2013 List Of My Favorite WordPress Plugins

by Adrienne Smith on September 19, 2013

What would WordPress be without plugins!  They make our blogs perform better, keep them secure and help with the ease of things.

Back in 2011 I shared what my favorite WordPress plugins were at that time.  Boy was that ever a popular post so the following year I decided to share my favorites again.  That one was a big hit as well.

I know a lot of my readers are curious what I use because I often get emails asking.  I just decided to make this a yearly post so here we are into year three.

How many plugins are too many?  I have absolutely no idea but I think it depends on each plugin.  Some will bog your blog down while others don’t take up much room at all.

Whatever you do, tread lightly when you hear about a new plugin.  Barry was kind enough to inform us of just how dangerous it can be when you install just anything.

Like I’ve done in the previous years I’ve listed these in alphabetical order along with the reasons why I use these particular plugins.

1. Aweber Web Forms

I still use Aweber as my autoresponder service and to make it easier, and per the suggestion of many, it’s best to have several different options for your subscribers to opt-in.  Aweber has their own plugin and as you may have noticed, this one is below my comment box.

Plugin is updated yearly

2.  Contact Form Clean and Simple

Most of these contact plugins are really easy to use.  I recently switched to this one because the one I’ve used for years hasn’t been updated in awhile.  With this one though you have an option to include a captcha code and a quick response so that whoever sent you an email will receive an immediate response that it’s been sent.

Plugin last updated September 16, 2013

3.  Clean Archives Reloaded

I just love this plugin, I can’t help it.  I know my archive page is really long now and it is confusing for people to find things at times which is why I also created my “Start Here” page because I put that in categories.  I’m not sure how long I’ll keep this one but it’s still one of my favorites.  If you have a fairly new blog then this archive page might just be what you need.

FYI: You will need to place a code on your new page and I have placed that code in a file.  You can download that by clicking ===> HERE!!!

Plugin last updated October 22, 2010 (No concern, I’ve spoken with the creator and there has been no need to update)

4. CommentLuv Premium

My all time favorite plugin, CommentLuv Premium.  I definitely highly recommend you purchasing this one but Andy does still have the free version as well.

Let me recap what all CommentLuv Premium has included; CommentLuv, KeywordName, GASP, Twitter Link Comments, DoFollow, TrackBack Validation, Top CommentLuvvers, No Self Ping and the most recent addition, ReplyMe.  Most of you know that I’m currently testing the Anti Backlink feature which will be the newest addition to help cut down on even more spam.

Included as a stand alone plugin for CommentLuv Premium users Andy has created the Broken Link Checker for CommentLuv links.  I use this plugin at least once a month when checking for broken links.

NOTE:  I’m an affiliate of CommentLuv Premium and will receive a commission if you purchase through my link.  Andy also updates this plugin on a regular basis and another new update will be released soon.

5. Google XML Sitemaps

XML Sitemaps are a list of pages on your website.  When you create this type of sitemap it helps Google know about all the pages on your site including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google’s normal crawling process.  It also helps the other search engines like Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com to better index your sites too.

Plugin last updated August 11, 2013

6.   Most Popular Posts

You’ll see this one over in my sidebar where it says “Most Popular Posts”.  I have it set to display the ten most popular posts on my blog based on the number of comments it has received.  This helps those posts stand out a little more.

Plugin last updated February 14, 2013

7. OpenHook

This is a Thesis related plugin that makes coding easy.  All I know is that with this plugin you can add code and customize your theme without ever having to dig into the editor functions.

Plugin last updated December 14, 2012

8.  Related Posts

I just changed this plugin last month because the one I was using just stopped working for some reason.  It had been updated on a regular basis so I’m assuming with the recent upgrade of WordPress that something went wrong.

Either way this plugin is what you see at the bottom of my posts and show other posts you may be interested in.  With this one you have the option of just including the links like I have or images which a lot of people have.  I find those too distracting, at least for me so once again, I’m all about simple.

Plugin last updated August 28, 2013

9. Share Juice Pro

This plugin is the social sharing buttons you see at the end of my post.  It was created by my wonderful friend Ashvini upon the recommendation of Carolyn and myself.

I love that I can create my own buttons if I want but also place them in whatever order I want as well.  He’s also included one so you can print the post, email it or sent it to Kindle.  Let’s not forget the cool Pinterest option as well.  You can also place your social buttons anywhere on your blog you want, I just prefer mine below my posts.

With this plugin you can also create a Facebook like widget without adding any code and his latest addition is the author bio box.  Another really cool feature that is coming is the open graph function for pulling the correct images into Facebook as well as all the other social sites.  I’m testing that one as we speak so it’s coming soon.

NOTE:  I’m an affiliate of Share Juice Pro and will receive a commission if you purchase through my link but you still get a free 30 day trial run.  Ashvini also updates this plugin on a regular basis and another new update will be released soon.

10. Social Metrics Pro

I wrote briefly about this plugin in a post last month but you can track your posts in your WordPress dashboard by how many times it’s being shared through tweets, likes, pins, Google+s and a few more sites.  You’ll be able to see which posts are doing good on which sites.  Like it’s pretty obvious that my posts relating to Twitter really do well on Twitter but I can tract those numbers which is pretty cool.

You can set the filters the way you want so you don’t have to monitor all the sites they connect with.  It also color codes them by popularity so it’s pretty obvious right off the bat which ones are doing better then others.

NOTE:  I’m an affiliate of Social Metrics Pro and will receive a commission if you purchase through my link.  Plugin last updated January 28, 2013

11. Subscribe To Comments

I mainly use this plugin for my guest bloggers so that they can receive notifications of new comments on the posts they’ve written.  Most people who click this by mistake end up getting overwhelmed with all the comments I receive on each post so it’s really not a great idea to check this box.  If you comment on my blog you will receive your response via email.

Plugin last updated August 28, 2012

12. WordPress File Monitor Plus

This plugin will notify me if there has been any suspicious activity on my blog such as added, changed or deleted files.

There is some code that needs to be included with this one or you’ll definitely freak out because it will pick up your activity as well.  Dee Ann came to my rescue with this one though and told me what to include.  She’ll be covering all of that and more in her upcoming product.

Plugin last updated June 11, 2012

13. WP Optimize

If any of you read my post about my hosting service fiasco then you might remember me sharing with you the issues I had with my database.  This is an area you do not want to ignore so what this plugin does is it helps you keep your database clean by removing post revisions, comments in the spam queue and un-approved comments with just a few clicks.  You can do a few other things but these are the most important.  It just helps keep your database tables clean because we don’t want them piling up with junk.

Plugin last updated December 30, 2011

14. WPTouch Mobile

The statistics are rising and more and more readers are accessing our blogs through their mobile devices.  If you don’t have your theme set up for viewing via these devices then you will definitely lose a lot of readers.

This plugin formats your site with a mobile theme for visitors on Apple iPhone/iPod touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm and Torch, Palm Pre and other touch-based smartphones.  We cannot forget our mobile users.

Plugin last updated September 17, 2013

That’s All The Plugins

I’m sure that you might be thinking my goodness girl, that’s all you use!  Well yeah, that’s really pretty much it.  Because I have Thesis I can easily add code where others may struggle.  That’s way better then adding yet another plugin that may not work next year.

I’ve added the Google Analytics code and Thesis has the SEO feature built in so no plugin is needed for that.

I’ve made backing up my blog part of my daily routine now since most of the plugins I’ve tried eventually just stop working.  That’s something I can’t have happen.

As I mentioned last year, Dee Ann has taught me how to secure my blog through some coding efforts so a lot of the security plugins I had I no longer need.  The hack attempts were really starting to wear on me so I asked Ashvini if he could figure something out and he definitely came through.  We’ve stopped them in their tracts for now at least!

What I Use Occasionally

When checking for broken links I prefer using the program instead of the plugin since I’ve found it to be very unreliable.

When writing reviews or promoting specific products I will still occasionally write a keyword rich post. I’ve found SEOPressor V4 to be great for that but I’ll only install it when I need it.  Yep, it’s a paid plugin and it works really well for me.

You might also notice that I use no caching plugin.  I’ve tried W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache in the past and neither of them play nice with my blog.  At this time my current hosting service says that it’s just not needed.

Back in May I wrote how you can easily compress your images so I use a stand alone site for that as well and threw in the towel with the Smush.it plugin.  It didn’t work half of the time.

Less is best!

What About Your List

So which plugins are your favorites and which ones do you refuse to live without?

Are you using the majority of what I’m using or do you have some in your arsenal that you think are better?  Maybe you’ve found a new and improved version that I’m not aware of.

I use to try a new plugin when someone would suggest it until I learned my lesson with my database issues.  No more, I use what I need and my blog is functioning just fine.  I’m just really over all of that ya know!

When trying new plugins though always backup your blog first because some don’t play nice with each other or some themes so you want to be prepared.  I’ve heard so many nightmares from friends of mine and I would hate for that to happen to you.

So how many plugins are you using now?  Do you think like I do now and less is best?  Does your blog run well with the ones you currently have?  Is there a particular plugin that you would still like to find?  Maybe me or my readers can help you with that so be sure to ask.

Eager to hear what you think about my list so be sure to share your comment below.  Hope you’ll share this post with your friends too.  You never know if they may be looking for something that I happen to be using or someone has suggested here.





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1 Harleena Singh
September 19, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Awesome list yet again :)

These 14 seem to be your treasured plugins as I can see you DO like all of them so much. Not to mention, that you are careful not to use too many. Where did I read about someone using 80 plugins and getting through with it!

Because I have a responsive theme I am not using the WPTouch Mobile as yet as people can view it on their mobiles. Oh yes…CommentLuv rocks and is an absolute must without which I think most of us would be rather lost :)

I know you and Carolyn use Ashvini’s awesome plugin, and if I have any problem with mine, I might start using it too as I am pretty impressed with it already. I like the Clean Archives Reloaded and I think your archive page looks pretty nicely done.

I think I use some of these only, but I do use WordFence in addition I think as well as Cloudflare, though I know if you aren’t careful about it, it can cause a little problem for some people.

I don’t think we should ideally be using very many plugins, and like you, I also disable a few after using or checking what I have to check or it just adds to the load time, which none of us would really like. Other than that, you said it all :)

Thanks for sharing this awesome resource with us. Have a nice rest of the week :)
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2 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Hi Harleena,

Wonderful to see you this morning and I know it’s your evening. Thank you again for all you’ve done this week for my community, you’re just awesome.

I know that with security issues and problems people have had with their blogs with plugins not playing nice I learned my lesson to just stick with what works. There are some that add nice boxes to the posts or make your fonts stand out but I got burned before with those so never again. I really have no idea how many is too many but I have read that some don’t take up much space and are small so they aren’t an issue. I really am not that savvy about all of that, I just use what works best for me.

I know that some of the themes have the mobile feature built in which I think is a great way to go. Perhaps the latest version of Thesis, the 2.0 does but since I already have Thesis it’s not recommended to go that route so I’m hoping they’ll eventually add that to the newest version of 1.8. That would be really cool.

I love Ashvini’s and of course also want to support him but if it wasn’t good I wouldn’t use it. He continues to update it and I didn’t have time to play with the author box set up for your post but will do that this weekend.

I still love my archive page but I know that’s a lot of posts to go through. I just think it’s really cool and it is every post I’ve written where my Start Here page isn’t.

I considered WordFence but to be honest with you, I’m set with all my security functions so it’s not really something I need. I tried CloudFlare with my other hosting service and I must admit, it didn’t go very well. I also know it has a lot to do with your hosting service now which of course you know I switched so it’s not really needed at the moment.

I appreciate you sharing what you use Harleena and I do agree. Less is best and use what you need. Those that go nuts with them end up having issues and that’s one thing I do not want to deal with.

Thank you again so much for everything you’ve done this week. You’re amazing Harleena. Now, get some rest this weekend okay! I’m sure you need it. 😉



3 Harleena Singh
September 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Please don’t say that Adrienne. I need to thank you for the wonderful opportunity :)

I’m just loving being a part of your wonderful community and hope they liked the post too. Nevertheless, I can never match up with you where your commenting speed is concerned, so there’s a lot to learn still.

Thank you once again, for everything :)


4 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Oh no no no, I mean it Harleena! I’m so thrilled to have had you be my guest and so honored that this is your first guest post. You can definitely share this one with anyone who ever may question that (not that they would) and see how much interaction you received. Of course we all know too that it’s your and my communities combined that are so darn special. 😉

Glad you had a good time although it was very tiring. You’ll get a few more over time still and I know that everyone really enjoyed your post.

Thank you Harleena!


5 Ashvini
September 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Hi Harleena,

Your last post was just plain awesome and that you put in practice what you say is just so cool.
Thanks for the compliment about Share Juice. I am sure you would enjoy it a lot when you start using it :).
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6 Harleena Singh
September 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Hi Ashvini,

Thank you SO much for saying that – you know it means a lot to me :)

I’ve surely put it into practice, I guess that’s how I could write about it and share my experiences with everyone here.

You are most welcome, and I know I’d love it whenever I use it. I know Adrienne and Carolyn are already huge fans of Share Juice, which makes me an indirect fan as that’s how the trust develops – they say something and I really don’t need more proof about it, if you know what I mean.

Thanks once again :)


7 Kumar Gauraw
September 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Hi Adrienne,
These are some excellent plugins and even I need to check on a couple of them which I haven’t used so far.
But to answer your question about the plugin I can’t live without, it will be WordPress SEO :-)

I also use ManageWP for automatic backups and of course CommentLuv Premium which adds so much delight to the whole commenting phenomena. I have about 15-16 plugins so far.

Thank you for sharing your list of plugins and adding so much value.

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8 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Hi Kumar,

Why thank you, it’s what I use and they work really well for me.

Ah, so you need the SEO plugin! If it’s not built into your theme then I do agree, everyone needs to use this plugin even if you just add the basics which I do and it works beautifully.

So the ManagerWP backs up your blog? Does it work well and where does it back it up to if I might ask? I prefer being emailed the file and I do not want it saved on my server which is what a lot of these plugins do. I can’t find one that works without it just stopping for some reason.

So happy to hear you’re a CommentLuv Premium fan too. Gosh I love this plugin and I love how Andy continues to improve it.

I think that’s a very good number, not too many plugins.

Thank YOU for sharing what you use and if you ever have any questions you know where to find me.



9 Kumar Gauraw
September 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Wow! You’ve got such a fast turnaround time. Amazing!
Well, ManageWP is a premium WordPress management service. You can manage multiple blogs from one dashboard. It does the job of not just backup but also optimizing your databases, upgrading your WordPress/Plugins and much more.

