Current WordPress Plugins Used on This Blog

electric-connectionI 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

All In One SEO Pack

Optimizes your WordPress blog for Search Engines (SEO).

WT3 Total Cache

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.

WordPress Database Backup

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.

Google Analyticator 

Google Analyticator adds the necessary JavaScript Code to enable Google Analytics logging on any WordPress blog.  This eliminates the need to edit  your template code to begin logging.  Google Analyticator also includes several widgets for displaying Analytics data in the admin and on your blog.

Google XML Sitemaps 

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 

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.

Broken Link Checker

This plugin will monitor your blog looking for broken links and let you know if any are found.

Get the Image

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

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.

WP-PageNavi

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.

WP No Frames 

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.

WP Smush.it

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.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

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.

Yoast Bread Crumbs 

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.

WP Admin Bar Removal

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.

Fast Secure Contact Form

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.

Theme Test Drive

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.

CommentLuv Premium

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.

Sharing Buttons Po.st

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.

Final Words

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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16 Comments Current WordPress Plugins Used on This Blog

  1. Al Green

    Evelyn,

    What made you disable commentluv and why did you enable it again?

    I currently have the free version, but have been very tempted to get premium. I really like how your “about me” page came up after I submitted a comment.

    That seems to be a great way to let people get to know you, especially if they only saw one post and then commented like I did.

    That’s a part of the premium package, isn’t it?

    Look forward to hearing back from you,
    Al
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hi Al,

      I disabled it because I wanted people to comment for the sake of commenting and not for the back link. Some bloggers only comment on other blogs that have ComLuv enabled and that’s fine, but I wanted real communication with others.

      **I also wanted to test if it was pulling on the speed of the website, but it really doesn’t have much pull.**

      I enabled it again mainly because I wanted to reward those who comment here on a regular basis. I think I’ve weeded out those who only comment for the link. I don’t care about having lots of comments on my posts. A few good and helpful comments is fine by me.

      Yes, with the premium package, you have more posts/pages that you can select. I think it’s about 10 or more. There are other features, like Twitterlink, GASP (spam filter), Reply Me (comments), and KeyWord Love.

      Take care,
      Evelyn
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    1. Evelyn Parham

      Hey Kymberly!

      Are you asking me to write a post sharing the plugins I have used in the past? I’m not sure I understand your question.

      These are plugins I have used in the past

      Platinum SEO
      Wordpress Popular Posts (?)
      JetPack
      Flare (share buttons and profile buttons)
      Quantacast
      Sexybookmarks
      AddThis
      WP-125 (Ads)

      These are only a few listed, but I know this list is longer.
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  2. Jeevanjacobjohn

    Hey Evelyn,

    Great list!

    I am looking to start a new blog soon, and this list will certainly help.

    I have used many of these plugins, but some of them are new to me – Like No frames and Admin bar removal.

    As far as plugins go, I always try to keep them below twenty, and like you mentioned, we can always replace many plugins with plain old coding.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing your plugins list :)

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