Experimenting Different WordPress Plugins

For the whole time I've been blogging, I've always been into widgets and plugins, but there really wasn't much to do inside the blogspot. While blogspot is great to start blogging, being free and very easy to use, self-hosted blog is the only option for more serious blogging and/or tech-geek like me.

WordPress (.org) as blogging platform comes with great features as default and maintaining basic blog is very easy, like with the free services. Of course, one has to take care of hosting the blog somewhere, instead of the free spot for the blog at WordPress.com or Blogspot.com.

But when you get deeper into the WordPress and start playing with themes and plugins, it gets fun. There are thousands of plugins for WordPress, most of them free, like the platform itself, so trying them all out would take a lot of time. But fortunately there are lists and review service inside the WordPress.org, which you can check here: WordPress.org Plugin Directory.

I look for plugins with great reviews and/or lot of downloads. With little experimenting, I've found about 20 plugins I use at every WordPress blog I have at the moment.

WordPress Plugins I've tried

The list has selection of WordPress Plugins, I've tried on some of my blogs:

  1. Akismet
  2. All in One SEO Pack
  3. Analytics360
  4. Blog Metrics
  5. commentluv
  6. Contact Form 7
  7. Dagon Design Sitemap Generator
  8. Enhanced WP-ContactForm
  9. Exploit Scanner
  10. Feedburner FeedSmith
  11. Google Analytics for WordPress
  12. Google XML Sitemaps
  13. HeadSpace2
  14. Limit Login Attempts
  15. MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer
  16. No Self Pings
  17. Redirection
  18. Robots Meta
  19. RSS Footer
  20. Search Regex
  21. SEO Friendly Images
  22. ServerBuddy
  23. Sociable
  24. Subscribe To Comments
  25. Use Google Libraries
  26. W3 Total Cache
  27. What Would Seth Godin Do
  28. WordPress Firewall
  29. WordPress SEO -plugin
  30. WordPress.com Stats
  31. WP Greet Box
  32. WP Security Scan
  33. WP Smush.it
  34. WP Super Cache
  35. WP-DBManager
  36. WP-PageNavi
  37. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
  38. Yoast Breadcrumbs

That's not all, but that's all I remember now, so these have been useful for me. However, I don't run them all anymore. For example, with the SEO -plugins, I've tried them all, All in One SEO Pack, HeadSpace2, etc. But eventually settled for WordPress SEO -plugin, which does what the others, but also includes the functionality from Robots Meta, RSS Footer and Yoast Breadcrumbs, all stable plugins on my blogs. It also has the feature for sitemaps, but at least for now, I haven't let go of the Google XML Sitemaps -plugin.

The Best of the Best

After trying out tens, if not hundreds of plugins, I have found a set of plugins that I use in every WordPress blog I run (the essential plugins) and a set of circumstantial plugins, which are great for some blogs, but are not needed in all (e.g. simple mini-site).

The set of recommended plugins can be found from my resources page: recommended WordPress plugins. With that list, and the ones I'm using on some blogs, here's the complete list of plugins I'm using.

The essential ones are bolded and links are to the individual guides for the those plugins that need one.

WordPress Performance and Optimization


  • WordPress SEO -plugin
    • Includes the following old favorites:
    • RSS Footer
    • Robots Meta
    • Yoast breadcrumbs
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
  • SEO Friendly Images

Security and Anti-SPAM

  • Akismet
  • Limit Login Attempts
  • WordPress Firewall
  • WP Security Scan

Commenting and social plugins

  • Sociable

Utility Plugins

Metrics and Statistics

Other plugins

  • Dagon Design Sitemap Generator

Run-on-demand plugins

These plugins I have installed, but can disable and enable as needed.

  • Search Regex
  • ServerBuddy
  • Exploit Scanner

Experimenting New WordPress Plugins

As I've been blogging for a while, I'm quite settled for a set of recommended WordPress plugins, and I'm not exactly on the lookout for new plugins. However, occasionally I find something that is actually useful, and try them out when I have time.

When I started, if I saw something cool on another blog or someone posted "50 great plugins" -list, I was there to try them out. Not the best use of time, so I wouldn't recommend you go that road, but settle for a set of proven plugins and focus on the good stuff, which is blogging and creating content.

If you do have some plugin in mind that you really like, or just want to share your experiences, leave a comment to this article.

Updates / Version History

  • 2009-05-23: Post published
  • 2010-11-10: Updated, edited the list of plugins
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