Speaking of backups, it allows you to schedule the backups and to transfer it to any FTP locations or even store them on Amazon AWS or Dropbox like cloud storage services. You can also download a copy on your local machine. I let it transfer the files to my DropBox account which is synched with my local machine. So, I get it on cloud and also on my machine at the same time.

I wrote a blog post sometime back about ManageWP on my blog. Not sharing the link here for the reasons you know :-). But if you prefer, I can send you an email with the link of my blog post.

And regarding SEO, I use Standard 3 theme which has SEO built-in. However, I decided to deactivate that SEO feature and still use WordPress SEO because of it’s tremendous ability to provide lot more features such as Sitemaps, Twitter Graph/Facebook Graph etc. which is hard to get inbuilt in any theme. It’s just simply the best free SEO plugin I’ve found so far.

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10 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Hey Kumar,

Well, as fast as I can be going down my list and responding to comment. lol…

Okay, so it’s for more then just the one blog. I heard something the other day that really freaked me out and I sure as heck hope it’s not true but that when you use an FTP program that that program stores your login information. Do you know anything about that? I use a service similar to Dropbox but what it does is it backups up my hard drive every day and I save my backups to my hard drive but I also transfer it to an external hard drive as well and then this program stores it at their location as well. I don’t use an FTP service for that.

I can always remove the http in front of the link so I don’t mind people sharing links with me in comments if it will benefit what we’re sharing but please do send me a copy of that link. I’d like to read that post and learn more about this service. As you can tell here, I don’t mind paying for plugins or services that I feel will benefit me, I just don’t go overboard.

Thanks for sharing that with me Kumar. I appreciate it when people take a little more time to explain things for me. A lot of stuff is still over my head if you can believe that. See, I certainly don’t claim to know it all which is why I’m still a work in progress.

Appreciate you coming back and sharing that with me. You’ll find my email address at the bottom of this post by the way! 😉

Thanks again.



11 Carolyn
September 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Hi Adrienne, I tested the new version of Share Juice Pro yesterday where you can designate which images get shared on Facebook and my traffic went through the roof! I had my busiest traffic day of 2013 and my traffic came from Twitter and Facebook. Thank you, Ashvini!

I also am a big fan of WordFence. That plugin alerts me when someone logs into my blog and blocks people from logging in from specific countries (I bought the pro version for that last feature).

I will have to check out Open Hook. I love that Thesis lets me make so many changes without coding (I changed my header image yesterday) so Open Hook sounds like a great plugin for me.

Thanks for sharing this great list, Adrienne! I know it will help a lot of people.
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12 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Hi Carolyn,

That’s really odd because mine won’t save. Ashvini is messing with it as we speak. I set it up and played with it but it would not save the link and I tested it this morning and it didn’t pull the image. I did everything he showed me to do so I’m not sure what the issue is but he’ll figure it out for me.

Yeah, I don’t need WordFence because Ashvini came to my rescue once again. No one is getting into my blog, at least not that way. lol… 😉

You aren’t using OpenHook? That’s how I have my header placed because it’s an HTML coding and Thesis uses PHP. So with OpenHook all we did was open up that header area, paste the code in and we’re done. Whenever you want to make any changes or additions you just paste it in there and never have to worry about changing it anywhere else.

My pleasure Carolyn and thanks for sharing with me what you use and how it’s working for you too. I can’t wait for Ashvini to fix this mishap and then I’ll be shouting from the rooftops myself.

Have a great weekend and by the way, nice header! :-)



13 Ashvini
September 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for mentioning my plugin once again. I think I am getting closer to my objective to provide blogging community with something in return for the love they give to me. I am so proud of this community and I am sure it will keep growing like this.

As for the trouble 😉 you know we would not like to live without challenges. So I am off to investigation soon .
Thank you so much . I really appreciate your help in this :).
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14 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Hey Ashvini,

Oh, it’s on my list of absolute favorites now my friend. You know I love this one and everything you’re continuing to do to improve it. I’ll continue to support you and promote you Ashvini. I know your community will continue to grow.

Sorry my little blog has to be the one giving you trouble but I don’t mind you using me for that! I know you’ll figure it out, you always do.

Thank you again Ashvini and for all you do for the blogging community and for me personally. I appreciate you so very much.



15 Carolyn
September 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM

No, I’m not using Open Hook. I’ve never even heard of it. I changed my header yesterday and just uploaded the photo to the theme. That’s what I love about Thesis, it’s so easy to do that.

So I don’t understand why you used a plugin to change your header. What am I missing, oh Tech Queen? :-)
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16 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I had to use OpenHook because my heading is coded with my opt-in box which includes HTML coding. Thesis runs of php coding so unless you want to go in and mess with the theme itself, which I really didn’t want to do because I only have ever given one person access to mess with my blog, using this plugin is the easiest way to accomplish this. Tada! 😉


17 Ashvini
September 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Hi Carolyn,
Thesis has a function using which you can put the image right at the header. I think you are using this function. I will need to check out what additional things are offered by open hook, though just by the name I am getting the idea :).
Thanks for compliments about Share Juice Pro. You are the plugin’s visionary champion so all credit goes to you :).
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18 Ed King September 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Good Morning, Great list ! I need to look at adding a few more that will help with my site. The one that has helped me the most is Yoast but I really need to look at adding a contact form soon and I think this gave me the push to do it today !

Thanks for the email too !! love the content and information you pass along



19 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Good morning Ed and thank you for stopping by today.

A lot of people use Yoast and I tried it a while back but found it way too confusing and then later realized I don’t even need it. I love when that happens.

You definitely want a contact form so that people can get in touch with you if they need it. Heck, I got three emails just yesterday through that so it’s really easy to put into place.

I appreciate your comment and glad you enjoy my emails. Really short one today, surprise! 😉

Have a great weekend Ed.



20 Huzaima Khan September 19, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Subscribe to comment plugin may be replaced by jetpack because jetpack provides much more features than this plugin.. I also use SEO by yoast, floating social bar, Cimy User Extra Fields, Custom Permalinks, Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox, Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin, Limit Login Attempts, Quick Adsense, SEO Smart Links, Simple URLs, WP Biographia.


21 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I appreciate you listing all these plugins Huzaima but several of them I have no clue what they even do.

I don’t use JetPack because it drains my blog and I just really don’t need it to be honest with you. So many people love that one along with the SEO Yoast so that’s so cool that you’re using both of those. I love GASP as well and I just got rid of Limit Login Attempts. That one really saved my butt many times.

You’ll have to let me know what Cimy User Extra Field, SEO Smart Links and Simple URLs do. Also, why would you need Custom Permalinks when you can change those already? See, I still need to be educated my friend.



22 Huzaima Khan September 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Cimy User Extra Field is used to add additional fields which are not pre-defined by WordPress when a new user registers on a site.

SEO Smart Links auto links the articles and pages internally when provided with keywords.. It also adds nofollow attribute if we direct it to do, or open all links in new window by default.

Simple URLs is to mask the URL and make it user-friendly and search engine friendly. Such as I can mask the URL siteground.com/web-hosting.htm?afcode=fa07d62e36792bd782b45551fc098e8d to acebloggers.com/siteground-signup which looks more user-friendly and search engine friendly.

And at last, I use custom permalinks because I recently migrated from Blogger and therefore I’ve to maintain the Blogger syntax UR of my older posts. That’s why by default my URLs are like acebloggers.com/12/3/post-title. That’s why I use custom permalinks.

Hope you understand my FRIEND :)


23 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Hi Huzaima,

Thanks for clearing this up and letting me know what they do. See, some people will tell me they use them but I never know why.

I don’t have people registering on my blog so I guess that’s not something I would need.

So the SEO Smart Links does automatically what we all do manually! See, I’d prefer to just do it manually and save one more plugin but it’s good to know that one does this.

That’s pretty cool with the Simple URL plugin. Those types though make me nervous for maybe one day they quit working. I’ve used some services in the past and that’s what happened so I prefer to redirect my URL’s myself.

I thought you had to copy and paste all your posts over to WordPress and I was told you couldn’t transfer a Blogger blog to a WordPress blog. Guess it’s come a little further then I knew but that’s a good thing so that the links will still work to the posts. Smart move Huzaima.

Appreciate you sharing this with me and clearing this up. Yes, thank you!



24 Lisa
September 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Wow, quite the list Adrienne. I love CommentLuv Premium, Share Juice and Yoast. I don’t think I would drop any of them. My newest is Hashcore that features hashtags in posts. I don’t use it on every post but it will come in handy at times. I’m glad you did this list. There are some I hadn’t heard of and will be checking out. Thank you!
Hope you enjoy the end of your week.


25 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Hey Lisa,

It’s short right! Ah, good old CommentLuv Premium and Share Juice Pro. I love those plugins and you’re right, they aren’t going anywhere. There are a lot of Yoast lovers out there so I guess if you need that type of plugin that’s the highly recommended one.

I read your post about the Hashcore but I’m not big on hashtags so I think I’ll be skipping that one. I know, I need to get on the ball more but I admit, I’m just not! lol…

Well I’m really happy with my list and they work really great for me so I’m hoping you are the same!

Appreciate the comment Lisa and have a great day.



26 Gilbert Samuel
September 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Wow just 14 plugins, most folks out there are using 20+ plugins on their blog, I’m using 19 plugin and I’m struggling as much as I can to reduce them, I just can’t do without any of them. :)

I don’t really think I have a favorite plugin but the one I prefer at least is seopressor v5 and wordpress seo by yoast and like you said, I don’t use much of it anymore. I got a little trick about it also, anytime I’m through with my optimization, I do deactivate it to avoid those text decorations, I’m sure you know what I mean.

When it comes to enhancing my blog’s speed, w3 total cache is always there for me, I can’t do without it and I’m surprised you’re not using it.

Never heard of most of the plugins you mentioned though, especially wp optimize, wp touch and wordpress file monitor, they are really mouth watering. That will be another increase to my list of plugins but I’ll definitely try them out and throw some of my plugins into the bin also. :)
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27 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Hi Gilbert,

Yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever had really over 20 tops. Maybe earlier on when I would try the newest thing people would recommend to me but over the years I’ve learned my lesson and I go with what works.

Glad you have found some tricks too and I’m sure you could come up with a few more. 😉

Yeah, none of the caching plugins play nice with my blog. Have no clue why but I’ve even had Ashvini install it and set it up for me because we all know if it’s not set up properly then it can cause major issues. I don’t know what half of that stuff even means so I’m not the person to do that but they just screw everything up. Oh well, my blog is functioning just fine so I’m good.

Oh, WP Optimize is fabulous and will help keep those files off your database. You do know what happens when they pile up right! Yikes!

Sorry I might have sparked more interests in other plugins but these are the ones I use.

Appreciate your comment Gilbert and enjoy what’s left of this week.



28 Glenn Shepherd
September 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Hi Adrienne,

That’s an interesting list, mainly due to the fact that I haven’t heard of a lot of those plugins! But I’ll be sure to check them out (although, with me being a ‘tinkerer’, I probably shouldn’t and should rather focus on what I should really be doing! lol)

Some of my favourites are:

Authorsure – This is an excellent plugin that makes it easier to authenticate Authorship with Google using use rel=me, rel=author and rel=publisher links.

BulletProof Security – An excellent, all-round security plugin.

CommentLuv – I don’t yet have Premium but the free one is excellent.

Do Follow – This removes the default Wordpress “nofollow” attribute. Of course, if you still want a specific link to be nofollow then you can quickly and easily add that manually.

G-Font Plugin – adds Google fonts and font effects to your blog so that you have more options for some pretty customisation rather than the bland fonts you get by default.

Google+ Author Widget – Puts a nice Google+ author image and clickable link in a widget

G.A.S.P. – Adds a client side generated checkbox to the comment form requesting that the user clicks it to prove they are not a spammer.

Paper Template – An awesome template plugin by Robert Plank that gives an amazing array of template options for a variety of purposes such as squeeze pages, opt-in pages, thank you pages, blog posts, to name just a few of the possibilities.

Pretty Link Lite – Enables you to shorten, track and share any URL on the Internet. An invaluable plugin.

WebCasterWP Cloud PRO – Craig Crawford’s recent release that enables you to place live broadcasters, including Todd Gross, on your website.

WordPress SEO – Joost de Valk’s all-in-one SEO solution, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more. Since installing this it’s helped me to improve my SEO awareness naturally.

Thanks for the great post as always, Adrienne. I hope you’re keeping well :-)

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29 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Hi Glenn,

Tinkerers are good because we want things working well right! 😉

Ah, I have that coded too Glenn so I don’t need a plugin for authorizing my Google authorship.

Glad to hear you use CommentLuv even if it is the free version.

I use to use a plugin for fonts and had a major issue with it and had to go back and change everything. Never again my friend, never again although they really looked cool at the time.

Paper Template sounds pretty neat, I might have to check that one out down the road. Thanks for sharing that one.

I’ve used a couple of these in the past and of course some are included with CommentLuv Premium so I love that.

Appreciate you sharing these Glenn, you just helped some of us I’m sure know what some of these do if we ever need them. That’s what I love about these kinds of posts. Share, share and share.



30 Sandy Halliday September 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I was expecting a longer list than that as you said the post was long! Maybe you have others but don’t count them among your favorites, like Smush It. Do you still use it?

I would count WP-DBManager among my favorites as I could not do without that one. And of course I have installed Wordfence Security as vital after all the hacking attacks on WP blogs.

I have recently started to use SEO spotlight which I am liking a lot. As well as being able to set it up for automatic internal linking it gives me lot of information about my on page SEO. It also gives me information on how many shares my posts have got on Twitter, Facebook, Google + .

I also use Easy AdSense for my detox blog but of course I know you don’t put any ads on your blog and I don’t on my IM blog.

I definately agree that less is best. I had a lot of problems when I had a lot of plugins but since I changed to a Genesis framework I’ve had to justify the plugin situation. It’s easy to get carried away when you see some of these new paid plugins being released.

Share Juice pro sounds like something worth considering. I remember you mentioning it before so will take a look at it now.

Enjoy your weekend.



31 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Hi Sandy,

I definitely said the post was long but my list wasn’t. These are all the plugins I use period Sandy, there are no more… I also mentioned in my post that I don’t use Smush.it and why, did you miss that part?

Security is very important so plugins are needed if you don’t do any behind the scenes coding. I’m also not that big on the SEO functions as you very well know so the addition of what my theme offers is enough for me. I am benefiting from the search engines so obviously it does work.

Yeah, I’m not big on the ads but I totally understand that I’m among the minority. We do want to make money right Sandy so I sure hope that’s benefiting you.

What I love about the paid themes is the flexibility they give you for either adding code or some of the features are built in that other people would need plugins for. To me that’s worth the cost itself but I do love my theme.

