WordPress Plugins are a great way to bring in extra bits of functionality to your website/blog and as with much everything else in WordPress, they’re surprisingly easy to manage.

Do you want to make your website interactive and super sticky?

Log into your WordPress Dashboard and install the  plugins listed below. WordPress does run faster with fewer plugins, so don’t be tempted to install of them. Many of these plugins are free and others are premium (a fee to purchase them) but they are worth their weight in gold.

SOCIAL MEDIA,  COMMUNITY & COMMENTING

  • BuddyPress  |  Social networking in a box. Build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community. Click here to learn more.
  • Clickdesk Live Chat |  Allows web visitors to click to call and voice chat with you directly from browser or by dialing our local access numbers available in 40+ countries. Click here to learn more.
  • Digg Digg | Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog by Buffer. Click here to learn more.
  • Disqus Commenting | A service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community. Click here to learn more.
  • Follow Button for FeedBurner | Adds a floating follow button to FeedBurner using WordPRess sites. Click here to learn more.
  • Shareaholic (formerly SexyBookmarks) | Shareaholic has proven time and time again to be an extremely useful and successful tool in getting your readers to actually discover and submit your articles to numerous social bookmarking sites. Click here to learn more.
  • Social Media Widget | A simple sidebar widget that allows users to input their social media website profile URLs. Click here to learn more.
  • TweetMeMe | The TweetMeme button plugin allows you to easily integrate the TweetMeme button into your WordPress blog. The plugin will put the button into both your content and your feed. Click here to learn more.
  • Twitterfeed  | Automate your blog posts to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Click here to learn more.

SPAM

  • Akismet  | Install and set up immediately as Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. Click here to learn more.
  • Captcha | Plugin Captcha intended to prove that the visitor is a human being and not a spam robot. Plugin asks the visitor to answer a math question. Click here to learn more.
  • Defensio Anti-Spam | Defensio is an advanced spam filtering web service that learns and adapts to your behaviors as well to those of your readers and commenters by Websense. Click here to learn more.

SEO – Search Engine Optimization

  • All in One SEO Pack  | WordPress SEO plugin to automatically optimize your WordPress blog for Search Engines by Michael Torbert, CEO – Semper Fi. Click here to learn more.
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast | This plugin is written from the ground up by WordPress SEO consultant and WordPress developer Joost de Valk to improve your site’s SEO on all needed aspects. Click here to learn more.
  • Google Analyticator (requires a Google Analytics #)  | Super Cool! This plugin displays  Google Analytics in your dashboard and adds the necessary JavaScript code to enable Google Analytics. Includes widgets for Analytics data display. Click here to learn more.
  • Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate |  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. Click here to learn more.

BACKUP, OPTIMIZE and SUPPORT

  • Backup Buddy | The security and peace of mind we get, knowing that our websites are backed up at all times, is vital. It’s $75 but worth every penny! Click here to learn more.
  • WordPress Backup to Dropbox | Keep your valuable WordPress website, its media and database backed up to Dropbox in minutes with this sleek, easy to use plugin.  Click here to learn more.
  • VaultPress Premium | VaultPress is a real-time backup and security scanning service designed and built by Automattic, the same company that operates 25+ million sites on WordPress.com $15. Click here to learn more.
  • WP Super Cache | A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files. Click here to learn more.
  • W3 Total Cache | The only WordPress Performance Optimization (WPO) framework; designed to improve user experience and page speed. Click here to learn more.
  • Duplicator | The Duplicator plugin gives WordPress Administrators and Developers the ability to migrate/clone a site from one location to another location. Click here for more information.
  • Website Defender | The WebsiteDefender WordPress Security plugin is a free and comprehensive security tool that helps you secure your WordPress installation and suggests corrective measures for: strengthening passwords, securing file permissions, security of the database, version hiding, WordPress admin protection and lots more. Click here for more information.
  • Wordfence Security | Anti-virus and Firewall security plugin for WordPress by Mark Maunder. Click here for more information.

