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5 WordPress Plugins I can’t live without.

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CrazyLady asked me the other day what Plugins I used and I immediately thought.. hey! What a great post idea for SkinnyMinnMedia. It also gave me a chance to take a plugin assessment. Sometimes I think we install this stuff on our blogs and then just forget about them until something goes wrong. At least I do. :) Anyway… here goes….

Comment Email Responder
This is a favorite of mine for the pure fact that it saves me time. I never saw the reasoning behind responding to a comment on the blog but not emailing the commenter. Most people who leave comments don’t have time to return to each blog post they read that day and if they asked a question I as the blog writer need to respect that. So I used to reply on the blog for others to see my response, then copy the commenter’s email and manually email them the same response. No more! With this plug I simply click on an icon by the comment I’m responding to and when I post a response to the blog it auto sends that same response to the commenter. Genius!

Subscribe To Comments
Since I’m on a comment kick I’ll share the Subscribe To Comments plugin I use. Not only does it add a valuable service to your readers (allowing them to subscribe) it gives you great feedback like which of your posts have the most subscriptions? and Who are your top subscribers?
WordPress Related Posts
I use this plugin over on GreenLiteBites to pull posts (recipes) that have the similar tags (ingredients) and I love it! It’s an easy way to add simple access to older content that may be relevant to reader.
WP-PageNavi
Most wordpress themes have the standard previous/next post navigation making it painfully slow to hop back in time. However, with this plugin you can give your readers the ability to jump into the past. This is another plugin I have installed on GreenLiteBites, scroll to the bottom of the main page to see the pagination. Notice it is completely customizable to match color and style of your blog.
WP-UserOnline /
Ok, this last one is purely for my own amusement. It simply displays (anywhere you want) how many people are on your site at any given time, what they are looking and where they came from. It’s fascinating! I love peaking at it after I post a link to twitter or facebook. So fun! :)


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Discussion

There are 11 comments so far.

    Hallie

    April 23, 2010

    Hey, thanks! I’m dying to do the comment email thing, but I couldn’t find the one you used by searching though Wordpress’s plug ins. I know I could download it from the website, but I’m not sure what they mean by “place the file in your plug in folder” after you unzip it…plus I’m a tad concerned about security (hello, paranoia). Do you have any idea why I can’t find it in Wordpress’s plug in list?

    Jennette

    April 23, 2010

    Thanks for the Comment Email Responder link. I literally had a client ask for that feature yesterday.

    roni

    April 23, 2010

    Hallie – I don’t think he has a version on the wordpress.org site. How do you normally install plugins if you don’t put them in your plugin folder? I may be able to help if you can get over you paranoia. ;)

    The Fat Kid

    April 23, 2010

    Oh nice plugins – sometimes it’s hard to weed out the good ones so thanks for the input :)

    Carli

    April 23, 2010

    Roni, you’re the best! I think I’ll add all of them. You’re my blogger idol.
    Carli

    Karen@WaistingTime

    April 26, 2010

    Thanks so much for sharing these! I am going to check them out:) The plug ins directory scares me a bit… I never know if I will be able to figure one out or like it or…

    chris

    May 8, 2010

    One of my favorites is the URL shortener “pretty links” so I can use it to tweet articles but still brand and have it link back it to my blog… plus I can see who & how many people click on it.

    Caroline Calcote

    November 4, 2012

    Hi Roni! I know this is an old post, but I searched for it because I just migrated from WP.com to WP.org and I’m trying to get everything set up. Do you still use these plug-ins? It looks like maybe you are using a different comment plug-in now…Disqus? I really want the automatic e-mail functionality for responses to comments. I’m so clueless though that I don’t know where my “plugin folder” is. I have just been using the WP dashboard to add plugins. Can you help me out? Any new must-have plug-ins?

      RoniNoone

      November 5, 2012

      Yea.. all my comment plugins were replaced with DIsqus and I really like it! The plug-in folder is in the wp-content folder. You can also install plug ins right from the web interface now too. The only other plugin I recently fell in love with is the instagram one… http://ronisweigh.com/pages/instagram