CommentLuv Premium and Share Juice Pro are my absolute favorite plugins. For me they are a necessity and they both continue to improve it to make it work better for us with even more features. That saves us from having to add even more plugins.

Thank you for letting me know what you use and love too Sandy!

Have a great weekend as well.



32 Sandy Halliday September 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Yes, Adrienne I missed the bit about the Smush It plugin. In fact, I went back and re-read the post 3 times before I saw it! Talk about word blindness.



33 Adrienne
September 26, 2013 at 1:58 PM

No problem Sandy, I tried to mention a few that I would have used because they’re important but why I don’t. I’ve done that myself, read the post and it’s like I still didn’t see that part. I feel so stupid sometimes and those blog owners must really think I’m out in left field or worse, I didn’t read the post. I think it happens on those days when our brains just aren’t functioning to full capacity! lol… You’re not alone.


34 Steve Borek
September 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

I tried posting a comment several times. Excuse me if it shows up several times.

Most of these plugins I’ve never heard about until now. Thanks.

If you were me, and had to choose only two plugins download today, which two would you choose?

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35 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I saw that Steve, it was there like three times! What was the issue? Would it just not go or did the message freak you out?

Well I have my absolutely favorites and those are CommentLuv Premium and Share Juice Pro. I’m a sucker for helping people and we both know what CommentLuv does but it has all of those plugins combined. We also need to share our content so Share Juice Pro is great for that plus Ashvini has included a few more things to this one too.

I don’t think you could ever just run a blog with two plugins though because if you don’t have a theme that has a mobile version built in then you definitely need that and security is a huge issue as well. That doesn’t mean you have to go overboard though as you can tell I certainly haven’t.

Hope that helps Steve and love the new look of the blog. Nice!



36 Susan Cooper
September 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

WOW, that is a great list. I know and use some of these but not all. I quess I have some homework to do. I absolutely love Yoast. It helps take all the guess work out of what to do to make a posts SEO friendly. It is one of my favorite plugins so far.
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37 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Hey Susan,

I’m sure you have everything in place that you need just like I do.

I hear Yoast is a good plugin, just glad I don’t need it! lol…

Thank you for your comment and sorry you keep being thrown into spam. I wish someone could resolve this issue for me. Urgggg



38 Kevin J Railsback
September 19, 2013 at 8:57 AM


Great list of plugins. I use several of them and a few were from your last list.

I also use BackupBuddy to back up my site. It’s saved my bacon on several occasions!
I make sure I back up after every new post and not only save the backup locally but also send it to Amazon S3 and Dropbox.

I was hacked once and the hackers deleted every single file on my site including all the BackUpBuddy backups. So because I had them stored off site I was able to get up and running in about an hour after I discovered the site was gone.

Never could get Share Juice Pro working on my site. It screwed up the whole formatting of the blog. Maybe someday I will sit down when I have some time and see if I can figure it out.

Going to check out a few of the plugins here that you listed that I hadn’t heard about yet.
I know if they’re good enough for you, they’re more than good enough for me!

Have a great day!

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39 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Hey Kevin,

Thank you and glad to hear you use a few of these too.

I tried using BackupBuddy but maybe I’m just an idiot. I found it too hard to use and way too confusing. I actually back mine up manually and I also save it to several different places too. Some people say you don’t have to backup every day but I get so much activity on my blog daily that it’s a must for me. Better safe then sorry right!

Oh my gosh, they deleted your backups too! From your computer or from where? I have them on my hard drive, a site similar to dropbox and my external hard drive so I’ve got them in three places too.

Get Ashvini to help you with that because what you don’t realize is that if it’s messing up your blog then he needs to know that so he can resolve that issue for other people with your same theme. He will help you set it up, just send him an email…seriously.

Well, there are a lot of really great plugins out there Kevin I just think they are either personal preferences or what functionality they provide for what we want. I’m very happy with the ones I have and hope that over time I can even delete more. Either way I know they work great for what I need.

Thank you for sharing this with me and you have a wonderful day Kevin. Go and enjoy nature! 😉



40 Kevin J Railsback
September 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM


No, they just deleted every file off the server.so if I didn’t have backups saved on my laptop and Dropbox and Amazon S3, I would have lost everything.
I know some people just store their backups on their site and in my situation, I would have been in big, big trouble.
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41 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Oh wow so they got your server! That’s horrible Kevin but I’m glad you had it placed other places. I’m not sure about this current service I’m using but my other one wouldn’t allow you to keep backups on their server so I’ve always kept them on my computer and elsewhere. So glad you had those because that would have been a horrible disaster!



42 Ashvini
September 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Hi Kevin,

Sorry to hear that you had you trouble with the installation of Share Juice. The cause of blog problems may be because of multiple reasons ( including my plugin). I have seen a few plugins messing up the output of Share Juice . The world of Wordpress is extremely diverse and plugins not play well always either with theme or other plugins
It is very hard to determine what could be the reason behind the mess. If you still see the problem, you can always send me an email .I will be happy to help.
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43 Kevin J Railsback
September 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM


Thanks for the reply!

I’m pretty sure I tried disabling all other plugins to see if it was a plugin conflict.
So, I’m thinking it may be an issue with my theme.
I’m using the theme called Striking that I picked up from Theme Forest.

I’ll try again without the plugins to make sure, if it’s still not working with all the plugins disabled I’ll shoot you an email.
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44 Sylviane Nuccio
September 19, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Thanks for this update Adrienne,

I know and have most of those, except for a couple of ones I don’t think I knew about, yet.

A lot of my major needed plugins were installed by Mayura recenlty when I had some issues with my hosting.

Thanks Adrienne, I’ll check the ones that I didn’t know.

Have a great day!
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45 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

My pleasure Sylviane! :-)

I’m sure that Mayura has you covered and the ones you need the most for your blog to function properly you probably have. I just like sharing what I use and letting my readers know why I use them. At least this way the questions will be answered and if they’re still looking for something maybe I’m using it!

Thank you Sylviane and sorry we couldn’t get together last night. I miss you!



46 Cararta
September 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Getting ready to reinstall my Comment Luv…
Have hated living without it on Skip Works.
Your site works so seamless that I often wonder with all the flitting around you do, with the
hours of work each day, how you have the time to keep things flowing smoothly along!

Guess I must have a learn to read deficit because you lay it out, plain and simple
in your posts.

I still think my favorites would be two that work very quietly, never interfere and
just do a great job….Akismet with GASP added on.

I do have a security plugin called WP Security Plus that does a nice job of blocking
things that go bump in the night. Just keep it on a separate email (has a place for it) so
your blog admin email doesn’t get over run!

All I can say…another great share of Blogger’s Need to Know Info!


47 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Hi Carolyn,

I’d go nuts without my CommentLuv Premium, I’m sure it’s been hard for you too!

I think once you have things in place and it works well then I’m good to go. I’ve had few issues with my blog itself, never had any clashes with plugins. Have had database issues in the past so all of these have helped me learn how to keep things running smoother.

I’m glad you understand what I explain here Carolyn, that is so important to me. Thanks for sharing that.

If you have GASP you really don’t need Akismet. Akismet helps catch all the spam bots which you won’t get because you have GASP! GASP means they have to be a human being to comment so you won’t get as much spam doing that using just that alone. They’ll still go to spam if they are true spam. I’m just saying.

Glad to hear you have everything in place and it’s all running well for you. Thank you for sharing this with me and glad you enjoyed this post.



48 Babanature September 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Hello Adrienne,
You really do know how to pick your plugins :).
God!!! i am not using many of the plugins you mentioned here, so let me list a few of my most favorite i just can’t do without.
I use Contact form 7 because it is way flexible and very easy to use.
we all just love the commentluv plugin don’t we :) ?
I am also using Google xml sitemap because it is very very important for all bloggers
Subscribe to comment is also one of my favorite
WP-Optimize was introduced to me by a friend, so with wp-optimize, i don’t have to use manual process to clean my DB.
I wanted to use sharejuicepro till Sharethis updated their plugins :). They have added unbelievable features to their base which i feel is great for me :).
I use nrelated plugin for my related posts and i can’t forget my best plugin “clean option”.

I have removed most of my security plugins because of the because of the helpful security tip you provided me Thank you very much for that (i’m forever grateful).

Those are my favorite plugins…
Thanks for showing us your favorite plugins. Do have a nice week and best weekend :)
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49 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Hey Babanature,

Why thank you my friend and these work beautifully for me!

I tried the Contact 7 form and I got a lot of complaints that when they would hit the submit button that their email wouldn’t go through. Unfortunately for me it did go through and I would get tons of duplicate emails because they would continue to hit the submit button not realizing that it did actually go through. I don’t know why that plugin caused me so many problems but I’ve actually tried it twice and it did that both times.

Oh yes Babanature, we do love our CommentLuv plugin! 😉

Sounds like we use a few of the same ones as well and I’m glad you were introduced to WP Optimize, I love that one. Now I do use Clean Option but that’s an every once in awhile thing along with the P3 Performance just to check to make sure things are running smoothly. I didn’t include those because I don’t really have to use them often. My database is pretty clean now so that’s a darn good thing right!

Isn’t that the coolest darn thing Babanature! Ashvini is indeed my savior and it works like a charm. I almost hated to delete that other plugin but it was obvious I no longer needed it. We can now breath easily and you are so very welcome.

Thank you for sharing your favorites with me too and what works best for your blog. Now you have a great weekend as well okay! I’ll do the same.



50 Darrell Cherry
September 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Good morning Adrienne!

How fortuitous! I have been searching on the web for plugins this morning, in particular a new social share buttons plugin. And then I opened your email!

Must be kismet!

This is a great list. I already have some of these; i.e. subscribe, related posts, & Aweber but will be checking out the remainder later today.

It’s always good to get a recommendations vs taking a shot in the dark. So thanks!



51 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Hey Darrell,

Good morning to you my friend and hope it’s a beautiful day there! Sun is shining, life is good, things going well and you’re enjoying reading my post! :-)

If you give the Share Juice Pro a test drive and have any issues setting it up, email Ashvini and he will help you. He’s got videos walking you through it but some themes don’t play nice but he needs to know this so he can fix those issues okay! You’ll love it though, trust me!

Ah, glad to hear you’ve got some of the same ones I do. Nice… I love seeing that and they work great don’t they!

Thank you Darrell and have fun with this. Oh and enjoy what’s left of this week too.



52 Ruth Zive
September 19, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Wow – has it been THREE years!?!?! Great post Adrienne – definitely a few on the list that I need to check out. I love Yoast, Backup Buddy, Gravity Forms…just to add a few.


53 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Hey Ruth,

I can’t believe it but yes, it’s been three years since my first plugin post. Time does fly doesn’t it!

Another Yoast lover, it’s such a popular plugin Ruth! I tried Backup Buddy and didn’t like it at all, way too confusing to me. I’m assuming the Gravity Forms is some type of plugin that controls forms on your blog? See, I have no clue what that one does.

I appreciate you sharing these with me Ruth. By the way, are you happy with the winner of Big Brother last night? Just curious! 😉



54 Ellen M. Gregg September 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

What a fabulous list, Adrienne! I use many of these, too.

The Google XML SiteMaps plugin caught my eye. That’s one I haven’t looked at, and sounds like it would be helpful. Also, I think the related posts plugin I use has a text-only option, now that you mention it. Since there are times when the plugin can’t seem to find the pictures in some posts, that option makes a lot more sense.

As always, thank you for the great information. Happy Thursday! :-)


55 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Hi Ellen,

Oh good, I love hearing that. They work great don’t they!

You don’t have the Google XML Sitemaps plugin Ellen? Girl, you need to get that because it will help Google index all of your pages. I know, I have a love hate relationship with Google but it’s necessary.

I find that the related posts images are too busy for me. That’s just my opinion of course while others say that it’s the images that catches their eyes and why they’ll go check out other posts. One of the cool features I guess I didn’t mention about this plugin is that you can monitor and see how many people are clicking on your related posts links, how many are from a computer and from mobile devices. It’s a cool feature really so I guess I’m glad my other one quit working.

You are so very welcome and as always, thank you for stopping by today and sharing this with me. Have a beautiful Thursday.



56 Nate Leung
September 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Hey Adrienne!

Great list here! Loving the list here. It’s always cool to see what other bloggers are using. One plugin I wouldn’t mind trying is the WPTouch Mobile. That looks like a darn cool plugin. I just pulled it up on my phone and saw how clean your site looks. I might have to try the WP Optimize as well. Those are the type of apps you need to keep things clean on the back-end. I recently purchased social metrics pro and it’s pretty cool to see where the posts are being syndicated. I love bullet point list posts that you put out. Thank you so much for sharing!
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57 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Hey Nate,

Why thank you and glad you like my list.

I learned about the mobile plugin a couple years ago because with the way people are viewing our blogs via their phones we definitely want to make it easier for them. A lot of themes have that now but mine doesn’t yet.

The WP Optimize I use several times a day and it really helps to keep your database cleaner so it’s a must for me. Give those a go, I think you’ll be happy.

Oh wow, you got the Social Metrics Pro! It’s really cool isn’t it! I love being able to watch my posts move up in the different social platforms. It’s a great way to gauge which ones do better where.

Thank you Nate and you have a wonderful day.



58 Princess Shimari
September 19, 2013 at 9:55 AM

HI Adrienne,
It is always good to learn about new tools. Anything to make the process more efficient is welcome.
I deleted my Google XML site maps a while back because I was not sure what the purpose of it was. Now that I know, I will take a look at it again.
Also I see a few here, that i will be checking out for sure.
Thanks for sharing these cool plugins.


59 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Hey Yvonne,

I agree, I love knowing what others use and I find these types of posts helpful myself.

Oh yeah, the Google XML Sitemap was one of the first ones I installed. We definitely want our content showing up in the search engines and having Google index our pages. I would definitely install that one again for sure.

I appreciate you sharing this with me and thanks for your comment.



60 Corina Ramos
September 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I love when you do posts like these…It’s a way for me to make sure I’ve got the latest plugins for my blog. :) This is a great service to the newbie bloggers who don’t know where to find stuff like this!

I have about 18 plugins, most of them I got from reading your posts :) but the ones I don’t have are Open Hook and WPTouch Mobile. I came across WPTouch Mobile it while I was searching for a mobile plugin but I wasn’t sure about it (I like to read what others have to say before installing a plugin). Now it’s full speed ahead for me!

I’ve got a lot of favorites but the one I’m into right now is WordFence. I saw Barry’s video and since then I’m checking frequently. :).

Thanks again for putting this list together and for telling us when the last updates were…that was really helpful! Happy Thursday Adrienne!


61 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Hey Cori,

Glad to hear that but I know for a lot of newbie bloggers though I don’t have everything on this list that they will need because I do have a lot coded. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be sure and mention that as well.