CORE FUNTIONALITY

  • Event Calendar | The Pro Event Calendar plugin adds a professional and sleek calendar to your posts or pages. 100% Responsive. Click here for more information.
  • Fast Secure Contact Form w Captcha | Contact form with captcha is great plugin for your WordPress blog that enables you to have a contact form with the reCAPTCHA challenge system by Tecknocrat.
  • Hello Bar | The Hello Bar is designed to make sure all your visitors know about the things most important to you.
    Grab your visitor’s attention and get them to sign up for your email list, or tell them about a specific page they should visit. Click here to learn more.
  • FooBar | The Foobar is a plugin for WordPress that allows you to add a highly customizable bar to the top of your blog or website. You can display different notifications on different pages and define a default bar that will display on all your pages.
    Tweets, RSS feeds, social profiles, custom HTML, you name it – Foobar can handle it! Click here for more information.
  • Gravity Forms | Easily create web forms and manage form entries within the WordPress admin.   Only $39.00. Click here for more information.
  • Jetpack   | Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
  • Nrelate   | The best way to display related content from your site, and/or your blogrollClick here to learn more.
  • Members | Members is a plugin that extends your control over your blog. It’s a user, role, and content management plugin that was created to make WordPress a more powerful CMS.Click here for more information.
  • Ezine  |  Automate your blog posts to Ezine.  Requires an e-zine account. Click here to learn more.
  • Shortcodes Ultimate |  With this plugin you can easily create tabs, buttons, boxes, different sliders, responsive videos and much, much more. Turn your free theme to premium in just a few clicks.
  • Testimonials Widget | Testimonials Widget plugin allows you to display random or selected portfolio, quotes, reviews, showcases, or text with images on your WordPress blog by Michael Cannon. Click here to learn more.
  • TinyMCE Advanced | This plugin will let you add, remove and arrange the buttons that are shown on the Visual Editor toolbar. Click here to learn more.
  • Ultimate Coming Soon Page | By SeedProd. Click here to learn more.
  • What Would Seth Godin Do | By default, new visitors to your blog will see a small box above each post containing the words “If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!” After 5 visits the message disappears. You can customize this message, its lifespan, and its location. Your visitor must have cookies enabled. Click here to learn more.
  • Widgets Controller |  Gives you full control on which pages your widgets will appear. It lets you dynamicly show or hide widgets on WordPress. Click here to learn more.
  • Restrict Widgets | All in one solution for widget management in WordPress. Allows you to hide or display widgets on specified pages and restrict access for users.
  • Print Friendly and PDF Button |  The #1 Print and PDF button for your WordPress site. Printer Friendly pages without coding, css, or print.css. Fast, easy, and professional.  Click here to learn more. 

E-COMMERCE

  • Gravity Forms with PayPal Add on | Order forms are easy with the PayPal Payments Standard Add-On for Gravity Forms. Enable your users to pay you via PayPal Payments Standard as part of the Gravity Forms submission process.   Only $39.00. Click here for more information.
  • Gravity Forms with Authorize.net | Gravity Forms and Authorize.Net make collecting credit card payments quick and painless! With the Authorize.Net Add-On you can capture credit card payments along with any additional data you want from the user right on your site, without sending the user to a 3rd party to complete the transaction.  Only $39.00. Click here for more information.
  • Shopp Premium | The infinitely flexible WordPress e-commerce plugin and powerhouse shopping cart that runs thousands of successful stores. $55  Click here for more information.
  • WooCommerce by Woothemes | A freely available eCommerce plugin that enables shop facilities on your WordPress website. Functionality enabling extensions & beautiful themes available. Click here for more information.

PHOTOGRAPHY  and GALLERIES

MOBILE

  • Mobile Website Builder for WordPress by DudaMobile | The DudaMobile WordPress plugin makes it easy to convert your WordPress website into a mobile-friendly site. It’s fast, free and easy. Click here to learn more. 
  • WP-Touch | You can easily create a stunning mobile WordPress website for yourself or a client with just a few clicks. Click here to learn more. 

What plugins do you use for your website and blogposts? Please feel free to share with me and I will add it to my list.

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