when featured on digg’s homepage. Once installed and enabled(‘Options -> WP-Cache -> enable’) it will considerably reduce the load from your server, helping you survive the digg effect. (Note: Make sure to disable it once traffic level gets back to normal)

11. WSR Contact Form – lets you quickly create ‘contact’ page for your blog. See it in action on our contact page

12. Smart Archives – provides simple and clean way to present your archives. Check it out here

13. WordPress Database Backup – On demand backup of your WordPress database. You can either run backups manually or schedule them (daily, weekly, etc.)

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14. WordPress Reports – gets stats from Google Analytics and Feedburner and adds them to the new ‘Reports’ tab

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15. Custom Query String (CQS) – allows you to choose how many posts to be shown and specify how they should be ordered, for any of the ‘search queries’ and blog categories.(‘Options->CQS’)

16. Feedburner Feed Replacement – automatically detects all ways to access your blog feed (i.e. http://www.yourdomain.com/feed/ or http://www.yourdomai.com/wp-rss2.php, etc.), and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every subscriber

17. Digg This – this one is a popular one, it detects incoming links from Digg.com to your wordpress post and automatically displays animated digg-count button(or text link) showing number of diggs a story got. Cool thing about it, is that as soon as your post is submitted to Digg, an email is sent to the site’s admin.

18. WP-Postviews – allows you to display the number of times a post has been viewed. In addition, you can use it to display your top 10 most popular posts.

19. HowTo: Separate Comments from Trackbacks – this isn’t a plugin but a quick and easy howto explaining how to separate blog comments from Pings/Trackbacks.

20. 1024px-10 – many people expressed interest to the theme used on makeuseof.com, hence I decided to post it here as well. It’s a simple theme which is extremely flexible for further buildup. Note that what you see on makeuseof right now is a slightly modified version. I shifted the sidebar menu to the left, this can be done by modifying style.css file in 2 places.

  • for the ‘content’ titled box change the float value from right to left
  • do the opposite for the ‘sidebar’ one

  1. Forex Forum
    October 14, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    RSS is working now, thanks

  2. Forex Forum
    October 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Nice post, I would like to read this blog through my RSS feed but i cant get it to work, any ideas?

  3. Zulu1
    April 27, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Does anyone know where I can get a self-hosted chat-room plugi for wordpress?

  4. TASARIMWEB
    March 13, 2009 at 7:19 am

    thanks, a very nice list. My small blog really will benefit from your list. so thanks

  5. Webmaster
    December 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks for nice information really would be helpful

  6. ruudik niitmets
    July 23, 2008 at 8:04 am

    thanks, a very nice list, i got about 10 plugins for my blog to work on :P

  7. Kiran
    January 12, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks a ton!! Your list really rocks. My small blog really will benefit from your list. How about a plugin to display the number of users online?? Better yet, how to display a map on the sidebar indicating readers all around the world?? It exists commercially but for wordpress??

  8. Frances Lui
    December 31, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you for the resources listed in this post!

    Does any one know how I can get the plugin for voting system under this post which displays

    (2 votes, average: 4 out of 5)

    Does any one know how to get the plugin that displays links with icons displayed under the voting system:

    Digg It Stumble Del.icio.us Email This Subscribe

    Thank you for reading my comment. I wish everybody has a great year 2008!

    • Aibek
      January 1, 2008 at 10:23 am

      My bad for slightly overdue reply. Here you go:

      You can get ratings plus lots of other useful plugins @ lesterchan.net. As about bookmarking links, it's not a plugin, I added them manually.

  9. Andy
    December 19, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Oh, and did not know about it. Thanks for the information ...

  10. kath
    October 31, 2007 at 11:53 am

    great list. i'm using some of them and are on my favorite plugins list as well.

  11. Vic
    August 3, 2007 at 3:25 am

    Thanks for such a great list of plugins, this list are so helpful for the new guy.

    Thanks

    Vic

  12. John Dell
    July 28, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Thanx for Category Tagging plugin!

  13. Aibek
    July 5, 2007 at 11:48 am

    enjoy

  14. Search Engine Marketing
    July 5, 2007 at 6:30 am

    WordPress is one of the best blog software and there many themes, plugins and seo tips for it. You don’t need any technical knowledge to start a blog on WordPress.
    Certainly some food for thought here. I’ll have to take a look at my search engine marketing mix and see how I measure up. Thanks for an excellent article!

  15. rocker
    June 16, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Yeah
    cool plugin!!

  16. hoodiaweightloss
    April 30, 2007 at 2:00 am

    Wanted to compliment on your site, it looks really good .

    Hank

  17. Aaron Schaefer
    April 7, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for including Optimal Title on your list! It's great to see how much exposure the plugin has gotten over the past couple of years. FYI, I just released a new version of the plugin that fixes the XSS security issues it shared with WordPress version 2.1.2 and earlier. It is recommended that all users of the plugin upgrade to version 3.0.

    The way in which the plugin works has also been changed in order to make it both backward and forward compatible with all versions of WordPress. As long as your WordPress installation is up to date, you won't ever have to upgrade the plugin again. Let me know if you have any issues...

  18. TQuizzle
    April 2, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    Great! Thanks Aibek.

  19. Aibek
    April 2, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    @TQuizzle
    I had no idea the plugin site was offline. Anyways, I have shared plugin on makeuseof server, check it out above. In case you need any assistance or info, feel free to contact me.

  20. TQuizzle
    April 2, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    For some reason, I haven't been able to get to #3 since the publication of this post. Does anyone know where else to find info about this plugin?

  21. Aibek
    March 31, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the link, I like the 'Trackback validator' one, will give it a try.

  22. Alex
    March 31, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    According to your list, I have a similiar one, less Plugins than yousr but including different ones than yours.

    here it is

    sticksucker.de/top-15-wordpress-plugins/

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