Go check my blog out on your mobile device and you’ll see for yourself what it looks like. I think you need some type of plugin for that whether you use this one or another one.

Do you have Thesis? If not then you wouldn’t need the Open Hook. It’s just for our theme.

WordFence is one a lot of people have installed but I don’t need it. Yay!!!

You are very welcome and thanks for your comment. You have an awesome day as well.



62 Adeel Sami
September 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Hello Adrienne,

Thanks for coming up with the great list of WP plugins! I am utilizing really just one out of 14 plugins mentioned in your list which is WP Optimize but what interested me the most are 2 plugins ‘OpenHook’ and ‘Share Metrics Pro’, will dig into them for sure.

My blog is actually a new one and I am new to the blogging as well – I am installing, tweaking and leaving them on or off (based on how effective they look on my blog.)

Thanks again for the list and giving your own words as to how you utilize them for your great blog


63 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Hey Adeel,

Well I’m not surprised because there are so many different plugins available and I think it just depends on which ones will benefit you the most.

OpenHook is only for Thesis users so it won’t do you any good if you don’t have that theme. I really like Social Metrics Pro and Nate is using it as well and is pleased with it too.

Well welcome to blogging and hope you’re enjoying it. Just be sure to back up your blog before you install too many or you may run into some issues. Oh and be sure to clean those off of your database too because they remain there even though you removed them from your blog. Learned that the hard way.

You are so welcome and thanks for stopping by and sharing this with me. Have a great end to this fabulous week.



64 Adeel Sami
September 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Hello Adrienne,

Got that! :) I am into vBulletin industry and not quite but bit versed with server security and issues and yes, leaving inactive plugins/mods. may lead you to the unforeseen issues with the site/server not sooner but later because they are most of the time overlooked getting updated.

And, thank you for welcoming me to your blog and into blogging! :)


65 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Hi Adeel,

I have several blogging friends that have educated themselves with security issues pertaining to WordPress and I definitely follow their advice. Knock on wood Adeel, my blog has never been compromised at all so what they’ve shared definitely does work and my hosting service has double opt-ins as well so I feel pretty secure.

I’ve never left plugins on my blog that I don’t use. I can always reload them when I do want to use them like Andy’s broken link checker for CommentLuv or the Clean Option for checking my database. Things like that I don’t use everyday.

I appreciate you sharing this with me and thanks for stopping back by. Always good to see some new readers so you enjoy your weekend okay!



66 Laura Raisanen September 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for sharing your list of plugins, it’s quite impressive how few you are actually using!

I’m a huge fan of Commentluv, it has boosted my traffic quite a bit and I like the direct link it shows to the latest posts. I am still using the free version though but maybe I should look into upgrading! I’ve seen the Top Commentluvvers list on many blogs and I thought I would quite like that on mine too.

Thanks for sharing your list, I’m going to look into a few of the plugins you use.



67 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Hi Laura,

I know, most people are surprised that I really don’t use a lot. Not any more at least.

I really do love CommentLuv Premium for a lot of reasons and the free version is a great stand alone plugin for helping commenters. What I love about the paid version though is all the plugins that are wrapped into this one, all the control over the comments and the links being shared and the cool additions that Andy has done. I use to use a stand alone top commenters widget but the images it pulled in reeked havoc on my blogs load time so that one bit the dust too. I really love the recent addition which is the ReplyMe function.

You are most welcome and thanks for commenting too Laura. If you have any questions give me a shout.



68 I. C. Daniel September 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Indeed Thesis is #1. I was thinking to buy it but since I’ve decided not blogging is going to be the money making method I had to pass it and look further in my near online project.


69 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Hey I.C.,

I see you’ve finally linked to a blog so congrats on that.

So many people view blogging as the way to make money but it’s the way to connect with others that leads to making money. You don’t have to have a niche site or fill it full of ads to make money with your blog. I’ll wish you luck with yours though and whatever direction you choose to go.



70 I. C. Daniel September 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I link to many sites in case you didn’t noticed. Ha Ha Ha.

The project being in development is a forum. So Yes I’ll make a forum.
I first wanted a professional blog but I can’t manage as you do 😀 so I decided not blogging all my life.

Kind regards!


71 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I have noticed and if you’ll notice I usually delete your links. First off I only want links that link to a blog. Secondly if it’s too far off my niche it will hurt my blog so I have to remove the links, you’re definitely not the only one.

No one has to have a blog like mine but there are so many people who do blog that are having a lot of success because of the traffic they’re able to get to their content and the connections they’re able to make. That’s what I love about blogging, there are so many different things you can do. I just want you to do what you want to do and I never want to talk someone into doing what they don’t want to do. Blogging is a lot of work but so is anything else we do online right!

Thanks I.C.


72 I. C. Daniel
September 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Non-related may hurt, may not, are seen as spam from what I’ve read.

No problem you removed, if I visit you again I’ll avoid non-related niche sites.

Have a wonderful evening dear Adrienne. Here is the time to go to sleep. Adios!


73 Tom Jamieson
September 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Hi Adrienne – I always love reading plugin posts on other people’s blogs – just to see what they are using and if there is something I am missing out on. I have to say I was surprised to see you only use 14 plugins – that’s amazing! Right now I am running with 36 plugins activated and am always looking for ways to possibly reduce that number. Like you I use WP Touch for making mobile users happy and I also use the CLP plugin (which I really like so far!). Since I have not paid for a framework yet, I am using WordPress SEO by Yoast, which has been wonderful for me, and I also use WP Super Cache (W3 Total Cache didn’t play nice with my blog either!). For security I use WordFence, which is an amazing and FREE security plugin and for backing up my site, I use WordPress Backup to Dropbox. Maybe I’ll start a yearly list as well. Thanks for sharing these useful tools and resources and have a great day!
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74 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Hi Tom,

I love these kinds of posts too Tom because sometimes I find some real gems that I didn’t even know about that could help me in some way. Yeah, I’m really thrilled I’ve been able to slowly but surely get rid of more and more plugins as time goes by. I really do love Thesis and it makes it so easy to code and I think you’ve figured out by now I’m not coder. Most of the stuff though is copy and paste so I can definitely do that.

I don’t think I’ve ever at any given time had 36 plugins even when I had a free theme. Of course when I did have the free theme it was like four years ago before CommentLuv Premium existed along with a lot of other really cool plugins. Mobile use wasn’t as big as it is now, just things like that where plugins weren’t yet created for some of this stuff. Social surely wasn’t as big then. So much has evolved.

The caching thing still makes me nervous because I get hit a lot with traffic surges but we’ve decided to take that as it comes and deal with it at that time. I’m sure they’ll figure some other route for me. CloudFlare didn’t work nor the caching plugins so maybe the DNS option, I think that’s the right name for it.

So have you had any issues with your backup plugin just not working? Mine would work great, the same one you’re using, and then one day I realized I’m not being emailed my backups. I would go in and manually do it and then it wouldn’t email me my backup. This went on for weeks so I just said to hell with it. Urgggg

Appreciate you sharing what you use Tom and it never hurts to share with your readers what you’re using and why. You never know when you’ll be helping someone out.



75 Tom Jamieson
September 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

I haven’t had any issues with B2D yet. I don’t have any emails generated though, I just have the backup sent directly to DropBox. I also had a problem getting CloudFlare to work and I know of another blogger that prefers InCapsula instead, so I have been thinking of trying it out.
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76 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 3:50 PM

See, I don’t use DropBox that much at all so that’s the issue I think I might have. I just prefer them being emailed to me. But if I can find one that will do that I’ll be very happy, it’s finding one that’s been my issue.

I don’t think CloudFlare is as user friendly as some people make it out to me. I’ve never heard of InCapsula but if you give that a try please let me know how it works for you okay! I will need an alternative I’m sure of it but one that definitely works.



77 Angela McCall
September 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Wow…Adrienne, a few of these in your list I have too because of your great suggestions. I have the following:

• Aweber Web Forms = ever since I added this my subscription increase.

• Clean Archives Reloaded = loved this how it archived for me according to the most current dates. I like to see my archives how far along I have gone thru blogging. It also helps my readers to find missed posts.

Contact Form Clean And Simple. Is this the same as Contact Form 7? I was just going to ask you how to include the phone number there since I have more prospect clients asking my web now since I’ve been going to eWomen Network.

• CommentLuv Premium = I bought this plugin from your resources page. I love this feature very much. I believe it’s a plugin I cannot do without. Convenient to keep track with my friends latest post instead of going to their RSS feed.

• Google XML Site maps = very important specially if you want Google to find your posts, this is a MUST.

I don’t use WPTouch Mobile coz my child theme is already mobile responsive.

Also, to add to your list, I used Wordfence to protect my blog from malicious malwares and hackers. It prompts me right away whether its secure for me to go any further when I’m visiting other blogs. Also I love this plugin coz it does its job to block permanently those who tries to access my blog for more than 10x. I got tired blocking these morons manually and so now I just let Wordfence take over. It does its job wonderfully.

For backing up my WordPress and comments, I used premium UpdraftPlus. Although there is a free version of this, I went ahead and invested the money on a plugin that would save my blog for rainy days. I cannot afford to lose it after all these hard work. This plugin automatically upload my latest updates whether this is a post or comment, it just do its job wonderfully. And although I could direct the latest upload to my FTP, I chose Dropbox to put the latest updates. If my Dropbox becomes full, UpdraftPlus deletes the antiquated ones and replace it with the newest ones. Anything that will lessen my technical work on blogging, I’m all for it coz that way, I can concentrate on what really matters the most and that is Writing.

Thank you for this latest valuable plugins post update. Appreciate it. Hope you have a quiet and blessed weekend.

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78 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Hey Angela,

I’m happy to hear that Angela and love that with the addition of Aweber your subscriptions have increased. Now that’s what I’m talking about girl.

That’s what I like about the archive page too. It shows just how far I’ve come and what I’ve written about. The list just continues to get longer and longer even though earlier this year I actually deleted 42 posts. Yeah, a lot!

The Contact form is not the same as Contact Form 7. That one I had issues with and lots of complaints so the one I really loved and used for over a year was Clean Contact but they stopped updating that one and when I can’t get a hold of the developer to find out if it’s still safe then I just find a replacement. I’m not sure if you can add the phone number field to this one, I don’t think it’s that customizable Angela.

I’m so happy to hear you’re a big CommentLuv Premium fan too. I always appreciate a sale but I most am happy that you’re happy with it too.

That’s great that your theme is mobile responsive, I think a lot of them are going that way with the new updates.

I’ve never heard of that backup plugin Angela so I might have to look into it. Of course now I’m use to backing up everything each evening but a few times I couldn’t get into my cPanel for issues on their side so that always freaked me out. Not that I’ve ever needed any of my backups but you know me, better safe then sorry. It’s like having homeowners insurance. You hope you’ll never need it but it’s better to have it just in case. 😉

You are very welcome and thank you so much for sharing this with me Angela. I so appreciate this and you enjoy your weekend too.



79 Angela McCall
September 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Adrienne, I forgot to say the UpdraftPlus updates my latest posts and comments, the moment someone comments on my blog. As soon as I approved the comments it backups for me every minute. I know some people backup every 15 minutes right? I don’t have to do that it backups for me every minute. So this eliminates LESS technical work for me.

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80 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Yeah, I bet that pro version does a lot Angela but that’s pretty neat. Man oh man it would be backing mine up a lot. Huh, not sure I can store those many backups is my issue but thank you for letting me know about that. I have been told though that say the previous months backups, just keep the first and the last of the month and you can delete all the rest. Unless you get a virus I think that’s the way to go.

Thank you!


81 Jennifer Kennedy
September 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Woohoo!! I love your plugin lists!! Yay.

I just installed and activated the popular posts plugin. I’ve been wanting to organize the widget posts in a different way. I’ll probably keep it like that until I can add an entire Resource page to the sidebar (similar to your Start Here page).

I’d like to eventually add a duplicate post plugin because there are some features that are standard in all of my posts, but I haven’t done much research for that.

I do have a quick question, is there a plugin that allows commenters to receive an email once you reply to their comment? Or, is this part of your theme?

Thanks for the post, Adrienne!! I was super excited to read this. Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
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82 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Woohoo! Awesome Jennifer!

Good for you, I like the popular posts plugin so that people can see the ones that have gotten the most attention and a lot of the times I can just tell them to look under that for the one I want them to read.

Duplicate post plugin, is there such a thing because I wouldn’t think that would be very popular. I’ve never heard of that myself.

The plugin that I used in the past is called ReplyMe. The issues I had with it is that it hasn’t been updated since 2009 but I did learn that there are no security threats with this plugin and it really doesn’t need to be updated as often as most. The problem that might arise eventually though is when WordPress makes another big update then this plugin could stop working. So I asked Andy if he would consider including it in CommentLuv Premium and he added it earlier this year. You can still use the standalone plugin but I would still look around to see what others might be using just to be on the safe side. I included the link to that page and you have to download it and install it because WordPress won’t add it in your dashboard because of it’s age.

You are so welcome Jennifer and good luck! You have a great weekend as well.



83 Jennifer Kennedy
September 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Thank you so very much, Adrienne!! This is so helpful.
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84 Ricardo Bueno September 19, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I recently ditched all of my individual social sharing plugins for Jetpacks sharing options. I hated that you needed to connect to wp.com to activate it, but now, I love how it integrates and how it works!

I needed to add a little CSS styling to get them to render properly, but I’m totally loving how they came out!


85 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Hey Ricardo,

I had uploaded JetPack I want to say late last year or earlier this year and had problems with my blog loading. I know it’s a large plugin but others weren’t having issues so I decided it wasn’t worth it to me because like you, I didn’t want to connect to WordPress.com. I don’t use it, never have and didn’t intend to start. Glad you like it though, I’m in love with Share Juice Pro myself.

Thank you for your comment!



86 Dee Ann Rice
September 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM


Great post! As I said in my reply to your comment. Great minds think alike.

I use most of these or something similar. I donot use OpenHook though and am going to look into that one.

How do you become an Affiliate of Share Juice Pro. I looked all over to find it when I did my post. I could not find where I become an Affiliate. That is why I did not put in an Affiliate Link in my post.

There are a couple of others I might try and see if they work better than the ones I am using.

I love these posts. I sometimes want to just send everyone I know an email that says “What plugins do you use?”. When people do posts like this it saves me sending the email.


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87 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Hey Dee Ann,

I saw that, we’re definitely on the same wavelength girl and I’m not surprised!

Yeah, OpenHook is really convenient if you need to do a lot more coding. Check it out..

You should have access to the back office, a log-in. Go to the affiliate section and your link should be there. He doesn’t have any banners yet, too busy with other things at the moment but hopefully those will come soon.

