I use to have a WordPress plugin list here a long time ago and some how, it has been lost so I thought it would be fun to share a few that I feel are worthy of installation. I might even make this a weekly feature because we all know there are thousands of plugins out there, many worth at least a look-see. All but three are free but those three paid ones are, in my opinion, worth paying the money for if it’s something that suits your blogging style.
1. First up, if you do any giveaways at all, I highly recommend the Comment Contest Plugin. This plugin allows you to enter the amount of prizes, amount of entries per person, amount of winners, and then it will randomly pick those winners and if you want it to, will automatically email them to notify them that they have won and what prize. SO AWESOME! Thank you to Daisy, my WPMAMA for finding it for me!
2. Next up we have the the hRecipe Plugin for food bloggers. This is a great plugin to insert your recipe’s ingredients and instructions. The format is clean and will work very well for an awesome feature that ZipList will have available. I use it because of the clean code and because it just looks organized. You know, now that I’m thinking it about it, I bet it would be great for craft or how-to sites too! I wonder if the code can be played around a bit to display supplies instead of ingredients. It’s just a thought.
3. LinkWithin Plugin is a great alternative to ‘related posts’, especially if you have a food or photography blog but is appropriate for any kind except a deal/coupon blog. With a deal/coupon blog, it will most likely show old posts where the deal has expired. Every since installed, I noticed a big increase in click-thrus to other posts. It’s a great, nonintrusive way to display other posts in your blog. Note that it can take a few hours to crawl your site and find relatable posts.
4. Post Templates Plugin (Paid Plugin) is great if you do the same kind of posts. I use it for my standard giveaway posts but I think it would be very popular for coupon/deal blogs who are constantly creating the same type of post. Also great if you do a weekly meme. Tara turned me on to this one and so far, it’s been great for me!
5. Print Friendly Button is actually a bit of code and is available to wordpress and blogger users. Very functional, clean looking and can print via PDF with or without photos. I’ve seen it on a lot of blogs and use it on my own food blog.
5. WP-Polls and WP-Ban are both from a great programmer. WP-Polls works VERY well and I haven’t had any problems with cheating or scamming the system so to speak. WP-Ban works well for when you’ve just enough of a spammer or maybe just someone who won’t leave you alone;)
6. Gravity Forms Plugin (Paid Plugin) is just plain awesome. The forms you can create with this rocks but what makes it cool is how easy it is to use. I’ve tried several forms and this takes the cake!!! Worth every cent. This is another that Daisy recommended.
7. WPtouch is a Mobile Plugin and will turn your blog into a user friendly place for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, and Blackberry Storm users.
8. WP Auctions Plugin (Paid Plugin) is pretty darn cool. I don’t know if you know this but ebay has increased their fees to like 9%! It’s crazy to sell things over there now because of them so the next best thing? Host them on your own blog!
9. Get Clicky Plugin for clicky users. If you have no clue what that is, you’re missing out. It’s a very thorough, easy to understand stat keeper. It keeps track of impressions, links, downloads, and sooooo much more. The Spy feature is pretty addicting.
10. Admin Drop Down Menu Plugin makes accessing the different parts of my dashboard much easier. Instead of having the menus to the left where you have to constantly scroll down to find them, it’s placed at the top with drop down menus making it much easier to access.
If you have a great plugin to share, please do so in the comments. I’d love to hear them!