My favorite WordPress plug-ins, part 2

In part 2 of my WordPress plug-in series I wanted to cover some of my favorite WordPress plug-ins that don’t fit in the social category, but are must-haves.

Akismet

A spam comment and trackback protector, Akismet protects my blog like no other.  It took so little to get it set up that I barely even remember doing it.  My blog gets on average about 20-80 spam comments (seriously, I don’t even know why) a day, yet not one of them shows up on my blog! It’s incredible.  The one or two times in the past year that a spam comment has made it past it, it was truly very creative.  I love the lack of word verification or hoops to jump through.

Comment Reply Notification

You know that awesome feature that lets you reply back to a comment on your blog and then it actually e-mails the original comment owner?  Yeah – that’s the one.  Gina mentioned it back on the first plug-in post and I made a point to remember this one on my list.  The only down fall, as Gina pointed out, is that it does not work on the mobile WordPress interface, which is a bummer.

Jetpack by WordPress.com

Addictive?  Yes.  Super useful? Heck, yes!  The Jetpack suite includes Stats (which draw me in and never let me back out), URL shortener,  grammar checker, and a few other useful little doo-hickeys.

W3 Total Cache

This plug-in allows your site to load faster because it saves certain parts of it on the browser.  It’s got pretty ridiculous stats that show just how much improvement this plug-in can bring, especially if you’re like me and love to load up your site with all sorts of plug-ins.  The downfall to this one?  It’s a pain to set up, especially if you want to make the most of it.

WPtouch

The simplest mobile interface that converts your blog for mobile devices without you having to do a single thing.  Yup, it’s that good.

Share your favorite plug-ins below to include on the next post!

Other blog tutorials:

My favorite WordPress plug-ins, part 1

WordPress versus Blogger

Adding a photo and text to your side bar

Flickr and Blogging

Adding a pin-it button to your blog

Checking pins to your site


Comments

  1. I agree 110% on all of these, but I do have a hard time liking the WP touch one. I actually deactivated it a while back. I know it’s easier to load on a mobile device but I hate the limited features and actually prefer viewing blogs “regularly” on my phone. With an iphone (which it seems like almost all of the world has) it’s so easy to make things bigger or smaller that I hardly see a need for this plugin. I know I’m in the minority with this opinion but I figure if I don’t like it on other blogs, I’m not putting it on mine. :) <–me being stubborn.

  2. tinafreysd says:

    WordPress installs only the basic framework needed to run your blog and allows users to customize with additional plugins..

  3. thanks for this series! I just added a few plugins to my blog. fun. :)

  4. I am starting to dabble in WordPress for something else (LOVE IT!) and curious if you pay for Akismet? It seems like it costs ~$5/month? Sound right?

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