My Must Have WordPress Plugins

Richard has been asking me for a while what WordPress plugins I use on this site. As Darren Rowse of has recently put up a list of his active plugins in a post called I’ll Show you Mine if You Show me Yours (WP Plugins). I thought it was time to share my list of “Must Have” WordPress plugins. So here is my list of must have WordPress plugins:

Spam Karma 2
No other comment spam blocking plugin works as successfully for me.
Easily integrate gravatars within your site.
Provides navigation controls for next/previous within a connected series of posts.
A drop in contact form.
WordPress Database Backup
An excellent backup plugin.
The original WordPress Creative Commons licensing plugin.
Subscribe To Comments
An excellent plugin which allows your readers to subscribe to the comments for a post.
CJD Notepad
Draft posts to your hearts content.
WordPress Version Check
Ensure you get visible notification of new WordPress releases within your dashboard.

Fixes trackback and pingback URLs when publishing draft posts.
Permalinks redirect
Ensure everyone is viewing my posts via their one true permalink.

These lists don’t include every single plugin that I am using but they represent the plugins that I would install on a new WordPress install before I even started posting 😉

One thought on “My Must Have WordPress Plugins

  1. Hello. This is a great post. I thought I would stick my 2 cents in and give you my must have list of plugins too..

    My must have plugins include:

    Bunny’s Technorati Tags – For SEO and Technorati links
    Digital Fingerprint – To keep scrapers having to display my sig in article
    Dagon Design Sitemap Generator – SEO, 404 page, sitemap
    Fold Page List- Expand sub pages for asthetics
    Fold Category List – Expand Category list for asthetics
    Google Sitemaps – No Brainer
    In Series – For articles that I have series and want to show related
    Jerome’s Keywords – SEO
    List Subpages – list subpages
    Link Indication – Show Arrows after external links on whole site
    Optimal Title – SEO and correct format for titles
    Post Updated – Show when the post was updated if it was
    Post Teaser – Show part of post on page to click for more..
    Plugins Used Plugin – show all plugins used
    References – show where I refer to in posts
    Related Posts – show related links, SEO, user friendly
    WP-ContactForm – must have to contact, easiest for me to use and config
    WP-EMail – so people can email an article
    WP-Print – so people can print user friendly format of post
    WP-GenericFooter – I add a symbol at end of each article so known its the end.

    Sorry the list is so long, but these are my must haves for any WP site I do

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