32 brilliant WordPress Plugins I couldn’t live without

Wordpress Plugins - here are some good ones!

WordPress has some incredible plugins. I will concede that this is really a list for my future reference, as I seem to set up a WordPress site for friends and colleagues (or me!) every few weeks, and I really need a checklist to which I can refer. Is this a definitive list of the very best plugins in their fields? No. Is it a list of ones which have served me well, over the years? You bet.

The plugins are presented in alphabetical order, but if you asked me to choose the first three I’d install, they’d be Online Backup for WordPress, WordPress SEO and Akismet.

I haven’t provided links to the plugins, as the easiest way to install them is to visit the Plugins screen in your WordPress admin, click “Add New”, and paste in the name shown.

Admin Commenters Comments Count

Displays a count of each commenter’s total number of comments (linked to those comments) next to their name on any admin page.


Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep. To get started: 1) Click the “Activate” link to the left of this description, 2) Sign up for an Akismet API key, and 3) Go to your Akismet configuration page, and save your API key.

Better WordPress Recent Comments

This plugin displays recent comment lists at assigned locations. It does not add any significant load to your website. The comment list is updated on the fly when a visitor adds a comment or when you moderate one. No additional queries are needed for end-users. Some Icons by Yusuke Kamiyamane.

Broken Link Checker

Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found.

Comment Approved Notifier

Send an e-mail to your commenters when you approve their comments.

Comment Count

Counts the total number of comments.

Comment Word Count

Outputs the total number of words in all comments.

Cookie Control

This plugin supplies a mechanism to enable you to comply with UK and EU law on cookies. WordPress plugin by sherred, JavaScript by Civic UK

Do Follow

Removes the evil nofollow attribute that WordPress adds in comments.

Duplicate Post

Clone posts and pages.

FeedBurner FeedSmith

Originally authored by Steve Smith, this plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.

Gravity Forms

Easily create web forms and manage form entries within the WordPress admin.

Health Check

Checks the health of your WordPress install

Most Commented Widget

Widget to display posts/pages with the most comments.

Move Comments

Allows you to move comments between posts or pages. Adds a section under Comments -> Move.

No Self Pings

Keeps WordPress from sending pings to your own site.

Online Backup for WordPress

Online Backup for WordPress can automatically backup your WordPress database and filesystem on a configurable schedule and can incrementally send the backup compressed (and optionally encrypted using DES or AES) to our online vault where you can later retrieve it. Backups can also be emailed to you or produced on-demand and downloaded straight to your computer. You can view the current status and change settings at “Tools -> Online Backup”, or by clicking the “View Status” link next to the plugin name in the Plugins list.

Post Count

Outputs the total number of posts.

Random Redirect

Allows you to create a link to yourblog.example.com/?random which will redirect someone to a random post on your blog, in a StumbleUpon-like fashion. You can also specific in the URL `random_post_type` or `random_cat_id`.

RSS Includes Pages

Include pages (not just posts) in RSS feeds. Particularly useful to those that use WordPress as a CMS.

Search & Replace

A simple search for find strings in your database and replace the string.

SEO Slugs

Removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve SEO.

Show Top Commentators

Encourage more feedback and discussion from readers, by rewarding them every time they post a comment! Readers with the most comments are displayed on your WordPress blog, with their names (linked to their website if they provided one).


Skimlinks helps you easily monetize content by converting product links in your post into their equivalent affiliate links on-the-fly. Install the plugin and add a new revenue stream to your blog, including monetising the links in your RSS feed, without affecting your users’ experience.

Top Contributors

Display your top commenters/authors in a widget.

Tweet This

Popular Twitter plugin inserts “Tweet This” links so your readers can share posts with one click. Automatically tweets new posts via OAuth.

Unfancy Quote

Removes WordPress fancy quotes, which is very useful if you post code snippets to your site.

WordPress Mobile Edition

Show your mobile visitors a site presentation designed just for them. Rich experience for iPhone, Android, etc. and clean simple formatting for less capable mobile browsers. Cache-friendly with a Carrington-based theme, and progressive enhancement for advanced mobile browsers.

WordPress SEO

The first true all-in-one SEO solution for WordPress, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.

WP Minify

This plugin uses the Minify engine to combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time.

WP Super Cache

Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.

WP to Twitter

Posts a Tweet when you update your WordPress blog or post to your blogroll, using your chosen URL shortening service. Rich in features for customizing and promoting your Tweets.