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My Favourite WordPress Plugins

All my favourite WordPress plugins, I use them all on a regular basis, on my own and my client’s WordPress sites.

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My Favourites

Google Analyticator6.2Adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google’s Analytics. After enabling this plugin visit the options page and enter your Google Analytics’ UID and enable logging. By Ronald Heft, Jr..
Google XML Sitemaps3.2.5This plugin will generate a sitemaps.org compatible sitemap of your WordPress blog which is supported by Ask.com, Google, MSN Search and YAHOO. Configuration Page By Arne Brachhold.
NextGEN Gallery1.8.3A NextGENeration Photo gallery for the Web 2.0. By Alex Rabe.
Quotes Collection1.5.4Quotes Collection plugin with Ajax powered Random Quote sidebar widget helps you collect and display your favourite quotes on your WordPress blog. By Srini G.
Redirection2.2.9A redirection manager By John Godley.
Search Everything6.6Adds search functionality with little setup. Including options to search pages, excerpts, attachments, drafts, comments, tags and custom fields (metadata). Also offers the ability to exclude specific pages and posts. Does not search password-protected content. By Dan Cameron.
WP-Table Reloaded replaces
1.9.1This plugin allows you to create and easily manage tables in the admin-area of WordPress. A comfortable backend allows an easy manipulation of table data. You can then include the tables into your posts, on your pages or in text widgets by using a shortcode or a template tag function. Tables can be imported and exported from/to CSV, XML and HTML. By Tobias Bäthge
wp-typogrify1.6Prettify your web typography by preventing ugly quotes and widows and providing CSS hooks to style some By Hamish Macpherson.
WP Ajax Edit Comments2.2.6.0Allows users and admin to edit their comments inline. Admin and editors can edit all comments. By Ronald Huereca.
WP Security Scan3.0.5Perform security scan of WordPress installation. | By WebsiteDefender
W3 Total Cache Very fast caching module for WordPress. By Donncha O Caoimh.

Other Useful Plugins

404 Notifier1.2aThis plugin will log 404 hits on your site and can notify you via e-mail or you can subscribe to the generated RSS feed of 404 events. Adjust your settings here. By Alex King.
AJAX Comments WPMUified0.2Started as adoption and ended up as a pretty much total rewrite of Mike Smullin’s original AJAX Comments plugin By Christian Knoflach (based on work of Mike Smullin).
cforms12.1cformsII offers unparalleled flexibility in deploying contact forms across your blog. Features include: comprehensive SPAM protection, Ajax support, Backup & Restore, Multi-Recipients, Role Manager support, Database tracking and many more. Please see the VERSION HISTORY for what’s new and current bugfixes. By Oliver Seidel.
Email Users3.1.6Allows the site editors to send an e-mail to the blog users. Credits to Catalin Ionescu who gave me some ideas for the plugin and has made a similar plugin. Bug reports and corrections by Cyril Crua and Pokey. By Vincent Prat (email : vpratfr@yahoo.fr).
Random Quotes1.3This plugin allows you to embed random quotes into your pages. It also has a spiffy management tool in the administrative console. By Dustin Barnes.
Sociable3.0.2Automatically add links on your posts, pages and RSS feed to your favorite social bookmarking sites. Go to Settings -> Sociable for setup. By Joost de Valk.
WP-Members2.0.bWP access restriction and user registration. By Chad Butler.

Things to look at

Tag Cloud


Google SiteMap


Movable Boxes


Old Plugins

  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/revision-control/ – 19.08.2011
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/script-compressor/ – 17.08.2009
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-tags/ – 15.08.2011
  • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stray-quotes/ – 05.07.2009

Untested by Me

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/favorite-plugins/ – 16.11.2012

4 thoughts on “My Favourite WordPress Plugins”

  1. Thanks Reuben – I have upgraded to WP-Tables Reloaded. Simple as importing my old WP-Tables although I had to manually change the pages and posts that referenced the tables due to a change in the hook. Much appreciated

  2. May I ask how you overcame the problem of caching quotes? I use Quotes Collection as well but it keeps showing the very same quote every time unless I purge cache or modify the homepage (by adding a new article or changing some setting etc).
    Btw, I use WP Supercache for caching (instead of W3 TC).

  3. hmmm, I’ve never had a problem with caching but as you say I use W3 Totalcache. I just have the widget set to Random and it does the rest. I don’t remember changing too many of the basic settings. I’ll happily take a look at your blog if you send me the details via mail.

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