I’ve had to email a few people myself and ask them what they use because when some of mine stopped working I wanted something similar to what they were using so I just asked. These types of posts though are very helpful to me but hopefully everything I’m using at the moment will work just fine from this moment forward.

Thanks Dee Ann for dropping by.



88 Ilka Flood
September 19, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Hmmm, interesting Adrienne! We seem to only have 4, 5, 8, 11, and 13 in common. I may want to check out the rest of your favorites. I always learn something new from you. Thanks so much for all you do!

Have a great rest of the week!

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89 Adrienne
September 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Hi Ilka!

Well those are good ones to have for sure and I’m sure the others you use in place of what I have are just as excellent. These definitely work really well for me. Everything is running very smoothly over here for me.

Thank you Ilka and you too! Have a great weekend too.



90 Malika Bourne
September 19, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Awesome list. I see many of these being used.
The favorite one I would love to use is Comment Luv. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with the host I use through my son.
Spam comments are annoying.


91 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Hi Malika,

Thank you and I appreciate you stopping by and checking out my post.

CommentLuv is not compatible with your host? Not that your son isn’t smart but that has nothing to do with it. Are you using WordPress because if you’re not then you wouldn’t be able to use this plugin, that would be the issue. After visiting your blog I’m kinda thinking it’s more that then the host.

Spam is the most annoying thing ever. I’m starting off slow this morning since my allergies really had me down yesterday and opening my blog this morning I only have 2 spam comments. Not bad at all.

Thank you Malika and you have a wonderful day.



92 Donna Merrill
September 19, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I admire how much you know about these plug-ins! You are not only the social media maven, but the pretty plug in gal! I get so confused when it comes to this, as you know. But when you explain what plug in does what, it makes sense to me.

I’m sure that all these plug ins are working well for you because the proof is in the pudding….look around and I see you EVERYWHERE! On all social platforms and plus your following is amazing.

Thank you my pro-blogging friend!

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93 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hi Donna,

I don’t think I would go that far but since I am the only one handling this blog, accept when issues arise and I run to Ashvini for help, I do have to learn what plugins do what and why I would need them. So it’s been a process of elimination over a period of a few years and I’m happy to report this is all I use and why.

Thank you Donna and let’s hope it stays that way! 😉

Have a great weekend and hope you’re all unpacked now.



94 Cendrine Marrouat September 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Great list, Adrienne!

You listed a few of my favorites. A few months ago, I switched the Disqus Comment System, which I prefer to CommentLuv Premium. I also love Simple Share Buttons Adder. It’s a very light plugin and I find the sharing buttons very easy on the eye.


95 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Thank you Cendrine,

I hopped over to look at your blog and it looks to me that you’re still using WordPress.com’s commenting system. Which blog are you using it on? I know a lot of people who prefer the systems where we the commenters have to log-in but I personally find that a turn off and a lot of people won’t comment if they have to sign up for them. I understand the reasoning for using them though and that’s what I love about blogging. To each his own right!

Me, I’m sticking with good old WordPress’s commenting system and sharing the love through CommentLuv Premium. It’s the way I found a lot of blogs to comment on when I got started and it still works beautifully for me in that way.

I’m familiar with the Simple Share Buttons Adder as well and simple is very good. I wanted to not only support Ashvini, who is my savior, but he’s been adding a lot to this plugin as well so that I won’t have to use separate ones. Yay!!!

Thank you Cendrine for sharing this with me and glad you’re happy with what you’re using as well.


96 Cendrine Marrouat September 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM

You probably landed on my third blog. The other two are self-hosted and I use Disqus.

Disqus only requires that you log in once. Then, every time you land on a blog that uses the commenting system, you are good to go.

I understand you wanted to support your friend. I would too. 😉


97 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I just went to the one you had left here in your comment and of course I had no idea you had three. My goodness.

Well yes and no, if you don’t have it set to remember your information then you have to log into it at least once a day and I’ve always had hell with Disqus. I never let my computer remember password, you know, just in case. So each day I have to log into Disqus but I have never set up an account so I don’t access the responses to my comments. The only reason I signed up with them was because some of my blogging friends at that time were using it and I didn’t know any better. Yep, still really green behind the ears.

Friends supporting friends, that’s what it’s about.

Thank you Cendrine for your response.



98 Barb Brady
September 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hi Adrienne,
OK, here is my to do: check out GASP. You had mentioned that recently to me in another comment and now that I read it again, I think I need to move this up my “to do” list. I have been using Akismet but I am getting too much spam. I am also going to check out Comment Luv.

I, like the others, use SEO by Yost and it helps me focus on SEO a little more. One of the “creative” plugins I use is TinyMCE Advanced. It gives me more icons for formatting. This helps me because when I write “how-to” steps, it allows me to use an icon to quickly highlight words. For backup I use Updraft Plus. It sends me backups via email–since my site is not huge right now, the email works fine.

But, I think, I am going to try to reduce my plugins. It’s fun to see plugins and what they do. But, I also want to make sure I have a “clean” blog, so, I am going to review some I tried out and see if I can reduce the list somewhat.
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99 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Hi Barb,

Yeah, when using GASP they have to be a human in order to spam you and most of the spam you’re receiving through Akismet are spam bots. All of that will immediately stop when you add GASP. You can definitely get the free version of CommentLuv but if you go with the paid that’s included along with the other fabulous plugins that I’m so in love with!

Another Yoast lover, I hear it’s very very popular so I’m happy that you love this one too. I don’t like the TinyMCE plugin because it throws my edit box way off and it’s just hell to scroll through all of that. Not sure what the issue is but it just doesn’t work well on my blog for some reason.

Thank you for sharing with me about your backup plugin as well because that’s what Angela is using. Are you using the free or paid version if you don’t mind me asking. Trying to get a better feel of which direction I should go. I prefer them being emailed to me.

I know that so many people have plugins because of how nice it can make their posts look or possibly save a little bit of time. Me! I prefer to spend the time and not have issues down the road because I have and girl, that is NOT fun. I’m sticking with my simple!

Thank you Barb for dropping by and sharing this with me. I appreciate your comment and enjoy your weekend.



100 Barb Brady
September 24, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I am using the free version. I receive backup emails every day (OK, it’s the accountant in me . . . we learned from the beginning to have frequent backups and this carries over to our non-accountant life).
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101 Adrienne
September 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Hi Barb,

Oh good, I’m going to check that one out then. I prefer the emails because I can then download them to other places but I’ve been doing this manually for so long now that I’m use to it. BUT, if I go out of town then I would need something in place.

Thank you for letting me know, I appreciate that.



102 Dita
September 20, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Awesome list of plugins. I share some of them as well and I must admit that one of my favorites is commentluv plugin. On my site I also have have a couple of shortcodes plugins. (I love shortcodes to spruce up my blog, as my theme does not give me too many options).

In addition I like to use wpenlighten by Jason Fladlien that helps me build awesome squeeze pages and I also like Peter Garety’s WP RSS curator (not available right now) that allows me to quickly go through Google News and Alexa Hot articles. With respect to the social plugins I like Digg Digg because of its simplicity.

Hope you are well. I haven’t visited you much in the last couple of months as I was very busy with my offline seasonal business which is now winding down.
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103 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Hi Dita,

Thank you and I always love hearing when someone loves CommentLuv Premium as much as I do. There are still a lot of lovers out there and although I know that spammer are just waiting to annoy us I don’t care. Andy continues to help us any possible way be can in this area so for that I’m grateful.

I just recently heard about Jason’s plugin so is that one a free or paid? When I launch my product I might consider creating one of this blog or I might just go with a separate page. Not quite sure yet since I have more time to consider that.

Never heard of WP RSS curator but I’m not into all the most recently news. I should but I’m not. Shame on me.

I use to use Digg Digg, it was my choice of social sharing buttons but I had a lot of issues with one day they worked and the next day they didn’t. Then they would start working again and I just couldn’t rely on them anymore.

I was wondering where you’ve been but glad you’ve been keeping busy. That’s always a good thing. Glad you’re okay and you enjoy your weekend Dita.



104 Josh Kotsay
September 20, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I use the typical common plugins like Wordpress SEO and GASP. But a couple of new ones I’ve just added that are pretty cool are SEO Crawlytics which tells me how often the Google/Bing bots are crawling my site and the Swarm CDN plugin which serves up all the images on my site using the free Swarm CDN service. I’ve noticed some nice speedup with it.


105 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Hi Josh,

Welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by and sharing this with me.

I see you’re an SEO guy! Sounds like those plugins definitely do the job for that. So knowing that Google or Bing are crawling your site does what exactly! I mean is that a gauge to you that what you’re doing is working or can you not tell that by the amount of traffic you received from either your posts or what you’ve noticed in Google Analytics! I’m curious as you can tell and love to learn about this stuff.

Okay now you’ve definitely got me interested in the Swarm CDN plugin. Is that a free plugin and are you still hosting your images on your site or their service. I know that some of the CDN services will help speed up your blog and I know that’s an area I’m always eager to improve.

Thank you for your comment and I did want to tell you that I clicked through to your CommentLuv link and your URL and I’m getting a 404 error message on both. Just thought I’d let you know.

Have a great weekend.



106 Kumar Chandan
September 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Hi, Adrienne,
A nice bunch of plugins. These plugins are very useful. It comes very handy and helpful for those who are looking for some good plugins and they are confuse in choosing it.

I use most of it and these are doing well for me.
I love the most CommentLuv plugins. :) I also use contact form.
I use Google anlytics plugin for taking control over my analytics. These are 14 are very useful for me too.
Thank you very much for sharing over here. :)
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107 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Hi Kumar,

These plugins are definitely very useful indeed. I would hope that anyone looking for plugins will read why I use them and then make their own decisions.

Glad to hear you use most of what I share on this list. Are you considering upgrading to CommentLuv Premium any time in the near future? It’s an awesome plugin with many cool ones inclued. 😉

Thank you for sharing what you use as well and I’m glad they are working well for you.

Have a great weekend now.



108 Cole Wiebe
September 20, 2013 at 2:19 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I picked up Social Metrics Pro today, based upon this post. That’s two I’ve purchased from your links. (The other was CommentLuv Premium).

– Cole
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109 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Hi Cole,

Oh wow, thank you Cole and I sure hope you like it! It’s fascinating and I love checking out my posts and seeing where I can improve them.

I so appreciate that and you’ll have to let me know what you think. So glad you got CommentLuv Premium as well, my all time favorite indeed.

Have a great weekend.



110 Jafar Dhada September 20, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Hey Adrienne Smith,
I’ve loved your blog post on wp plugins. The two plugins I find really worthwhile are SEO Pressor and Google XML Sitemaps, so powerful plugins they are and also the ones shared by you!


111 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Hi Jafar,

Thank you and glad you enjoyed this one and found out what I use and love.

Ah, you use a few of the same ones. Happy to hear that and glad you also think they are winners. I think Google XML Sitemaps is a must for any blog unless they just don’t want traffic from the search engines. Now if you’re writing for the search engines then we both know that SEOPressor is definitely what they’ll need as well.

Appreciate the share and enjoy your weekend.



112 Guy Martin
September 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I remember visiting your last plugins review. What a great concept to make it a yearly post.

I use 19 plugins at the present time and was motivated to deactivate some that wasn’t needed at the present time.

I reviewed the comments made by your other readers and decided to check out the free ones that seemed appealing to me.

What I discovered is most of them have not been updated to the current Wordpress 3.6.1 theme and I’m not willing to take a chance on messing up my blog.

One of my favorites that as not been mentioned is the Ultimate TinyMCE plugin. This is a plugin editor that gives me a tremendous amount of choices when writing a post in the dashboard editor.

After reading your post, I became convinced of the need to add Google XML Sitemaps to my plugin repertoire so thank you for that.

Always a pleasure to read your post Adrienne and looking forward to the next one.



113 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Hi Guy,

I get asked these questions a lot over the course of a year so when I did the first one back in 2011 it was so popular that I did it again the next year so I thought why not make it yearly because things definitely change don’t they!

Well I’m glad that you have hopefully uninstalled those that you are using. You know you can always just install them again and use them at any given time.

So the ones that were recommended by my commenters, those plugins haven’t been updated recently! I’m not surprised and that’s why everyone needs to look into that before deciding to use them or not. I’m sure that some plugin developers might be behind with this current update but as I’ve spoke to a few myself, their plugins still work fine not only with the new updated but their still aren’t any security issues with theirs.

I do not use TinyMCE and as I just let Barb know, it doesn’t work well on my blog. I messed with it so much it just made me mad and is not worth my time so I guess this is a perfect example of some not doing well for others but glad it works great for you.

You don’t have Google XML Sitemaps installed? Well you definitely do need to get that one set up Guy.

Thank you so much and for sharing what you use. You have a wonderful weekend okay!



114 William Butler
September 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Hi Adrienne!

Wonderful post! :)

You put a lot of work into describing each of these plugins, none of which I currently use.
I am grateful to learn what I need to consider for my website and I’m certainly learning plenty from your readership comments, for which I am also very thankful.

May your burdens be light and your blessings heavy!
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115 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Hi Bill,

Thank you and glad you found this post helpful.

I want to be thorough and a lot of people share what they use but oftentimes I find that they don’t explain why. I mean anyone can put the definition of what the plugin does from that description page but do they really know why they’re using it? I find that so much more helpful for me.

Surprised you don’t use any of these, not even the Google XML Sitemap? You definitely need that one and be sure to get Google Analytics too so you can see where your traffic is coming from. They have plugins for that too if you aren’t into coding.

Thank you Bill for the kind words and enjoy your weekend.



116 Tim Bonner
September 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Hi Adrienne

I currently have 31 plugins installed along with having CloudFlare activated.

I use some of the ones you’ve mentioned, particularly CommentLuv Premium, Clean Archives Reloaded, AWeber Web Forms and WPOptimize.

Quite a few of the plugins are Genesis specific and are small in size but make things easier to manage without needing to go and update code.

I have a premium plugin called Top Social Posts which does pretty much what it says; shows my top posts in my sidebar by social share. I figured that it was a better measurement for popularity than by comment or views.

I also use OIOPublisher to control any ads I have on the page, as well as guest posts submissions and I couldn’t live without WordFence to keep things safe.

I deleted JetPack a while ago because I was trying out Share Juice Pro but I couldn’t get it to work very well on my site. A couple of the buttons wouldn’t work and the Pinterest functionality didn’t work either.

So, I went back to JetPack but deactivated the parts of the plugin I didn’t really need. That’s kept it in check for the moment as it can be very resource-hungry!

I also use Hybrid Connect to control placement and design of my opt-in forms. I love the testing options that plugin gives me.

