Essential WordPress Plugins


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A selection of favourite WordPress plugins, put together for the KLCK Bloggers Network gathering in Kilkenny in October 2010.

These plugins form part of my Wordpress "toolbox", plugins I look to employ in every blog I start up.

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Essential WordPress Plugins

  1. 1. WordpressPlugins<br />Making your blog sing (a bit more) with<br />
  2. 2. 1. Subscribe To Comments (2 plugins)<br />Keep them coming back<br />Need to edit your template<br />Allows visitor to subscribe to comments on a post<br />Massive help to’s early traffic.<br />Plugin: Subscribe to comments & Subscribe to comments now!<br />
  3. 3. 2. Gravity Forms –<br />Commercial plugin but worth the investment if you need to manage forms on your blog.<br />Starts at US$39<br />Custom build all kinds of forms from within your blog and store the results in the admin area.<br />Have used for school registration, event registration, job applications and more.<br />
  4. 4. 3. ShareThis (Version 4.04)<br />Sharing made easy.<br />Allow your readers to share your posts on Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIn / Delicious<br />Appears as a button on the end of your posts or pages.<br />
  5. 5. 4. Wordpresspopular posts<br />Highlight the popular articles.<br />Works like latest comments / latest posts.<br />Can take into account number of views on a post, number of comments, keeps the busy posts to the front.<br />
  6. 6. 5. Twitter Tools<br />Automatically tweet your posts from your blog.<br />Can also create summary blog posts from a week on Twitter.<br />Nice widget for your sidebar to display latest Tweets.<br />
  7. 7. 6. Follow Me (WPFollowMe)<br />Add a badge to your blog to encourage people to follow you on Twitter.<br />Badge is positioned around the edge of the screen so no editing themes.<br />User clicks badge, lands on your Twitter profile.<br />
  8. 8. 7. All In One SEO Pack<br />For really making your blog tick in terms of SEO.<br />Custom titles, descriptions, keywords, menu titles and more.<br />Really get the most out of your blog’s content on search engines.<br />
  9. 9. 8. Google XML Sitemaps<br />If using Google Webmaster Tools, a must.<br />Creates an XML sitemap of all the content in your blog.<br />Map is updated every time you make a change and pinged.<br />Google uses sitemap when indexing your blog for search results. Got a map, get seen!<br />
  10. 10. 9. Embeddable Forums<br />Available for standalone websites and Wordpress blogs.<br />No need to register, just create a forum, embed javascript or activate plugin.<br />Users sign in with a Facebook / Google / Yahoo account and get posting.<br />
  11. 11. 10. Mailchimp / Analytics360<br />Free email newsletter service. Send up to 6,000 emails a month to 1,000 subscribers for free.<br />Analytics360 combines Mailchimp and Google Analytics into your Wordpress dashboard.<br />Mailchimp(Plugin) Adds a mailing list widget for signups without having to edit template.<br />Mailchimp run a free online webinar every week about getting started with your email newsletters. (45 mins)<br />
  12. 12. 11. Simple Yearly Archive<br />Got a busy blog? Let users find old posts with ease.<br />Uses a shortcode [SimpleYearlyArchive] to display a list of all previous posts by title.<br />Can include date, comment count. A must for old and well-filled blogs.<br />
  13. 13. Those plugins again…<br />Subscribe To Comments<br />Gravity Forms<br />Share This<br />Wordpress Popular Posts<br />Twitter Tools<br />FollowMe<br />All In One SEO Pack<br />Google XML Sitemaps<br /> Forums<br />Analytics360<br />Simple Yearly Archive<br />
  14. 14. Where to get them<br />All of the plugins mentioned are available to download through Wordpress or via<br />GravityForms available via<br />MailChimp available for free via<br />
  15. 15. Find me online<br />Online<br /><br /><br />Twitter<br />@eventmedia<br />@kenmcguire<br />Facebook<br /><br />