The Top Notch WordPress Plugins I Use

By glblguy


I frequently get asked about which WordPress plugins I use or how I implement various features on my site, like my Featured, Archives, and Contact pages. So instead off replying in “one off” answers, I thought I would just post a listing of the various plugins I am currently using along with a brief comment about each. I say currently as I am constantly trying new plugins, and making changes. I will try to keep this list as current as possible.

Here’s the list:

  • Akismet – Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.
  • All in One SEO Pack – Out-of-the-box SEO for your WordPress blog.
  • Articles – Display posts in an ‘Articles’ list.
  • Bad Behavior – Deny automated spambots access to your PHP-based Web site.
  • Better Comments Manager – Better Comments manager allows you to view your comments post wise, it also allows you to reply to your comments from within admin panel without you having to visit the site to respond to comments
  • Dofollow – Disables the rel=nofollow attribute in comments.
  • Enforce www. Preference – Provides 301 redirects to queries with /index.php and enforces your use or non-use of www.
  • Executable PHP widget – Like the Text widget, but it will take PHP code as well. Up to 9 instances of this widget may exist.
  • FeedBurner FeedSmith – This plugin detects all ways to access your original WordPress feeds and redirects them to your FeedBurner feed so you can track every possible subscriber.
  • Google Sitemaps – This generator will create a Google compliant sitemap of your WordPress blog.
  • MyAvatars – This plugin allows you to add avatars to WordPress comments.
  • NET Bible – Finds Bible chapters and versus written in your post, and turns them into a links to
  • Popularity Contest – This will enable ranking of your posts by popularity; using the behavior of your visitors to determine each post’s popularity. You set a value (or use the default value) for every post view, comment, etc. and the popularity of your posts is calculated based on those values.
  • Post Teaser – Post Teaser generates a preview or “teaser” of a post for the main, archive and category pages, with a link underneath to go to the full post page. It includes features to generate a word count, image count, and an estimated reading time.
  • Related Posts – Returns a list of the related entries based on active/passive keyword matches.
  • RSS Feed Signature – Add a customised signature or tag-line to your RSS feed(s).
  • SRG Clean Archives – This plugin is designed to display your archive listings in a clean, uniform, single-query fashion that’s Search Engine friendly on a dedicated page or in your sidebar.
  • Subscribe To Comments – Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry.
  • TailHitter – Adds the HitTail Code to every WordPress Post/Page
  • WordPress Database Backup – On-demand backup of your WordPress database.
  • wp-cache – Very fast cache module. It’s composed of several modules, this plugin can configure and manage the whole system.
  • WP-ContactForm: Akismet Edition – WP-ContactForm: Akismet Edition is a spam-resistant drop-in contact form.

17 Responses (including trackbacks) to “The Top Notch WordPress Plugins I Use”

  1. paidtwice Says:

    Dude, this is awesome.

  2. dr Says:

    This is a great list of plugins. I’ve downloaded several of them that were new to me. Thanks!

  3. Bunk Says:

    Wow you have a good assortment of handy ones there. Thanks for all the infor!

  4. glblguy Says:

    Glad you got liked the list and received some value!

  5. paidtwice Says:


    What do you use to make that “email this – save to delicious – etc etc” list at the bottom of each post? I can’t figure out what plugin it is.

  6. glblguy Says:

    @paidtwice – Feedburner FeedFlare – It’s under the Optimize Tab in your Feedburner account.

  7. paidtwice Says:

    No no, that’s for your feed, I mean on your blog itself. On each post.

    Or is that from feedburner too? I shall have to go look. I have it on my feed just not on my blog itself.

  8. paidtwice Says:

    Okay, I went and looked, and I see now what you are talking about.

    The bad news is apparently I tried that before and forgot about it, because I have the code in my index page already. And although Feedburner tracks stats from my site with it just fine, those links don’t show up. So I probably have it in the wrong place but I have no idea where else it would go in that file in my theme. So, I’ll have to try again later when I have more time to ponder it. i really want to switch to that text vs the share this plugin.


  9. glblguy Says:

    @paidtwice – yes sorry I wasn’t clear.

  10. Celine Jalbert Says:

    Dear glblguy,
    Your site offers many creative ideas about saving money in addition to your personal experience with the technical side of blogging. I am in my blogging infancy and luckily have had the help of a webmaster with the technical set up. I appreciate your taking the time to explain about plug-ins. I hope to use this information soon on my own site. I have signed up for your blog using the google reader. As I am most familiar with google. Figuring out how to keep track and make order is ongoing isn’t it?

  11. glblguy Says:

    Hi Celine, and glad to hear you subscribed, I sincerely appreciate that. You’re welcome and I’m glad I could offer some value for you.

    I am not clear on your last question, could you clarify and I’ll do my best to answer!

  12. Patrick Says:

    Hi glblguy,

    Great list. I’ve just added a few of these. I love you blog. :)

  13. glblguy Says:

    Thanks Patrick! I enjoy reading yours as well.

  14. Reginia Simenez Says:

    Thanks for the great variety with plugins, i have several favourites to, like the all known “All IN SEO “and also the easy privacy policy and also SEO friendly images (got some good results with it)and lastly pretty links (great for cloacking) affiliate links…