It might be worth me writing a blog post at some point about how to install CloudFlare for anyone who’s interested. It’s really not too bad, but it’s not that obvious what you need to update and where, particularly with redirects. It’s strange how it works well for some and not others. It could be to do with hosting as well though maybe?

Anyway, enough of me rambling on Adrienne. I appreciate you letting us know the plugins you use. I may share mine in more detail in a post on my blog at a later date. It’s a good idea to compare notes!

Have a great weekend Adrienne!

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117 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Hi Tim,

I guess that’s still a pretty good number and I know you’re a lot like Jens use to be, always trying out new things and seeing what they’ll do. Glad to hear you use some of the ones I do as well. I love those too Tim.

That’s what I like about Thesis, the only one you might need and not everyone will is OpenHook. It’s just because of the way Thesis is coded and so when you add code it doesn’t mess well so you have to have something to help with that. Other then that though there are no other plugins needed to make it run smoothly.

So here is my thought on the Top Social Posts plugin and of course please do share your thoughts as well. Isn’t that already noticeable on the post itself through your social share buttons as to how many times each post has been shared? We can appreciate that people love to share our content but I would think that if they’re on your blog itself then they might be more interested in the posts that receive the most comments. I think that this really is an area that people may or may not agree with and I’m thinking that people may not visit the particular post that’s receiving a lot of the social shares but this way you want them to notice it? Am I correct? Will they even know that’s what that means? I would have never known that Tim without you sharing that with me here.

Did you get in touch with Ashvini and let him help you with the set up of Share Juice Pro? I know he’s always eager to help and it’s always good for him to know what doesn’t play nice with what.

JetPack took up a lot of juice on my blog and for what it did I just decided I didn’t really need it. I’m doing pretty good without it too.

I heard about Hybrid Connect but I’ve held off on it for the time being.

Now CloudFlare was actually set up through my hosting service and they are the ones that set it up. It still didn’t work well for me and then when I upgraded to the pro account it was no longer available. Imagine that, you couldn’t get it with their pro account. Oh well, it never worked that well to begin with so I didn’t really miss it. I think writing a post on how to set it up might help but I also know that the way your blog runs also has to doing with your hosting service and it’s not always your blog.

You can ramble any time Tim, I did plenty of that responding to your comment too.

I think your readers would appreciate knowing what you use and why. Especially new bloggers who are still trying to figure this all out. Look at how many people didn’t know they should have Google XML Sitemaps here! Yikes!

Have a wonderful weekend with the family Tim.



118 Tim Bonner
September 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

That’s a good point about the Top Social Share plugin Adrienne. I will try and make it more obvious what the widget is actually showing :-).

You’re right that people can see above each post how many social shares there have been but the same goes for total comments too, no?

I show the top 7 (not sure why I picked that number!) posts from the last 3 months by social share. I was thinking along the lines of that’s what Google is looking for more than comments so people may also be looking for the same thing.

I’m definitely open to debate on that one Adrienne. It was a suggestion I had from someone guest posting on Ana Hoffman’s blog. For the life of me I can’t remember his name though!

I didn’t get in touch with Ashvini about Share Juice Pro at the time and I’m sorry I didn’t. At the minute I’m quite happy with the share buttons with JetPack though but one day I’m sure I’ll change my mind again.
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119 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Maybe just add a title or something because I would have “assumed” it was your most popular posts.

You are right but the way some blogs are set up not only do the number of comments not show, little else either. I tell you what Tim, I was on a couple of blogs this week and there is no date nor name of the person who wrote the post and that drove me nuts. I can’t stand the posts not having a date because I don’t want to comment on something that’s six months old. Oh and who the heck even wrote it? Jeez, don’t make me hunt for that stuff it drives me nuts. Mini rant there, sorry! lol…

Yeah, you know how much I keep up with a lot going on with Google these days. It’s so hard to keep up with anything where they’re concerned. I had not heard that though so thanks Tim.

Just know that Ashvini can’t improve his plugin if people who do have issues with it won’t let him know. It could be an incompatible plugin issue, a theme issue or even just a simple setting. It will help you and him too but I understand that you’re now happy with what you have. Just for future reference thought because you might have a product one day and instead of them asking you a question they want a refund. Ouch! 😉

Thank you Tim for sharing that with me I appreciate that. Enjoy your weekend now.



120 Arleen
September 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Adrienne- I never thought to use Google XML Site maps on my blog site. I have it on my main site. Thanks for the info. I use CommentLuv Premium and Yoast. I haven’t gotten into many pluggins. I guess there is a pluggin for everything.

I have to say when I first started commenting on blogs I checked off I wanted to receive all comments. I thought it would be the comment I left and wow, was I surprised when the emails came flying in.

I recently read a blog and I was blown away that you could turn wordpress into a shopping cart. Here are a couple of Pluggins.
WooCommerce- excelling eCommerce
Ready E-commerce cart
WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart
Ecwid Shopping Cart
WP e-Commerce
Welcart e-Commerce
Cart 66Lite
Easy Digital downloads
MarketPress – WordPress eCommerce
Cashie Commerce
The CartPress
Zingiri Web Shop
WP online store
Image store
WordPress ultra simple cart
Simple Cart & Buy Now

I haven’t tried this one yet All in One SEO Pack
All in One SEO Pack helps to rank your website high in search engine. This plug-in works excellent to optimizes site by generating Meta tags automatically. One can easily override any title by setting Meta description and any Meta keywords according to your choice.
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121 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Hi Arleen,

Oh really, you don’t have Google XML Sitemaps on your blog? Well glad you read my post then. There is a plugin for everything, you’re right about that. I think we all just have to decide what we need and what we don’t.

The subscribe to comments is overwhelming at times. I actually had a disagreement with a guy who visited my blog and was appalled that I sent him a reply message with his comment and my response. He said that was spam and I politely let him know that it wasn’t. He said instead I needed the subscribe to all comments plugin and at that time I wasn’t using it all the time. I dared him to check that one on my blog but to proceed with caution. He never came back.

Oh yeah, WordPress can be used as almost anything and even an eCommerce site. That I was aware of but I don’t have one. I was thinking this was a list of plugins you use.

I use to use All In One SEO Pack until I got Thesis and it’s build into this theme. It doesn’t generate the meta tags automatically but I prefer including my own.

Thank you for your comment Arleen and have a great weekend.



122 Arleen
September 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Adrienne- I would go nuts if I had all of those pluggins. I was amazed that there were so many out there that one could do an ecomeerce if they wanted to using Word Press. My main site doesn’t use pluggins as it is a fully customized ecommerce site. I just thought if you mentioning pluggins I thought I would add a few.

Have a good weekend
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123 Angela McCall
September 20, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Arlene, I’m blown away when I saw all of your plugins. Did you actually installed all of these plugins for your eCommerce store? Wow…I just checked your store and you are full load.

Recently, I have bought the plugin WP eStore just because I want to sell some eBooks on my blog later. I have actually installed it just to test how it works, works great. Shopping cart works wonderfully. But this is nothing like yours you have all kinds. WP eStore sets the paypal and all other credit cards for me in just one plugin but I see you have several plugins…you even have a separate plugin for PayPal and ecommerce shopping cart…very confusing. Did you actually build this store by yourself or you hired someone to do this?

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124 Arleen
September 20, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Angela- I don’t use any of those pluggins for my e-commerce site. I thought it would be helpful for others. My main site is a heavy duty customized ecommerce site that is not done in Word Press.
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125 Angela McCall
September 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

OMG, Arlene…*phew* good thing I asked you. I almost back out from asking you. I didn’t want to sound stupid. But guess the only stupid thing is the question you didn’t ask, right? Shopping cart (non-wordpress) is one of the things I have never done before. So this is more of a heavy duty “technical stuff” that has a lot of programming.

Anyway…thanks for responding! :)

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126 Dana September 20, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I have to say, that before commenting, I read your post and immediately installed the Most Popular Posts plugin 😉
Next will probably be the related posts one.
I have been manually adding links to related posts at the end of my articles and to be honest, I find it tedious, so I’m looking forward to giving this a try.

As far as any favorite plugins?
So far, I like Flare and Yoast a lot. Yoast has made the whole SEO thing easy enough for me, so I can appreciate that.
Flare, to me anyway, just looks attractive and I have found it easy to use as well.

I’ll admit that I don’t use the premium version yet, but I do like how Commentluv makes linking back to our blogs easy and classy.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!


127 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Hi Dana,

Don’t you love it when you find something you’ve been looking for just by reading a post. I love that and glad you installed the most popular posts plugin. The related posts one is great too. I totally forgot to include that it checks your stats in your dashboard and let’s you know how many page views and clicks it gets using your computer or your mobile device. Pretty darn cool.

Flare is nice looking but I have to tell you the first time I commented on a blog that had it I didn’t know I was suppose to click on that circle. I found it confusing so I can imagine that a new blogger would. I mean it’s pretty and all but I’m sticking with Share Juice Pro. Got to support my buddy now! 😉

Yoast is a good one for SEO from what I hear but girl I found that plugin way over my head. Maybe it’s easier now but I doubt it. I’m just an idiot at times and that one confused the heck out of me even trying to set it up.

So if you don’t use the premium version then how are you using the CommentLuvvers widget in your sidebar? I’m scratching my head over that one girl. I do love my premium version I must admit.

Thank you Dana for visiting and you have a wonderful weekend as well.



128 Susan Neal September 20, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Hi Adrienne,

A great list! I use some, but not all of these. You know I’m a CommentLuv fan, so that goes without saying. I’ve just got rid of the link checker plugin because, like you, I now use that website, after reading Barry’s post about it – I spent hours last weekend purging them because it found loads that the plugin had missed.

I’ve stuck with AddThis for my social sharing buttons, because it’s working fine for me at the moment. Like a few other people I use WordFence and I’m very happy with that. I also have a couple of paid plugins I like – Backup Buddy, which makes backing up my site really easy, and PushButtonSEO, which I use in conjunction with All in One SEO, to get my on-page SEO right – it includes a feature for pulling in and embedding Flickr images and YouTube videos, right from the WP editing page, which is a great time-saver.

I have a few other plugins, including some I probably ought to get rid of, and I’m now very wary about adding more new ones – I used to install them with gay abandon, but those days are gone! Having said that, you’ve reminded me I have yet to install the Aweber one, which I’ve been meaning to do for ages – cheers :)

Have a great weekend, Adrienne :)


129 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Hey Sue,

Glad you love my list and CommentLuv Premium too! Faithful users here, absolutely.

The first couple times I used that link checker plugin they didn’t find any broken links at all. Now I’m scratching my head thinking to myself that can’t be possible. This was awhile back and I’d had spammers visit my blog back when I didn’t know that’s what they were so I knew some of those links if nothing else were bad. I did the stand alone site and OMG! I spent an entire weekend cleaning all those links up, what work so I always do that monthly now.

As long as you’re happy with the ones you’re using then that’s what matters right! Thanks for sharing those with my by the way. I’ve used a few of those in the past myself but I’m back to what works best for me.

Maybe do a go through and see which ones you really don’t need and get rid of those. I think we all need to do that from time to time anyway you know. The Aweber works great and I’m glad I installed it because I get a lot of opt-ins through that option. You definitely need to get that one set up girl.

Thanks Sue and have a great weekend as well. I’ll do the same.



130 Pat September 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Thanks Adrienne – I’m always open to new WordPress information and plugins. I like that you also added why you like it and what you didn’t like. That’s helpful.


131 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Hi Pat,

Welcome to my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed my post.

I’m always open to helping too so if you ever have any questions please feel free to just ask. I know that plugins can be a tricky thing at times but we all sometimes need different things on our blogs. Glad you enjoyed my explanation though. I want to know why people use them and what they do not that they’re great.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend. Hope you have some sunshine coming now.



132 George Nieves September 20, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Great list! I haven’t really used many plugins. I guess CommentLuv is my favorite. I will probably try some more when I update my site, so I’ll have a better idea of which ones I like then.


133 Adrienne
September 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Hey George,

I think that’s great that you don’t have a lot of plugins but there are some that you definitely need and hopefully you have those installed. I’m sure you’ve received a lot of great recommendations from some of your blogging friends as well so I know they’ll never steer you wrong.

Thanks George and always good to hear from you. Enjoy your weekend.



134 Ray September 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Honestly I am not sure right off hand which plugins I am using or how many. I try to not to go over 20, and preferably less. Some plugins do things that I can just do myself with a few lines of manual code so I actually eliminate the need for some by doing this.

The thing I don’t like about having a lot of plugins is all the additional updating required. Shoot with the 20 or so that I do have it seems like there is always one or another that has an update available. I couldn’t imagine if I had 30, 40, or more.

I do use an anti-spam plugin, and without it I had so much junk I was spending more time sifting through hundreds of garbage than what it was worth.
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135 Adrienne
September 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Hey Ray,

I’m with you Ray, if some coding can be added to eliminate what a plugin will do then I’ll either figure out how to do it or have someone do that for me. I know that if I ever change themes then I have to start all over again but I’m pretty aware of everything I’ve done to this theme since I’m the one that did it or or course requested it. It’s not that much really.

I don’t mind the updates to the plugins as long as they update them. What I don’t like is when they don’t and just abandon the plugin and don’t respond to questions. Then something I’ve been using for awhile I now have to replace and it doesn’t always function the way I would like. I guess this is just part of it right!

We definitely have to have the anti-spam plugin, that’s a must. We’ll never be able to cut down on it entirely but cut way back is good. I’m pleased with that.

Thank you for sharing this Ray and have a wonderful weekend.



136 Margarita
September 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM


I am impressed by your short and elegant list of plugins. I think that installing plugins is much more than uploading and activating them. Because those are pieces of code. When overwhelm happens, it becomes like plugin hoarding. I mean real chaos.

I of course love the CommentLuv Premium. Now that I learned about Share Juice Pro, i will look more into it and get it from you. My digg digg is not reliable. Don’t know the reason.

You became a pro in using plugins. To me it is very technical, so I would rather outsource the service. let me know if you have someone in mind.

Great information as usual. have a wonderful weekend.
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137 Adrienne
September 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Hi Margarita,

Why thank you, it is rather short isn’t it!

I know a lot of people who are just plugin happy. I say if your blog runs fine with all of them installed and they’re all up to date then go for it. I don’t care about the convenience of some stuff or making my posts look prettier. I’ve just had some bad experiences with plugins not working anymore and having to fix all of that well that wasn’t fun at all.

I’m so glad you love CommentLuv Premium too. It’s my favorite and then of course Share Juice Pro is next. I use to use Digg Digg but you’re right, it’s so unreliable. I continued to get emails letting me know it wasn’t working. Everything was set up so there wasn’t really anything I could do about it. The guys weren’t very responsive to our complaints.

