Do you want to know what some of the hottest plugins for WordPress are?
Read on to find out what House of Hepworths favorite Plugins are and Why they made the Top 10 list.
First off, for those that don’t know, my blog is a WordPress blog. (WordPress.ORG)
I love WordPress and the bazillion Plugins available for it.
For all my fellow WP bloggers out there I’d compile a list of my personal Top 10 favorite plugins and why you should use them too!
I currently have 18 active Plugins that I’m using on my blog, so it was quite a challenge to narrow it down to the top 10. At the bottom of the post I’ll link to the remaining 8, but I’ll leave out the commentary.
::Drum Roll please::
Allison’s 10th most favorite WP plugin is…
Link Within is a blog widget that appears under each post, linking to related stories from your blog archive:
Link Within retrieves and indexes all stories from your blog archive, not just recent stories, making them accessible to new or casual readers of your blog who would not otherwise encounter them. It helps to keep readers on your site by offering quick links to related posts.
Allison’s 9th most favorite WP plugin is…
Print Friendly & PDF adds a button to the bottom of each of your posts that allows uses to print your post in a print-friendly format or turn your post into a PDF file.
Here’s a screenshot of the post formatted and ready for printing on your home computer:
Here’s a screen shot of the PDF Print Friendly & PDF created:
I love this plugin because readers frequently ask for a PDF or print-friendly version of my tutorials, and now they have one.
Allison’s 8th most favorite WP plugin is…
Commenter Emails allows you to extract a listing of all email addresses left by commenters.
This is a screen shot taken from the Commenter Emails website.
This is a great plugin because it keeps an alphabetical list of all email addresses left by anyone who has ever left a comment on your blog. This is NOT an Email Subscription List though so use at your own risk. I rarely use this list to email my readers, and when I do I only BCC them so that their email is not shared with everyone else. I also will never sell or give out this list to anyone. I don’t want to spam my readers, so in the 10 months I’ve been blogging, I’ve only used this list twice.
Allison’s 7th most favorite WP plugin is…
FT Signature Manager gives you the ability to setup a signature and to include it at the bottom of your posts.
After you install the plugin, to create a signature go to Users/Signature Options. From there, just fill in the box.
Once you add a signature, it will post at the bottom of every single post on your blog.
A signature is dynamic, meaning that it changes based on what you put in the signature box. Whenever you update your signature it will update the bottom of every single post on your blog. I change my signature constantly to give my readers a heads up on good deals, or to remind you about a fun giveaway going on. It’s an easy way to get an announcement to the masses without having to create an entire new post.
Allison’s 6th most favorite WP plugin is…
Smart Archives Reloaded is an elegant and easy way to present your posts on a single page.
I have a tab at the top of my blog called Archives. This is a hyperlinked list of every single post I’ve ever made in order by date. It’s great for you guys to easily browse old posts of mine. I also use it almost daily when I’m writing posts and want to link back to older posts. I go to this page and can easily find the post I want.
Allison’s 5th most favorite WP plugin is…
The most common ways for people to subscribe to a blog and its content are through RSS, Email and Twitter. Facebook pages are increasing in usage too. Subscription Options places these icons in a widget area and lets users enter their own feed or page URLs and color options. It’s really simple but there’s lots of power under the hood.
Allison’s 4th most favorite WP plugin is…
WPtouch lets you easily setup a rich mobile theme for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Palm OS and Samsung touch mobile visitors, completely independent of your desktop theme.
When you visit my blog from your phone, my blog is in an easy to read format created just for phones and mobile devices. It loads quicker and is formatted for easier viewing. Of course, you can always switch to my full blog by clicking the button at the bottom of the page on your phone.
Allison’s 3rd most favorite WP plugin is…
Fast Secure Contact Form is free software that lets your visitors send you a quick E-mail message. It also blocks spam and includes a CAPTCHA and Akismet support.
I have a tab at the top of my blog called Contact Me. This plugin created a form that is easy to fill out so my readers can easily contact me to their hearts content.
Allison’s 2nd most favorite WP plugin is…
Akismet is a Spam Filter that filters out your comment and track-back spam for you. In 10 months of using Akismet, this plugin has blocked 5,300 spam comments from being posted on my blog. Nice!
And now, for the moment you all have been waiting for…
Allison’s most favorite WP plugin is…
#1 RSS Footer
RSS Footer is essentially an additional Signature (See #7 above) but only posts to RSS feeds including Readers and Email.
Here’s what my current RSS Footer looks like:
I triple-love this plugin because it allows me to send additional messages to my readers who read my blog from an RSS feed. Many people don’t come to my blog every day. They subscribe to my blog and then my posts are emailed to them or placed in their reader.
The biggest perk to this plugin (for me) is that I have advertising on my blog. These advertisers are concerned that people aren’t seeing their ads because most of my readers are viewing my blog from an RSS feed. With the RSS Footer plugin I can add all my advertisers buttons so that all my RSS feed readers can see them every time they read one of my posts.
The perk about adding these sponsors to the RSS Footer plugin as opposed to just the basic Signature (#7 above) is that the basic Signature shows up on your actual blog, but the RS Footer doesn’t, so it doesn’t clutter the bottom of each of my posts with tons of ads and additional info. If you are reading my blog from my actual site then you are seeing the ads on my sidebar, so they don’t need to be in my signature.
So there you have it. My ten most favorite WP plugins. Here are all the additional plugins that I use. They are just as important to my blog, just not my top 10 favorites.
Are there any I missed? If you know of some totally wicked-awesome WP plugin not on my list, please do tell! I’d hate to miss out on something great!
I’m currently working on a list of my favorite Widgets. Hopefully I’ll get that up next week.