I often receive questions from fellow bloggers asking about plugins. Most of the time, bloggers ask about a specific plugin, but today I share with you all plugins that power Become a Healthier You.
A month or so ago, I deleted plugins that were not necessary. I also disabled CommentLuv, but I recently enabled this plugin. Those of you who enjoy using CommentLuv, it’s back on this blog and I am a DoFollow blog.
I almost had thirty plugins, which are too many. I decided to keep the plugins that I felt were necessary and place code in other areas (single posts and sidebar).
Here are all WordPress plugins used on this blog.
Current WordPress Plugins
Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (SEO).
The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework designed to improve user experience and page speed.
Recommended by web hosts like: Page.ly, Synthesis, DreamHost, Media Temple, Host Gator, and countless more.
WP-DB-Backup allows you to easily backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.
Note: This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and my have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
Side note: This is a plugin that I can remove, but I will keep it for now. It is always good practice to backup your WordPress blog via your C-Panel.
This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog. With such a sitemap, it’s much easier for the crawlers to see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen.
This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.
Get the Image is a plugin that grabs images for you. It was designed to make the process of things such as adding thumbnails, feature images, and/or other images to your blog much easier, but it’s so much more than that. It is an image-based representation of your WordPress posts.
Simple Tags is the successor of Simple Tagging Plugin. This is the perfect tool to manage perfectly your WP terms for taxonomy.
It was written with this philosophy: best performances, more secured and brings a lot of new functions.
Want to replace the old <–Older posts / Newer posts –> links with same page links?
This plugin provides the wp_pagenavi() template tag which generates fancy pagination links.
These days many web developers try to load your content into their own frame, to help sell ads on other sites or not to send visitors to your web page. Just for example Google Images. With this plugin sites such as Google images will be forced to load your site outside the frame.
This plugin offers an API that performs image optimizations (except for stripping JPEG meta data) automatically, and this plugin seamlessly integrates Smush.it with WordPress.
This plugin gives you a list of posts and/or pages related to the current entry, introducing the reader to other relevant content on your site.
Easily add breadcrumbs to your template. If you’re using one of the supported WordPress frameworks, it’s as easy as enabling the plugin and checking the “Try to add automatically box,” if you’re not using one of those, adding it is simple as adding one line of code to your template!
Note: This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
Remove WordPress admin bar tool bar for all users. Disable front end and back end code. Minimize memory consumption. Speed up loading control panel.
Side note: You can use code instead of using a plugin, but this is simple for those of us who shy away from adding code.
This plugin allows a webmaster to easily create and add contact forms to WordPress. The contact form will let the user send emails to a site’s admin, and also send a meeting request to talk over phone or video. An administration panel is present, where the webmaster can create and preview unlimited forms.
This plugin allows you to safely test drive any theme on your blog as administrator, while visitors still use the default one.
Note: I usually keep this plugin disabled and enable it when I am testing a theme.
I bought the premium version of CommentLuv when it was newly launched, but there is a free version.
This version has other WordPress plugins: CommentLuv, G.A.S.P, Twitterlink, KeyWordName, and ReplyMe.
Note: I disabled this plugin for a few months, but it is now enabled on this blog.
Note: I do not use the plugin for po.st social sharing.
Po.st has a WordPress Plugin that you can use, but I do not use it. I chose to add the code to single.php (above and below). Use the plugin if you are not comfortable adding code to your site.
I use the social sharing system provided by Po.st. This social sharing platform allows you to add social sharing buttons, customize those sharing buttons, use a link shortener, review your analytics, and generate revenue.
I have a total 18 plugins installed on this blog with one being inactive (17 active). I can decrease this number, but for now these are the ones that I use.
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