I don’t outsource anything to anyone Margarita. I do all of this myself but when I run into issues or problems I go to Ashvini for help. He does this for me because we’re friends but if you ever have any questions, he’s always here to help my friends too. That’s the kind of guy he is.

Thank you so much and you have a wonderful weekend as well. It’s going to be a wet one here so I’m stuck inside.



138 Adesanmi Adedotun
September 21, 2013 at 5:23 AM

Madam Adrienne,

This is list of wonderful plugins but I must confess to you that I love WpTouch plugin because of it activities to make my blog more mobile friendly. There is no doubt this day that the percentage of internet users that is accessing the internet via mobile increases daily and without making our site mobile friend it’s a great risk on the path of our blog traffic. Thanks for sharing ma.


139 Adrienne
September 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Hi Adesanmi,

Thank you and happy to hear that you also love WP Touch Mobile.

I knew that when mobile started to become more popular that I had to at least make my blog mobile friendly so a blogging friend introduced me to that plugin and I’ve been using it ever since. I want to say it’s been at least two years now and since I don’t really access blogs via my cell I wouldn’t have even realized that which is why I love learning from my blogging friends.

I have a plugin that shows how much my content has been opened through mobile users and although it’s not as high as those on a desktop, those numbers matter.

I appreciate you sharing this with me Adesanmi and thank you for stopping by. You have a wonderful weekend.



140 Susan Velez September 21, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Good Morning Adrienne,

I love using different wordpress plugins, but I know that several of them can reduce the speed of your site.

Right now I think I have about 15 different plugins. Two of the ones that I just absolutely love are CommentLuv and Backup Buddy.

Backup Buddy takes care of my automated backups on a daily schedule, so I don’t have to worry about not having a back up for my site.

When I first set up my blog I made some tweaks on it and ended up losing it. Nothing is worse than knowing your site is gone. (I didn’t have a backups) So I had to start my site all over again. That totally sucked!

You have a great list of plugins, some of them I have never heard of and may have to take a closer look at them. Thanks for sharing I know that they will definitely help anyone who is looking for some quality plugins.

I hope you have a great weekend.


141 Adrienne
September 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Good morning Susan! I think it’s still morning. I got a very slow start today, was up very very late last night!

You are right, it depends on the plugin, how many you have and how they play together. You just never know do you!

That’s awesome that you don’t have a lot either Susan. Now I know that security is something we all need to be aware of and I’ve just made other adjustments which is why I don’t have a lot of plugins but I don’t want people to think just because I’m not using them doesn’t mean they’re not a must.

I tried BackupBuddy and found that plugin not exactly what I wanted. It was confusing to me and didn’t backup to the play I wanted. It’s been awhile ago now so I couldn’t tell you exactly the issues I had but I just do it manually.

Oh my gosh, that’s horrible and no one wants to lose their blog. I’ve never done that, I’m fortunate I guess. I’ve messed up the htaccess file before but my hosting service was able to fix that quickly so that’s really been my only issue.

Glad you like my list and of course we both know not to use anything that you don’t think you just have to have. Less is best! 😉

Thank you Susan and you have a wonderful weekend.



142 robin hallett
September 21, 2013 at 2:41 PM

HI Adrienne,

Once again, you’re the bloggie Goddess! Thanks so much, I was just looking for a new contact form plug in since I noticed mine hadn’t been updated in a few years! How do you always know.
You’re like the blog whisperer!

Sending hugs and love!

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143 Adrienne
September 21, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Hi Robin,

Glad that this post helped you out. I wasn’t very happy to find mine hadn’t been updated either and had to switch yet again darn it. I hate that when that happens but I saved you some time! 😉

Thanks Robin and enjoy your weekend.



144 Obasi Miracle
September 21, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I am so intrigued with your sharing the list of your most valuable and active plugins list with the whole lot of us.

Being an informed tech blogger I love maintaining a very low list whenever it comes to the number of active plugins I have on any site I manage.

From your list I already have the “commentluv premium” which I ditched for the free version after many attempts to remove the other useless (5 add-on plugins) functions I do not need on my blog without success.

I also removed the “google xml sitemaps” and opted for the default yoast SEO sitemap instead, same goes for wp-optimize as I opted for simple optimizer instead. Although I do remove the optimizer once I am done with it at least twice a month.

I have the “subscribe to only reply to my own comment plugin” the wp-touch plugin I do not have as I am currently using the “mobile-press” plugin.

I also use the w3 total cache and the “genesis simple hooks” plugin being a genesis framework user. The hooks can be used to place a lot of codes snippets in various positions in any genesis powered theme.

Once again it was great reading through your list, do have a splendid day Mam


145 Adrienne
September 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Hi Obasi,

Welcome to my blog and it’s nice to have you stop by.

Oh yeah, I’m all about sharing what works for me and of course what I use. I’m also more interested in having less as well. I think it just helps your blog run better overall.

Not sure what you mean about ditching CommentLuv Premium because of the other “five addon plugins functions”. It has a total of nine at the moment and I’m testing number 10 as we speak so it’s a fabulous plugin my friend. Sorry to hear you don’t agree. Man, that’s sad! :-(

SEO by Yoast seems to be a popular plugin and happy to hear that you’re thrilled with it as well. You only optimize your tables a couple times a month? Man, mine need it every day but I do have a lot of activity on my blog I guess.

I think it’s wise to invest in a theme that is mobile ready, saves on uploading another plugin but since I only have 14 I’m not complaining.

Thanks for sharing everything that you use and like. It’s always nice to hear what others have and what works best for them.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend and thanks again for your visit.



146 Sahil September 22, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Hi Adrienne,

The list is long but also very important because without some of these plugins we are unable to enhance our blog’s user interference. You are doing great in providing simple and easy to navigate UI to your readers, including me. Currently, I am using some of these plugin in my blog but now, after reading your post it will help me more to do something new with my blog.

Some plugins like “Open Hook” and “Share Juice Pro” are new to me but now I am going to give them a try. Although I am not using any SEO plugins because there is a pre-installed menu for SEO in Genesis Framework. So, I hope that this post will help me more to understand some new plugins’ types and their functions. Thanks for the list once again and I am also waiting for your next helpful post.

Have a nice day.
~Sahil D


147 Adrienne
September 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Hi Sahil,

Welcome back! So you think my list is long? That’s funny because everyone else is surprised at just how short it is. See, that’s what I love about blogging, everyone has their own thoughts about things. Glad to hear that some of these may have peaked an interest.

OpenHook, as I stated in this post, is only for Thesis users so if your theme isn’t Thesis then it’s not going to help you any. Share Juice Pro is a fabulous plugin and I’m really happy with it. Ah, so Genesis has an SEO feature as well. Those are the best really so you don’t have to add another one.

You are very welcome and thank you for your comment. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.



148 Amiti
September 22, 2013 at 6:44 AM


Social Metrics is definitely a good one.
A few of my favorites are:
Casengo for live chat
AtContent for expanding
and of course our very own..Feedweb.

Thanks for the list as we are only using 3 of those, and we will definitely do our homework on this new list and probably add a few.


149 Adrienne
September 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Hi Amiti,

I really am pleased with Social Metrics Pro Amiti. Everyone likes to see how their posts are doing on the other networks I would think.

What does AtContent do? I guess I don’t know what you mean by expanding so could you help me understand what that one does a little more?

I appreciate you letting me know some that you use and glad you enjoyed reading what I use!

Have a great day Amiti!



150 Amiti
September 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Atcontent uses your backlinks to provide your blog with new readers. They create a blogging community, one could say, based off of backlinks and the ability to post on other sites.


151 Adrienne
September 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Okay, I guess I’m not fully understanding what that does but maybe I’ll have to look that one up. I think I’m doing pretty well right now so I can’t even imagine how a plugin can provide your blog with new readers other then the methods I’ve already used. Huh! Interesting, thank you Amiti!


152 bbrian017 September 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM

You have shared with us a bunch of useful and very handy plugins they are all great and very useful without them blogging would be harder and harder
they really make our lives easier!
especcially commentLuv without it would we get so many super duper useful dofollow backlinks by just commenting?
awesome stuff thanks for sharing!


153 Adrienne
September 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Hey Brian,

Glad you enjoyed my list and seeing what I use here on my blog. You’re right, blogging is great and plugins just help it function that much better.

CommentLuv is a great way to find other blogs to comment on and yeah, if they have it set as dofollow then who doesn’t love getting that link love right!

Thank you for stopping by and great to see you again. Hope you’re doing well and enjoy your day.



154 Kuldeep September 22, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Very nice list of premium and free WP plugins you have pointed out.
I am currently using many of the plugins in my wordpress blog.

The best WP premium plugin in which I invested in CommentLuv premium.
I must say it is the best plugin and worth its price.


155 Adrienne
September 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Hi Kuldeep,

Thank you for your comment and I’m thrilled to hear that you’re using CommentLuv Premium as well. I’m in love with this plugin and it is by far the best, I agree.

I appreciate you stopping by and hope you enjoy the rest of your day.



156 Sherman Smith
September 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Hey Adrienne,

This is a great list of plugins here, and I definitely love commentluv Premium. What more can you get with such a diverse plugin for your blog. Oh, the Antibacklink feature! That’s going to revolutionize plugins and blogging period. I can’t wait for it to be included in the package.

I still have yet to use Social Metrics Pro. Yes, I’ve been procrastinating which is the killer of success. This sounds like a plugin that will definitely be useful for all bloggers. Having a tracking system can definitely let you know what you should spend time on and what you can let go.

Thanks for sharing your list of plugins Adrienne!


157 Adrienne
September 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Hey Sherman,

So glad you like my list and are another CommentLuv Premium lover. Andy continues to improve this gem and you’re going to love the new addition.

Social Metrics Pro is a very handy plugin I must admit. I’m sure there are other plugins out there that might do some of the same but I’m just not familiar with them.

You are so very welcome and I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Thanks for your comment.



158 Okto
September 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Hi Adrienne,

We should careful on plugins we use because I have experienced technical issue trying new plugins. This is why this kind of post is always great because we can learn what best for other that might best for us.

Thanks a lot for this post :)
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159 Adrienne
September 23, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Hi Okto,

You are right and I’ve only had one plugin that continuously gave me trouble and just messed up my blog. Luckily it wasn’t a combination of a few not playing nice together, it was obvious of the culprit.

I also think the themes play a part too Okto so there still might be issues even with some of the ones I use but at least we know they work beautifully for me.

Thank you for sharing this and have an amazing day.



160 Akaahan Terungwa
September 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM


I wasn’t a reader of yours when you shared your lists, last 2 years. However, with what I’ve seen so far, you’re quite smart when you go on plugins especially taking into cognizance that some plugins can really take up space and slow things a little.

I’m a huge fan of Contact Forms (they save a lot of stress trying to reach you), WP Touch Mobile (with the world going mobile, can you ignore mobile readers?) Google XML Sitemap (we all need a clear and concise map of our blogs, don’t we?) and the almighty Commentluv (what a community this can build! I really luv it!).

However I’m surprised Akismet was not included in your list. How do you deal with spam?


161 Adrienne
September 23, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Hi Akaahan,

I wasn’t as smart a few years ago and I ran into issues later on because of it which is why I now understand the total consequences of why less is best. 😉

I agree with the ones you also pointed out. We definitely have to make things easy on our readers and those trying to contact us as well. Now if we ignore the mobile users then I have a feeling we’ll lose a LOT of readers so that should be a no brainer. So glad you love CommentLuv as well, you know how I feel about that plugin.

Oh, but I use GASP and it’s part of CommentLuv Premium didn’t you notice? Akismet is for catching spam bots but GASP is for catching humans. You’ll never see a spam bot with you use this masterful plugin. I love it.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me Akaahan and have a wonderful week.



162 Sue Price
September 23, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Hi Adrienne

Well I am like Donna and Sylviane and really do not know what plugins do. I understand what you are saying here when I read it. As you know I have a person who I outsource this side to. I admire people like you that know so much about it.

I love comment luv premium for sure and I understand what that one does :-) I also like SEO pressor.

It is a great reference for people that you do this post. I tell you what though it seems just like two months ago you did the last one and it was a year! Where did that go?

Thanks Adrienne and have a great week.

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163 Manny September 23, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Hey Adrienne, is it still necessary to have Google XML sitemaps installed in our website? Does it still count in SEO? Thanks. :)
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164 Adrienne
September 23, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Why wouldn’t you use Google XML Sitemaps Manny? Do you not want to make sure that Google crawls all of your pages? Just curious as to why you would think it’s not necessary. Maybe you know something I don’t? I don’t know if it counts in SEO because it’s about Google making sure it finds all your pages so that when people search for your content it will have a better opportunity of being found.



165 Jitendra Vaswani September 23, 2013 at 4:39 AM

This plugin list is amazing. I really like it. You know I am using WPTouch Mobile and I am really glad that this plugin is helping my users to see my blog through Mobile devices.


166 Adrienne
September 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Thank you Jitendra and glad to hear you’re using one of them. We definitely need to make sure mobile users can access our sites easily. I know how impatient so many people are these days and we don’t want them turning away from our content.

Appreciate you sharing that and enjoy your week.



167 Anshul September 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Well there are mostly the plugins that i am using personally but i want to ask about all in one seo pack. Is it not worth using for the optimisation purpose??


168 Adrienne
September 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Hey Anshul,

Glad to hear you’re using the majority of what I’m using as well.

So in this post I specifically stated that I use Thesis and with this theme the SEO feature is included so I don’t need a separate plugin for that. It’s important, absolutely. This post wasn’t really about what you do need though but what I use and why.

Hope that helped explain a little better.



169 Sonia
September 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Good list. I love Google XML, OptinSkin, Scribe, and ThirstyAffiliates. I could go on and on, but then I have too many to list. Like the explanation you included because I didn’t know how some of them worked. The ones where you had to add “code” was it hard or did it walk you through the steps?


170 Adrienne
September 24, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Thank you and I appreciate you sharing what you use. I have tried OptinSkin and didn’t like it and I did use Scribe in the past when it first came out. It wasn’t something that I needed all the time though so the monthly fee wasn’t something I wanted to invest in. I hear it’s really improved though since I first used it.

People appreciated the explanation because most people just list the plugins and we have no idea what they even do and why we would need them.

It wasn’t hard for me like Google Analytics. They generate the code for you but because I use Thesis it has a place to just paste the code into the theme. Done, simple. Also with Thesis it has it’s own section for customizing things so I would Google how to do something, test it on my blog and I’m done. Now for some of the other stuff I’ve needed a little help from some friends but they just walked me through what to do and it was easy. I’m not a coder either Sonia but I follow simple instructions very well. 😉



171 Barbara Charles
September 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Some of these plugins I know, others I don’t so I need to go through and see what I can use. You and I have talked about a few of them and I have initiated them on my blog. Great list that keeps us updated on the current ones. I’ve got to try that Related Posts plugin but I want to reorganize my blog first. Been thinking about it for a couple of weeks so I don’t want to add it just yet. Thanks for sharing yet again another great post to help us get our blogs together.



