There are close to 20,000 available plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory, but only 7 of them have made their way to my personal blog.
I consider myself a minimalist in life, and when it comes to extending WordPress and the functionality of my blog, it’s no different. In fact, I try my hardest NOT to use plugins, but in some cases, I’m left with no choice.
Here’s a list of the plugins that I use and cannot live without.
The first and most beneficial one that I use is our Scribe Content Marketing plugin. Not only has it helped me with optimizng my content, but also with keyword research. It has allowed me to build my traffic in a way I couldn’t do on my own.
Nobody likes spam, and I’m no exception. I have Akismet activated on all of my sites, and for the most part I don’t have to worry about managing and deleting spam comments. Once in a while a few roll through, but those are easy to delete.
3. Google XML Sitemaps
Everyone wants to make sure their content is indexed by Google. It’s pretty obvious why I use the Google XML Sitemaps plugin. This creates an XML sitemap file which is placed on my server and accessed by Google when it crawls my site.
4. Gravity Forms
Easily the best contact form generator around, Gravity Forms was used to build the form on my Contact page. It’s extremely user-friendly, and simply just works. Highly recommended, and well worth the cost.
5. Jetpack Sharing Buttons
Believe it or not, I’ve only recently added a suite of social share buttons to my blog. It took quite a bit of searching to find one that did what I wanted it to, but I finally found the Jetpack Sharing Buttons plugin which allows me to equally space the sharing buttons. I have control with how it looks.
6. Subscribe To Comments
The Subscribe to Comments plugin notifies readers each time a comment is made on a post. Of course it’s not mandatory, but if a reader chooses to, they can optin.
7. W3 Total Cache
Any blog that gets decent traffic should be running a cache plugin. I’m currently using the W3 Total Cache plugin, which has served me without issue. It has also been optimized with our Synthesis Hosting that I’m on, which is an added bonus.
So there you have it, these are the (only) WordPress plugins that are active on my site. If I had it my way, I’d be using less of them – but I supposed compared to others, this list is quite small.
Which plugins, and how many, are you using on your site? Are there any that you feel are “must haves”?
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