The reason I am writing this blog post, is not only to show you all the wordpress plugins I am using, but also to ask you to show me the ones you are using.
I am still sort of struggling when it comes to plugins. I know it sounds a bit, what’s the word I am looking for? … time consuming 🙂
It feels like I am instaling new plugins several times a week, and I almost always end up deactivating them after a few days. I don’t know why, but I just keep looking for new plugins. So, instead of just keep looking for new ones, I thought I’d let you know about the ones I have installed, and that you’ll share yours with me.
The wordpress plugins I am using
Here’s the list of the ones I am using. The list is alphabetical. I will explain why I am using the plugins just below the list.
- AWeber Web Forms
- Clean Archives Reloaded
- FD Feedburner Plugin
- Fix Rss Feeds
- Google XML Sitemaps
- MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate
- Smart 404
- Subscribe / Connect / Follow Widget
- Top Commenters Gravatar
- TweetMeme Retweet Button
Let me explain why I am using them.
I use AddToAny at the bottom of all my post. This plugin helps my readers to share or bookmark my posts.
I use Akismet to fight spam. And it’s doing a great job.
AWeber Web Forms
I use AWeber Web Forms to get people to sign up for my newsletter.
Clean Archives Reloaded
I use Clean Archives Reloaded for my archives page. I like the way it show all my blog posts in a clean and simple layout.
I have just installed CommentLuv, and I did it because I have seen that most of the people I admire in the blogosphere are also using it. It let’s people add a link to their latest blog posts at the bottom of their comments.
FD Feedburner Plugin
I use FD Feedburner plugin to redirect my RSS feed to Feedburner. This way all the people who are subscribing to my feed are doing it through Feedburner.
Fix Rss Feeds
I have experienced a lot of problems with my RSS feed lately, so I installed Fix Rss Feed and it did exactly that. I am not sure if I need to keep it for a long time or not, but it’s still active, just in case.
Google XML Sitemaps
I have just installed Google XML Sitemaps plugin, a plugin I should have installed a long time ago. It builds a sitemap, that’s what it does.
MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate
I bought the Ninja Affiliate plugin from MaxBlogPress a while ago. It helps me create short and nice affiliate links, and it tracks the clicks with an easy to understand statistics for each link.
I bought Premise about a three weeks ago. It’s a WordPress plugin from Copyblogger. It helps me create stunning landing pages. I haven’t launched a single landing page with it, but I will sometime soon.
I am using Redirection to manages all my 301 redirects.
I installed ReplyMe after I noticed a lot of other people was using it. And it’s one of the smartest things I have done in a long time. What it does is that it sends an email to commentators automatically after someone replies to their comments.
I am using
Smart 404 in order to create a better 404 error page (when someone enters a page that doesn’t exist). It uses the current URL to attempt to find matching content, and redirects to it automatically.
Subscribe / Connect / Follow Widget
Look in the sidebar, and you’ll see ways to connect with me. That’s the Subscribe/Connect/Follow widget. At the moment I have added Twitter, Facebook and RSS. I could have added many more, but so far I feel that that’s enough.
Top Commenters Gravatar
As I am writing this, the Top Commenters Gravatar plugin is at the top in the sidebar and it shows the avatar of the top commentators this month. When you read a post, it will show the avatar of every single person who have commented on it (it’s also a link to their site).
TweetMeme Retweet Button
I have added the TweetMeme Retweet button at the top of all my posts. I have done this in order to make it even easier to retweet my posts. I am not sure if I need one at the top and one at the bottom (AddToAny), but since a lot of people are doing this, and it seems to be almost standard, I added it as well.
I would love to get your thoughts on the plugins I have installed, and to see which ones you have installed.
I have installed 16 plugins, how many have you installed?