172 Adrienne
September 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Hi Barbara,

Well, these are the ones I use and they work beautifully for me. I know we’ve discussed plugins in the past and I think we all just have to decide what we want, what saves us time and which ones are safe.

What I like about the Related Posts plugin is that it also gives you stats on your dashboard of how many mobile users are clicking on those links and how many from the desktop computer. I found that fascinating and pretty cool. I’m getting me some clicks girl! 😉

Good luck reorganizing that blog and thanks for stopping by. I know you’ve been traveling and busy catching up so have a great week.



173 Steven J Wilson
September 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I use a lot of what you have on the list.

I have to add a couple due to the increase in hacks that I have been coming across.
First, Login Lockdown where it limit the number of login attempts on your account. Second, Wordfence Security is an awesome plugin as well. Actually it’s my favorite security plugin. It runs a ton of checks to make sure your site is secure.

I have been doing a digging a little deeper into coding so I’m definitely interested in checking out the Open Hook plugin you mentioned.

Take care!
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174 Adrienne
September 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Hi Steven,

Well that’s always good to hear!

Ah, those nasty hackers! I use to get hit with them constantly. Sometimes in a three day period I would have over 6,000 attempts to hack into my blog. I hate those people or bots, whatever they are. But I pleaded with a friend to help me find a way to stop them and once again, coding to the rescue so I was thrilled to delete my plugins for warding them off too. For those that don’t have coding friends though, plugins are a necessity.

Ah so you have Thesis? Good for you then you’ll love OpenHook! It’s so convenient.

I appreciate you stopping by Steven, thank you so much for your comment and sharing what you use with me. Enjoy your day!



175 Ruhani Rabin September 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I also use at least 70% of the plugins mentioned here except the Share Juice and Social Metrics. I am gonna go check ’em out. Thank you so much for Including WP Optimize. Even though I did not update it for a while, it uses common functions as phpMyAdmin so it would work on the latest version of WP.


176 Adrienne
September 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Hi Ruhani,

Glad to hear you use a good bit of these and I’m really happy with both Share Juice Pro and Social Metrics. They’re both really great plugins.

I love WP OPtimize and I actually use it daily. Most people heard about my nightmare with my databases late last year so I do everything I can to keep those clean. I love simple and easy myself.

Thank you for your comment and enjoy your day.



177 Dragan Palla
September 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Hi Adrienne,

We have in common 3 out 14 plugins. Google XML Sitemaps, Most Popular Posts and Subscribe to Comments.

Right now I’m using Really Simple Share plugin but I think I’m gonna replace it with Jetpack. From paid plugins I’m using Scribe SEO which turned to be very good for on page optimization.

Like Harleena, I’m also using responsive theme and there is no need to use plugins for mobile devices. And yes Genesis framework was my first choice and I never regret it. We can debate Thesis vs Genesis but that’s another topic ;).

I’ve already decided to buy CommentLuv Premium since I hear nothing but nice feedbacks.

Thanks Adrienne for another great and moreover useful post. I really enjoyed it.
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178 Adrienne
September 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Hi Dragan,

Well that’s not bad and those are good ones to have for sure.

I know a lot of people are using JetPack and I think if you can combine several plugins to one then I would say go for it. Glad the paid plugin is working well for you. Some you just have to invest in right!

I think having a theme that has the mobile feature built in is awesome. Ah, Thesis was my first choice and I don’t regret it either! 😉 Ah, that’s what I love about differences of opinions. We all have one! lol…

Well good for you Dragan, you’ll LOVE CommentLuv Premium and I’m so excited about the new update. I’m hoping Andy can get that released by the end of the month. It’s really working well. If you need someone to buy it from, I’m not bashful! 😉

You are so very welcome and glad you enjoyed this one as well. Hey, you have a great day okay!



179 Karen Hoyt
September 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

First off – one of the things I love about you is your generosity. You willingly share what works so others can benefit.

I have enjoyed reading on your site a lot and have gone back to my own site and added the features that you use! I know that if your plug ins make it easier for me to navigate and comment on adrieneesmith.net, then I want my readers to have the same ease on my site.

I started using related posts and recent posts a few weeks ago. I have gotten personal feedback from readers who being able to click the top stuff. This means a lot to someone looking for health encouragement. See how your helping others pays forward? :)

Your list is great! I spend so much time researching plug ins before I add them. The clean comment one is next. Then I’ll be back to look at the others. :)

Thanks so much!!
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180 Adrienne
September 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Hi Karen,

Why thank you but isn’t that what it should be about? Give away the farm so you can help others!

That’s so neat Karen, thanks for letting me know. Yeah, I only share what works for me and I’m glad to hear that you’re not only implementing some of what I share but that you’re seeing results! That’s what I love to hear.

Okay I don’t see the related posts on your blog but it’s really a great plugin to have. I see the recent posts but I don’t use that one, I use the most popular posts. Either way if you’re getting results then all the better right!

If you ever need any help just give me a shout. Glad you’re finding these helpful as well and so glad to help Karen.

Have a wonderful day.



181 RobG
September 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Hello Adrienne, Hope all is well. Great list of plugins there’re a few listed that I also use. I try only to use what plugins I feel I can get the most use out of and try not to clutter up my dashboard. Thanks for sharing your list it’s always a pleasure.


182 Adrienne
September 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Hey Rob,

Great to see you again and I’m doing good. Hope you are as well.

I have a feeling you do some coding yourself in order to prevent so many plugins being used on your blog as well. I know you’re a lot more up on this then I am though.

Great to see you and thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.



183 RobG
September 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I guess you would have to determine which plugins you really need to keep your blog or website functional, I have been building on WordPress for a few years now and don’t really find the need to install so many plugins only what I need.

My new website only has 10 plugins and that’s works just fine because I have a limit which works for me. Not everyone is the same I think people just like installing plugins to test them out then relize they have over steped their need for them.

I’ve said in the pass you have to really be carful which plugins you use not everyone keeps them updated and that’s a risk for your website.

Thanks again for a great read..Have a wonderful day.


184 Adrienne
September 29, 2013 at 1:52 PM

I agree, a lot of people install them because they’re neat or they want to save time. I agree with that as well but it’s not always the best way to go in my opinion because like you shared Rob, some of them don’t maintain their plugins like they should and eventually that can cause a lot of problems.

Appreciate your thoughts on this since you’re the man who actually builds blogs. You would know! 😉



185 Karen Hoyt
October 2, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Adrienne – I just added commentluv! I wanted to say thanks for endorsing such a great product. I kept putting it off thinking that it would require a lot of set up. Nope! Easy as can be!Feeling pretty fancy right now,Karen :)
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186 Adrienne
October 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Yay, congratulations Karen. I’m so happy for you and you’re going to love this plugin. Andy put some great videos together in case you need help so they’re always there for you but glad you found it easy to install.

Thanks for sharing that with me. I’m so thrilled for you.



187 Sam Adeyinka
October 19, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Hey madam Adrienne,

This I see are your most treasured plugins and they of course have wrought wonders on your great weblog, as the results are glaring.

However, two of them seems to be your most favourites, by that I mean Commenluv Premium and Social Juice Pro by Ashvini. I also would love to go premium someday but obviously not now.

I always watch out for topics such as this because I always want to know what plugin is working for others that I can try on my blog too. You must know Adrienne that I’m a lover of plugins and as I speak to you I have 20 plugins installed on my blog.

When I started I use to have 103 plugins installed and it killed my blog that I had to start another one. I have leaned my lesson though and I’m also trying to cut the 20 to something like 15 if possible.

List of plugins I use:

Wordpress SEO, everyone uses this one, right? Flare, Anti-Spam, Commentluv free version, Contact form 7, Zemantha, facebook widget, fancier author box, google xml site, just to mention a few.

That’s it ma’am.

Thanks so much for sharing this all important post – you should have a fantastic weekend yonder! :)



188 Adrienne
October 19, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Hey Sam,

I’m glad you enjoy posts like this one, I do too. Although I try my best to limit them I do like to know what others are using as well. I mean if a new one has come on the scene that might replace one I’m using plus it will do a couple more things then I’m all in.

Yeah, CommentLuv Premium and Share Juice Pro are my top two favorite plugins. Yes, they are both paid plugins but sometimes we need to invest in good ones for what they can do for our blogs and the support we receive. These two are just top notch in my book but you should never spend money on something that you can’t yet afford. I’ll preach that as well Sam.

You once had 103 plugins on your blog? OMG, I’ve never heard of that before. 67 was the most I’ve heard about but I bet it did bog your blog down, I’m surprised it functioned at all. I think 20 is a good number and if you can cut back even more then that’s great.

Thank you for sharing what you use as well. Let me ask you a question though! If you use WordPress SEO then why do you have a separate Google XML Sitepmap plugin? I thought that one had that included as well! I don’t have WordPress SEO because as I mentioned Thesis has a built in SEO feature but I’m thinking that plugin might be a little better plus it has the Google XML Sitepmap and Twitter card features. So I can get rid of one but add another that I’m thinking about getting anyway. Just thought I’d ask.

Thanks Sam for sharing that with me and you enjoy your weekend my friend.



189 Sam Adeyinka
October 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I like the way you go about doing your things, madam Adrienne. And I guess that’s what we should all be doing.

Hahaha! Well, I’d better be saving my money for some of this paid plugins you use as I’m sure I’ll indeed benefit from’em not even when Andy is planning to update it again.

Oh sure and it’d wreck my blog causing me to start all over again last month. Very sad!

Aha……….Reginald Chan asked the same question. Truth is I’m new to this whole blogging thing. I used to think being a fairly great writer would help me to be a better blogger, I never knew it also will take some technicalities. I think I’d just remove xml sitemap.

As you continually mention Thesis, I feel like changing my mind and the affection I have towards Genesis Framework. I will looking into getting Thesis as well.

Thanks very kindly for always sharing and adding value to us each time. I’m so happy to be home again and I the thought of ever wandering away again! :)



190 Adrienne
October 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Well thank you Sam and I’ll definitely take that compliment.

You would never wreck your blog getting these paid plugins but as I mentioned, never buy anything you can’t really afford right now. That would just stress you out.

Sorry you broke your blog, I hate hearing that but looks like you’re back.

I think we’re all learning that even if you can write doesn’t mean you can blog because there is so much more to it then just writing as we’re all finding out as we go.

A lot of people love Genesis and I think for the most part it’s got even more features than Thesis has. Well Thesis does have the drag and drop theme but since I already have it they don’t recommend updating to that because you lose everything. Not an easy switch so not worth it to me. Not that I’m trying to tell you not to get Thesis but I’ve never used Genesis so I can’t even compare it for you.

You’re very welcome Sam and enjoy your week.



191 Sam Adeyinka
October 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

That’s true and I sure will follow your lead, Adrienne.

Thanks but I have since rise up so strong and for a one year old blog I think I’m trying in my own little way, even though I’m so good in the technical aspects. (I guess this is where building relationships play in).

Aha…..that’s true, thanks also to that awesome post Lisa shared here the other time.

I think I now understand why people really don’t love switching. Reginald also is a die hard fan of genesis. Well, what works for one might not work for others, isn’t it? :) Thanks for letting me know this one. Another lesson, point well taken!



192 John Jarvis March 5, 2015 at 7:55 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I seem to have “necro’d” this post but WP plugins will always
be an important topic!

You do have a nice list of plugins and when a speed test is
done I get these results: “Your website is faster than 61% of
all tested websites”. (This is extremely well done)!

About the only plugin that I highly recommend to everyone
that I know is called “BulletProof Security”. This plugin would
have saved me many, many months worth of lost work a few
years back and I have never had an issue since installing it.

It seems you have this covered with “WordPress File Monitor Plus”
and once you find something you like, of course never change it.



193 Adrienne Smith
March 5, 2015 at 8:57 AM

Hey John,

Wow, you’re going back a few years now and I did do a plugin post last year. I also don’t use the same ones every single year so I’m not using the WordPress File Monitor Plus anymore and haven’t for awhile.

So how did you lose your work? Was it not backed up? I manually back up my site every single day and keep it in three different places so if one fails the others are there. I don’t use a security plugin because I have my site coded a certain way so no one can get in anyway. I mean there is always that possibility with anything in place but knock on wood, they’ve never gotten in mine.

I know you had issues losing your site last year but glad to see you back up and running again. Thanks for the comment and you enjoy your week okay.



194 John Jarvis March 5, 2015 at 9:54 AM

This was way back when the “Viagra Salesmen” were sneaking in the back door of websites and advertising without our knowledge Adrienne!

I had a couple hundred posts at the time and when I noticed that my Alexa ranking
had been slipping I checked it out.

My site’s Alexa went from 80,000 all the way up to where it was easier to start a new website than to try to fix it, (almost overnight). It was the outbound links that destroyed it that time.

The website I’m using now is probably the 50th I’ve built and used, and trying to gain back what was lost seems to be taking forever.

I do have an appointment this afternoon and I may be buying a very well established website to start blogging from again. This will save at least a year’s worth of work on my present site to bring it up to par…YAY!


195 Adrienne Smith
March 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Oh, that kind of stuff. Yeah, back when things weren’t as secure and we weren’t as aware of all the ways they could ruin our sites. I feel for you John.

50th site? Oh my goodness, that’s a lot to always start over or head in a different direction.

I wish you luck moving forward. I will tell you that four years ago I created a brand new blog on in a different niche and started blog commenting. It took me 5 months to get my Alexa rank from the high millions to 150,000. People kept wanting to know how I did that more than what the heck I was blogging about. I could care less about Alexa’s rank but those wanting advertisers definitely were interested. If you create some giveaways too that will help. Even if you buy the site you have to keep up the work they’re currently doing but of course you know that. I wish you the best John.



196 Karen Hoyt
October 3, 2015 at 9:59 AM


I’m so excited to show this blog to my friend Gina. She loved her consultation with you and we’re working at Starbucks together right now. You are the BOMB when it comes to putting together and coaching newbies like her. And you’re constantly growing and setting the bar high for bloggers like me.
Love you gobs,
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197 Adrienne Smith
October 3, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Hey Karen,

I so enjoyed chatting with Gina, she’s such a wonderful lady but then again so are you! Be sure to tell her I said Hi okay! I’m late responding to this comment so not sure if you two ladies are still hanging out together. I’m so jealous!

Thank you my dear, you’re the best and you both have a wonderful weekend okay!



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